2017 Times Leader Boys Track and Field All-Stars

June 30th, 2017 8:33 am

Second Team

Name`School`Grade`Event

Anthony Blake`GAR`Jr.`100 Dash

Christian Breton`Valley West`Jr.`Pole Vault

Nick Brown`Holy Redeemer`Sr.`800 Run

Kyle Carr`Wyoming Area`Sr.`Discus

Brandon Chafin`Hanover Area`Sr.`High Jump

Mohammad Chesson`Hanover Area`Sr.`200 Dash

Walter Coles`Pittston Area`Jr.`Javelin

Aaron Hoda`Holy Redeemer`Sr.`3200 Run

Najese Hood`Meyers`So.`Triple Jump

Hunter Jones`Coughlin`Jr.`110 Hurdles

Mitchell Martin`Berwick`Jr.`1600 Run

Ray Richard`Valley West`Sr.`400 Dash

Jake Rutkowski`Pittston Area`Jr.`Shot Put

Janssen Wilborn`Meyers`Jr.`300 Hurdles

Steven Yordy`Wyoming Area`Jr.`Long Jump

Brandon Brueckner

Hanover Area

Sr.; Triple Jump

The second state trip Brueckner took resulted in a seventh-place PIAA medal when he ran a 40.62 in the finals of the 300 hurdles, but that was just one of the multitude of events in which he excelled. Brueckner took a bronze medal in the District 2 Class 2A triple jump with a leap of 42-10.5 and also finished with bronze medal as part of the Hawkeyes’ 400 relay team. He placed sixth in the 200 finals after leading the preliminary competition, giving him a fourth medal to go along with his district silver in the 300 hurdles.

Dominic Capaci

Holy Redeemer

So.; 800 Run

Capaci collected two silver medals and a gold at the Class 2A District 2 Championships, starting with his second-place finish in the 800 run with a time of 2:00.18. He also helped Redeemer’s 3200 relay team to a gold medal at districts and a surprising fourth-place finish at the PIAA championships, and fueled a 1600 relay team that finished second at districts.

Nazir Dunell

Meyers

S0.; 110 Hurdles

Dunell earned a bronze medal in the 110 hurdles by running a 15.13 at the PIAA Class 2A championships. He also proved a valuable asset on the Meyers relay teams, which helped the Mohawaks earn a second straight WVC Division 2 title. Dunell flourished in the District 2 championships while winning gold in the 110 hurdles after taking third in the event’s preliminaries, and helped the Meyers 400 relay team capture a sixth-place district medal.

Emmanuel Edoukou

GAR

Sr.; 100 Dash

The Grenadiers speedster won his share of meets during the WVC Division 2 season, but in the District 2 Class 2A championship field, Edoukou really blossomed. Edoukou came from a No. 9 seed to win the district gold medal in the 100-meter dash with a season-best time of 11.82 seconds. He also won a second gold medal as the third leg of the district championship 400-meter relay team. Edoukou finished in the top 15 in the Class 2A state sprint and helped move the 400 relay up to No. 13 from its 15th-place PIAA seeding.

Mitchell Fowler

Tunkhannock

Sr.; Pole Vault

After a stellar regular season where he regularly topped all WVC vaulters, Fowler blossomed in the postseason. He cleared 12 feet on his second try to win the District 2 boys Class 3A championship, earning a gold medal that sealed a season of consistency for Fowler.

Joe Grula

Hazleton Area

Jr.; Javelin

Grula helped the Cougars secure an unbeaten season and WVC Division 1 title by dominating jumping events. Then he won the District 2 gold medal by capturing the Class 3A javelin throw with a distance of 187-7, while grabbing two other district medals with fourth-place finishes in the high jump and triple jump. Grula didn’t quite match that javelin throw in his first state championship competition, but finished in the top 10 among Class 3A throwers by hitting 170-9.

Patrick Mitchell

Pittston Area

Sr.; Shot Put

Mitchell’s continually out-gunned his competitors in throwing events, which was a big reason why Pittston Area made a surprising move from a middle-of-the-pack team to a third-place finish in the WVC Division 1. Mitchell earned a fifth-place medal in shot put at the District 2 Class 3A championships, and he also set a personal best in the discus throw during the season.

Paul Moska

Pittston Area

Sr.; High Jump

With his second-best jump of the season, Moska earned himself a tie with three other competitors — along with a bronze medal — in the PIAA Class 3A high jump. It proved a fitting reward for Moska, who paced Pittston Area’s resurgence in the WVC Division 1. Moska cleared 6-4 at states, just after winning the District 2 gold medal with a leap of 6-5 to match his personal record and earn his first PIAA trip. He also finished ninth in the district triple jump.

Namir Murphy

Meyers

Sr.; Discus

The stalwart thrower, headed to the Army National Guard, proved a key point producer for a Meyers team that shot to a second consecutive unbeaten regular season and a second straight WVC Division 2 title. Murphy collected bronze medals in both the discus and javelin throws at the District 2 Class 2A championships and also finished in the top 10 in the district shot put. He threw the discus 130 feet and the javelin 149-4 to earn his district medals.

