Hello, everyone!

All I can say at this point is that I am one proud track and field beat writer. It’s amazing just how talented the athletes who I cover are not only on a local and state level, but now on a national level, too.

OK, folks, I can’t emphasize this enough. Track and field tests speed, endurance and athleticism. Nobody can arbitrarily state they are among the best in the country. The New Balance National Championship meet is the elite competition for high school athletes across the country. This meet is where track and field stars will attract college recruiters and prove just how talented they are in the big picture and on the largest stage.

This weekend several athletes from District 2 put their skills on display and proved to be among the best in the country in their respective events. I couldn’t be more proud of each and every one. Some will move onto their next challenges at the collegiate level. Others have great marks to build on for next season.

Dunmores Gavin Darcy placed 3rd at New Balance National Championships.
File photo

 

Here is how they all did:

 

LACKAWANNA TRACK CONFERENCE

 

Gavin

DARCY

Dunmore

Placed 3rd in the championship javelin with a distance of 207-9.

 

 

 

Javelin

 


 

Katie

DAMMER

Abington Heights

Placed 7th in the championship one-mile run with a time of 4:56.54.

 

 

 

One mile

 


 

 

Matt

SLAGUS

North Pocono

Placed 8th in the championship discus at 183-10 and placed 10th in the championship hammer throw at 187-2.

 

 

Discus

 

Hammer throw

 


 

 

Ky’Ron

HARBIN

Scranton

Placed 13th in the championship triple jump at 47-4.5 and was 3rd in the Emerging Elite long jump at 22-11.25.

 

 

Triple jump

 

EE Long jump

 


 

 

Lucas

STAGE

Scranton Prep

Placed 19th in the championship javelin at 173-6.

 

 

 

Javelin


 

 

Jess

SLAGUS

North Pocono

Placed 21st in the championship hammer throw at 143-2 and was 6th in the Emerging Elite hammer throw at 137-9.

 

 

Hammer throw

 

EE HAMMER THROW

 


 

Garry

WROBLESKI

Scranton Prep

Placed 29th in the Emerging Elite hammer throw with a mark of 147-11.

 

 

 

EE Hammer throw

 


WYOMING VALLEY CONFERENCE

 

Payden

MONTANA

Berwick

Placed 7th in the championship shot put at 47-1.5.

 

 

 

Shot put

 


 

 

Abby

Norwillo

Pittston Area

Placed 9th in the championship pole vault at 12-10.

 

 

 

Pole vault

 


 

 

Madisyn

Hawkins

Coughlin

Placed 20th in championship pole vault at 12-2.

 

 

 

Pole vault

 


 

Marc Anthony

Minichello

Wyoming Area

Placed 7th in the championship javelin at 197-5.

 

Javelin