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By Tom Fox For The Times Leader



Lake-Lehman's Emily Johns wins the gold medal in the girls discus at the District 2 Class 2A Track and Field Championships at Scranton Memorial Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Lake-Lehman's Emily Johns wins the gold medal in the girls discus at the District 2 Class 2A Track and Field Championships at Scranton Memorial Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
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SCRANTON – Admittedly, the javelin is probably the weakest of Emily Johns’ three events in the field.


That was evident by her seeding. The Lake-Lehman freshman was the top thrower in both the discus and shot entering Tuesday’s District 2 Class 2A girls’ meet at Scranton Memorial Stadium.


The javelin, well, not so much. Johns entered fourth, and was just hoping for a personal best.


The Black Knight got her PR, and punched three tickets to the PIAA Class 2A state meet at Shippensburg University in the process.


Johns, in her first javelin throw of the day, hit the state-qualifying standard with her toss of 122-feet, 5-inches – which was good for second behind Elk Lake’s Taylor Watkins’ heave of 126-3. The freshman went on to win both the discus and shot put, donning the first two gold medals of her high school scholastic career.


“It was very exciting, and at the same time, shocking,” Johns said. “I didn’t expect any of this, honestly. Even though I was seeded pretty high in two events, it’s still unexpected.”


Lakeland went on to capture top team honors with a score of 118. Rounding out the top five were Montrose (84), Holy Redeemer (81), Holy Cross (74) and Lake-Lehman (63).


The Wyoming Valley Conference crowned champs in four of the 15 individual events, and will send five to the state meet. Meyers’ 400 relay squad of Riley Conahan, Quinniea Gross, Vichon Wilborn and Nalaysia Johnson also qualified with a dominating victory where Johnson pulled away from the Montrose anchor down the home stretch.


As for Johns, well, it was a day filled with surprise.


Especially with the throw in the javelin, where she entered with a seed distance of 112-1 – a full nine feet behind the state mandate.


The suspense lasted one throw where she released and watched it soar threw the wind. Once the distance was read aloud, the freshman cracked a little smile.


“I knew that I had a big throw in me. I was just looking for that personal best,” Johns said. “I never expected to qualify on my very first throw. I was consistently getting around a 110, so I was hoping for that again. I threw that first one, and I said that I thought I had around a 115. I was shocked when I heard the number.”


Teammate Cayle Spencer will join Johns in the javelin at Ship. Waiting until her last throw of the finals flight, the junior unleashed her toss of 121-7, seven inches beyond the required distance of 121-0.


“There were a lot of nerves,” Spencer said. “I knew that it was my last throw, but I tried not to think about it. I’ve been waiting on that throw for a while. Last year, I was hitting it, but I didn’t yet this year. I’m just happy that I was able to get that big throw in districts.”


Johns’ discus victory was pretty convincing, winning by a full 13 feet over Hanover Area’s Chyanne Fine. It was pretty nerve-racking for the Hawkeye as she waited until her second-to-last toss in the finals to punch her state ticket, reaching the qualifying standard by eight inches.


“It was really sketchy, but once you hit the circle, you take a deep breath and go,” Fine said. “I knew that I could do it. My coaches just kept telling me that I could do it. When I let the discus go, I knew that it was going to be a good throw.”


It was quite the breakout performance for Meyers’ Johnson. Actually, dominating would be the better word.


Qualifying with the top time in the 100 prelims, the freshman put on a show in the final – pulling away in the final 50 yards for an easy victory.


“Honestly, I didn’t think I was going to win. My knee has been bothering me for the last few weeks, so I was hoping to just get off a good start,” she said. “It’s awesome to be wearing the gold. It feels like I’m Super Woman or something like that. It’s a dream for me.”


Two other girls earned golds in their individual events.


Seeded No. 1 in the pole vault, Northwest’s Olivia Magni lived up to her expectations, clearing the bar at 9-0. And Holy Redeemer’s Olivia Gregorio also defended her top seed, pulling away around the final turn in the 800, cruising across the finish line in 2:21.76.