Christian Roberts

Dallas

Sr.; 400 Dash

A strong showing in the District 2 Class 3A field earned Roberts a silver medal in the 400, and his time of 49.85 barely left him shy of a gold medal run. Roberts qualified for the state championships, where he finished 17th overall. He helped the Dallas 400 relay team to a No. 7 finish at districts and finished among the top 10 in District 2 in the 100-meter dash.

Ron Sepkoski

Coughlin

Sr.; 300 hurdles

Sepkoski put up excellent times to secure a silver and bronze in the District 2 Class 3A field. Sepkoski’s 15.29 in the 110 hurdles placed him second and just missed first place by a nose, and his time of 40.51 in the 300 hurdles put him third in the district field. Sepkoski also ran on a 1,600 relay team that finished eighth at districts.

Vincent Todd

Coughlin

Jr.; 200 Dash

Todd sprinted to silver medals in the 100- and 200-meter dashes during the District 2 Class 3A boys championships, and spearheaded Coughlin’s 400 relay team to a district gold medal. Todd’s silver medals came with a finish of 11.31 in the 100 and 23.31 in the 200 during the district finals.

Lukas Volpetti

Holy Redeemer

S0.; 1,600 Run

In just his second high school season, Volpetti took home a bronze medal in the District 2 Class 2A 1,600-meter run and captured a fifth-place district medal in the 3,200. Volpetti also ran second for the Royals’ District 2 champion and fourth-place state medalist 3,200 relay team, and he was a three-time winner at the Cross Invitational.

Jack Zardecki

Dallas

Jr.; 3,200 Run

The Mountaineers distance dynamo punctuated a strong regular season by running a 9:22.90 in the 3,200 at the District 2 Class 3A finals to finish with a silver medal. He just missed first place by .23 seconds. The performance qualified Zardecki for the PIAA championships, where he finished 24th.

Hayden White

Meyers

Coach of the Year

For the second straight season, White turned an underdog into a conference champion. Since his return to the Mohawks after spending a few seasons assisting Hanover Area, Meyers hasn’t lost a league meet. This year’s repeat of the WVC Division 2 title was a complete surprise, considering the Mohawks lost one of the top hurdlers in the state, a state medalist and a key mid-distance runner from last year’s title team. No matter to White, who guided young talent into positions of strength and once again coaxed the best from every facet of his team. It’s a big reason why the Mohawks are the best in the league, two years running.

Brandon Brueckner, Hanover Area
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_TTL06XX17Brandon-Brueckner.jpgBrandon Brueckner, Hanover Area
Dominic Capaci, Holy Redeemer
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_capaci.jpgDominic Capaci, Holy Redeemer
Nazir Dunell, Meyers
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_nazir.jpgNazir Dunell, Meyers
Emmanuel Edoukou, GAR
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_edoukou.jpgEmmanuel Edoukou, GAR
Mitchell Fowler, Tunkhannock
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_Mitchell-FowlerCMYK.jpgMitchell Fowler, Tunkhannock
Joe Grula, Hazleton Area
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_grula-mug.jpgJoe Grula, Hazleton Area
Patrick Mitchell, Pittston Area
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_TTL06XX17Patrick-Mitchell.jpgPatrick Mitchell, Pittston Area
Paul Moska, Pittston Area
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Namir Murphy, Meyers
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_namir.jpgNamir Murphy, Meyers
Christian Roberts, Dallas
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_christian-roberts.jpgChristian Roberts, Dallas
Ron Sepkoski, Coughlin
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_Sepkoski.jpgRon Sepkoski, Coughlin
Vincent Todd, Coughlin
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_vince-todd.jpgVincent Todd, Coughlin
Lukas Volpetti, Holy Redeemer
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_TTL06XX17Lukas-Volpetti.jpgLukas Volpetti, Holy Redeemer
Coach of the Year: Hayden White, Meyers
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_Hayden-White.jpgCoach of the Year: Hayden White, Meyers
Jack Zardecki, Dallas
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_JackZedeckiMUG.jpgJack Zardecki, Dallas

Second Team

Name`School`Grade`Event

Anthony Blake`GAR`Jr.`100 Dash

Christian Breton`Valley West`Jr.`Pole Vault

Nick Brown`Holy Redeemer`Sr.`800 Run

Kyle Carr`Wyoming Area`Sr.`Discus

Brandon Chafin`Hanover Area`Sr.`High Jump

Mohammad Chesson`Hanover Area`Sr.`200 Dash

Walter Coles`Pittston Area`Jr.`Javelin

Aaron Hoda`Holy Redeemer`Sr.`3200 Run

Najese Hood`Meyers`So.`Triple Jump

Hunter Jones`Coughlin`Jr.`110 Hurdles

Mitchell Martin`Berwick`Jr.`1600 Run

Ray Richard`Valley West`Sr.`400 Dash

Jake Rutkowski`Pittston Area`Jr.`Shot Put

Janssen Wilborn`Meyers`Jr.`300 Hurdles

Steven Yordy`Wyoming Area`Jr.`Long Jump


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