Western Wayne track teams solid at District Two meet
In the days leading up to this year's Jordan Relays, Justin Collins was eager to get a look at Holy Redeemer's girls track team.
Western Wayne's veteran skipper knew from past experience that the Royals would likely be his squad's main competition when it came time for the District Two Championships.
The Lady 'Cats delivered a stellar performance at the Relays, nipping Redeemer by just a single point and powering their way to the Class AA crown.
Western Wayne promptly followed that up with a third straight team title at the Lackawanna League Spagna Meet less than a week later. This set the stage for a re-match with the Royals, as Coach Collins had predicted.
Unfortunately for local track & field fans, this one didn't go according to script. While the Lady 'Cats turned in another dazzling effort Wednesday evening at Scranton Memorial, they came up just a bit short.
The Royals denied Western Wayne's quest for a three-peat, tallying 125 team points en route to the Class AA championship.
Led by Trina Barcarola, the Lady 'Cats finished in second place with a total of 103.5 points. Lake Lehman was third with 83.5, while Northwest Area (68.5) and Lakeland (66) rounded out the front five.
On the Dais
Barcarola led the Lady 'Cat attack once again on Wednesday on the turf at Memorial Stadium.
The highlight of Trina's sparkling performance came in the pole vault. There, the versatile junior soared over the bar at a height of 12 feet, which was good not only for a gold medal, but also a new meet record.
But, Barcarola was just getting started. She opened up the day with a victory in the 100M hurdles, rocketing to gold in a time of 15.00. Trina followed that up with a win in the 300M hurdles, crossing the line at 45.26.
Barcarola closed out her memorable day by running the anchor leg of the 1600M relay. Trina combined with teammates Cassidy Asinski, Annie Skirpan and Sam Atcavage to register a silver medal time of 4:07.65.
This marks the third consecutive year that this 4x400M quartet will be headed to the PIAA State Championships
Skirpan enjoyed a big day as well. Annie captured the District Two Class AA 400M crown for a second straight year. Annie posted a time of 59.61 and heads off to states once again.
Syndey Krompasky and Kaila Johnson have also punched their tickets to the state meet, which is slated for the weekend of May 24-25 on the campus of Shippensburg University.
Krompasky earned silver in the pole vault (10 feet), while Johnson took second in the long jump (16-7.25).
While the Lady 'Cats were battling Redeemer for the girls' crown, the Wildcats were quietly turning climbing in the boys' AA standings.
Western Wayne willed its way to a third place overall finish in a field of 19 teams. The local lads totaled 79 points, trailing only Lakeland and Mid Valley in the final rankings.
This is a particularly significant result when you consider that the Wildcats went winless in the league this season at 0-6.
Johnny Barcarola was the ringleader in Western Wayne's surprising surge. He captured a gold medal in the 400M, then added two silvers to his haul and will make a richly-deserved trip to this year's state meet.
Barcarola jetted to victory in the 400M, breaking the tape in a time of 52.06. He then sailed to a runner-up finish in the long jump (21-3.5).
Johnny rounded out his day with a blistering performance in the 4x400M relay. He teamed up with Gary Geinitz, Ezra Tetreault and Leonard Johnson to post a silver medal time of 3:30.03.
Also headed to states for Western Wayne's boys team are Derek Mason, Eddie Sledzinski and Nick Barillo.
Mason qualified thanks to a silver medal showing in the discus (135-1), while Sledzinski advanced via a runner-up finish in the shot (43-6).
Just a freshman, Barillo opened eyes by taking silver in the pole vault (11-6).