Dallas senior Regan Rome finished third out of 24 runners in the high school girls 3000-meter run at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia April 24.
Rome finished in 9:37.71 to place behind only Hannah DeBalsi from Westport, Conn. and Hannah Christen from Burke, Va. in a field featuring many of the top high school girls runners in North America.
DeBalsi won in 9:34.57 and Rome finished in the middle of three runners who were separated by just 24-hundredths of a second, placing behind Christen and ahead of Pottsville’s Paige Stoner.
Rome took 11 seconds off her time from last year.
Rome’s effort was one of many impressive performances by Back Mountain athletes in big meets with the high school postseason approaching.
Sophomore Dominic Hockenbury set a Lake-Lehman school record when he won the Class AA 3200-meter run by more than 26 seconds at the Shippensburg Invitational April 19 with a time of 9:22.61.
Dominic DeLuca from Dallas won the Class AAA 1600-meter run at the same event in 4:17.87, almost six seconds ahead of the pack.
DeLuca was a state cross country champion in the fall when Rome and Hockenbury were each finishing second.
The invitational was held at Shippensburg University, the site of the May 23-24 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Championships.
Dallas had the top two girls in the Class AAA 3200-meter run with sophomore Ally Rome (Regan’s sister) winning in 11:12.61 and Bryanna Dissinger taking second in 11:16.49.
Lake-Lehman’s Cayle Spencer was second in the Class AA girls javelin while freshman teammate Emily Johns was in the top six in the two other throwing events.
The Lake-Lehman girls are tied for first in Division 2 of the Wyoming Valley Conference heading into Tuesday’s home meet against Holy Redeemer.
The District 2 championships and a chance to qualify for the state championships are a week later at Scranton Memorial Stadium.
Dallas will compete in the Class AAA meet May 12, beginning at 3 p.m. Lake-Lehman is in Class AA, the next day at the same time.
The milestones keep coming for Lake-Lehman junior Alyssa Adams.
Adams scored the 200th goal of her career Monday in a 14-11 victory over visiting Crestwood.
Adams had four goals and an assist in the game, reaching the 200 mark with 1:43 left in the half, and finishing the day with 202 goals and 18 assists.
Crestwood cut an 11-6 Lake-Lehman halftime lead to 12-11 before Mallory Wilson scored the last of her five goals with 4:12 and :56 remaining.
Makenzie Borum made 20 saves, including some key late stops, in the win.
Dallas went from being shut out on three hits one day to pounding out 19 hits the next in a 16-9 victory over Coughlin April 25.
Jordan McCrum, who also had a triple, and Domenic Oliveri each had three hits, a homer and four RBI for the Mountaineers, who had just one win prior to the outburst. Justin Brojakowski had a triple, two other hits and three RBI.
Dallas went 7-4 in the Wyoming Valley Conference to make the District 2 Class AA Team Tournament, which is already underway.
The District 2 Singles Championships are scheduled for Thursday and Friday. The first three rounds will be played at Kirby Park Thursday. The semifinals and finals are Friday.