Meteors’ Lawson, Russell tops at Districts
BY JOBY FAWCETT
Montrose athletes didn’t mind competing against each other at the District 2 Class AA track and field championship meet at Scranton Memorial Stadium on Thursday.
In fact, they battled each other directly Thursday at Scranton Memorial Stadium for gold medals in two events, and reveled in the fact that they swept the top two places in the javelin and the pole vault.
And because the top two finishers
automatically qualify for the PIAA championships in Shippensburg at Seth Grove Stadium on May 25-26, all four athletes will represent their program.
John Lawson launched the best throw of his season at the right time to earn first place in the javelin with a throw of 178 feet, 10 inches. He beat his teammate Kurt Kimsey, who was second with a heave of 162-1.
It was a rewarding conclusion to his junior season for Lawson, who had a serious hip injury during football season.
“This came out of nowhere,” Lawson said. “I haven’t been throwing very well. This last week of practice, I pieced some things together. I got my run-through down pat and everything worked out.”
Shortly after the javelin concluded, teammates Brandon Russell and Jeremy Dibble were the last two vaulters.
Russell won by clearing 13 feet, 6 inches. Dibble, who had cleared 13-6 in the season, was second at 13-0.
“I definitely didn’t think I was going to get a first-place medal because I wasn’t having good practices,” Russell said. “I just focused on my technique.”
And for Dibble, the competition in practice is what pushed them at the championship meet.
“We just feed off this,” Dibble said. “We push each other each time. We push each other in practice and this has been a great experience all year.”
In the two events, Lawson, Kimsey, Russell and Dibble accounted for 36 of the team’s 50 points in the team competition.
The door opened forBlue Ridge’s Sean Stanley on Thursday and he took advantage. Hitting all of his phases,Stanleylanded at 42-5½ to claim a gold in the triple jump.
“All season, and over the past six years, this is my favorite event,”Stanleysaid. “It’s a passion with me. It’s what I love to do. Every day at practice all I think about is that I have to work on my triple jump. I was looking forward to competing against Darrell, because he is such a great jumper. I was glad that I could come away with a first place.
“It’s unexpected, but I will take it.”
Elk Lake’s boys were topped by Luke Jones with a second place finish in the 3200 at 9:34.11.
Teammate Jason Vermeulen took second in the long jump with a distance of 21-00.50, two-and-a-half inches shy of first place.
Elk Lake’s Matt Woolcock placed fifth in the high jump.
Team standings: Holy Redeemer 99; Holy Cross 80½; Hanover Area 64½; Dunmore 58½; Lakeland 55; Montrose 50; Lake-Lehman 44 1/3; GAR 37; Mid Valley 35 1/3; Blue Ridge 33; Elk Lake 29 1/3; Riverside 29; Northwest 26; Lackawanna Trail 25; Carbondale 20; Western Wayne 7; Mountain View 5; Meyers 2; Nanticoke 1.
4×800 Relay: Blue Ridge’s team of Ethan Mansfield, Mike Robbs, Jake Hinkley and Chris Carlsen placed third at 8:32.25. Top finisher was Holy Redeemer at 8:24.51. Montrose’s team of Dustin Wolf, Chris Arnola, Tim Preston and Billy Hewes placed 10th at 9:46.53.
110 Hurdles: Montrose’s Jeremy Dibble took sixth at 16.14. Top finisher wasDunmore’s Mike Kolcharno at 15.30.
100: Blue Ridge’s Sean Stanley took ninth in the prelims at 11.50 but did not advance. Top finisher was Holy Redeemer’s David Gawlas at 10.84.
1600: Blue Ridge’s Mike Robbs took eighth at 4:52.91. Top finisher was Holy Cross’ Rico Galassi at 4:18.61. Susquehanna’s Justin Acone took 18th at 5:18.06. Montrose’s Austin Cook took 20th at 5:49.31.
400: Montrose’s Tom Lewis took sixth at 52.80. Top finisher was GAR’s Lucas Benton at 49.99.Mountain View’s Brett Crowley placed ninth at 54.38.Blue Ridge’s Jacob James took 10th at 54.43.ElkLake’s Eddie Cumens took 11th at 54.47.Blue Ridge’s Bill Rupakus placed 12th at 54.76.Mountain View’s James Goodenough took 17th at 55.86. Susquehanna’s David Hansen placed 18th at 56.66. Montrose’s Dan Zapolski took 24th at 58.61.
