HS TRACK AND FIELD: Western Wayne’s Barcarola Wins Three Golds; Holy Redeemer Wins 2A Team Title
SCRANTON — Much of the action on the track subsided as the preliminary heats concluded.
Most of the attention shifted to the pole vault area at the south end of Scranton Memorial Stadium.
There, Trina Barcarola stood on the runway beneath a beating sun that had been absent recently, with three days of rain forcing the District 2 Class 2A Track and Field Championship meet to be postponed from Monday to Wednesday.
She lifted the fiberglass pole, accelerated, planted and soared over the cross bar that stood 12 feet above ground.
It set a meet record, breaking the mark of 11-7¾ she set last spring, and served as the signature moment in a three-gold-medal winning meet by the Western Wayne junior.
“That was the goal for this meet,” Barcarola said. “I really wanted 12-6, but I was very ecstatic that I got that record for the meet.”
Barcarola’s effort helped the Lady ’Cats to a second-place finish in the team standings with 103½ points.
Holy Redeemer ran away with the title, scoring 125 points, including 30 by winning the final three events. Lake-Lehman was third with 83½.
In addition to her record-setting mark in the pole vault, Barcarola added a gold in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.00 seconds and another in the 300 hurdles in 45.26 seconds. She also ran the anchor leg on the silver-medal winning 1,600 relay team that ran 4:07.65, just behind Holy Redeemer’s record-setting clocking of 4:04.15.
“This is just amazing,” Barcarola said. “That feeling of taking first place is amazing. I had three golds and we had a personal-best in the 1,600 relay and are going to states.
“It was a special district meet for me, because it’s my last one with my brother (Johnny), and my senior teammates who I have been through so much with. I am just so thankful for the three years I have had with them all.”
Annie Skirpan did her part in her final district championship meet for Western Wayne.
She defended her title in the 400, running a personal-best time of 59.61 seconds. Skirpan also placed sixth in the 800 and was part of the 1,600 relay with Barcarola, Samantha Atcavage and Cassidy Asinski.
“It honestly felt so great in the 400,” Skirpan said. “I love that race and the 4-by-4 (1,600 relay). It was a great way to finish my district track career.
“I was so happy with my time in the 400. I hadn’t run that all season, so that is just crazy.”
Lakeland athletes won three gold medals as the Lackawanna Track Conference took first in seven events.
Mikayla Marino and Sara Wanat accounting for 38 of the team’s 66.
Marino won the discus with a personal-best distance of 138-0, also won the shot with a mark of 38-10½, and came away with a silver medal in the javelin. The senior qualified for the state meet in all three throwing events.
“This is actually pretty nice, because I am really excited to go to states in all three events,” Marino said.
“I didn’t expect to throw the javelin that far, so that is really cool. And I am really happy about the discus.
“All I can do now is keep practicing.”
In the high jump, Wanat cleared 5-2 and earned the gold on fewer misses. Hanover Area’s Isabella Popson, who also cleared 5-2, earned the silver.
“I put in a lot of work in the offseason and during the season,” Wanat said. “It is very rewarding to see that all of my hard work paid off with a gold medal and a trip to states.”
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