James Berger exploded onto the Lackawanna League varsity track & field scene Friday afternoon in Taylor. The Wildcat frosh won four individual events in leading his team to an 88-57 Division II triumph over Riverside.

Western Wayne’s boys varsity track & field team opened its 2010 season in fine fashion Friday afternoon.

Under the direction of veteran Coach Justin Collins, the Wildcats rolled to an impressive 88-57 win over Riverside.

“We’re pretty young this year, so wins for the boys team might be few & far between,” Coach Collins told TWI Sports. “It was really nice to see the kids get off on the right foot.”

With this victory, the Wildcats are 1-0 in Division II competition. The local lads make their home debut Wednesday against West Scranton.

That meet is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.

Frosh Phenom
James Berger exploded onto the varsity track & field scene Friday with an outstanding performance.

A talented and versatile freshman, Berger won four individual events in helping lead his team to its Opening Day victory.

James swept to wins in the 110M high hurdles (:18.21) and 300M intermediate hurdles (:44.07). He followed that up with gold medal efforts in the long jump (16’) and triple jump (32’7”).

“That was a very, very nice debut,” Coach Collins said. “James is part of a talented freshmen group we’re hoping to build the program around.”

That group includes three other frosh: Nikolai Pritchyk (jumps & hurdles), Conner Rosensweet (sprints) and Robbie Siclari (sprints & jumps).

All four are multi-sport athletes who also excel in everything from football to basketball and wrestling. Siclari won the high jump (5’4”).

On Friday, however, several veterans stepped up for the ‘Cats.

Corey Leister took first place in the 1600M (5:26), while Shawn Leister broke the tape in the 3200M (11:29).

Soccer sensation Danny Fernandez brought home gold in the 400M (:57.40) and Logan Wilkins finished first in the 800M (2:23).

“Our main goals this year are to work hard and keep improving,” Coach Collins said. “I want to keep everybody healthy and moving in the right direction.”