Just like that it is over.

For a too large number of athletes who compete in the sport of track and field, the 2018 season came and went in a frigid blink of an eye. All the champions were crowned and the 63rd Jordan Relays set for Thursday starts the postseason.

It really is a shame. We need more local competitions. We need to adjust the calendar starting with the District 2 meet which needs desperately to go to a two-day event. That meet must be moved to a Wednesday-Thusday or Thursday-Friday or Friday-Saturday combination. It cannot be a Monday-Tuesday. That reduces the available dates too much.

Change can occur, but it is going to need a group of people to come together for the benefit of the sport.

That all being said, it may be time to examine fewer divisions. In an ideal world, having two divisions would be fantastic. But, I think most would settle for some form of three divisions. Again, there are very smart people in the coaches association, so let’s help promote the sports and the conference.

 

Abington Heights’ Calista Marzolino.
Photo by Christopher Dolan

 

 

 

All of the division championships are in the books. … And, based on past data, dynasties rule, again.

Since the alignment of four divisions in 2013 here’s what we have:

Girls

  • Abington Heights: Won its sixth straight Division I championship
  • Lakeland: Won its sixth straight Division III championship
  • Elk Lake: Won its fourth straight Division IV championship

 

Boys

  • Scranton: Won its fourth straight Division I championship
  • Wallenpaupack: Won its third straight Division II championship
  • Lakeland: Won its sixth straight Division III championship
  • Montrose: Won its sixth straight Division championship

 

Only Western Wayne girls, who won their first division title since 2012, differed. But I wouldn’t expect them to be falling from that perch any time soon, either.

 

Western Wayne’s Trina Barcarola.

 

Since going to four divisions: 

 

 


 

 


 

Scranton’s Ky’Ron Harbin.
Photo by Christopher Dolan

 

Here is a look at the LTC championship history: 

 

BOYS

 

Lakeland (29): 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.

Abington Heights (15): 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1983, 1990, 2008, 2009, 2014.

Dunmore (15): 1954, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2011.

North Pocono (15): 1984, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2017.

Valley View (10): 1982, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015.

Wallenpaupack (10): 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2016, 2017, 2018.

Scranton Central (8): 1951, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1987.

Montrose (6): 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.

Scranton Prep (5): 1979, 1980, 1985, 1995, 1999.

Mid Valley (5): 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012.

Scranton (5): 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.

Tunkhannock (4): 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982.

West Scranton (3): 1953, 1955, 1986.

Lackawanna Trail (3): 2005, 2006, 2007.

Elk Lake (3): 2009, 2010, 2011.

Western Wayne (3): 2003, 2004, 2015.

Scranton Tech (1): 1952.

Honesdale (1): 1999.

Delaware Valley (1): 2017

 

GIRLS

 

Abington Heights (19): 1978, 1979, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.

Lakeland (18): 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.

Western Wayne (12): 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2018.

North Pocono (9): 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 2004, 2015.

Scranton Prep (9): 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2000.

Carbondale Area (8): 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 2005, 2006.

Elk Lake (8): 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.

Wallenpaupack (7): 1991, 1992, 2000, 2003, 2014, 2016, 2017

Honesdale (4): 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002.

Blue Ridge (4): 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009

Delaware Valley (3): 2004, 2005, 2006.

Montrose (3): 2006, 2013, 2014.

Dunmore (2): 2000, 2006.

Scranton (2): 2005, 2006.

Valley View (2): 2006, 2007.

Scranton Central (1): 1986.

Lackawanna Trail (1): 2000.

Holy Cross (1): 2010.

 


 

 

RANKINGS

 

BOYS TOP 5

 

NOTE: These are the final rankings for the 2018 season.

 

Rank

Team

Record

Previous

1

Wallenpaupack Buckhorns

5–0

1

 

2

Lakeland Chiefs

5–0

3

 

3

Scranton Knights

4–1

4

 

4

Delaware Valley Warriors

4–1

2

 

5

Montrose Meteors

5–0

5

 

OTHERS TO WATCH: Abington Heights 4-1, Dunmore 4-1.

 

 


 

 

GIRLS TOP 5

 

NOTE: These are the final rankings of the year.

 

Rank

Team

Record

Previous

 

1

Abington Heights Lady Comets

5–0

1

 

2

Western Wayne Lady ‘Cats

5–0

2

 

3

Wallenpaupack Lady Buckhorns

4–1

3

 

4

Lakeland Lady Chiefs

5–0

4

 

5

Elk Lake Lady Warriors

5–0

OTW

 

 

OTHERS TO WATCH: Holy Cross (4-1).

