H.S. track and field: Record-setting efforts help Pittston Area, Wyoming Area girls teams stay unbeaten

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch | April 29th, 2016 1:26 pm

WEST PITTSTON – Bree Bednarski won four events, setting school records in two, as Wyoming Area prepared for its biggest meet of the season with a 102-40 romp over Northwest Wednesday in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 girls meet.

Bednarski continued to lower the 100-meter dash record that until this month was shared by Tracey Wrubel from the 1989 team and Katie Terrana from the 2000 team with a time of 12.5 seconds. Bednarski has run faster reach of the past three weeks, including 12.2 against Northwest.

The senior, who splits time between softball and track in the spring, resumed throwing the javelin and exceeded her own record with a heave of 121-4.

“Her back was bothering her so she hasn’t thrown since the first week of the season,” Wyoming Area coach Joe Pizano said. “She threw that with a three-step approach, so hopefully, if everything works out, she’ll get back to a full rundown and maybe contend with the other top throwers in the district.”

The Warriors are again contending with the top teams in the conference.

Wednesday’s win moved defending champion Wyoming Area back into a tie for first place in the division with Holy Redeemer. The two unbeaten teams meet Wednesday at Wyoming Area with the winner clinching at least a tie for the division title.

If Wyoming Area wins Wednesday, it still has a challenge ahead with third-place Lake-Lehman at home May 10 in the division finale.

Shelby Stackhouse and Vanessa Shedlock also had big days in helping Wyoming Area get to 5-0.

Bednarski added wins in the 200 and as anchor of the 400 relay, two events where she also holds school records.

Stackhouse matched the 9-6 pole vault school record she set a week earlier and also won the high jump and 100 hurdles.

“Shelby’s been getting better every week,” Pizano said. “She’s close to the school record in the 100 hurdles and she’s coming up on the high jump record, too.”

Shedlock returned to the lineup from an illness and won the long jump and triple jump and join Bednarski on the winning 400 relay.

“She’s back, so hopefully by Wednesday, she’ll be back to 100 percent,” Pizano said. “That’s going to be big, because she’s our 400 runner, she’s part of our sprints and jumps and, in every relay.

“She’s the all-everything athlete on our girls team. So, we’re anticipating her back 100 percent by Wednesday by going slow but sure.”

Rachel Solano won the 400 and ran a leg of the winning 1600 relay.

Jillian Spak won the 300 hurdles and was part of the 400 relay team.

Pittston Area girls 125, Coughlin 25

Taryn Ashby and Abby Norwillo set school records Wednesday when Pittston Area defeated Coughlin, 125-25, to move back into a tie for the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 lead.

Ashby threw the javelin 135 feet to set one school record. Norwillo topped her own record in the pole vault by clearing 11 feet.

Pittston Area is tied for first with Dallas at 6-0. Each team has one meet before they again decide the division title in the season finale when they meet May 9 at Pittston Area. Pittston Area is at Berwick Tuesday when Dallas hosts third-place Tunkhannock.

This will be the fourth straight year the division title is decided in the season finale between Pittston Area and Dallas.

In 2013 and 2014, Dallas could have forced a three-way tie for the championship but Pittston Area won to take the titles outright. Both teams were unbeaten going into last year’s finale which Dallas won to claim the championship.

Tara Johnson, Maddy Mimnaugh and Sam Mayers each were involved in three wins against Coughlin.

Johnson won the 1600- and 3200-meter runs and was part of the winning 3200 relay that also included Mimnaugh and Mayers.

Mimnaugh, who won the 400, and Mayers, who won the 800, were also part of the 1600 relay win.

Abbie Sheerer won both the long jump and triple jump.

Anjelica Singer won the 100-meter dash and long jump.

Wyoming Area boys 104, Northwest 46

Joe Buczynski won two individual events and was part of a winning relay to help Wyoming Area to a 104-46 rout of Northwest in a WVC Division 2 meet.

Buczynski won the 800-meter run and high jump as well as running a leg of the winning 1600 relay.

The defending division champion Warriors are 3-2 without having any individual standouts.

“Our boys team is a group of blue-collar athletes who are consistent in doing what they do,” Warriors coach Joe Pizano said. “Joe Buczynski has been doing well in the high jump and he has potential to maybe medal (on the district level).”

Three other Warriors won two events each.

Ryan Marvin won the 1600- and 3200-meter runs. Ethan Crake swept the hurdles. Tristan Sokach-Minnick won the discus and javelin.

Coughlin boys 114, Pittston Area 35

Unbeaten Coughlin remained on top of Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 with a 114-35 romp over host Pittston Area Wednesday.

The win clinched at least a tie for a second straight title for the Crusaders (5-0).

Pittston Area won just four events – Colin Tracy (300-meter hurdles), Paul Moska (high jump), Matt Ambrose (long jump) and Walter Coles (javelin).

Wyoming Area’s Bobby Acacio jumps over a hurdle during his 400-meter hurdle run.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_ttl042616hanoverhurdles-5.jpgWyoming Area’s Bobby Acacio jumps over a hurdle during his 400-meter hurdle run. Amanda Hrycyna | For Sunday Dispatch
Hanover Area’s Ethan Creek, left, and Wyoming Area’s Brandon Bruckner compete in the 400-meter hurdles.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_ttl042616hanovertrack-6.jpgHanover Area’s Ethan Creek, left, and Wyoming Area’s Brandon Bruckner compete in the 400-meter hurdles. Amanda Hrycyna | For Sunday Dispatch
This is Taryn Ashby's Pittston Area school record throw at the javelin with a toss of 135'.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_PA-Coughlin-Track-2.jpgThis is Taryn Ashby's Pittston Area school record throw at the javelin with a toss of 135'.Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Pittston Area’s Abby Norwillo broke a school record in the pole vault on Tuesday against Coughlin.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_PA-Coughlin-Track-1.jpgPittston Area’s Abby Norwillo broke a school record in the pole vault on Tuesday against Coughlin. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

By Tom Robinson

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