Parks, Martin star as Berwick boys win school’s first WVC track title

By Paul Sokoloski - [email protected]
From left, Berwick’s Anthony Spuches, Gabe Vandermark, Mitchell Thelemaque and Elliott Tripp compete in the boys 300 hurdles against GAR at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium on Monday. - Tony Callaio | For Times Leader
- Tony Callaio | For Times Leader
Berwick thrower Payden Montana launches another winning throw and completes a season sweep in the shot put, javelin and discus for the Bulldogs in a season-ending meet against GAR. - Tony Callaio | For Times Leader
Berwick’s Kyle Harro easily clears 10 feet on his way to winning the pole vault against GAR. - - Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE — Long after he was finished winning two long races, Mitchell Martin was still going the distance.

Like an energizer bunny, Martin kept jogging and jogging around the Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium track with an endless display of energy.

Making a dash into history can inspire that type of enthusiasm.

Martin won the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs Monday, Alex Parks was a triple winner and the Berwick clinched the school’s first Wyoming Valley Conference boys track and field championship by putting away GAR, 108-41 in a regular-season Division 2 finale.

“It feels so good,” Martin said. “It’s our first WVC championship we’ve ever won. It’s nice to put Berwick on the map.”

Now it’s on to the big celebration.

“We’re going to have a party,” Martin said. “I’m looking forward to that.”

Uh, about that …

It seems Berwick assistant Jon Pruitt, who works as a disc jockey, agreed to serve as a DJ at a team party if both the Berwick boys and girls track teams finished 7-0. And while the Bulldog boys did just that, Berwick’s girls finished a 6-1 season by downing GAR, 141-9 Monday while rebounding from last week’s 77.5-72-5 loss to Lake-Lehman.

“There were conditions for it, some were not met,” Berwick coach Bob Calarco said of the party. “The boys did their part. The girls came up five points short.”

Parks, a first-year runner as a senior, captured the 100 and 200 dashes and anchored the winning 400 relay team, while fellow senior Martin took care of the mile and two-mile events and junior Keith Evans helped fuel Berwick’s sweep of the relays by running on the 1,600 and 3,200 teams.

That helped the Bulldogs clinch a piece of history against a GAR team that has some individual talent, but lacks the depth it takes to challenge for team titles.

“It was a lot of hard work,” Martin said of the title. “We had a lot of guys who made an impact who just came out for their senior year. We knew we couldn’t look past GAR. We knew we still had a job to do today.”

The Bulldogs took that attitude all year, straight to a league title.

“It’s a great feeling. We’re really proud of the boys,” Calarco said. “They’ve been excited about their potential the entire season. As the season moved on, they began to realize what they were in the midst of. I think they appreciate what they did this year.

“They set history tonight.”

The Berwick girls still have hopes of joining them at the top.

But they’ll need Hanover Area to upend 6-0 Lake-Lehman in another season-ender that was moved to Tuesday. The Bullldogs, who finished tied with Lehman at 6-0-1 for the 2017 WVC Division 2 title, did their best to stay in this year’s championship hunt to the final day by blitzing GAR.

Megan Dalo won the long jump, triple jump and was part of the winning 400 and 1,600 relay teams for Berwick on the girls side, Payden Montana finished as a triple winner in all her meets by once again sweeping the throws and Amber Koshinski won the pole vault and 100 dash.

”The girls had another great year, a terrific two-year run,” Calarco said. “Unfortunately, they fell a little bit short. But I’m very proud of what they did.”

BOYS TRACK

Tunkhannock 78, Valley West 72

Peter Sayre was a triple winner and Trejon Turner won the high jump to clinch victory for the Tigers.

Sayre won the 110 hurdles, the 800 run and was part of the winning 3,200 relay team.

Erik Bennett took first in the long jump and was part of the winning 400 relay team for Tunkhannock. Turner cleared 6 feet in the meet’s final event, the high jump, to secure the win for Tunkhannock.

GIRLS TRACK

Valley West 76, Tunkhannock 70

Jessica Shaver was a triple winner and the Spartans took the top two spots in the high jump to secure a winning season in the final event of their final regular-season meet.

Shaver won the 100 hurdles the 100 dash and ran on the winning 400 relay team.

BOYS

Berwick 108, GAR 41

3,200 relay — 1. Ber (Noroski, Hoyt, Kevin Walker, Keith Evans), 11:56. 110 hurdles — 1. Ber, Gabe Vandermark, 18.4; 2. Ber, Mitchell Thelemaque; 3. Ber, Elliott Tripp. 100 — 1. Ber, Alex Parks, 11.3; 2. GAR, Anthony Blake; 3. Ber, Sharkuski. 1,600 — 1. Ber, Mitchell Martin, 5:05; 2. Ber, Griffin Keller; 3. GAR, Daniel Perez. 400 — 1. GAR, Christian Hernandez, 55.7; 2. Ber, John Morgan; 3. Ber, Maurer. 400 relay — 1. Ber (Tim Maron, Sharkuski, Ryan Laubach, Parks), 46.4. 300 hurdles — 1. Ber, Thelemague, 48.9; 2. Ber, Anthony Spuches; 3. Ber, Tripp. 800 — 1. Ber, Martin, 2:17; 2. Ber, Morgan; 3. GAR, Daniel Perez. 200 — 1. Ber, Parks, 23.3; 2. Ber, Maron. 3,200 — 1. Ber, Martin, 14:24; 2. Ber, Ben White; 3. Ber, Kevin Walker. 1,600 relay — 1. Ber (Moroski, Kyler Hower, Evans, Hoyt), 5:17.

