H.S. cross country: Dallas hands Pittston Area girls first loss in Wyoming Valley Conference


By Nick Wagner - nwagner@timesleader.com



Pittston Area’s Nicole Zambetti leads the way to the finish line for the Pittston Area girls cross country team Wednesday in Yatesville.


Pete G. Wilcox | Sunday Dispatch

Joey Fisher leads the way to the finish line for the Pittston Area boys cross country team Wednesday in Yatesville.


Pete G. Wilcox | Sunday Dispatch

Addison Orzel leads the way to the finish line for the Wyoming Area girls cross country team Wednesday in Yatesville.


Pete G. Wilcox | Sunday Dispatch

Matt Hindmarsh leads the way to the finish line for the Wyoming Area boys cross country team Wednesday in Yatesville.


Pete G. Wilcox | Sunday Dispatch

YATESVILLE — Dallas proved to be a thorn in Pittston Area’s side Wednesday.

In a meet involving Pittston Area, Wyoming Area, Dallas, GAR, Wyoming Seminary and Coughlin, it was both Dallas’ girls and boys teams that left their mark in Yatesville. Both Dallas teams improved to 15-0, while the girls team handed Pittston Area its first loss of the season.

The loss drops the Lady Patriots to 14-1 with a 21-37 loss to Dallas, while handling Wyoming Seminary and Wyoming Area. Pittston Area won by a large margin against both opponents. Wyoming Area also picked up two wins, against Coughlin and GAR, while falling to Pittston Area.

On the boys side, Pittston Area fell to Dallas 15-50, but was able to pick up wins over Wyoming Seminary and Wyoming Area. The Warriors dropped meets to Coughlin, GAR and Pittston Area.

Leading the way for the Lady Patriots was freshman Nicole Zambetti. She was the first Patriot to cross the finish line, but she was behind two Dallas runners in Megan Borton and Riley Oremus. Zambetti’s time of 18:51 was about 20 seconds slower than the Dallas runners.

Arianna Boccardi was next for Pittston Area, just seven seconds behind Zambetti. Also finishing in the top-10 and helping Pittston Area to the two wins was Bailey Loyack, who finished ninth at 19:46.

Genny English finished 11th, while Mary Silinskie, Jessica Tighe and Katrina Dillon each had top-20 finishes.

Leading the way for Wyoming Area was Addison Orzel and Sarah Holweg. Orzel crossed the line with a time of 20:30, good for a 13th place finish. Holweg was two minutes behind with a time of 22:04.

Gwen Glatz finished 25th for Wyoming Area. The two wins for the Lady Warriors at 5-8 and just outside the top-10 in the Wyoming Valley Conference standings.

Between Pittston Area and Wyoming Area, Patriot runner Joey Fisher was the only local runner to cross in the top-10 during the boys race. His 16:46 was good for eighth place. In the top 10 finishers, Dallas took eight spots.

Pittston Area’s Tony DeMark crossed the finish line in 16:57 for an 11th place finish. Nate Ridgley and Jason DeBoard finished in 21st and 22nd, respectively.

For Wyoming Area, Matt Hindmarsh led the way with a time of 19:07, while Jake Switzer finished in under 20 minutes as well.

The wins improve Pittston Area to 9-6 and currently sit alone in eighth place in the Wyoming Valley Conference’s 19 teams. The Warriors are 5-10.

What’s next

Wyoming Area will be back in action Wednesday, Oct. 12 with a meet against Lake-Lehman, Wyoming Valley West and Tunkhannock in Lehman Township. The Patriots will get back to work by traveling to Hanover Area, also Wednesday, to square off against the Hawkeyes, Holy Redeemer and Meyers.

The Wyoming Valley Conference League Meet will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association District 2 meet is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Lakeland High School in Scott Township. The PIAA Championships are Saturday, Nov. 5.

Pittston Area’s Nicole Zambetti leads the way to the finish line for the Pittston Area girls cross country team Wednesday in Yatesville.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_pittstonxc01.jpgPittston Area’s Nicole Zambetti leads the way to the finish line for the Pittston Area girls cross country team Wednesday in Yatesville. Pete G. Wilcox | Sunday Dispatch

Joey Fisher leads the way to the finish line for the Pittston Area boys cross country team Wednesday in Yatesville.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_pittstonxc02.jpgJoey Fisher leads the way to the finish line for the Pittston Area boys cross country team Wednesday in Yatesville. Pete G. Wilcox | Sunday Dispatch

Addison Orzel leads the way to the finish line for the Wyoming Area girls cross country team Wednesday in Yatesville.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_waxc01.jpgAddison Orzel leads the way to the finish line for the Wyoming Area girls cross country team Wednesday in Yatesville. Pete G. Wilcox | Sunday Dispatch

Matt Hindmarsh leads the way to the finish line for the Wyoming Area boys cross country team Wednesday in Yatesville.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_waxc02.jpgMatt Hindmarsh leads the way to the finish line for the Wyoming Area boys cross country team Wednesday in Yatesville. Pete G. Wilcox | Sunday Dispatch

By Nick Wagner

nwagner@timesleader.com

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