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Lehman girls win battle of unbeatens

Wyoming Area boys also remain undefeated over their Lake-Lehman counterparts.

Lake-Lehman’s Mike Ryan wins the 1600-meter run at Wyoming Area High School Tuesday afternoon.

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WEST PITTSTON – It’s simple math. In a clash of undefeated teams, one always has to come out with a loss.

Unfortunately for the Wyoming Area girls on Tuesday, it had to be them.

The Warriors entered the Wyoming Valley Conference track and field meet with Lake-Lehman riding a perfect 3-0 record, but the Black Knights used their strengths – the distance events and some key wins on the field – to down the Warriors 113-36 in the girls meet.

Wyoming Area’s boys (4-0) team kept its unblemished record intact with a 100-50 win over the Lehman boys (1-2).

“It’s a momentum builder,” said Lehman coach John Sobocinski. “We’ve still got our eye on May 13th (the District 2 Class 2A meet), but our goal today was to get a nice workout and a quality win.”

Nowhere was that more apparent than in the 1,600-meter run.

Lehman took large leads in the race thanks to lead runners Mike Ryan and Marinna Orrson.

Ryan cruised through all four laps, distancing himself from Wyoming Area’s Josh Krall. At the finish, he broke the line in 4:37, tying Crestwood’s Bobby Micikas for the fastest time in the WVC this season.

For Orrson, it was a wire-to-wire win.

Orrson gained her lead right off the gun, keeping pace with the lead pack of male runners. She eventually lapped several of the female racers and crossed the finish line in 5:39.

“There were a lot of improved times here today,” said Sobocinski. “We were looking to improve times, distances and heights. PR’s (personal records) are what we all wanted.”

Wyoming Area coach Dave Ruggles, seeking retribution after Lehman’s girls defeated the Warriors for the WVC Division II crown last season, wasn’t down on his team after the loss.

Despite giving up wins in the majority of the distance and middle distance events, Wyoming Area’s boys swept the sprints, taking first through third in the 200-meter dash and the top two spots in the 100-meter race.

“This is a huge meet for us,” he said. “They beat us last year and we knew this was going to be a tough one when we saw it on the schedule.

“Our sprinters lifted us up in this meet. They kept it even.”

Wyoming Area’s sprinters also provided the backdrop for one of the Warriors’ biggest wins of the meet.

Having already won the 1,600- and 800-meter runs, Lehman’s Ryan was a favorite to take the 3,200-meter run. But, according to Ruggles, Krall got inspired by the performance of the John Petrucci (23.6), Aiden Marich (23.5), and Justin Bonito (24.4) in the 200-meter dash.

“He saw them get the sweep and it pumped him up,” said Ruggles.

Krall went out with the lead pack, but soon put some distance on Ryan. By the fourth lap of eight, Krall was almost 100 meters ahead of Ryan, who never made up the distance.

“He saw that the bar had been raised, I think,” said Ruggles. “He said he didn’t want to be the weak link so he went out and won it.”

But even Krall’s win wasn’t enough to put Wyoming Area over the top in the boys meet.

Lehman’s Kelsey Amy contributed heavily to the Black Knights’ win over Wyoming Area on the girls’ side.

Amy, returning from a quadriceps injury earlier in the season, grabbed three wins in the long jump (16-5), the 100-meter dash (12.9) and the 400-meter relay (42.7).

The state placewinner in the long jump took third at the Shippensburg Invitational this past weekend and was not expected to compete in more than that event in Tuesday’s meet.

“It’s the short, fast sprints that have really been aggravating the injury,” said Sobocinski. “But she felt pretty good today and wanted to go for it. I said, ‘Let’s give it a shot.’”

Also chipping in for Lehman’s girls in the win was Brooke Matza in the throwing events. Matza took the javelin with a 99-0 and the discus with a 104-3. Lehman thrower Rebekah Williams completed the sweep with a win in the shot put (29-9 1/2).

A junior, Matza has been consistently winning two to three of the throwing events in Lehman’s first three meets, and Sobocinski expects good things from her come district time.

“Our goal is states for (Matza),” he said. “We definitely want her to be at Shippensburg on May 3 and I think she can do it.”


