LEHMAN TWP. - It started with one difficult meet and ended with a test that proved even tougher.
But the resilient Holy Redeemer girls track and field team kept figuring out so may ways to win, it never did lose.
Fallyn Boich won all three field events and Marnie Kusakavitch won three times on the track as Redeemer rallied to win a battle of unbeatens Tuesday and capture the Wyoming Valley Conference Division II title on the final day of the regular season with an 84.5-66.5 victory over Lake-Lehman.
“It felt pretty good,” said Boich, who has won all but two field events she competed in this season.
With Lehman leading 52-48, Redeemer rallied for victory over the last quarter of the meet by posting victories in four of five events down the homestretch.
Spearheading the comeback was Boich, a Boston College-bound senior who bested Lehman’s rising sophomore Cayle Spencer in the field. Boich launched a personal-best throw of 34-1 1/2 feet in the shotput, won the discus with a throw of 113-0, and clinched Redeemer’s victory by winning the javelin with a throw of 121.1.
“I’ve been preparing for this meet,” Boich said, “this and districts, because I was aware Cayle has really grown as a thrower. I’m really happy for her. (But) I knew what I had to do. I came in an executed.”
So did Kusakavitch, who captured the 400 meter dash in a time of 62.7 seconds and was part of the winning 400-meter and 1600-meter relay teams.
“It means a lot,” Holy Redeemer first-year coach Kevin Walters said. “Lake-Lehman’s an awesome team. We have a lot of seniors on the team and they work hard. Plus, it’s my first year as head coach.
“It feels good.”
Shoshanna Mahoney kept Lehman in control of the meet for the longest time, winning the 100, 200 and long jump. But the Royals rebounded with wins in the 1600 relay and victories from Boich and two-time winner Olivia Gregario over the final six events to clinch the division title.
“At the beginning of the year, we really had to work hard to beat Hanover Area,” Walters said. “I’m glad it happened. They just realized quickly they couldn’t lose focus or let up. And they did what they needed to do to go undefeated.”
3200 RELAY: 1. HR (Gregario, Gill, Cruz, Sowinski), 11:40; 110 HURDLES: 1. LEH Faux, 17.2; 2. HR Warnagiris; 3. LEH Heindel; TRIPLE JUMP: 1. LEH Mathers, 31-11.75; 2. LEH Faux; 3. HR Makar; 100 DASH: 1. LEH Mahoney, 12.8; 2. HR Kusakavitch; 3. HR Ell; 1600 RUN: 1. HR Gill, 5:21; 2. LEH Hillard; 3. HR Durako; SHOT PUT: 1. HR Boich, 34-1.5; 2. LEH Spencer; 3. LEH Runner; 400 DASH: 1. HR Kusakavitch, 62.7; 2. HR Banas; 3. LEH Bartuska; 400 RELAY: 1. HR (Kusakavitch, Mirra, Ell, Pikul), 52.5; 300 HURDLES: 1. LEH Heindez, 51.4; 2. LEH Kolulski; 3. HR Warnagiris; POLE VAULT: 1. LEH Sabol, 7-6; 2. LEH McMonage; 3. LEH Heindel; DISCUS: 1. HR Boich, 113-0; 2. LEH Spencer; 3. HR Turosky; LONG JUMP: 1. LEH Mahoney, 15-5.5; 2. HR Williams; 3. HR Makar; 800 RUN: 1. HR Gregario, 2:28; 2. HR Cruz; 3. HR Nitowski; 200 DASH: 1. LEH Mahoney, 26.4; 2. HR Kusakavitch; 3. HR Banas; 3200 RUN: 1. HR Durako, 12:05; 2. HR Gill; 3. LEH Hutsko; JAVELIN: 1. HR Boich, 121-1; 2. LEH Spencer; 3. HR Noss; 1600 RELAY: 1. HR (Sowinski, Cruz, Mel. Kusakavitch, Mal. Kusakavitch), 4:13; HIGH JUMP: 1. LEH Heindel, 4-8; 2. HR McCarr.