Palmerton thinclads sweeps No. Lehigh
The weather conditions were damp, dreary and disgustingly dismal, but that didn't stop the Palmerton track teams from shining brightly to outscore host Northern Lehigh in a Colonial League meet yesterday afternoon.
In fact, the Lady Bombers improved to 3-0 on the season with a 123-26 win, while the male Bombers pulled out a 83.67-65.33 win for the PHS sweep.
PHS head coach Mike Gombert expounded, "As long as our kids continue to improve individually, we should continue to win. With the weather conditions, it hasn't been easy to get consistency and our runners have been on a lined track three teams and that was our three meets."
The Tamaqua Invitational last week, along with a meet at Wilson and yesterday's competition compile the sole trips to a track for the athletes. Yet, their efforts don't resemble that of an ensemble of inexperienced runners.
"The kids are handling it well," Gombert related. "The biggest frustration is that the kids haven't been on a track, but I was pleased today with their efforts all around."
Individually for the victors, Kelsey Hay was the biggest point-earner with three firsts in the three throws, with the discus being the biggest surprise to her coach. "That was a bit of a surprise with her throw of 97 feet, but she had a nice day overall," Gombert mentioned.
Other double event winners for the girls team were Samantha Doherty (triple jump/pole vault), Jessica Pereira (100/200), Andrea Stevko (1600/3200), and Kristen Romano (100/300 hurdles).
On the boys' side, Derek Walck earned two firsts, as he out-distanced the rest of the pack in the shot put and discus. Dallas Miata nabbed firsts in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, while Kevin Seemiller also double-dipped for firsts in the 800 and 1600-meter runs.
Early on in the Spring season every student-athlete is dealing with the elements of weather, however the Bombers have been taking it in stride. "Our technique has been a little rusty, but as the season progresses and the weather begins to cooperate more, hopefully our distances and times will improve," Gombert admits.
Northern Lehigh's boys had respectable showings all day, challenging their opponents in practically every event. NL head coach Mike Lehtonen related, "Overall, today, we competed well, I thought. We're kind of young in a bunch of areas, but give Palmerton a lot of credit. Their girls' team is very strong. But I'm happy with our athletes' efforts. They competed and we're doing the best we can."
Despite the lack of any multiple-event winners for the hosts, there were plenty of individual firsts. David Getz (110HH), Austin Danish (3200), Joseph Wirfel (400), Darien Middaugh (long jump), Caleb Johnson (300IH) and Mike Seremula (triple jump) all bested their respective fields.
"Obviously, the more experience we get, the more that will help," Lehtonen admits. "We'll get better as the year goes by."
Northern Lehigh 65.33
100 - 1. Dallas Miata (P) 12.10, 2. Travis Wolfe (P), 3. Erik Romig (NL);
200 - 1. Miata (P) 24.50, 2. Joseph Wirfel (NL), 3. Dalton Johnson (NL);
400 - 1. Wirfel (NL) 55.90, 2. Austin Shupp (P), 3. Zach Watson (NL);
800 - 1. Kevin Seemiller (P) 2:12.80, 2. Alex Hoffner (NL), 3. Jarrett Kleintop (P);
1600 - 1. Seemiller (P) 5:06.60, 2. David Fitzpatrick (P), 3. Hoffner (NL);
3200 - 1. Austin Danish (NL) 11:31.70, 2. Fitzpatrick (P), 3. Scott Showak (NL);
110 HH - 1. David Getz (NL) 16.20, 2. Dalton Johnson (NL), 3. Caleb Muscavage (P);
300 IH - 1. C. Johnson (NL) 44.00, 2. C. Muscavage (P), 3. Danny Marsh (NL);
400 Relay - 1. Palmerton (Derek Furry, Miata, Alex Vignone, Wolfe) 46.50;
1600 Relay - 1. Northern Lehigh (Getz, C. Johnson, Darien Middaugh, Wirfel) 3:54.60, 2. Palmerton;
3200 Relay - 1. Palmerton (Josh Evans, Kleintop, Sheldon Mann, Seemiller) 9:28.70, 2. Northern Lehigh;
Shot Put - 1. Derek Walck (P) 41-3.50, 2. John Snyder (P), 3. Kyle Heiser (NL);
Discus - 1. Walck (P) 116-8, 2. Kyle Greenawald (NL), 3. Snyder (P);
Javelin - 1. Trevor Kirchner (P) 142-10, 2. Walck (P), 3. Wirfel (NL);
Long Jump - 1. Darien Middaugh (NL) 19-1, 2. Vignone (P), 3. Furry (P);
Triple Jump - 1. Mike Seremula (NL) 39-.5, 2. Jarred Sacks (P), 3. Brad Ehret (P);
High Jump - 1. Ehret (P) 5-8, 2. D. Johnson (NL), 2. C. Johnson (NL);
Pole Vault - 1. Jeremy McGowan (NL) 9-0, 2. Kyle Wagner (NL).
Northern Lehigh 26
100 - 1. Jessica Pereira (P) 13.70, 2. Erika Krawchuk (NL), 3. Sarah Andrews (P);
200 - 1. Pereira (P) 28.50, 2. Andrews (P), 3. Lindsey Pekurny (P);
400 - 1. Pekurny (P) 1:09.2, 2. Morgan Mummey (P), 3. Arissa Snyder (P);
800 - 1. Jill Farkas (P) 2:47.30, 2. Kyla Rodrigues (P), 3. Vanessa Evans (P);
1600 - 1. Andrea Stevko (P) 6:03.90, 2. Samantha Corcoran (NL), 3. Rodrigues (P);
3200 - 1. Stevko (P) 13:07.00, 2. S. Corcoran (NL), 3. Rachel Hendrix (NL);
100 LH - 1. Kristen Romano (P) 17.20, 2. Breanna Quinn (P), 3. Victoria Uebele (NL);
300 IH - 1. Romano (P) 54.30, 2. Jessica Debski (P), 3. Nicole Horn (NL);
400 Relay - 1. Palmerton (Casey Rinfret, Pereira, Romano, Andrews) 54.40, 2. Northern Lehigh;
1600 Relay - 1. Palmerton (Kaelyn Englert, Farkas, Mummey, Pekurny) 4:59.60, 2. Northern Lehigh;
3200 Relay - 1. Palmerton (Vanessa Evans, Farkas, Greta Hartsell, Rodrigues) 11:29.30, 2. Northern Lehigh;
Shot Put - 1. Kelsey Hay (P) 31-10, 2. Aimee Oertner (NL), 3. Sonya Josephson (NL);
Discus - 1. Hay (P) 97-2, 2. A. Oertner (NL), 3. Lauren Oertner (NL);
Javelin - 1. Hay (P) 112-9, 2. Josephson (NL), 3. Jen Snyder (P);
Long Jump - 1. Rinfret (P) 14-5.75, 2. Sam Doherty (P), 3. Lauren Zellner (NL);
Triple Jump - 1. S. Doherty (P) 30-6.75, 2. Pereira (P), 3. Kalyn Lehr (NL);
High Jump - 1. Lauryn Solt (P) 4-8, 2. Autumn Stauffer (NL), 2. Josephson (NL);
Pole Vault - 1. Samantha Doherty (P) 8-6, 2. Michayla Doherty (P).