DALLAS TWP. — The old saying says speed kills.
And for as long as she can remember, Sam Mazula has been killing it on the track.
“My mom and dad said I was like that from when I was little,” Mazula said. “It’s something you can’t teach, and something that’s good to be.”
Her penchant for beating people to the finish line has sparked the Dallas girls track team to a great start.
Mazula did it again Wednesday, taking first in a highly anticipated sprint showdown against Wyoming Valley West while emerging as a double winner in a 113-33 victory that helped Dallas to a 3-0 start.
“I’m not really surprised,” Mazula said of the team’s run of success through the first half of the season. “I knew there would be a lot of good freshmen coming up. They want to work hard. I’m really not surprised we’d have such a strong start.”
The major surprise, it seems, is how dominant the Dallas boys team has become.
Led by five wins from the Maransky brothers, the Mountaineers boys also improved to 3-0 by putting away the Spartans, 93-57, as both Dallas squads remained a half-game out of first place in the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1.
Sophomore Matt Maransky placed first in the long jump, javelin throw and pole vault, while senior Nate Maransky won the 110 hurdles and triple jump.
Could Dallas get out of the blocks any better?
Well, it depends on which blocks.
Mazula, for one, said she feverishly worked on her technique and her starts over the years — which helped the senior stalwart accomplish the fastest time of the day in the girls 100-meter dash during Dallas’ previous two meets.
“I’ve worked at it a lot, definitely, especially with my start,” Mazula, a senior, said. “Since I’ve been up here with coach Rad (co-coach Ed Radzinski), it’s improved a lot.”
It wasn’t her beginning that highlighted the race of the day — her 100-meter dash win over Valley West standout Ashley Blannard that turned into a fight to the finish. Mazula’s 12.8-second run just nosed out Blannard, who finished in 13-flat.
Blannard, who picked up victories in the triple jump and long jump, actually had the lead for the first quarter of the sprint battle, but Mazula’s fast finish sent her to victory.
“I didn’t have a good start,” Mazula said. “I haven’t been feeling well. I worked hard to catch her. The time was not where I want it to be, but we’ve got a couple weeks left before districts to get it where it needs to be.”
Besides, right now the Mountaineers need her to produce points in other events.
While they got three victories from Abby Zolner in both hurdles events and on the 1,600 relay and three more from Megan Borton in the 800, 1,600 and on the 3,200 relay, Mazula proved a big key to victory once again.
She was part of the winning 400 relay team, then finished second to Blannard in the long jump competition.
“It’s hard, because it’s a short runway,” Mazula said. “But I think my speed helps. It helps a lot.”
Tunkhannock 82, Coughlin 68
Peter Sayre was a triple winner and Erik Bennett won the long and triple jump as the Tigers stung the Crusaders.
Sayre won the 800 run and was part of the winning 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams.
Rafael McCoy was a double winner for Coughlin, placing first in the 200 dash and as part of the 400 relay.
Pittston Area 101, Crestwood 49
Alex Haas was a triple winner and Walter Coles won two throwing events as the Patriots moved to 4-0 and remained in first place in the WVC Division 1.
Haas won the 100 dash in 11.3 and took the 200 dash in 23.6 between anchoring the winning 400 relay team.
Coles captured the javelin with a throw of 152-2 and also won the discus with a distance of 124-2.
Coughlin 99, Tunkhannock 51
Le’June Berry was a four-time winner and Emma Fortune and Arianna Brittingham both won in three events as the Crusaders powered past the Tigers.
Berry won all three jumps and ran on the 1,600 relay team with Brittingham — who also took first place in the 100 dash and on the 400 relay team.
Fortune won the 800 and 1,600 runs and was on the 3,200 relay team.
Pittston Area 136, Crestwood 14
Abby Norwillo was a four-time winner and Ashton Ashby led a group of four other individual double winners as the Patriots moved to 4-0 by winning every event.
Norwillo won the long jump, pole vault, 200 dash and anchored the winning 400 relay team.
Ashby captured the high jump and triple jump, while Emma Coles won the javelin and discus. Nicole Zambetti placed first in the 800 and 1,600 runs, while Jenna Smith captured the 100 and 400 dashes.
Smith and Zambetti became triple winners while teaming on the winning 1,600 relay team.
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