Times Leader Boys Track and Field All-Stars

Nick Barbieri -
Meyers hurdler Nazir Dunell shrugged off a sore hamstring to win the PIAA Class 2A gold medal in the 110 hurdles. - Times Leader file photo
Wyoming Valley West distance runner Mitchell Forgash stunned the state field, and himself, by coming from a No. 27 seed to finish fourth at the PIAA Class 3A 800 run. - Times Leader file photo
Phil Cocco - - Times Leader file photo
Walter Coles - - Times Leader file photo
Nazir Dunell - - Times Leader file photo
Mitchell Forgash - - Times Leader file photo
Joey Grula - - Times Leader file photo
Cole Horan - - Times Leader file photo
Mitchell Martin - - Times Leader file photo
Trejon Turner - - Times Leader file photo
Vincent Todd - - Times Leader file photo
Lukas Volpetti - - Times Leader file photo
Jason Mills - - Times Leader file photo
Pittston Area senior Nick Barbieri placed among the top eight in two District 2 hurdles events and was a mainstay during the Patriots’ unbeaten WVC Division 1 championship season. - - Times Leader file photo

NICK BARBIERI

Sr., Pittston Area

110 hurdles

Barbieri had a solid season while helping the Patriots complete an unbeaten year and capture the WVC Division title. Barbieri’s consistency showed up in the postseason, where he took two medals at the District 2 championships and helped Pittston Area finish fourth. Barbieri finished fifth in the district 110 hurdles and placed eighth in the 300 hurdles.

PHIL COCCO

Sr., Pittston Area

Shot put

The strength of Pittston Area’s WVC Division 1 championship team was built around throwing events, and nobody threw the shot put better than Cocco. He won the District 2 Class 3A gold medal in the event and went on to move up a spot from his seeding by finishing 22nd in the PIAA shot put.

WALTER COLES

Sr., Pittston Area

Discus

A do-it-all guy in field events, Coles mastered all the throws and picked up District 2 Class 3A medals in all three events. He finished with a bronze medal in javelin, placed fourth in the shot put and finished sixth in the discus after picking up valuable points for the Patriots during their run to the top of the WVC Division 1.

NAZIR DUNELL

Jr., Meyers

300 hurdles

Not even a hurting hamstring could slow Dunell down. The Meyers star won the state 110 hurdles gold medal after tweaking his hamstring earlier in the day and finished 12th in the PIAA 300 hurdles. He won the District 2 Class 2A championship in both hurdles events and also took a fourth-place district medal in the 100 dash.

MITCHELL FORGASH

Sr., Valley West

800 run

The Spartans standout turned in one of the most staggering finishes at the PIAA Class 3A championships when he came from a No. 27 seed to finish with a fourth-place state medal in the 800. He got to his first state finals field by winning the District 2 800 run and posting the best finish in the state semifinals. Forgash also captured a district silver medal in the 400 dash.

JOEY GRULA

Sr., Hazleton Area

Triple jump

The Brown-bound javelin thrower earned two District 2 Class 3A silver medals and made it to the state medal stand twice before grabbing a PIAA medal in his final high school event. Grula finished second in district triple jump and javelin throw and placed eighth in javelin at states. He just missed a second medal in the PIAA triple jump, where he finished ninth.

COLE HORAN

Sr., Coughlin

Long jump

Long the star of Coughlin’s leaping events, Horan closed his fine career by winning a District 2 Class 3A silver medal in the long jump and helping the Crusaders 400 relay team win district gold. He reached states in both events and helped the relay to a 15th-place PIAA finish.

MITCHELL MARTIN

Sr., Berwick

3,200 run

Martin helped the Bulldogs go the distance while leading Berwick’s WVC Division 1 championship season. The established miler won the District 2 Class 3A 3,200 gold medal, then improved three spots from his 20th-place seeding to finish 17th at the PIAA Championships.

RAFAEL MCCOY

So., Coughlin

200 dash

The Crusaders sprinter burst onto the scene this year while dashing his way to two District 2 Class 3A silver medals. He placed second in the district 200 dash and was part of the runner-up 400 relay team at districts. McCoy also proved to be a force in the 100 dash during the season. He helped Coughlin’s 400 relay finish 15th at the PIAA Championships.

