Western Wayne, Honesdale and Paupack athletes visited the medals stand on Saturday
Sixteen teams from all over the area gathered on the shores of The Big Lake Saturday morning to compete in the 2013 Ice Breaker Relays.
Western Wayne attended the 18th annual event after missing the past two years and made up for lost time.
Coach Justin Collins' girls team battled its way to a 5th place finish, authoring solid performances both on the track and in the field.
"Our kids had a lot of fun and they got in a very good workout," Coach Collins said. "Those were the two main goals I had for them going in. We weren't all that focused on winning. I really just wanted them to have a good time."
Lakeland and Pittston Area finished in a dead heat atop the girls standings. Each team tallied 65 points while Abington (58 pts) and Holy Redeemer (52) rounded out the Top Five.
Western Wayne's young boys team struggled in a power-packed field. The Wildcats managed just four points overall and wound up 15th in the rankings.
"We know we're going to take our lumps a little bit this year," Coach Collins said. "But, we have some very talented kids coming up from junior high and the future is looking bright."
Wilkes Barre Coughlin captured the boys crown by piling up 69 points. Host Wallenpaupack Area placed second with 56.
"I'm very pleased with how well our kids did," Buckhorn Coach Frank Gaudenzi said.
"Considering the level of competition and the weather conditions, I think we did very well."
Honesdale also entered a pair of teams in the event and carded two Top 10 finishes. The girls sprinted their way to 7th, while the boys ended up 9th.
On the Dais
Any conversation about Western Wayne's efforts at the Ice Breaker Relays must begin with Diana Hassan.
A senior who specializes in throws, Hassan has been on a mission to re-write the Lady 'Cat record books.
Heading into Saturday's event, Diana had already broken the school's all-time shot put mark and had set her sights on the discus.
Early on in the meet, Hassan upped her own ante in the shot, unleashing a throw that measured 37' 1".
She followed that up by obliterating the old discus record, posting a brand new standard of 112' 8". Liz Armstrong's The old mark of 110' 11" had been on the books since 1995.
"Diana is just on fire right now," Coach Collins said. "She's really dedicated herself to the sport. Diana works incredibly hard in the gym and at practice. She's going to put up some big numbers this season."
Hassan teamed up with junior Ashlynn Hall to take first place in the shot.
Hall transferred in from Paupack this year and she's quickly making her mark at the varsity level. Coming into the weekend, Ashlynn's personal best throw was 24'. On Saturday, she exploded for a 31' 6" effort.
Coach Collins was also thoroughly impressed by his girls shuttle hurdles team.
Acacia Urian, Emily Funk, Bridget Quinn and Anna Kenitsky combined to take third place in the 100M event.
"None of our kids get the chance to compete in the shuttle hurdles very often, so that was kind of a rare treat," he said. "I'm really happy for them getting onto the medals stand. Those four girls are very talented and hard-working. "
On the boys' side of the ledger, Christian Sauter turned in a well-rounded performance for Western Wayne.
A versatile junior who routinely competes in four different events, Sauter competes in sprints, relays and jumps.
"Christian is relatively new to the sport, so he's just starting to scratch the surface as far as his potential goes," said Coach Collins. "He's the kind of kid who will do anything I ask him to help the team."