Geisinger breaks district record
Jim Thorpe’s Jarrin Geisinger (center) heads toward the finish line in the Class 2A 100 meters. Geisinger set a District 11 record in the event. Marian’s Gabe Bauer (right) finished second and Palmerton’s Aaron Stasko (left) finished third. For videos and a photo gallery go to www.tnonline.com. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS
WHITEHALL – Sporting a suit decked out in red, white and blue and emblazoned with stars and stripes, Jarrin Geisinger looked ready to play the role of Captain America.
And the Jim Thorpe senior certainly seemed superhuman on Thursday.
Geisinger blasted his way to two gold medals at the District 11 Track and Field Championships, winning the Class 2A 100 and 200 in style.
His 10.89 in the 100 set a district record in 2A competition, surpassing the previous mark of 10.94 set by Tamaqua’s Noel Powell in 2000. Geisinger followed that performance with another district record in the 200 (22.52) .
“Another “Trip to Shipp,” three years in a row, it feels awesome,” said Geisinger. “I definitely want to get top-three at states. I definitely want to get on that podium for sure, but higher this year.
“I feel like I’m just starting to get at that level, where I can run better, and I feel like I can run better than a 10.89.”
Geisinger was a runner-up in the Class 3A competition a year ago to qualify for states after medaling (seventh) in 2A while running for Marian as a sophomore.
“It gives me a little bit of confidence, but you don’t want to get too cocky,” he said. “These kids at states are running amazing.
“The nerves are definitely a little lower than when you first get there. But I feel like I’m pretty calm this year. I just definitely want to get higher on that podium. I just want to keep getting gold.”
Marian’s Gabe Bauer was second (11.16) and Palmerton’s Aaron Stasko (11.25) third in the 100. Both qualified for states.
After watching Stasko win the Colonial League title in the event a week earlier, Geisinger knew he couldn’t take anything for granted.
“Stasko is a great athlete, not only in track, but in football also, and he definitely pushed me,” said Geisinger. “I was pretty nervous that he was going to come out and run something crazy, like he did. He ran pretty well.”
Palmerton’s Jordan Nelson left Whitehall’s Zephyr Sports Complex with three gold medals on the final day of the district meet. Nelson won his second Class 2A 110 hurdle title, stood on top of the podium in the triple jump, and teamed with Jevon Nelson, Cody Waterhouse and Stasko to win the 400 relay.
“It means a lot,” Nelson said. “I finally got my PR with a 14.68, so I’m just really excited about that.
“I just had great competition today. I really had to go out and just do the best I can, and I did that today.”
Locking up the 110 title to start the day gave Nelson a boost in the triple jump, which he won with a leap of 44-00.25.
“I wasn’t really sure, I was just trying to hit the state qualifying standard,” Nelson said of the triple jump. “I did it previously, but I wanted to do it on the right day and time.
“It definitely did relax me. When I saw my PR, I felt really good about it. I knew I was good to go today.”
Winning the 400 relay (43.86) was far from a sure thing, with the team having limited experience competing together.
“The really was definitely cool,” Nelson said. “It was a little bit difficult with guys being hurt, so we just put a team together. I’m just really excited. With that team, we probably ran together once all year. We definitely want to make semifinals. Either way, we definitely want to make it to the next day.”
Nelson’s bid for four gold medals ended Wednesday when he fouled on all three attempts in the long jump.
Palmerton’s Jake Martinez won the 2A 1600 with a time of 4:31.18. The victory marked the third district title in the event for Martinez, who also won the 800 a year ago.
“I knew coming in today after the league meet last week that I was in really great shape,” said Martinez. “My goal wasn’t really time but just to go for the three-peat. I worked really hard the past three years and to defend (a title) is hard, so I just wanted to go take care of the job.
“I have a ton of respect for my competitors. They’re the ones that push me hard. To train with them, race with them is great. To have some new competition come down from the Schuylkill League is great. It’s always exciting to have something new. You don’t know what to expect, but they really pushed me hard this race, so I’m very happy with how it turned out.”
