Pittston Area girls best among Class 3A cross country teams

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch | October 20th, 2017 5:21 pm

MESHOPPEN – Pittston Area was fourth and Wyoming Area seventh out of 13 girls teams Wednesday when the Wyoming Valley Conference Coaches Association conducted its annual Ed Narkiewicz Championship Meet at the Wyoming County Fairgrounds.

More important for the Lady Patriots and Lady Warriors was how well they stacked up against comparable teams.

Pittston Area moved up from fifth place in the regular-season standings to take home the plaque for the top girls finish by a Class 3A school.

The Lady Patriots, led by Nicole Zambetti’s fifth-place finish, were stronger at each of the first four spots while beating out Hazleton Area, 124-158, for the Class 3A title. Pittston Area had lost to the Cougars and finished behind them in the WVC standings.

“We talked about that before the race,” Zambetti said. “We were ready.

“We prepared hard.”

Wyoming Area was one of four teams to have just the five minimum runners necessary to post a team score. The others finished in the bottom three spots in the team standings, all 96 or more points behind Wyoming Area’s score of 197.

Zambetti, one of three sophomores in the first five girls finishers, moved up eight places and came in 33 seconds faster than her freshman year performance with a time of 20:59. She ran in third place up to near the midway point of the race, but said she achieved her goal with a top-five finish.

“I’m kind of happy I accomplished that,” Zambetti said.

Freshman Shawna Rodzinak placed 24th out of 115 runners while Genevieve English was 25th and Mary Silinskie 27th.

Pittston Area gave just one point back in the fifth spot where Kiersten Grieco’s 59th-place finish clinched the Class 3A title.

Freshman Aubrianna Marranca led Wyoming Area by placing 28th. Gwen Glatz was 33rd, followed by Sarah Holweg 50th, Addison Orzel 52nd and Erica Holweg 77th.

The Dallas team and Holy Redeemer’s Lindsey Williams repeated as overall girls champions.

Pittston Area was 10th and Wyoming Area 14th in the 17-team varsity boys race, both while running with all-underclassmen lineups.

Dom Agradi was 29th out of 180 runners in 18:32 to lead Pittston Area.

Freshman Michael Branley was Wyoming Area’s top finisher in 45th.

Dallas, led by repeat individual champion Jack Zardecki, won with 32 points. Pittston Area had 286 points and Wyoming Area had 392.

Pittston Area freshman David Bulford ran the 1.8-mile junior high course in 11:49 to place fourth out of 153 runners. Wyoming Area eighth-grader Grant Smith was five seconds and three places behind Bulford.

Smith led the Warriors to fourth out of 14 junior high boys teams with 126 points.

Pittston Area was eighth with 245.

Steve Domanski finished first in 11:30 to lead Hazleton Area to the title with 42 points.

Wyoming Area beat out Pittston Area, 206-225, for ninth place out of 14 girls junior high teams. The Lady Patriots were 10th.

Madison Day led the Lady Warriors finishing 21st of 105 runners.

Brooke Bulford was Pittston Area’s top finisher in 33rd.

Crestwood’s Molly Demarzo and the Hanover Area team won titles.

The District 2 Championships are scheduled for Wednesday at Lakeland.

Nicole Zambetti’s fifth-place finish led the Lady Patriots to a fourth-place finish in the annual Ed Narkiewicz Championship Cross Country Meet at Wyoming County Fairgrounds.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_pittstonxc01CMYK.jpgNicole Zambetti’s fifth-place finish led the Lady Patriots to a fourth-place finish in the annual Ed Narkiewicz Championship Cross Country Meet at Wyoming County Fairgrounds. Sunday Dispatch file photo

By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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