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Team Scores:


1. Lakeland (LAKE), 118; 2. Montrose (MON), 84; 3. Holy Redeemer (HR), 81; 4. Holy Cross (HC), 74; 5. Lake-Lehman (LL), 63; 6. Meyers (MEY), 44.50; 7. Dunmore (DUN), 44; 8. Hanover Area (HA), 39.50; 9. Elk Lake (EL), 39; 10. Blue Ridge (BR), 35; 11. GAR (GAR), 25; 12. Northwest Area (NW), 18.50; 13. Mid-Valley (MV), 14; 14. Nanticoke Area (NAN), 11.50; 15. Susquehanna (SUS), 5; 16. Carbondale (CAR), 3; 17. Mountain View (VIEW), 2.


3,200 relay: 1. EL (Julie VanEtten, Katie Bennett, Elizabeth Trowbridge, Kenzie Jones), 10:06.29; 2. HC, 10:14.98; 3. MON, 10:22.25; 4. LL (Kaylee Hillard, Julia Hutsko, Lindsay Pembleton, Emily Sutton), 10:28.21; 5. HA (Amelia Hossage, Alicia Saltz, Kaylie Orzechowski, Mickie Kaminski), 10:35.91; 6. HR (Olivia Greer, Olivia Gregorio, Emily Hons, Mallory Kusakavitch), 10:40.83; 7. MV, 11:10.12; 8. DUN, 11:14.76. 100 hurdles: 1. LAKE Cassidy Jenkins 15.42; 2. LAKE Madison Harding 16.21; 3. BR Lindsey Rupakus 17.39; 4. DUN Cassidy Rivera 17.39; 5. HA Brexy Pena 17.52; 6. LAKE Natalie Tuffy 17.65; 7. HR Rachel Callahan 17.80. 100: 1. MEY Nalaysia Johnson 12.80; 2. LEH Shoshana Mahoney 13.21; 3. GAR Jevona Taylor 13.22; 4. MV Shannon Flynn 13.31; 5. LAKE Cassidy Jenkins 13.49; 6. MEY Vichon Wilborn 13.58; 7. MON Meghan Gilhool 13.69; 8. HR Melanie Kusakavitch 13.73. 1,600: 1. HC Tess Kearns 5:13.33; 2. HC Macken Greenfield 5:13.38; 3. HR Olivia Gregorio 5:21.37; 4. NAN Rebecca Morgis 5:32.20; 5. LEH Kaylee Hillard 5:35.95; 6. EL Elizabeth Trowbridge 5:40.02; 7. MON Samantha Bennici 5:46.69; 8. LAKE Elena Tomcykoski 5:52.0. 400: 1. MON Allison Lewis 59.17; 2. LAKE Madison Harding 60.81; 3. BR Lindsey Burdick 62.52; 4. HR Caroline Banas 62.72; 5. GAR Nashae Caruso 62.75; 6. HR Mallory Kusakavitch 63.21; 7. NAN Riley Klepadlo 64.43; 8. MEY Jerolita Roberts 64.43. 400 relay: 1. MEY (Riley Conahan, Quinniea Gross, Vichon Wilborn, Nalaysia Johnson), 50.0; 2. MON, 50.85; 3. HR (Julia Adams, Greta Ell, Autumn Kaminski, Sara Mirra), 53.04; 4. BR, 53.29; 5. HA (Brexy Pena, Berengere Meyer, Shaylen Harris, Amelia Hossage), 53.33; 6. GAR (Kaya Rooks, Samara McCloe, Avery Harris, Jevona Taylor), 53.79; 7. EL, 53.89; 8. DUN, 54.51. 300 hurdles: 1. LAKE Cassidy Jenkins 45.06; 2. MON Rebecca Timm 47.07; 3. BR Lindsey Rupakus 47.49; 4. HR Autumn Kaminski 49.84; 5. LL Kahli Kotulski 50.67; 6. CARB Jenn Korty 52.31; 7. DUN Emily Pavlowski 53.05; 8. LL Marie Johns 53.09. 800: 1. HR Olivia Gregorio 2:21.76; 2. LAKE Brooke Estadt 2:25.55; 3. HA Mickie Kaminski 2:26.61; 4. EL Katie Bennett 2:27.37; 5. DUN Megan Connors 2:28.10; 6. NAN Rebecca Morgis 2:29.39; 7. GAR Katel Odziejewski 2:29.99; 8. HA Kayli Orzechowski 2:34.98. 200: 1. MON Myra Lattimore 26.35; 2. MEY Riley Conahan 26.81; 3. MEY Quinniea Gross 27.27; 4. GAR Jevona Taylor 27.39; 5. MV Shannon Flynn 27.83; 6. BR Lindsey Burdick 28.21; 7. VIEW Stephanie Ostir 28.27; 8. LAKE Kayla Agentowicz 28.81. 3,200: 1. HC Tess Kearns 11:23.61; 2. HC Zoe Haggerty 11:23.72; 3. HC MacKenzie Greenfield 12:14.40; 4. EL Kenzie Jones 12:26.28; 5. HR Izzy Updike 12:35.53; 6. LL Julia Hutsko 12:35.86; 7. MON Emma Washo 12:39.86; 8. LL Lindsay Pembleton 12:51.55. 1,600 relay: 1. MON (Emma Griffiths, Myra Lattimore, Allison Lewis, Rebecca Timm), 4:05.40; 2. LAKE, 4:11.41; 3. HR (Caroline Banas, Greta Ell, Autumn Kaminski, Mallory Kusakavitch), 4:13.53; 4. BR, 4:21.26; 5. EL, 4:25.49; 6. DUN, 4:27.36; 7. NAN (Chaquana Zendarski, Rebecca Morgis, Courtney Day, Riley Klepadlo), 4:32.38; 8. LL (Kaylee Hillard, Marie Johns, Kierra Kimble, Kahli Kotulski), 4:34.61.