Jim Thorpe’s Sam Hydro won the 2A 800 with a blazing 1:56.99, just ahead of North Schuylkill’s Luke Halko (1:57.48). Martinez was third (1:57.91).
“Going into it, I knew I was the second seed and I had Martinez ahead of me, and Halko was third seed,” said Hydro. “I knew Halko was definitely going to give me a good race. We’re really good friends and we were both hoping to run a good time out here, possibly get to states. And that’s what I wanted. I got a good time.”
The race went down to the wire, with Hydro kicking late to secure the win.
“I saw I had a 60-second first lap, a lot slower than I wanted,” Hydro recalled. “I wanted a couple seconds faster, but I knew I had to kick. I live for this in races, and just knowing that I can go out and negative split that much makes me really excited for states and know I can turn a much faster time.
“I came by, I would say I was probably with 90 (meters) to go, I was even with them. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. I was even with them, and it was anybody’s race, if they kicked with me or not. I would say 60 to go, or 50 to go, I had it, and I was pretty confident as long as I stayed on it, I had the race, and I was going to win it.”
Tamaqua’s Derian Stianche ripped off a 1:57.18 to win the Class 3A 800 as the 10th seed. Northampton’s Dalton Domchek was second (1:58.67).
“It means so much to me, because coming in as the 10th seed, nobody expected that coming from me,” said Stianche. “But in a race that close you never know what’s going to happen; everybody’s so close. So you just have to go out and run your race, and I ran a great race today.
Stianche noted a significant amount of speedwork – specifically 400s – have helped him immensely.
“That helps me so much going into next week now. I know I can go 56, 57; the goal next week is to make finals, and to do that, we’re going to have to run 1:59, 1:58-ish,” he said. “So I know I have it in me now, and that just gives me a confidence boost.
“I feel like I’m in a great spot right now. I feel like I haven’t really peaked yet. I peaked, but I don’t think I hit the top of my peak yet, and I think I can drop another two or three seconds. It was great, that was a great race by everybody. The competition, it was just amazing out there.”
Tamaqua’s Barron Stauffenberg won the 3A long jump with leap of 22-02.75.
“It means a whole lot,” he said. “Last year, I ended kinda poorly, and I told my coach that I would get to Shippensburg this year and now I have district championship, so it feels really good.
“It means a lot. Last year we were 2A, and there wasn’t as much competition. And now this year we moved up to 3A. It’s just shocking. I can do it, and it feels really good.”
Stauffenberg is looking for a little more next week at states.
“I was kinda hoping to get 22-6, because that would be the school record,” said Stauffenberg. “I fell just short, but I could probably do that next week at Ship.
“Every week, I’ve just been getting better and better distances, and it’s really good.”
Jim Thorpe’s William Munson won his second gold medal of the event, capturing the Class 2A shot put with a mark of 51-08.25.
“It means a lot to me,” said Munson. “Last year, well this entire year, I was barely getting close to 50-feet, I wasn’t really hitting it. And then first throw today was 51-8. The nerves just went away.
Thorpe’s Allan Bailor was second (47-04.50) and Dylan Dailey third (46-01.0), Palmerton’s Chris Fredericks was fourth (44-07.25).
“Yesterday helped knowing that I was already going to states,” Munson said of his win in the discus. “And I knew the competition was my teammate. So I was really just pushing against myself. But I was trying to push myself against those 3A guys, because they were nuts.
“It’s amazing, and I’m going to be honest, he’s (Bailor) probably going to be better than me. He’s got two more years, and he’s throwing better than I ever did at that age, which is going to be crazy.”
Marian’s Ean Chelak won the 2A 400 with a time of 51.91,
“It means the world to me. I never had a medal this shiny before to put on my podium,” said Chelak. “Last year, I didn’t run what I wanted to. Over the summer, fall and winter I pushed my heart out, whether it was cross country, indoor track or just weekends on my own, lifting and running as much as I could. I think I’m peaking at the right time.”
Chelak was the top seed with a time of 51.57.
