EL’s Squier named ‘Coach of Year’


Elk Lake head track and field coach Will Squier has been tabbed as girls’ Coach of the Year by the Scranton Times-Tribune newspaper for his performance this past season.

Squier guided the Lady Warriors to an unbeaten 6-0 record in Lackawanna League Division III to earn the LTC championship.

Squier then guided several athletes through the district and state championships withElkLake’s 3200 relay team of Jenny VanEtten, Maria Trowbridge, Kirsten Hollister and Katie VanEtten taking third at the PIAA Class AA championships.

Elizabeth Trowbridge also made an appearance at states, taking 16th of 25 in the 1600 with a time of 5:28.63.

On the boys’ side, Squier led the team to a 4-2 finish in Lackawanna League Division III, good enough for third place.

A pair of boys also went to the state meet as Luke Jones finished eighth in the 3200, and teammate Jason Vermeulen took 13th in the long jump.

Last fall in the cross country season, Squier led the girls’ team to a silver medal in the PIAA Class AA state championship.

In addition to Squier, Montrose Area junior Brandon Russell was named to the boys’ all-region track and field team for his performance last season.

Russell, a pole vaulter, finished eighth in the Robert Spagna Championships in the 1600 at 4:44.58.

He went on to take gold in the pole vault at the District II Class AA championship with a height of 13 feet, 6 inches.

Russell then went on to tie for 12th place at the PIAA Class AA championship with a height of 13-0. He beat teammate Jeremy Dibble in both districts and states.