High jump — 1. GAR, Taylor, 5-8; 2. Ber, Laubach; 3. GAR, Qualls. Pole vault — 1. Ber, Kyle Harro, 10-6; 2. Ber, Bao Le; 3. Ber, M. Plyler. Long jump — 1. Ber, Connor Hanson, 18-1.25; 2. Ber, Brayden Reigel; 3. GAR, Tyrone Qualls. Triple jump — 1. GAR, Kaden Taylor, 41-1; 2. GAR, Qualls; 3. Ber, Reigel. Shot put — 1. GAR, Zynear Bradford, 41-10.5; 2. Ber, Strother; 3. GAR, Colby Dotson. Discus — 1. GAR, Dotson, 114-6; 2. Ber, Dustin Peters; 3. GAR, Bradvord. Javelin — 1. Ber, Skioruski, 126-11; 2. GAR, Dotson; 3. GAR, Bradford.

GIRLS

Berwick 141, GAR 9

3,200 relay — 1. Ber (Kristin Fulton, Segura, Peters, Sydney Kimbell), 16:05. 100 hurdles — 1. Ber, Nevel, 17.1; 2. Ber, Watts; 3. Ber, Sierra Miedaner. 100 — 1. Ber, Amber Koshinski, 12.9; 2. Ber, Reese Mensinger; 3. GAR, Vanessa Luna. 1,600 — 1. Ber, Emily Dower, 6:28; 2. Ber, Johnson; 3. Ber, Alexandria Slusser. 400 — 1. Ber, Sydney Lloyd, 84.6; 2. Ber, Dower; 3. Ber, Regan Metz. 400 relay — 1. Ber (Lloyd, Dalo, Seely, Mensinger), 54.0. 300 hurdles — 1. Ber, Watts, 55.8; 2. Ber, Nevel; 3. Ber, Segura. 800 — 1. Ber, Dower, 2:50; 2. Ber, Johnson; 3. Ber, Isa. 200 — 1. Ber, Mensinger, 28.1; 2. Ber, Lloyd; 3. GAR, Luna. 3,200 — 1. Ber, Kimbell, 16:04; 2. Ber, Metz; 3. Ber, Coucek. 1,600 relay — 1. Ber (Lloyd, Miedaner, Nevel, Dalo), 6:39.

High jump — 1. GAR, Skylynn Gonzalez; 2. Ber, Nevel; 3. Ber, Woodeshick. Pole vault — 1. Ber, Amber Koshinski, 7-6; 2. Ber, Miedaner; 3. Ber, Zalkuski. Long jump — 1. Ber, Dalo, 16-3.25; 2. Ber, Koshinski; 3. GAR, Luna. Triple jump — 1. Ber, Megan Dalo, 33-3.75; 2. Ber, Seely; 3. Ber, Woodeshick. Shot put — 1. Ber, Payden Montana, 48-2; 2. Ber, Dia Cruz; 3. GAR, Simone Harris. Discus — 1. Ber, Montana, 152-5; 2. Ber, Makayla Force; 3. Ber, Maddie Isenberg. Javelin — 1. Ber, Montana, 108-1; 2. Ber, Cruz; 3. Ber, Isenberg.

Winner x, Loser x

3,200 relay — 1. ; 110 hurdles — 1. 2. 3. ;100 — 1. 2. 3. ; 1,600 — 1. 2. 3. ;400 — 1. 2. 3. ; 400 relay — 1. ; 300 hurdles — 1. 2. 3. ;800 — 1. 2. 3. ; 200 — 1. 2. 3. ;3,200 — 1. 2. 3. ; 1,600 relay — 1. .

High jump — 1. 2. 3. ; Pole vault — 1. 2. 3. ; Long jump — 1. 2. 3. ; Triple jump — 1. 2. 3. ; Shot put — 1. 2. 3. ; Discus — 1. 2. 3. ; Javelin — 1. 2. 3. .

From left, Berwick’s Anthony Spuches, Gabe Vandermark, Mitchell Thelemaque and Elliott Tripp compete in the boys 300 hurdles against GAR at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium on Monday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_Berwick-GAR-BTrack-1.jpgFrom left, Berwick’s Anthony Spuches, Gabe Vandermark, Mitchell Thelemaque and Elliott Tripp compete in the boys 300 hurdles against GAR at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium on Monday. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_Berwick-GAR-BTrack-4.jpgTony Callaio | For Times Leader

Berwick thrower Payden Montana launches another winning throw and completes a season sweep in the shot put, javelin and discus for the Bulldogs in a season-ending meet against GAR.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_Berwick-GAR-BTrack-2.jpgBerwick thrower Payden Montana launches another winning throw and completes a season sweep in the shot put, javelin and discus for the Bulldogs in a season-ending meet against GAR. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

Berwick’s Kyle Harro easily clears 10 feet on his way to winning the pole vault against GAR.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_Berwick-GAR-BTrack-3.jpgBerwick’s Kyle Harro easily clears 10 feet on his way to winning the pole vault against GAR. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader
Berwick boys win school’s first track and field title

By Paul Sokoloski

[email protected]

Reach Paul Sokoloski at 570-991-6392 or on Twitter @TLPaulSokoloski

Reach Paul Sokoloski at 570-991-6392 or on Twitter @TLPaulSokoloski