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Durako repeats as D2 Class 2A champion

Laflin resident wins second straight Class 2A XC title

Pittston Area’s Catherine Lombardo finishes in eighth place at the District 2 Class 3A Cross Country Championships on Wednesday.

photo by joe butkiewicz


Holy Redeemer’s Marissa Durako turned in the best time of the afternoon by any girl in either class on her way to the District 2 Class 2A Cross Country title on Wednesday at Elk Lake High School in Dimmock. The victory gave Durako her second straight title, and helped lead the Lady Royals to the Class 2A team title.

The Laflin resident posted a winning time of 19:06 – 37 seconds faster than the second-place finisher, Durako’s teammate Rachel Sowinski. The time also bested that of D2 Class 3A champ Regan Rome from Dallas who turned in a 19:18 in a separate race earlier in the day. Rome beat Durako at the Wyoming Valley Conference Coaches Meet last week.

“It feels really awesome. I’m enjoying this a lot,” Durako told the Times Leader. “Last year, we were the first race, so we were right out there. We get here and we’re the fourth race and you just have to tune it all out and stay focused.”

Durako now competes for a state title on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey.

Lombardo places eighth, Pittston Area seventh

Pittston Area’s Catherine Lombardo ran to an eighth-place finish at the District 2 Class 3A Girls’ Cross Country Championships on Wednesday afternoon at Elk Lake High School in Dimmock.

Lombardo turned in a time of 20:18 to finish one full minute behind champion Regan Rome of Dallas. The Lady Patriots top runner finished third among WVC runners, behind Rome and Nicole Buehrle of Hazleton. Five Lackawanna Conference runners also finished ahead of Lombardo.

Pittston Area had a strong showing, finishing seventh over all in the team standings and third among WVC teams.

Bianca Bolton ran a 20:45 to place 12th and give the Lady Patriots two runners in the Top 15.

Kaitlynn Kutcha finished 35th overall with a time of 22:03, and Emily Seaman ran a 22:52 to place 54th. Olivia Lanza contributed with a 23:16, and Kristen Lombardo turned in a time of 24:33 to held PA in the standings.

Radzwilka earns Top 20 finish

Sara Radzwilka finished with the lead runners at the District 2 Class 3A Girls’ Cross Country Championships on Wednesday afternoon at Elk Lake High School in Dimmock.

The Wyoming Area runner turned in her fourth-best time of the season with a time of 21:00 to place 18th overall at the 3.1 mile course. She was the only WA runner to finish in the Top 20.

Angela Coco also ran for the Lady Warriors, posting a time of 25:40 to finish in the Top 100.

Connors runs to Top 50 finish

Pittston Area’s Jamie Connors concluded his scholastic career with a Top 50 finish at the District 2 Class 3A Boys’ Cross Country Championship on Wednesday at Elk Lake High School in Dimmock.

The Patriots top runner posted a time of 19:02 to finish 42nd at the event. Sean Burke of Abington Heights won the individual title with a time of 16:35. Dominic Deluca of Dallas was the top WVC finisher, placing third with a time of 16:53 to lead the Mountaineers to the team title.

Connors was joined in the Top 100 by teammates Tyler Cummings and Dimitri Shea.

Cummings posted a time of 20:04 to finish 72nd and Shea ran a 22:42 to place 88th.

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