Wyoming Area 100, Lake-Lehman 50

3200 RELAY -- 1. WA (Krall, Schultz, McCabe, Hromer), 8:40; 110 HURDLES -- 1. WA, Gustitus, 16.0; 2. WA, Carr; 3. WA, Scatena; TRIPLE JUMP -- 1. WA, Bowden, 41-8 1/2; 2. LL, Summa; 3. WA, Vitale; 100 -- 1. WA, Bonito, 11.5; 2. WA, Marich; 3. LL, Knauer; 1600 -- 1. LL, Ryan, 4:37; 2. WA, Krall; 3. WA, Schultz; SHOT PUT -- 1. WA, Pietlukiewicz, 44-8 1/4; 2. WA, Lasher; 3. LL, Jayne; 400 -- 1. WA, McCabe, 53.5; 2. WA, Serbin; 3. LL, Barbacci; 400 RELAY -- 1. LL (Lamoreaux, Popperling, Bevan, Knauer) NT; 300 HURDLES -- 1. WA, Gustitus, 41.7; 2. WA, Scatena; 3. WA, Carr; POLE VAULT -- 1. LL, Castrignano, 11-6; 2. WA, Roote; 3. WA, Bryden; DISCUS -- 1. WA, Lasher, 111-2; 2. LL, Jayne; 3. WA, Gilbert; LONG JUMP -- 1. WA, Bowden, 198-0 3/4; 2. LL, Summa; 3. LL, Lamoreaux; 800 -- 1. LL, Ryan, 2:20; 2. LL, Dierolf; 3. LL, Dawes; 200 -- 1. WA, Petrucci, 23.6; 2. WA, Marich, 23.5; 3. WA, Bonito; 3200 -- 1. WA, Krall, 10:59; 2. LL, Ryan; 3. WA, Hromer; JAVELIN -- 1. LL, Simko, 156-2; 2. WA, Carr; 3. WA, Malsky; 1600 RELAY -- 1. WA (McCabe, Serbin, Marich, Petrucci) 3:51; HIGH JUMP -- 1. LL, Lamoreaux, 5-6; 2. WA, Bowden; 3. WA, Werner.


Lake-Lehman 113, Wyoming Area 36

3200 RELAY -- 1. LL (Crawford, Hillman, Orrson, Cooper) 14:22; 110 HURDLES -- 1. LL, Tomayko, 16.9; 2. LL, Snyder; 3. WA, Harding; TRIPLE JUMP -- 1. WA, Pardini, 34-9; 2. LL, Dawsey; 3. WA, Musinski; 100 -- 1. LL, Amy, 12.9; 2. LL, Dawsey; 3. WA, Mozal; 1600 -- 1. LL, Orrson, 5:39; 2. WA, Golden; 3. LL, S. Austin; SHOT PUT -- 1. LL, Williams, 29-9 1/2; 2. LL, B. Matza; 3. WA, Musinski; 400 -- 1. LL, Hillman, 62.4; 2. WA, J. Mikolaichik; 3. LL, Rason; 400 RELAY -- 1. LL (Snyder, Schwartz, Simosin, Dawsey) NT; 300 HURDLES -- 1. LL, Tomayko, 51.5; 2. LL, McCoy; POLE VAULT -- 1. WA, Williams, 8-6; 2. LL, Schwartz; 3. WA, Kominski; DISCUS -- 1. LL, B. Matza, 104-3; 2. LL, Good; 3. WA, Mozal; LONG JUMP -- 1. LL, Amy, 16-5; 2. WA, Pardini; 3. WA, Musinski; 800 -- 1. LL, Cooper, 2:34; 2. LL, Crawford; 3. WA, A. Mikolaichik; 200 -- 1. WA, Jacobs, 29.3; 2. LL, Raspen; 3. LL, Martin; 3200 -- 1. LL, Orrson, 12:44; 2. WA, Golden; 3. LL, S. Austin; JAVELIN -- 1. LL, B. Matza, 99-0; 2. LL, R. Williams; 3. LL, E. Mazta; 1600 RELAY -- 1. LL (Hillman, Simosin, Dawsey, Amy) 4:27; HIGH JUMP -- 1. LL, Simosin, 5-0; 2. LL, E. Matza; 3. WA, Musinski.

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