“I was very anxious and nervous today,” he said. “It went better than I could ever imagine. As I got out of the blocks, I got a pretty good start. I saw people were getting out of the blocks pretty good too, so I had to go as hard as I could. As soon as I got to the 200 mark, I realized this is it; it’s dig or die, and I pushed my heart out, got around the last turn, and I saw a Palmerton kid to the right of me. I was like, ‘This is my season to win.’ I have to go as hard as I can. So I went into overdrive and went hard, and came out victorious.
“It boosts my morale a lot. If you would have asked me last year if I’d win a district championship my sophomore year, I would have said you’re crazy.”
DISTRICT 11 TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Whitehall High School
Allentown Central Catholic (ACC), William Allen (All), Bangor (Bang), Bethlehem Catholic (BC), Blue Mountain (BM), Catasauqua (Cat), Dieruff (Die), East Stroudsburg North (ESN), East Stroudsburg South (ESS), Easton (East), Emmaus (Emm), Freedom (Free), Jim Thorpe (JT), Liberty (Lib), Mahanoy Area (MA), Marian Catholic (MC), Minersville (Min), Nativity BVM (Nat), Nazareth (Naz), North Schuylkill (NS), Northampton (Nor), Northwestern (NW), Northern Lehigh (NL), Notre Dame Green Pond (NDGP), Palisades (Pali), Palmerton (Palm), Panther Valley PaV), Parkland (Park), Pen Argyl (PA), Pine Grove (PG), Pleasant Valley (PlV), Pocono Mountain East (PME), Pocono Mountain West (PMW), Pottsville (Pot), Salisbury (Sal), Saucon Valley (SaV), Schuylkill Haven (SH), Shenandoah Valley (ShV), Southern Lehigh (SL), Stroudsburg (Str), Tamaqua (Tam), Weatherly (Wea), Whitehall (Whi), Wilson (Wil).
(Top 3 finishers; other locals)
100 - 1. Jarrin Geisinger (JT) 10.89 q, 2. Gabriel Bauer (MC) 11.16 q, 3. Aaron Stasko (Palm) 11.25 q, 7. Cody Waterhouse (Palm) 11.59.
200 - 1. Jarrin Geisinger (JT) 22.52 q, 2. Timothy Buda (Sal) 22.93, 3. Aaron Stasko (Palm) 23.36, 8. Ean Chelak (MC) 24.29.
400 - 1. Ean Chelak (MC) 51.91 q, 2. D’Angelo Deering (SH) 52.83, 3. Marcus Yearwood (Pali) 53.29, 5. Elias Tavares (PaV) 53.86, 6. Justin Arriaga (MC) 53.97, 15. Ben Seachrist (JT) 57.87.
800 - 1. Sam Hydro (JT) 1:56.99 q, 2. Luke Halko (NS) 1:57.48 q, 3. Jacob Martinez (Palm) 1:57.91 q, 4. James Schwartz (JT) 2:00.84, 6. Preston Kemery (NL) 2:06.83, 13. Chad Obert (Wea) 2:12.26, 17. Carter Brettle (PaV) 2:15.71, 19. Ricky Ray (Wea) 2:21.77.
1600 - 1. Jacob Martinez (Palm) 4:31.18 q, 2. Shane Artis (Sal) 4:32.60, 3. Wayne Reilly (Min) 4:33.16, 11. Scott Zoscin (Wea) 4:59.32, 13. Jared Thomason (NL) 5:04.35, 14. Noah Rodgers (JT) 5:08.51, 15. Blake Kilmer (JT) 5:09.61, 16. Jacob Lippincott (JT) 5:14.79.
110H - 1. Jordan Nelson (Palm) 14.68 q, 2. Eric Lobb (PA) 15.49 q, 3. Chase Mazalusky (MA) 15.72, 4. Jonathan Perloni (Palm) 16.13, 6. David Richards (JT) 16.85, 8. Justin Ellis (JT) 17.14.
400 Relay - 1. Palmerton (Jevon Nelson, Jordan Nelson, Cody Waterhouse, Aaron Stasko) 43.86 q, 2. North Schuylkill 44.19 q, 3. Palisades 44.43, 4. Jim Thorpe 44.61, 5. Marian Catholic 45.12.
