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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Lady 'Cats Seal the Deal on Another Lackawanna League Title

  • Western Wayne's girls varsity track & field team is once again undefeated in Division Two.
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  • Western Wayne's girls varsity track & field team is once again all alone atop the Lackawanna League standings.
    On a rainy Monday afternoon in Milford, the Lady 'Cats sewed up yet another division title with an utterly overpowering performance against Delaware Valley.
    This one was never in doubt as Coach Justin Collins' squad dominated every facet of the meet en route to a 112-38 triumph.
    With this rout, Western Wayne closed out its regular season with an unblemished 6-0 record.
    "This win capped off a memorable regular season that required our girls to dig deep in almost every meet," Coach Collins said.
    The local lasses have now won six consecutive Division Two championships and are riding a streak of 37 straight dual meet victories.
    Wallenpaupack Area earned runner-up status, while Honesdale and North Pocono tied for third. Winless DV is alone in the basement.
    Western Wayne will be back on the track Thursday for the Jordan Relays. This year's edition of the annual meet is slated for a 5 p.m. start at Scranton Memorial Stadium.
    Front & Center
    After dominating Divison Two for the better part of a decade, Western Wayne faced a fresh challenge this spring.
    Local officials undertook a radical realignment of the Lackawanna League during the off-season in an effort at leveling the playing field.
    These changes left the Lady 'Cats in Divison Two, but forced them to go head-to-head with four larger schools.
    Coach Collins' girls embraced the challenge, posting impressive wins over Honesdale, Paupack, North Pocono and Delaware Valley.
    "I'm very happy with what we've accomplished so far," he said. "I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what we can do at the league championships and at districts."
    Page 2 of 3 - Danielle Swingle led the way for Western Wayne on this particular day.
    A junior who specializes in sprints and pole vault, Swingle didn't finish first in any individual event. However, she helped pile up the team points with runner-up efforts in the 100M, 200M and pole vault.
    Danielle also ran a key leg for Western Wayne's victorious 4x100M relay team, which stopped the clock at :58.2.
    "We named Danielle Swingle today's Girls Athlete of the Meet," Coach Collins said. "Danielle has been a huge part of our success this season with her contributions in the sprints, relays and the pole vault."
    More Medals
    Acacia Urian turned in yet another monster effort, winning three individual events and helping a relay team to gold.
    The versatile senior took first place in the 100M dash (:13.3), 300M hurdles (:48.2) and javelin (105' 10").
    Urian also teamed up with Kayla Bolduc, Rebecca Carmody and Jordan Liptak to post a win in the 4x400M relay (4:21.4).
    Diana Hassan continued her record-breaking season with victories in the shot (36' 8") and discus (113' 9").
    Western Wayne also fared well in the distance events.
    Julie Alberese broke the tape in the 1600M (5:51) and Julie Alvarez wrought gold in the 3200M (:13.30).
    The Lady 'Cats were equally impressive in the jumps, sweeping their hosts in all four events.
    Carmody finished first in the long jump (13' 10"), while Carly Thorpe won the triple jump (31' 4") and Anna Krenitsky soared to victory in the high (4' 6").
    Abby Hemmler led a 1-2-3 showing in the pole vault, overcoming nasty weather conditions to clear the bar at a height of six feet.
    Page 3 of 3 - Carmody rounded out the Lady 'Cats scoring with a win in the 400M (1:01.9).

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