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Durako wins two District 2 gold medals

Laflin resident takes top spot in 1600m and 3200m distance races

Holy Redeemer’s Marissa Durako won two District 2 gold medals on Monday at Scranton Memorial Stadium. She is pictured earlier in the year at a meet at Wyoming Area.

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Holy Redeemer’s Marnie Kusakavitch wins bronze at the D2 Champinonships

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Holy Redeemer sophomore distance runner Marissa Durako continued to make her mark on the district stage, winning two more gold medals at Monday’s District 2 Class 2A Championship Meet on Monday at Scranton Memorial Stadium. The Laflin resident won District 2 Class 2A Cross Country gold this past fall, giving her three gold medals in her young career.

Durako won the 1600m and 3200m distance races as the Lady Royals won the overall team title. The former Wyoming Area Catholic student won the 1600m in a time of 5:17.95, catching runner-up Maria Trowbridge of Elk Lake (5:18.10) just before crossing the tape, and dominated the 3200m field, winning by almost 40 seconds over Trowbridge with a time of 11:19.53.

“It’s so good for our training that we always train together,” said Durako of the Lady Royals 1-3-4 finish in both the 1600m and 3200m races. “We make each other better.

“It’s so good to have teammates behind and with you.”

The two victories qualify Durako for the PIAA Class 2A Track & Field Championships which will be held next weekend at Shippensburg University.

Durako wasn’t the only Greater Pittston athlete to succeed at the district event.

Lauren Bernardi of Pittston was part of the Holy Redeemer silver medal 4 x 800m Relay team which also qualified for the PIAA Meet. Bernardi ran the lead leg of the Lady Royals 9:57:19 time in the event. She also earned a fourth-place medal in the 800m with a time of 2:27.02.

Marnie Kusakavitch won bronze in the 100m dash with a time of 12.60. Kusakavitch – who qualified for the PIAA Meet with her time - finished behind Lackawanna Trail’s Lauren Ellsworth, who set a meet record with a time of 12.22, and Holy Cross’s Nikolette McCloe. Her sister Melanie Kusakavitch placed eight in the 100m with a time of 13.58, and her other sister, Mallory Kusakavitch placed fifth in the 800m with a time of 2:27.51. Melanie and Marnie also won a fourth-place medal as part of the HR 4 x 400m Relay team.

On the boys’ side, West Pittston’s Tim Lambert earned a silver medal in as part of the Holy Redeemer 4 x 800m Relay team which posted a time of 8:24.40 to finish behind Elk Lake. Lambert also won a bronze medal in the 800m with a time of 2:00.70.

Holy Redeemer also won the District 2 Class 2A boys’ team title.

District 2 Class 3A Track & Field Championships

The District 2 Class 3A Championships were set to go off Tuesday, and then Thursday, but were postponed both dates due to rain. The event was run yesterday with semifinals and finals set to take place after Dispatch deadlines.

Check back next week for a full report of Pittston Area and Wyoming Area athletes that took part in the championships.

Tim es Leader sports staff contributed to this report.

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