Under the direction of Coach Justin Collins, the Lady 'Cats track & field team posted a strong fourth place overall finish at the 14th Annual Icebreakers, hosted by Wallenpauapack Area.


Western Wayne track & field Coach Justin Collins liked what he saw at Saturday’s 14th Annual Icebreaker Invitational, hosted once again by Wallenpaupack Area.

The Lady ‘Cat varsity took fourth place in a strong field of 14 teams. Coach Collins’ squad racked up 44 points, finishing behind only perennial powerhouses Valley View, Pocono Mountain West and Abington Heights.

“Overall, I’m very happy with how things went,” he told TWI Sports. “Starting off the season with Icebreakers is a nice tradition. The competition is good and we have a lot of fun. Even though it was cold and the wind was blowing in off the lake, we did pretty well.”

Next up for Western Wayne is Thursday’s Lackawanna League showdown with West Scranton. That Division Two meet is slated for a 4:15 p.m. start in Varden.

Gold Medals
The highlight of Western Wayne’s performance Saturday was a victory in the 4x300M hurdle relay. The quartet of Lyndsay Barna, Sarah Wildenstein, Stacy Skates and Katie Quinn combined for a time of 3:32.6. That mark stood up against competition from the likes of Wyoming Area (second) and Paupack (third).

In fact, Western Wayne would also have won the 100M shuttle relay by a wide margin, but the Lady ‘Cats were DQ’d when one of their hand-offs took place a shade early.

“It’s just a timing thing,” said Coach Collins. “This is the one time every year when we participate in a shuttle relay, so it’s not a big deal. The girls used it as motivation, though, because they really wanted medals.”

In addition to the shuttle relays, Western Wayne also turned in solid performances in field events. The Lady ‘Cats placed second in the high jump, third in the pole vault and triple jump.

Wildenstein and Kristine Nilsen took silver behind Valley View’s high jumpers (9’6” combined). Courtney Kromko and Charlcie Brink earned bronze in the triple, while Barna and Clare Bateman placed third in the pole vault.