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Pittston Area girls track team wins first District 2 title since 1988

Pittston Area wins District 2-3A girls team track title


May 13. 2014 2:47AM
By Tom Fox For The Times Leader



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SCRANTON – It was a bevy of emotions.


Madison Mimnaugh didn’t think she won the 400 meters. The Pittston Area sophomore is the first to admit that.


Not only did she edge the defending champ, North Pocono’s Kaitlyn Lewis, but she set a District 2 Class 3A record in the process.


The Patriot crossed the finish line in 57.58 seconds, just ahead of Lewis to qualify for the state meet next weekend at Shippensburg University. Her time also broke the meet record set by Del Valley’s Ashley Holgate in 2010.


Pittston Area won the girls’ district team title, the first time since 1988, with a team score of 104.70. points. Dallas (82), Hazleton Area (70), Coughlin (68.40) and Wallenpaupack (62) rounded out the top 5.


A total of 13 Wyoming Valley Conference girls qualified for Shippensburg in individual events, while three local relay teams will also travel to the state meet.


Mimnaugh, who also qualified in the 3,200 relay and 800 run at Scranton’s Memorial Stadium, was seeded fourth entering the 400. And with Lewis coming in as the defending champ, she knew it was going to be an uphill battle.


But a switch from distance to mid-distance races appears to be paying its dividends.


Admitting that she’s only run the 400 a handful of times, Mimnaugh appeared liked a seasoned veteran against the defending champ.


“Right at the end, I felt like I had it. But I wasn’t sure,” Mimnaugh said. “I was elated when I found out that I won because I didn’t know. This is probably my fourth time I ran the event. I’ve just adjusted to the mid-distance events. I realized that I am progressing more. In the mile, I was just staying the same. With the mid-distance events, I am starting to excel.”


In the sprints and hurdles, no one could stay within an earshot of Coughlin’s Bourdeau girls, Tamar and Nathaniela, who brought home quite a bit of hardware.


The duo combined to qualify for states in eight events. Both qualified in the 300 hurdles and 400 relay, while Nathaniela dominated the 100 dash and Tamar flexed her muscle in the 100 hurdles. In the final event on the track, the 1,600 relay, Coughlin finished third – but its time of 4:01.32 still beat the state standard.


The closest was the 400 relay, as Nathaniela ran down the Abington Heights’ anchor runner Isabelle Clauss in the home stretch to pull away for the win.


“Honestly, I know Isabelle and I know how fast she is, but in my mind, all I was thinking about was winning,” Nathaniela Bourdeau said. “I just wanted to finish the race strong. I didn’t want to let my team down. I liked that we were seeded second. I like to be the underdog. I think there is less pressure when you are the underdog.”


In her very first district meet, Hazleton Area’s Kayla Merkel wasted little time to introduce herself.


After watching Scranton Prep’s Elana Falcone rip off a state-qualifying mark in her first toss of the javelin, the Cougar freshman composed herself – and her first toss of 134-08 was also good enough to qualify for Shippensburg.


Quite a debut with all eyes on her.


“There were a lot of nerves, especially after I saw the girl from Scranton Prep throw,” Merkel said. “I just wanted to throw the best as I could. It put some added pressure on me, but I was able to calm myself down before my throw. Even after my first throw, I was still nervous because you know that anyone is capable of anything.”


Two others also put dual golds around their necks.


Dallas senior Regan Rome was dominating in the distance races, cruising to victories in both the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.


“I’m really just happy to get through to states. I looked at this as a hurdle on the way to states because it’s something you have to clear,” Rome said. “I’m just thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to qualify for states in all four years. We are going to have a really good time, and I’m just going to enjoy myself.”


Pittston Area’s Olivia Giambra, No. 1 entering in the long jump, performed to her seed – winning the event with a distance of 17-10 ¾. It was in the triple jump where she pulled the upset to climb on top of the medal podium.


It was her second leap of the final flight that secure the victory.


“I wanted to hit 37 at the beginning at the season,” Giambra said after the triple. “It feels good to finally get it. I felt good. Each time, I pushed myself because I knew I could go further. This made my whole year.”


And in her second district meet, Dallas’ Katie Kravitsky etched her name in the records as her height of 5-5 in the high jump tied the mark set by Tunkhannock’s Anna Nole in 2011. She finished second in last year’s district meet with a jump of 5-3.


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Team Scores: 1. Pittston Area (PA), 104.70; 2. Dallas (DAL), 82; 3. Hazleton Area (HA), 70; 4. Coughlin (COU), 68.40; 5. Wallenpaupack (WALL), 62; 6. North Pocono (NP), 49; 7. Abington Heights (AH), 44; 8. Wyoming Area (WA), 37; 9. Western Wayne (WW), 30.50; 10. Scranton Prep (SP), 30.20; 11. Crestwood (CRE), 26; 12. Delaware Valley (DV), 18; 12. Tunkhannock (TUNK), 18; 14. Valley View (VV), 17; 15. Berwick (BER), 16; 16. West Scranton (WSCR), 14; 17. Honesdale (HON), 11.20; 18. Scranton (SCR), 4.