High jump: 1. LAKE Madison Harding 5-0; 2. HR Caroline Banas 4-10; 2. LAKE Kayla Agentowicz 4-10; 4. MON Madelyn Pasteka 4-8; 5. HR Kelly Shandra 4-8; 6. MV Haley Drutarovsky 4-8; 7. HA Jessica Golobek 4-6; 7. NW Taylor Pawlik 4-6. Pole vault: 1. NW Olivia Magni 9-0; 2. LAKE Dana Buskovitz 8-0; 3. HC Monica Seamon 8-0; 4. MON Emma Griffiths 7-6; 4. MON Rebecca Timm 7-6; 6. LAKE Natalie Tuffy 7-0; 6. LAKE Kristen Hllavaty 7-0; 8. HC Cassie Groncki 7-0. Long jump: 1. LAKE Brooke Estadt 17-0; 2. DUN Cassidy Rivera 16-11 ¼; 3. MEY Nalaysia Johnson 16-7 ½; 4. HR Melanie Kusakavitch 16-5; 5. MON Hannah Dieck 16-5; 6. NW Sarah Zultevicz 16-1 ½; 7. DUN Kayleigh Semion 16-0; 8. NW Olivia Magni 15-8 ½. Triple jump: 1. LAKE Brooke Estadt 37-5 ¼; 2. DUN Megan Connors 35-10 ¼; 3. HC Monica Seamon 33-7; 4. MON Hannah Dieck 33-5 ½; 5. HR Melanie Kusakavitch 33- ½; 6. HC Ann Basting 32-11 ½; 7. HC Shannon McDonough 32-3 ½; 8. LAKE Natalie Tuffy 32-3 ¼. Shot put: 1. LAKE Emily Johns 38-5; 2. DUN Jillian Korgeski 36-10; 3. HA Chyanne Fine 34-11 ½; 4. LAKE Breann Clauss-Walton 32-10; 5. HR Alyssa Christian 32-7; 6. HC Victoria Zawacki 32-3 ½; 7. LL Cayle Spencer 31-5 ½; 8. GAR Marie Skrepenak 31-3. Discus: 1. LEH Emily Johns 126-11; 2. HA Chyanne Fine 113-8; 3. HR Ana Turoski 105-9; 4. SUS Sarah Serfilippi 103-4; 5. GAR Marie Skrepenak 99-1; 6. HC Victoria Zawacki 98-11; 7. MON Brianna Thompson 98-02; 8. LAKE Taylor Flynn 97-5. Javelin: 1. EL Taylor Watkins 126-3; 2. LEH Emily Johns 122-5; 3. LEH Cayle Spencer 121-7; 4. HA Caitlyn Bogart 119-0; 5. BR Laurren Whitney 109-11; 6. NW Kennedy Maclean 107-11; 7. DUN Jillian Korgeski 102-0; 8. MON Meghan Gilhool 99-0.


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