Track teams trying to outrun weather


First Posted: 3/20/2013

Track and field athletes can’t throw the javelin or practice the high hurdles in gymnasiums or hallways, but that’s where the local track and field teams found themselves for much of the practice season, forced in by the crazy weather.

The teams got outside on maybe one-third of the available practice days since practice officially started on March 4 and even on those days conditions were far from ideal. Only the distance runners got warmed up.

Ready or not through the Wyoming Valley Conference schedule starts this week. Weather permitting, of course, the Wyoming Area boys and girls open on Tuesday at home against Northwest.

The PA boys and girls start Wednesday at Crestwood, again weather permitting.

The Pittston Area teams are in Division 1 with Berwick, Coughlin, Crestwood, Dallas, Hazleton, Tunkhannock and Valley West.

Last year the PA boys were 2- under coach Jason Mills. With three returning district 2 medalists the Patriots hope to improve on that mark. Ron D’Eliseo is back as the defending champion in the 300 and 110 hurdles. He copped a state medal in the indoor season. Mike Harth 4th in 400 and Jayson Crawford 4th long jump.

The PA girls were 5-2 last year a big jump from the previous season when they were winless. This year the Lady Patriots return seven District 2 medalists. One of them is Olivia Giambra who was the champion in the triple jump and a silver medalist in the long jump last May as a freshman. Catherine Lombardo, Kristen Lombardo, Katilynn Kutcha who were on a team that ran 4th 4 x 800 real are back. Also returing are Liz Waleski, 5th 300 hurdles; Celes Owens. tied 5th high jump; and Allison Parrent 5th in javelin.

With girls soccer no longer in the spring the Lady Patriots track team picked up some new girls and coach Joe Struckus is looking for spots to plug them in. “We’re looking to compete in the league and get ready for districts,” Struckus said.

Wyoming Area is in Division 2 with Holy Redeemer, Lake Lehman, Hanover, Nanticoke, GAR, Meyers and Northwest.

Joe Pizano is the head coach of both teams. The girls were 2-5 last year. Pizano said numbers are up. The girls return two returning medalists. Emily Shemanski was 4th in the 300 meter hurdles and Haley Stackhouse tied for 5th in the high jump

The Warrior boys were 6-1 in the season tied with Northwest and Holy Redeemer. Six district medalists return in

Nick O’Brien who returns as javelin champion and was 5th in 200. Isaiah Peoples was 6th in the 100 meter dash. O’Brien, Cody Schmitz, Peoples and Sharrieff Hale are all back on the 4 x 100 team that was 2nd. Dylan Flynn was 4th in pole vault.

Pizano said the 4 x 100 team has a chance to have a good season. “The key for them and all the athletes is to stay healthy, avoid injury. If they do that we’ll be ok.”

WA schedule

March 26 vs. Northwest

April 3 at GAR

April 9 vs. Holy Redeemer

April 17 vs. Nanticoke

April 23 vs. Hanover

April 30 at Lake Lehman

May 6 vs. Meyers

PA schedule

March 27 at Crestwood

April 3 vs. Coughlin

April 11 at Valley West

April 17 vs. Hazleton

April 24 vs. Tunkhannock

April 30 at Berwick

May 7 vs. Dallas

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