Tyler Cuneo was one of the stars on Abington Heights’ relay teams. The Comets won the 400, 1,600 and 3,200 relays in their 103-47 rout of Delaware Valley on Monday. The victory clinched the Lackawanna Track Conference Division I title for Abington HeightsStephanie Walkowski/For the times leader
CLARKS SUMMIT — Justin Passetti held back at times during the Lackawanna Track Conference schedule, trying to make sure he was ready for the most important meets of the track and field season.
The plan appears to have worked for Passetti – and his Abington Heights team.
Passetti, who suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee and a fracture in his lower leg in a November indoor soccer game, is nearing peak performance with the league meet on next week’s schedule and the District 2 Class 3A Championships two weeks away.
And, the Comets repeated their LTC Division 1 championship Monday with Passetti leading the way, scoring 18 individual points for his most productive meet of the season during a 103-47 victory over Delaware Valley.
“It took me the whole season to get there, but it’s nice that I seem to be getting there for districts,” Passetti said. “The plan was to keep lifting and keep getting stronger.”
Passetti posted his first three-win day of the season, sweeping the long, triple and high jumps. He also added a second-place finish in the 110 high hurdles.
After clinching the high jump win by clearing 6 feet, Passetti moved right to 6-4, but was unable to match the height that he had cleared in Friday’s Wyalusing Invitational win. He went on to post a long jump of 20-¾ and a triple jump of 38-7½.
“The triple jump has been the hardest,” said Passetti, a junior who is the defending district champion in the high jump. “I still haven’t gotten that quite right. That’s the one where I have to go all out on my left leg.”
After the teams celebrated Senior Day with pre-meet ceremonies, Abington Heights went out and quickly established control of both meets while finishing the league unbeaten in both boys and girls track for the second straight season.
The Lady Comets, who had already clinched their championship, completed the unbeaten run with a 102-48 victory.
Kaitlyn Roberts swept the three throwing events, setting a school record in the shot put, while joining Mike Strein, Warren Acker and Eric Ofcharsky among those who made big contributions in the final home meets of their career.
Strein won the 400 and ran on the winning 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams with Acker. Ofcharsky was on the winning 1,600 and 400 relay teams.
Randy Kreulen won both the 800 and 1600.
Pat Callahan (pole vault), Mike Rufus (110 high hurdles), James Fruehan (300 hurdles), Sean Burke (3,200) and John Price (discus) provided the other individual wins while Arik Amim, Casey Rose, Mike Beamish, Ben Kalmanowicz, Tyler Cuneo and Paul Ofcharsky ran legs on winning relay teams.
Alex St. John set a Delaware Valley school record by winning the 100 in 13.8 seconds.
Tyler Savares matched teammate Sean Burns’ school record of 13 feet in the pole vault, but lost to Callahan, who made the same height with fewer misses.
The Abington Heights girls team wrapped up its fourth championship in five seasons under coach Frank Passetti.
Roberts set her record with 36-1 in the shot put while also winning the discus and javelin.
Jordan Hoyt had two individual wins and two relay wins while tying a school record. She matched Brook Coyer’s 12.1 in the 100-meter dash, won the 200 and ran legs on the 400 and 1,600 relays.
Krista Matsko and Brittney Martin each won two events and ran a leg on a winning relay.
Matsko won both hurdles and ran on the 1,600 relay with Martin, who won the 800 and 1600.
Jordan Hoyt won the long jump and ran on the 400 relay.
Maggie Scanlon (triple jump) and Alexa Dziak (pole vault) provided the other wins. Karlie Jaeger, Harmany Vitali, Melissa Durrante, Amber Page, Chelsea Sutter, Kristi Polizzano and Elisia Cadman ran the other winning relay legs.