It's certainly early on in the 2012 high school track season, but on Tuesday afternoon the Jim Thorpe girls and boys track teams got off to a running head start.
The Olympians swept Marian by a score of 72-69 on the boys side and 89-52 on the girls.
The Jim Thorpe girls ran strong all day, behind a stellar performance by junior Anjelica Poallilo. Poallilo placed first in all three individual events she competed in and was also the anchor on the 400 meter relay team that placed first as well.
"I just wanted to come into this season ready to compete and ready to push myself," said Poallilo. "Today was a good benchmark for me and showed me the time I put in the off-season really paid off."
"Anjelica is working extremely hard," said Jim Thorpe head coach Frank Miller. "She wants to add her name to the list of successful Lady Olympian sprinters that we've had here in our short history, but she also wants to make a name for herself."
Poallilo wasn't the only Olympian runner turning heads. Senior PJ Johnson set a school and stadium record in the long jump (21'5 1/2") without even participating in one practice so far this season. Johnson was bothered by an arm injury, but was cleared to run 10 minutes before the start of the meet.
"I think the time off really gave my legs a chance to rest," said Johnson. "It feels good to come out strong like that and set a record. I've been trying to get that record the last two seasons and to do it after not practicing at all this season really excites me for things to come."
Khaaliq Lynch was also a big part of the Olympians success on the day. Lynch blew the field away in the sprinting events, winning the 100, 200, and 100 hurdles.
Marian's Mary Kate Sherkness, who is known for her volleyball prowess (TIMES NEWS Area Volleyball POY last two seasons) dominated in the jumping events. She placed first in the triple jump and high jump for the Fillies.
"I think the fact that I do a lot of jumping in volleyball really helps me in these events," said Sherkness. "This is actually my first season on the team and it's been great so far. The coaches are great and it can only help as I move forward with my athletic career."
Jim Thorpe and Marian will now head to the Tamaqua Blue Raider Invitational on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
Jim Thorpe 72, Marian 69
100 - 1. Khaaliq Lynch (JT) 11.79, 2. Dylan Quirk (M), 3. Chris Bruno (M).
200 - 1. Khaaliq Lynch (JT), 24.17, 2. Dylan Quirk (M), 3. Paul Martin (M).
400 - 1. Matt Grega (M) 53.52, 2. Eugene Reuzin (JT), 3. Samuel Gilken (JT).
800 - 1. Bob McHale (JT) 2:13.51, 2. Nico Agosti (M), 3. Benny Mazzella (JT).
1600 - 1. Philip Marzen (M) 5:08, 2. Jake Saxon (JT), 3. Christian Fields (JT).
3200 - 1. Philip Marzen (M) 11:32, 2. John Condly (JT), 3. Christian Fields (JT).
110 HH - 1. Khaaliq Lynch (JT) 17:21, 2. Phil Schron (M), 3. John Julian (M).
300 IH - 1. Scott Lignore (JT) 43.71, 2. John Julian (M), 3. Darren Gelves (JT).
400 Relay - Jim Thorpe (PJ Johnson, Scott Lignore, Mike Harelston, Khaaliq Lynch) 44.87.
1600 Relay - Marian 3:38.5.
3200 Relay - Jim Thorpe (Bob Taylor, Benny Mazzella, Eugene Revzin, Darren Gehres) 9:14.
Shot Put - 1. Anthony Damiano (M) 33-2, 2. Corey Quick (M), 3. Ryan Kanick (M).
Discus - 1. Cy Shickora (M) 110-5, 2. Robert Freeman (JT), 3. Corey Quick (M).
Javelin - 1. Ben Moore (JT) 168-11, 2. Cy Shickora (M), 3. Corey Quick (M).
Long Jump - 1. PJ Johnson (JT) 21-5 1/2 (school and stadium record), 2. Mike Harelston (JT), 3. Stephen Whiteko (M).
Triple Jump - 1. Stephen Whiteko (M) 36-10 1/2, 2. Deonte St. Hill (JT), 3. Mike Harelston (JT).
High Jump - 1. PJ Johnson (JT) 5-4, 2. Matt Grega (M), 3. Kenney Baombolia (JT).
Jim Thorpe 89, Marian 52
100 - 1. Anjelica Poallilo (JT) 13:88, 2. Sadie Kosar (M), 3. Amber Castillo (JT).
200 - 1. Anjelica Poallilo (JT) 29.35, 2. Amber Castillo (JT), 3. Sadie Kosar (M).
400 - 1. Kayla Susko (JT) 1:03.99, 2. Cat Condly (JT), 3. Joanna Butala (M).
800 - 1. Erin Bucci (JT) 2:47.96, 2. Emily Sofranko (M), 3. Monica Perez (JT).
1600 - 1. Courtney Capper (JT) 6:07, 2. Erin Bucci (JT), 3. Monica Perez (JT).
3200 - 1. Courtney Capper (JT) 13:03, 2. Molly Balliet (M), 3. Lindsay Capper (JT).
100 LH - 1. Christy Digiandomenico (M) 18:31, 2. Alex Hutta (M), 3. Jackie Medford (JT).
300 IH - 1. Christy Digiandomenico (M) 57.74, 2. Rachael Caputo (JT), 3. Alyssa Dachowicz (JT).
400 Relay - Jim Thorpe (Anjelica Poallilo, Amber Castillo, Kristin Lawrence, Colleen Hoffman) 55.55.
1600 Relay - Jim Thorpe (Kayla Susko, Alyssa Dachowicz, Amber Castillo, Erin Bucci) 4:44.7.
3200 Relay - Jim Thorpe (Kayla Susko Erin Bucci, Kristin Lawrence, Monica Perez) 11:11.78.
Shot Put - 1. Emma Boyle (M) 29-1, 2. Thanna Annan (JT), 3. Brooke Tworkowsky (JT).
Discus - 1. Brooke Tworkowsky (JT) 70-2, 2. Emma Boyle (M), 3. Amanda Srinivason (M).
Javelin - 1. Cat Condly (JT) 97-2, 2. Emily Pilla (M), 3. Haley Cope (JT).
Long Jump - 1. Anjelica Poallilo (JT) 13-11, 2. Kristin Lawrence (JT) 13.8, 3. Grace Boyle (M).
Triple Jump - 1. Mary Kate Sherkness (M) 28-9 1/2, 2. Thanna Annan (JT), 3. Nicole Collevechio (M).
High Jump - 1. Mary Kate Sherkness (M) 4-6, 2. Christina Guzinski (M), 3. Emma Boyle (M).