The Red & Black return a slew of battle-tested veterans this spring for the Lackawanna League track & field campaign. In addition, an influx of talented underclassmen should help make the '10 season an exciting one for local fans.

Mike Jurkowski is celebrating his 10th year as head coach of Honesdale’s varsity track & field team.

As one might expect, Coach Jurkowski is hoping to close out this first decade on the Maple City sports scene with at least one team title.

“We have a bunch of returning starters and a ton of talented, I’m looking for some really good things this year,” he told TWI Sports.

Honesdale’s boys team went 3-3 last spring in Lackawanna League competition. The Hornets finished in a 3-way tie for third place with Delaware Valley and North Pocono.

Abington Heights captured the Division One crown with a perfect 6-0 record, while Scranton Prep was  second at 5-1.

On the girls side of the ledger, Honesdale finished in a dead heat with Lakeland for second place with a 4-2 mark. Abington completed a clean sweep with another sparkling 6-0 finish.

“They’re always tough,” Coach Jurkowski said of the Comets. “Anytime you talk about a Lackawanna League track & field title, you have to take Abington into account.”

Honesdale will open up its quest for this year’s championship on Monday afternoon. The Red & Black travel to Milford for a Division One battle with DV. That meet is slated for a 4:15 p.m. start.

Big Names Back
Steve Pachuta will lead the way for Honesdale’s boys team this spring.

A senior who already holds or shares several HHS records in the jumps, Pachuta seems to be fully recovered from an off-season injury.

Lionel Wilson is another school record holder back in the fold. A junior who specializes in sprints, Wilson should give opposition teams nightmares in the 100M and 200M.

Andrew Branning is one of Honesdale’s senior leaders who excels in the 100M and 300M hurdles.

The Hornets should also be strong in the throws as both Dalton Derrick and Justin Doney return for their junior campaign.

“The whole league is pretty solid,” said Coach Jurkowski. “I think you’re probably going to see alot of very close meets this year. We’re working very hard to make sure we come out on the right side of those scores.”

Honesdale’s girls varsity squad should be right in the mix in this year’s battle for the Division One crown.

Colette & Jana Wilson will be at the forefront of the assault. Colette is a senior and Jana a sophomore. Both will star in the sprints and relays.

Erin Craig & Summer Hill can be expected to provide a potent 1-2 punch in the distance events.

Craig is a junior and Hill still just a freshman. These two talented runners led Honesdale’s cross country team to within a whisker of the D-2 championship this past fall.

Audrey Calkin appears to be back near 100% after missing all of last season with a torn up knee. Calkin is coming of a stellar hoops season and will be featured in the jumps.

“I had a championship girls team in my first year and I’d love to have another one here in my 10th year,” said Coach Jurkowski with a smile. “This is a great group of kids and I think we can give Abington, Prep and Lakeland a run for their money.”