SCRANTON - Running in the rain didn’t seem to bother the Holy Redeemer girls track team.
Or Tyler Burger, for that matter.
Led by distance runner Cassandra Gill, the Redeemer girls finished 1-2 in three events Monday and set a new meet relay record to win the district title, while Northwest’s Burger won three individual boys events to highlight the District 2 Class 2A track and field championships at soggy Scranton Memorial Stadium.
“It’s a lot of mental preparation,” said Gill, who captured the 3200-meter run following an early-meet rain and hail shower and helped Redeemer’s 3200 relay team set a new District 2 record with a time of 9:27.45. “But we ran one time when it was pouring down snow. This is nothing compared to that.”
It sure seemed a lot less difficult for Redeemer than most of its competitors.
The Royals’ Rachel Sowinski captured the 1600 run and Gill finished second in that event, while their teammates Melissa Cruz and Olivia Gregorio fininsihed first and second, respectively, in the 800 run. While Gill won the 3200, her teammate Marissa Durako placed second in that event.
“Going through the puddles, you have to realize to get a little wet is OK,” Durako said. “You just have to keep focused.”
And in the field, where grass and dirt became mud, Redeemer’s Boston College-bound senior Fallyn Boich didn’t slip much. She won the javelin with a throw of 126-11 feet and won the discus with a toss of 122-2 feet, defending her district titles in both.
All those top finishes helped the Holy Redeemer girls accumulate a team score of 133 points, besting the scores of second-place finishers Montrose and Lakeland with 85 points apiece.
“You have to keep in mind the weather not only affected me, but everyone else who’s competing today,” Boich said. “You do not change for weather, you stick with what you’ve been doing. I was happy with my javelin throw. Discus, it was a little on the slippery side. There’s no better feeling than helping your team out with points. It feels great. It’s a nice finish to the season before states.”
That Northwest finished third in the boys team points standings was a tribute to Burger’s day.
The sophomore won district gold in the long jump, the 100 hurles and the 300 hurdles as the Rangers finished with 72.50 points - behind district champion Lakeland’s 106.50.
“I have two pairs of shoes - one for sprints, one for jumping,” Burger said. “My sprinting ones don’t have a heel. That helps a little bit. You’ve just got to focus and just practice and get used to it. We’ve practiced in rain, snow - as long as it’s not lightning, we’re practicing.”
A few other competitors caught lightning in a bottle on their way to district championships.
In the girls field, Lake-Lehman’s Shoshana Mahoney won the 100-meter dash; Hanover Area’s Olivia Jandrezjewski won the triple jump and high jump; Northwest’s Olivia Magni won the pole vault; and Quieterriua Gross of Meyers won the long jump.
And in the boys field, GAR’s Lucas Benton won the 400-meter dash and Northwest’s Tanner Kennedy captured the 200 meter dash.