4×100 Relay: Blue Ridge’s team of Sean Stanley, Jacob James, Bill Rupakus and Craig Monks took sixth at 46.13. Top finisher was Mid Valley at 43.78. Montrose’s team of Jacob Blom, Corey Adams, Nate Clark and Billy Hewes placed 11th at 47.37.Mountain View’s team of Noah Marsh, Matt Weiler, Colin Davis and Bobby Pfahl took 12th at 47.64. Susquehanna’s team of Sal Pelicci, Jon Haines, Troy Maby and David Hansen took 13th at 47.76.
300 Hurdles: Susquehanna’s Cooper Quick took 12th at 44.07. Top finisher was GAR’s Shaliek Powell at 40.60. Elk Lake’s Matt Cuomo placed 17th at 45.29. Mountain View’s Liam Maloney took 18th at 45.82. Montrose’s Billy Hewes took 19th at 46.05.
800: Montrose’s Tim McNamara took fourth at 2:05.34. Top finisher was Lake-Lehman’s Jacob Bevan at 1:57.16.Mountain View’s Brett Crowley took sixth at 2:06.52.Blue Ridge’s Mike Robbs placed 13th at 2:11.84. Montrose’s Chris Arnold took 15th at 2:12.48. Susquehanna’s Jeremy Acone took 16th at 2:12.93.Blue Ridge’s Ethan Mansfield placed 17th at 2:13.18.
200: Montrose’s Corey Adams placed 16th in the prelims at 24.27 but did not advance to the finals. Top finisher was Holy Redeemer’s David Gawlas at22:33.
3200: ElkLake’s Luke Jones took second at 9:34.11. Top finisher was Holy Cross’ Rico Galassi at 9:19.51.ElkLake’s Dalton Sherman placed 10th at 10:37.37. Montrose’s Wyatt Canfield took 15th at 11:21.23.
4×800 Relay: Blue Ridge’s team of Ethan Mansfield, Mike Robbs, Chris Carlsen and Jake Hinkley took ninth at 3:39.75. Top finisher was Holy Cross at 3:30.36. Montrose’s team of Tom Lewis, Jeremy Dibble, Dan Zapolski and Brandon Russell placed 10th at 3:39.86.Mountain View’s team of Ridge Bernosky, Matt Weiler, Colin Davis and Brett Crowley took 12th at 3:40.72. Susquehanna’s team of Jeremy Acone, Jon Haines, Justin Acone and David Hansen took 13th at 3:43.94.
High Jump: ElkLake’s Matt Woolcock took fifth at 5-08. Top finisher wasDunmore’s John Rinaldi at 6-02.ElkLake’s Jason Vermeulen took eighth at 5-06.
Pole Vault: Montrose’s Brandon Russell took first at 13-06. Montrose’s Jeremy Dibble placed second at 13-00.ElkLake’s Jeremy Schwarztrauber took third at 12-06.Blue Ridge’s Zack Edwards took fourth at 12-00.
Long Jump: ElkLake’s Jason Vermeulen took second at 21-00.50. Top finisher wasCarbondale’s Desmond Edwards at 21-03.Blue Ridge’s Sean Stanley took fourth at 20-07.75. Montrose’s Jacob Blom took sixth at 20-04.75.Mountain View’s Liam Maloney placed 19th at 18-01. Susquehanna’s Sal Pelicci took 25th at 16-07.
Triple Jump: Blue Ridge’s Sean Stanley took first at 42-05.50.ElkLake’s Matt Woolcock placed sixth at 40-03.25.Mountain View’s Liam Maloney took seventh at 40-01.ElkLake’s Alex Manzek took 12th at 38-08.ElkLake’s Jason Vermeulen took 14th at 38-01.Mountain View’s Noah Marsh placed 15th at 37-10.75. Montrose’s Nate Clark took 18th at 36-08.
Shot Put: Blue Ridge’s David Miller took 10th at 41-11. Top finisher wasHanover’s Tony Dennis at 48-09.50. Montrose’s Brett Shelp took 15th at 38-00.25.ElkLake’s Ryan Wilson placed 16th at 37-06.50. Susquehanna’s Tim Flanagan took 17th at 36-08.75.Mountain View’s Seth Decker took 19th at 33-09.
Discus: Blue Ridge’s Gage Piechocki placed sixth at 125-10. Top finisher wasHanover’s Martin Steve at 153-07. Montrose’s John Lawson placed 10th at 115-06. Susquehanna’s Jon Haines took 15th at 104-09.Mountain View’s Seth Decker placed 17th at 96-10.
Javelin: Montrose’s John Lawson took first place at 178-10. Montrose’s Kurt Kimsey placed second at 162-01. Susquehanna’s Jon Haines took 14th at 129-09.Blue Ridge’s Chris Carlsen took 15th at 126-11.Mountain View’s Seth Decker took 16th at 113-04.