 


 

 

63rd Jordan Relays

 

 

The postseason begins Thursday. Last week, we posted the meet records. Here is a list of the past champions:

 

 

 

BOYS

 

1955

West Scranton

1956

West Scranton

1957

Scranton Central

1958

West Scranton

1959

Scranton Central

1960

Scranton Central

1961

Scranton Central

1962

West Scranton

1963

Lackawanna Trail

1964

Dunmore

1965

Meyers

1966

Abington Heights

1967

Meyers

1968

Wyoming Valley West

1969

Wyoming Valley West

1970

Wyoming Valley West

Class A

Class B

1971

Meyers

Dallas

1972

Wyo. Valley West

Dallas

1973

Wyo. Valley West

Dallas

1974

Abington Heights

Dunmore/GAR

1975

Nanticoke

Dallas

Class AAA

Class AA

1976

Pittston Area

GAR

1977

Wyoming Valley West

GAR

1978

Wyoming Valley West

GAR

1979

Tunkhannock

GAR

1980

Tunkhannock

Lakeland

1981

Pittston Area

Scranton Prep

1982

Pittston Area

Scranton Prep

1983

Pittston Area

Scranton Prep

1984

Tunkhannock

Scranton Prep

1985

Pittston Area

Lakeland

1986

Central

North Pocono

Lakeland

1987

West Scranton

Lakeland

1988

North Pocono

Bishop Hoban

1989

North Pocono

Scranton Prep

1990

North Pocono

Scranton Prep

1991

North Pocono

Lakeland

1992

cancelled

cancelled

1993

North Pocono

Valley View

Lakeland

1994

North Pocono

Lakeland

1995

Scranton Prep

Lakeland

1996

North Pocono

Lakeland

1997

Scranton

Lakeland

1998

Scranton

Scranton Prep

Lakeland

1999

Scranton

Lakeland

2000

Scranton

North Pocono

Lakeland

2001

North Pocono

Lakeland

2002

Wallenpaupack

North Pocono

Lakeland

2003

Wallenpaupack

Lakeland

2004

Wallenpaupack

Lakeland

2005

Wallenpaupack

Lakeland

2006

Pittston Area

Lakeland

2007

Abington Heights

Scranton Prep

2008

Abington Heights

Scranton Prep

2009

Abington Heights

Scranton

Valley View

2010

North Pocono

Elk Lake

2011

Valley View

Elk Lake

2012

Valley View

Holy Cross

2013

Scranton Prep

Lakeland

2014

Delaware Valley

Lakeland

2015

Scranton Prep

Lakeland

2016

Scranton

Lakeland

2017

Abington Heights

Montrose

 


 

 

 

 

GIRLS

 

Class AAA

Class AA

1982

Wyoming Valley West

Carbondale Area

1983

Wyoming Valley West

Carbondale Area

1984

Wyoming Valley West

Carbondale Area

1985

Nanticoke

Carbondale Area

1986

Honesdale

Carbondale Area

1987

North Pocono

Scranton Prep

Carbondale Area

1988

Pittston Area

Dunmore

1989

North Pocono

Scranton Prep

1990

Tunkhannock

Bishop Hoban

1991

North Pocono

Wallenpaupack

1992

cancelled

cancelled

1993

Pittston Area

Lakeland

1994

North Pocono

Lakeland

1995

North Pocono

Riverside

Lakeland

1996

Scranton Prep

Riverside

1997

Scranton Prep

Riverside

Lakeland

1998

Scranton Prep

Riverside

1999

Wallenpaupack

Scranton Prep

2000

Wallenpaupack

Scranton Prep

2001

Wallenpaupack

Scranton Prep

2002

Wallenpaupack

Scranton Prep

2003

Wallenpaupack

Lakeland

2004

Abington Heights

Lakeland

2005

Abington Heights

Lakeland

2006

Delaware Valley

Scranton Prep

2007

Abington Heights

Scranton Prep

2008

Abington Heights

Scranton Prep

2009

Abington Heights

Blue Ridge

2010

Abington Heights

Elk Lake

2011

Abington Heights

Elk Lake

2012

Abington Heights

Montrose

2013

Pittston Area

Montrose

2014

Pittston Area

Montrose

2015

Pittston Area

Lakeland

2016

Wallenpaupack

Holy Cross

Lakeland

2017

Abington Heights

Western Wayne