3,200 relay: 1. WAL (Hope Decker, Alyssa Lafave, Emily Martone, Deidre Schmidt) 9:25.66; 2. PA (Eastin Ashby, Madison Mimnaugh, Tara Johnson, Samantha Mayers) 9:31.66; 3. DAL (Katie Grose, Ruby Mattson, Regan Rome, Ally Rome), 9:39.83; 4. AH (Jenn Burke, Carly Danoski, Emma Henzes, Erin Jaeger), 9:57.19; 5 NP (Joanna Bernatowicz, Emily Cook, Lia Correa, Abigail Haines) 10:09.34; 6. DV (Rebekah Sheridan, Grace Farrell, McKenna Conselyea, Denali Hutzelmann), 10:13.48; 7. HAZ (Angela Marchetti, Rebecca Marchetti, Briana Papp, Cassie Papp), 10:21.59; 8. CRE (Olivia Termini, Kailee Traficante, Ashleigh Thomas, Megan Knorr), 10:54.78. 100 hurdles: 1. COU Tamar Bourdeau 15.30; 2. AH Abigal McMinn 15.55; 3. WSCR Sarah Williams 15.66; 4. WALL Jahmia Bridges 16.29; 5. BER Alexis Steeber 16.41; 6. NP Amanda Hall 16.75; 7. HAZ Alyssa Sitch 16.75; 8. Elizabeth Waleski 16.99. 100: 1. COU Nathaniela Bourdeau 12.40; 2. HAZ Emily Malone 12.57; 3. VV Carli Lucke 12.61; 4. WAL Jasmine Stevenson 12.79; 5. DAL Catie Gawlas 12.90; 6. VV Colleen Martin 13.07; 7. PA Taylor Powers 13.08; 8. WA Bree Bednarski 13.25. 1,600: 1. DAL Regan Rome 5:01.47; 2. DV Payton Padgett 5:05.35; 3. DAL Lindsey Oremus 5:12.16; 4. AH Jenn Burke 5:16.27; 5. SP Erin Feenev 5:21.59; 6. CRE Kailee Traficante 5:26.65; 7. HAZ Angela Marchetti 5:26.66; 8. WAL Alyssa Lafave 5:32.31. 400: 1. PA Madison Mimnaugh 57.58; 2. NP Kaitlyn Lewis 57.61; 3. NP Joanna Bernatowicz 58.80; 4. WW Rebecca Carmody 1:00.05; 5. HAZ Sydne Walser 1:00.31; 6. NP Hannah Whitney 1:01.00; 7. HAZ Madison Reed 1:01.45; 8. PA Allison Barber 1:01.61. 400 relay: 1 COU (Mary Tona, Carly Ray, Tamar Bourdeau, Nathaniela Bourdeau), 49.22; 2. AH (Ally Christman, Isabelle Clauss, Alysson Derry, Abigal McMinn), 49.55; 3. HAZ (Alyssa Sitch, Ali McCann, Carli Dedics, Emily Malone), 51.54; 4. WSCR (Destiny Jefferson, Deja Mitchell, Caitlyn O’Hara, Taylor Robinson), 51.60; 5. SCR (Ariana McCloe, Jamiaca Miller, Selena Ross, Georgia Miller), 51.79; 6. PA (Rhiannon Avvisato, Mia Barbieri, Jamie Chisdock, Taylor Powers), 52.18; 7. WW (Kallie Jones, Bethany Giombetti, Kayla Bolduc, Danielle Swingle), 52.80; 8. DAL (Brittnee Atherholt, Cortlyn Van Deutsch, Mikaila Chakon, Gabriella Darbenzio), 53.42. 300 hurdles: 1. COU Nathaniela Bourdeau 45.39; 2. COU Tamar Bourdeau 46.25; 3. COU Mary Tona 46.78; 4. WALL Jahmia Bridges 46.93; 5. PA Elizabeth Waleski 47.91; 6. WA Danielle Stillarty 48.95; 7. NP Amanda Hall 49.01; 8. PA Eastin Ashby 49.56. 800: 1. PA Madison Mimnaugh 2:18.87; 2. WALL Hope Decker 2:20.90; 3. NP Kaitlyn Lewis 2:21.68; 4. PA Samantha Mavers 2:21.86; 5. SP Mary Lundin 2:23.40; 6. AH Erin Jaeger 2:25.11; 7. WALL Alyssa Lafave 2:25.25; 8. DV Rebekah Sheridan 2:26.83. 200: 1. WALL Jasmine Stevenson 25.35; 2. VV Carli Lucke 25.74; 3. DAL Catie Gawlas 25.77; 4. WA Bree Bednarski 26.28; 5. WW Danielle Swingle 26.45; 6. AH Isabelle Clauss 26.69; 7. PA Taylor Powers 27.20; 8. WSCR Destiny Jefferson 28.34. 3,200: 1. DAL Regan Rome 10:56.47; 2. DAL Ally Rome 11:04.07; 3. TUNK Maggie Toczko 11:15.02; 4. DAL Bryanna Dissinger 11:52.78; 5. NP Abigail Haines 11:53.47; 6. SP Emily Carr 11:54.35; 7. TUNK Erin Rome 11:59.16; 8. AH Jenn Burke 12:03.41. 1,600 relay: 1. NP (Emily Cook, Hannah Whitney, Joanna Bernatowicz, Kaitlyn Lewis), 3:58.57; 2. WAL (Jahmia Bridges, Hope Decker, Alyssa Lafave, Emily Martone), 3:58.86; 3. COU (Nathaniela Bourdeau, Mary Tona, Carly Ray, Tamar Bourdeau), 4:01.32; 4. PA (Eastin Ashby, Allison Barber, Tara Johnson, Samantha Mayers), 4:10.70; 5. SP (Julia Kerr, Rachel Marsili, Kate Reilly, Mary Lundin), 4:13.60; 6. WW (Kayla Bolduc, Danielle Swingle, Kallie Jones, Rebecca Carmody), 4:14.00; 7. WA (Bree Bednarski, Drew Bednarski, Maya Custer, Alexa Malloy), 4:16.45; 8. HAZ (Layne Miller, Angela Marchetti, Madison Reed, Sydney Walser), 4:17.86.


