The Red & Black used stellar individual performances from Steve Pachuta and Jared Collins to post a 82-67 win over visiting North Pocono on Tuesday. This victory was Honesdale's first of the season in Division One action.
On Tuesday afternoon right here in the Maple City, Honesdale’s varsity track & field teams closed out the regular season on a high note.
The boys used outstanding individual performances from Jared Collins and Steve Pachuta to win their first Lackawanna League meet of the spring. The Hornets dominated the hurdles and jumping events to post an 82-67 decision.
“The kids really hung in there on a day when the conditions weren’t exactly ideal,” Coach Mike Jurkowski told TWI Sports. “I’m very happy for them because they’re a good group of kids. They work hard in practice, so it’s nice to see all that hard work pay off with a win.”
With this victory, the local lads averted a winless season in Division One action. The Hornets closed out the campaign with a 1-4-1 mark.
On the girls side of the ledger, Honesdale rode a school-record performance from Jamie Cousins to a 110-40 rout of the Trojans. Cousins, a senior who specializes in hurdling events, high-stepped her way to a :16.2 in the 100M high. That time obliterated the old mark of :16.9 which was held by Anne Thumann (2002).
“Jamie had a great day,” said Coach Jurkowski. “She lost most of last season to medical problems, so to see her get the record in her last home meet is something special. I knew she had it in her to break the record, but I never thought she’d shatter it like that.”
Honesdale’s girls finished up the Division One season with an impressive 4-1-1 overall mark.
Next up for both Red & Black teams in today’s Jordan Relays. This annual event, which attracts teams from all over the region, is slated for a 6:00 p.m. start at ScrantonMemorial Stadium.
On to Victory
Jared Collins and Steve Pachuta were at the forefront of Honesdale’s attack on Tuesday. This dynamic duo combined to win four individual events on a day when weather wasn’t exactly conducive to personal bests.
Collins is a junior who’s come into his own this spring as a hurdler. Against North Pocono, Jared won both the 110M high (:16.1) and the 300M intermediate (:43.6). His double-gold drew rave reviews from Coach Jurkowski.
“Jared’s been pretty solid for us all year,” he said. “He has alot of potential and I hope he keeps up the hard work for his senior season.”
Pachuta is still just a sophomore, but Steve’s coach has already set some pretty serious goals for him. On Tuesday, Pachuta took first place in the triple jump (40’ 1”) and the high jump (6’).
“Steve is doing a really nice job,” said Coach Jurkowski. “I’m very pleased with where he is at this point. If he keeps going the way he is right now, there’s no reason he can’t challenge for a district championship.”
Honesdale’s veteran mentor believes that 6’4” might just be good enough for gold at the May 15th district event. Pachuta has already cleared that height and may just be capable of more. His stiffest competition will come from Abington’s Justin Passetti, who also cleared 6’ against Delaware Valley.
Pat Maher, Ryan Kelly, Andrew Grandinetti and Trihn Hagedorn each contributed an individual win to Honesdale’s cause on Tuesday.
Maher is another member of a talented sophomore class. Pat broke the tape in the 400M, subbing for Thomas McCurdy and posting a winning time of :55.7. He also found the time to run the anchor leg for Honesdale’s 4x400M relay team.
Pat combined with teammates Aaron Kelly, Spencer Paparella and Chris Meszler to stop the clock at 3:46.46.
“When Pat gets a chance, he makes the best of the opportunity and that’s exactly what we want to see,” said Coach Jurkowski. “He stepped right up and did a nice job. Pat’s shown alot of improvement this year.”
Ryan Kelly held on to win a duel against North Pocono’s Brian Reilly in the 3200M. Kelly crossed the finish line in a time of 10:55.8, good for the gold. Grandinetti took first place in the long jump (18’1”), while Hagedorn won the pole vault at a height of 10’.