Wyoming Valley West
Jr.; Triple Jump
Blannard found district gold when she won the District 2 Class 3A long jump by hitting a distance of 17-9.75. She also took home a pair of bronze medals from the District 2 Championships, finishing third in the triple jump and as part of the 400 relay team, and earned a spot to states in both jumping events.
Jr.; 1,600 Run
Helped Lehman tie for the WVC Division 2 title as one of the conference’s strongest milers. She earned a fifth-place medal in the District 2 Class 2A 1,600 run, then helped the 3,200 relay team win a second straight district gold medal. That relay team went on to turn a No. 15 seeding into a fourth-place PIAA medal.
Jr.; 800 run
One of the most dominant mid-distance runners in the area, Garnick helped Lehman to the WVC Division 2 co-championship. She then earned a fourth-place District 2 medal in the Class 2A 800. She was part of a 1,600 relay team that finished with a district bronze, and helped propel Lehman’s 3,200 relay to a District 2 gold medal and a fourth-place finish at the PIAA Championships.
Sr.; Pole vault
Hawkins flourished in her final high school season and picked up an elusive state medal in the process. She cleared 12-6 to set a new District 2 Class 3A girls pole vault record and win the district championship for the third consecutive year. She also won the pole vault at the Penn Relays with a height of 12-5. She earned a seventh-place medal at states.
Sr.; 100 Dash
Harris-Johnson finished eighth in the 100 dash during the PIAA Class 2A Championship to earn her fourth consecutive state medal in that event. To do it, the gritty speedster had to overcome a meniscus injury she suffered during preliminary runs the day before. At the District 2 Class 2A championships, she won three gold medals, one silver and just missing the district 100 dash record by a half-second. Her district wins came in the 100 and 200 dashes and as the anchor on the 400 relay team, and her second place finish in the long jump got her to state in three events.
Sr.; 100 Hurdles
Already the school record holder in the 100 hurdles, Kaminski picked up a pair of bronze medals at districts. She finished third in the district 100 hurdles in 15.71 and also took third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 47.17. The showing earned her a trip to states for a third straight season, where she finished 11th in the 300 hurdles and 14th in the 100 hurdles.
Her return to high school competition was a big one, as Johns earned a state silver medal in the discus after leading Lehman to the WVC Division 2 co-championship. Johns not only won two more district titles, she set two District 2 Class 2A Championship records in the process while finding more gold in the shot put and discus throws. A Class 3A champion in both events during her sophomore season, Johns missed last year’s districts with a serious foot injury. She came back to throw 150-2 in the discus and 38-1 in the shot put to become the District 2 standard setter, and her third state medal proved her most colorful when she placed second in the discus.
Jr.; High jump
Her ability as a sprinter and jumper made Kerestes an invaluable point producer for the Royals through the regular season, and came to the forefront in the postseason. Kerestes captured three medals in at the District 2 Class 2A Championships and narrowly missed taking home a fourth. She finished with a silver medal in the district high jump by clearing 5-2, was fourth in the 200 dash with a time of 27.80 and placed sixth in the long jump with a leap of 15-11.75. She also helped Redemer’s 400 relay team to a seventh-place district finish and competed in her first PIAA high jump.
So.; 200 dash
No records this year, but plenty of medals for Lukowski in her first foray into the Class 3A field. After breaking the District 2 Class 2A 200-meter dash record as a freshman, Lukowski won the event in Class 3A this season with a time of 26.01. She collected a second gold medal by winning the district triple jump with a spot of 37-3.75 and earned a silver medal in the district 100 dash. Lukowski finished 11th in the triple jump at states.
For the second straight season, Merkel plucked a medal from the PIAA Class 3A javelin field after winning the District 2 gold medal in the event for the third straight season. With a throw of 147-1, Merkel became the new District 2 Class 3A record holder in the javelin throw. She also earned a bronze medal in the discus and bagged a fourth-place district medal in the shot put. In the PIAA finals, Merkel earned a sixth-place medal in the javelin.
Jr.; Long jump
For the second straight season, Norwillo shined in the state pole vault by taking home a silver medal while moving up two spots from her No. 4 seed. She cleared 12-5 for only the second time of the outdoor season. Norwillo finished with silver medals in the District 2 pole vault and long jump, and also earned points in the triple jump for a Patriots team that won the WVC Division 1.
Sr.; 400 Dash
Shedlock won three District 2 medals while making it to states in two events. She won the district 400 dash in 58.06 as the only girls competitor to finish the Class 3A race in under a minute. Shedlock took a silver in the triple jump and finished fifth in the 200. She finished 11th in the 400 at states and ended up 12th in the state triple jump.
Jr.; 3,200 run
Williams won two medals in the District 2 Class 2A Championships. She finished sixth in the 1,600 and also placed sixth in the 3,200. In the WVC Division 2, Williams was the spark for a strong distance corps that kept Holy Redeemer in contention for first place through most of the regular season.
Jr.; 300 Hurdles
Zolner collected two medals during the district championships, finishing with a silver by running the 300 hurdles in 47.81 and picking up a sixth-place spot in the 100 hurdles in 19.26.
Coach of the Year
By taking a small group of talent, building around it and playing to his team’s strengths, Calarco led the Bulldogs into a co-championship with Lake-Lehman during their first season in the WVC Division 2. His inspiration created excitement and his knowledge of his performers put the team in position to excel. It didn’t hurt that Calarco had state shot put gold medalist Payden Montana to pick up points in the field, but he also got the best out of the team’s other areas, which is why Berwick became a title team.
— Compiled by Paul Sokoloski