Pole vault: 1. CRE Allie Bennett 10-6; 2. HAZ Emily Malone 10-0; 3. COUG Madisyn Hawkins 8-6; 4. PA Erin Senese 8-6; 4. WW Abby Hemmler 8-6; 6. COUG Emily Karavitch 8-0; 6. COUG Alexis Kowalski 8-0 6. HON Abby Firmstone 8-0; 6. PA Lauren Senese 8-0; 6. SP Lexi Davis 8-0. Triple jump: 1. PA Olivia Giambra 37-4 ¼; 2. WW Rebecca Carmody 36-4; 3. DAL Cortlyn Van Deutsch 36-2 ½; 4. SP Elizabeth Pattera 36-1 ¾; 5. HAZ Alyssa Sitch 35-7 ½; 6. WA Marcyssa Brown 35-4 ¾’ 7. PA Sydney Williams 34-6; 8. WA Danielle Bulger 34-3 ½. Javelin: 1. HAZ Kayla Merkel 134-8; 2. SP Elana Falcone 130-10; 3. CRE Julia Deluca 115-2; 4. PA Taryn Ashby 113-10; 5. PA Allison Parrent 112-0; 6. DAL Niki Wren 111-9; 7. HAZ Julia Rudenko 109-0; 8. DV JoAnna Kutchma 107-9. High jump: 1. DAL Katie Kravitsky 5-5; 2. WA Haley Stackhouse 5-1; 3. PA Mia Cain 5-1; 4. PA Olivia Giambra 4-11; 5. WA Danielle Bulger 4-11; 6. WAL Molly Jansco 4-9; 6. WA Marcyssa Brown 4-9; PA Abby Sheerer 4-9. Long jump: 1. PA Olivia Giambra 17-10 ¾; 2. HAZ Alyssa Sitch 17-3 ¼; 3. AH Abigal McMinn 17- ¾; 4. WA Marcyssa Brown 17- ½; 5. WW Rebecca Carmody 16-10 ¾; 6. WA Haley Stackhouse 16-8 ½; 7. NP Amanda Hall 16-7 ½; 8. SP Elizabeth Pattera 16-6. Discus: 1. HON Trudessa Derrick 108-6; 2. HAZ Amanda Crawford 107-8; 3. WAL Shannon Vennie 103-3; 4. DV JoAnna Kutchma 102-4; 5. BER Olivia Seely 100-8; 6. HAZ Kim Perez 100-1; 7. CRE Jessie Bonnevier 99-6; 8. DAL Kaitlyn Kochanski 99-1. Shot put: 1. TUNK Morgan Phillips 32-10 ½; 2. BER Olivia Seely 31-10 ½; 3. DAL Kaitlyn Kochanski 31-0; 4. AH Alyssa McMinn 30-10 ½; 5. CRE Ana Womer 30-9; 6. PA Iana Davis 30-4; 7. WSCR Destiny Jefferson 30-0; 8. NP Kendra Portas 29-9.


 
 


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