EDUARDO QUEZADA

Jr., Hanover Area

400 dash

The hard-charging Hawkeyes speedster made a mad dash to the medal stand twice during the District 2 Class 2A championships. He earned a bronze medal in the 400 dash and also captured an eight-place medal in the 200 dash.

ETHAN SORBER

Sr., Northwest

Pole vault

Sorber won his second straight District 2 Class 2A title but made it to his first PIAA Championships. He didn’t disappoint at states, finishing tied for 11th place while maintaining his seed position.

TREJON TURNER

So., Tunkhannock

High jump

Turner took the WVC by storm while becoming far and away the league’s best jumper. He won the District 2 Class 3A gold medal by clearing 6-8 and placed fourth at the PIAA Championships to earn a medal in his first state try. Turner also helped Tunkhannock’s 400 relay to an eighth-place district finish.

VINCENT TODD

Sr., Coughlin

100 dash

The speedster returned from a midseason injury to reclaim is reputation as the fastest sprinter in the WVC. He won a pair of silver medals at the District 2 championships, finishing second in both the 100 dash and as part of the 400 relay team. Todd anchored a 400 relay that finished among the top 15 at states.

LUKAS VOLPETTI

Jr., Holy Redeemer

1,600 run

The dynamic distance runner finished as what is believed to be the first Royals runner to win four medals in one day at the District 2 Class 2A championships. He helped the 3,200 relay team defend its district gold medal and finished fifth in the 800 run, the 1,600 run and as part of the 1,600 relay. Volpetti made his second straight PIAA championship appearance with the 3,200 relay, which finished 18th.

JASON MILLS

Pittston Area

Coach of the Year

The former Coughlin and Syracuse football standout blended a strong throwing unit with a heavy-hitting lineup of hurdlers to lead the Patriots to the WVC Division 1 title. He found the right mix and some capable sprinters to blend together a 7-0 season and lead a team that’s been gradually progressing for the past two years to the top of the league and a fourth-place District 2 standing.

SECOND TEAM

Name`School`Grade`Event

Chris Banas`Jr`Holy Redeemer`400 dash

Kayne Burton`So`Wyoming Area`100 dash

Najese Hood`Jr`Meyers`long jump

Floyd McCroy`Jr`Lake-Lehman`300 hurdles

T.J. Meehan`Jr`Lake-Lehman`discus

Riley Newman`Sr`Lake-Lehman`800 run

Alex Parks`Sr`Berwick`200 dash

Jake Rutkowski`Sr`Pittston Area`shot put

Matt Saxe`So`Northwest`javelin

Curtis Smith`So`GAR`high jump

Tyler Thomas`Sr`Hanover Area`triple jump

Janssen Wilborn`Sr`Meyers`110 hurdles

Josh Wyandt`Sr`Dallas`1,600 run

Dalton Yeust`So`Tunkhannock`pole vault

Bryce Zapusek`Jr`Holy Redeemer`3,200 run

Nick Barbieri
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_IMG_2362_1532045393530.jpegNick Barbieri

Meyers hurdler Nazir Dunell shrugged off a sore hamstring to win the PIAA Class 2A gold medal in the 110 hurdles.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_052618-cgk-PIAAtrackfield26.jpgMeyers hurdler Nazir Dunell shrugged off a sore hamstring to win the PIAA Class 2A gold medal in the 110 hurdles. Times Leader file photo

Wyoming Valley West distance runner Mitchell Forgash stunned the state field, and himself, by coming from a No. 27 seed to finish fourth at the PIAA Class 3A 800 run.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_052618-cgk-PIAAtrackfield27.jpgWyoming Valley West distance runner Mitchell Forgash stunned the state field, and himself, by coming from a No. 27 seed to finish fourth at the PIAA Class 3A 800 run. Times Leader file photo

Phil Cocco
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Walter Coles
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Nazir Dunell
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Mitchell Forgash
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Joey Grula
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Cole Horan
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Mitchell Martin
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Trejon Turner
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Vincent Todd
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Lukas Volpetti
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Jason Mills
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Pittston Area senior Nick Barbieri placed among the top eight in two District 2 hurdles events and was a mainstay during the Patriots’ unbeaten WVC Division 1 championship season.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_TTL040618Pittston-WVW-Track_1.jpgPittston Area senior Nick Barbieri placed among the top eight in two District 2 hurdles events and was a mainstay during the Patriots’ unbeaten WVC Division 1 championship season. Times Leader file photo