1600 Relay - 1. Palisades 3:28.91 q, 2. North Schuylkill 3:29.84 3. Jim Thorpe 3:31.91
Shot Put - 1. William Munson (JT) 51-8 1/4 q, 2. Allan Bailor (JT) 47-4 1/2, 3. Dylan Dailey (JT) 46-1, 4. Chris Fredericks (Palm) 44-7 1/4, 7. Matt Lalik (Palm) 42-9 1/2, 9. Josh Fritchman (NL) 40-2 3/4, 11. Braden Gower (Palm) 39-9 1/4, 14. Andrew Osilka (MC) 38-3 1/4.
Javelin - 1. Collin Burkhart (Naz) 203-8 q, 2. Andrew Altemose (PME) 198-7 q, 3. Lucas Souders (Whi) 195-2 q, 12. Jacob Rudy (Tam) 143-8.
Triple Jump - 1. Jordan Nelson (Palm) 44-0 1/4 q, 2. Josh Volak (Pali) 43-6 1/4, 3. Zach Moyer (NL) 42-5 1/4.
Pole Vault - 1. Tadd Barr (PA) 13-0 q, 2. Jason Walck (JT) 12-0, 2T. Jared Albanese (PA) 12-0, 6. Aiden Clements (JT) 11-0, 7. Sean Bevilacqua (JT) 10-6, 8. Corlan Wood (Palm) 10-6.
q - denotes PIAA state qualifier
(Top 3 finishers; other locals)
100 - 1. Devon West (Lib) 11.06 q, 2. Chad Hussett (Whi) 11.08 q, 3. Vince Reph (Free) 11.12, 5. Matt Kistler (Tam) 11.26.
200 - 1. Marcus Williams (East) 22.67 q, 2. Devon West (Lib) 22.73 q, 3. Tahir Thompson (PMW) 22.94.
400 - 1. Mustapha Salau (Park) 50.09 q, 2. Quadir Collier (Wil) 50.77 q, 3. Mason Boyd (Emm) 51.65, 16. Ryan Bonser (PlV) 53.11, 17. Sam Seyfried (NW) 53.22.
800 - 1. Derian Stianche (Tam) 1:57.18 q, 2. Dalton Domchek (Nor) 1:58.67 q, 3. William Marina (Str) 1:59.13, 10. Christopher Osenbach (Tam) 2:01.62, 19. Tyler Akob (PlV) 2:05.12.
1600 - 1. Riley Williams (Park) 4:24.62 q, 2. Kevin Haas (BM) 4:25.77 q, 3. Darlyn Fermin (Lib) 4:27.28.
110H - 1. Evan Harris (East) 14.90 q, 2. Christian Tackett (Lib) 15.12 q, 3. Terrance Jones (All) 15.13.
400 Relay - 1. Wilson 42.76 q, 2. Emmaus 43.25 q, 3. Parkland 43.41 q, 11. Tamaqua 44.85.
1600 Relay - 1. Wilson 3:24.83 q, 2. Parkland 3:26.36, q 3. Stroudsburg 3:26.94, 8. Tamaqua 3:31.65, 12. Pleasant Valley 3:37.20, 13. Northwestern 3:39.03.
Discus - 1. Thomas Kitchell (NDGP) 176-9 q, 2. Collin Burkhart (Naz) 147-6 q, 3. Mark McDonald (Str) 132-4, 6. Nathaniel Noftz (Tam) 126-11, 11. Matthew Amodea (Tam) 113-7, 13. Tyler Disbrow (Tam) 110-2.
Long Jump - 1. Barron Stauffenberg (Tam) 22-2 3/4 q, 2. Daeshawn Teague (Lib) 21-10 1/2 q, 3. Julius Ewunken (NDGP) 21-9.
High Jump - 1. Junior Karyea (Naz) 6-3 q, 2. Keyon Carroll-Herring (Emm) 6-1 q, 2T. Jackson McKee (SL) 6-1 q, 4T. Devin Thomas (NW) 5-11.
q - denotes PIAA state qualifier