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McLean, Rydzy lead Patriots to win

PA girls pick up first victory; WA sweeps Nanticoke

At top, Wyoming Area’s Cody Schmitz is in the middle of his Pole Vault against Nanticoke. Above, Pittston Area’s Paris Powers takes first in the 100-meter dash against Coughlin.


Top left, Pittston Area’s Dave McLean takes first place in the 1600m run against Coughlin. Above, Cody Rydzy is midair during his winning leap in the long jump. McLean and Rydzy led PA to its fourth win of the season by combining for five victories. At left, Wyoming Area’s Jenna Skrinak delivers the shot put in the Lady Warriors win over Nanticoke.

photo s by BILL TARUTIS

Pittston Area continued to dominate on the track with an 83-67 victory over Coughlin in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division I meet at Charley Trippi Stadium on Tuesday in Yatesville.

The Patriots won its fourth straight meet to open the season as Cody Rydzy won three events to lead Pittston Area (4-0) to the victory. Dave McLean also had a solid showing with two victories.

PA Head Coach Jason Mills has talked all season about how hard McLean has worked in the offseason, and really believes that hard work is paying off. It would be hard to argue considering McLean was victorious in the 1600m run with a time of 4:56. The second place finisher was 10 seconds behind McLean.

“Well, I was motivated by great runners like Nate Zondlo and Eric Fay who had great success at Pittston Area in track,” McLean said. “So I pushed myself by going the extra mile and working hard during the offseason.”

McLean also won the 3200m run with a time of 10:49. He beat his opponent by 36 seconds. McLean was also part of the first place 3200m relay team. McLean ran the anchor leg with Brian Gima, Brandon Hampton and Shawn Simmons to capture the victory with a time of 8:48.

“Dave is so good because of all the hard work he put in over the offseason and in the pre-season,” Mills said. “The hard work is paying off and he is much better this year.”

Rydzy won the 110m Hurdles with a time of 15.5 with Ron D’Eliseo finishing second with a 15.8 for the Patriots Rydzy also won the Triple Jump with a distance of 41’6 and the Long Jump with a distance of 18’10. Joe Coyne finished second in the long jump with a distance of 17’11. D’Eliseo also won the 300m Hurdles for the Patriots in a time of 44.7

Hampton added a victory in the 400m with a time of 56.5, and finished third in the 800m

It was also a successful day for the Patriots throwers.

John Poli finished first in the Shot Put with a distance of 44’3, and placed third in discus with a distance of 97’3.

Charles Gallo earned first place in the discus with a throw of 114’4. Chris Musto finished second with 98’7 in the Duryea, and won the Javelin throw at 115’1.

WA 107, Nanticoke 43

Chris Hromek and Ahmad Bouie each won three events to lead Wyoming Area to a 107-43 victory over Nanticoke on Wednesday afternoon in a WVC Division II meet.

Hromek won the 800m in 2:17.8 and the 1600m in 5:09.1, after winning the Triple Jump in 38’2. Bouie won both sprints with winning times of 11.6 in the 100m, and 23.9 in the 200m, and also captured the 400m in a time of 58.6.

Sophomore Jacob Smith won the Javelin with the throw of 130’10, and the Discus with a throw of 123’8 for WA. He also teamed with Larry Popovich, Justin Langdon and Cody Schmitz to win the 400m Relay.

Eric Eramo won the High Jump and Pole Vault for the Warriors and finished second in the 110m Hurdles.

Mark Basta added a win in the Long Jump with a leap of 18’8 and finished second in both the High Jump and Triple Jump.

Julian Campenni won the Shot Put for WA with a throw of 39’5. He also finished second in the Discus.

Eric Filipiak won the 3200m distance run with a time of 12:04.


PA 84, Coughlin 66

The girls’ squad also picked up a win over the Lady Crusaders, 84-66, for its first victory of the season. Catherine Lombardi led the Lady Patriots with three wins in the meet.

Lombardo led Pittston Area to a sweep in the 1600m with a time of 5:49. Bianca Bolton and Emily Seaman finished second and third. The sophomore then won the 800m in 2:32 as Kaitlynn Kutcha and Bolton placed second and third; and finished her day with a win in the 3200m in a time of 14:32 with Seaman and Ashley Menichini placing second and third.

Kutcha added a second individual win in the 400m with a time of 1:07, and Fereck placed second. The sophomore also teamed with Fereck, Menichini and Emily Zera to win the 3200m Relay in a time of 13:18.

Taylor Powers won the 100m dash with a time of 13.4 with Amy Mozeleski finishing second with a 13.6 and Madeline Dworak posting a time of13.7 for third place.

Mozeleski added a win in the 200m with a time of 27.7, and Dworak finished second.

Shelby Shimkoski won the shot put for the Lady Patriots with a throw of 27’5.

WA 116, Nanticoke 21

Samantha Shiner won three events to lead Wyoming Area to a 116-21 victory over Nanticoke on Wednesday in a WVC Division II Track and Field meet.

Shiner won both the Triple and Long jumps, with distances of 31’4 and 15’7 respectively. The junior also won the 100m Dash with a time of 14.2. Shiner also finished third in the 800m.

Sara Radzwilka, Melissa Cruz and Jenna Skrinak also won three events each for WA.

Radzwilka won the 400m and 800m middle distance races in times of 1:03.8 and 2:28.4, respectively, and also teamed with Cruz, Skrinak and Kayla Bardzell to win the 1600m Relay. Bardzell added a win in the High Jump for WA.

Cruz added a win in the 200m dash in a time of 27.4 for the Lady Warriors; and a win in the 1600m in a time of 5:41.

Skrinak added wins in the 400m Relay with Christie Argenio, Ashley Melendez and Liz Foglietta; and in the 3200m Relay with Foglietta, Alex Amico, and Rachel Taylor. Argenio added a victory in the Pole Vault for the Lady Warriors.

Michelle Gitkos and Emily Shemanski all won two events each for the Lady Warriors.

Gitkos won the Shot Put and Javelin events, and Shemanski took home the 100m Hurdles and 300m Hurdles.

Dispatch Staff Writer Rick Notari contributed to this report.

Girls’ Standings





Valley West…2-1


Pittston Area…1-3





Holy Redeemer…3-0


Wyoming Area…2-1





Boys Standings


Pittston Area…4-0






Valley West…0-3




Holy Redeemer…3-0

Wyoming Area…2-1






This week’s schedule


WA v. Meyers


PA at Berwick


WA v. Northwest

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