HS TRACK AND FIELD: Montrose Boys Have Gold Rush In 2A Championship Meet
SCRANTON — Collin Chidester poured all of his frustration over last season’s District 2 Class 2A Championship Track and Field meet into his senior year and it resulted in a gold rush.
After a fourth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles and a 20th in the 300 hurdles as a junior, Chidester won both races Wednesday night at Scranton Memorial Stadium in leading Montrose to a fifth-place team finish with 69 points in the standings.
He won the 110 hurdles in a time of 15.32 seconds, added the gold in the 300 hurdles in 40.79, and was part of the winning 1,600 relay, joining teammates Chucky Rohan, Brennan Gilhool and Henry Rogers with a time of 3:26.05.
“I was really proud of my team and how we all performed,” Chidester said. “I thought everyone had great races. It was really nice two win the two hurdles after a couple of bad district meets.”
Liam Mead gave the Meteors another district champion.
He used a powerful final 200 meters in the 3,200 to pass Holy Cross’ Andrew Healey down the stretch for a victory in 9:35.57.
It was a tight race between the distance running rivals.
“It was an amazing feeling to do that, because it was exciting being a part of
a race that was exciting
as it was,” Mead said.
Healey strikes gold
In addition to his silver medal in the 3,200, Healey won the 1,600, dominating with a time of 4:31.44.
He chose to scratch from the 1,600 for the PIAA Championship meet next week at Shippensburg University, so he can focus on the 3,200 where he won a bronze medal in 9:32.58.
“The mile (1,600) was awesome, because I haven’t been able to race that distance too much this season,” Healey said. “I was really happy that I was able to come away with a win.”
Collins leaps to states
Riverside junior Bryce Collins bounced back from a second-place finish at the Robert Spagna Championship meet to claim the district title in the high jump.
He cleared a personal-best and school-record mark of 6-5 to claim the gold.
“I couldn’t be more thankful,” Collins said. “I worked so hard since last season after only getting over 5-8, and now to be over 6-5, it’s just unreal.
“I just concentrated and it worked out perfectly for me.”
This season, not only did district champions automatically qualify for the state meet in their events, but so too did the second-place finishers.
The Lackawanna Track Conference had 11 silver medal winners that qualified in the girls meet and 15 in the boys meet.
Carbondale Area’s Sarah Korty (discus, shot), Blue Ridge’s Karris Fazzi (100 hurdles), Montrose’s Chalice Guyette (100), Lakeland’s Mikayla Marino (javelin), Western Wayne’s Sydney Krompasky (pole), Montrose’s Hannah Perkins (1,600), Elk Lake’s Krista Jones (3,200), Western Wayne’s Kaila Johnson (long) and the relay teams from Lakeland (3,200) and Western Wayne (1,600) will all compete at the state meet.
Mid Valley had two relay teams (3,200 and 1,600), Shane Rosencrans (400), Gideon Dalzell (300 hurdles) and Christian Chakiris (200) all qualify.
Western Wayne had Derek Mason (discus), Eddie Sledzinski (shot), Nick Barillo (pole), Johnny Barcarola (long) and the 1,600 relay team reach the state meet.
Team champion Lakeland had Chase Nolan (110 Hurdles) and Billy Good (100) qualify.
Also, Scranton Prep’s Nicholas Gershey (1,600), Susquehanna’s Cory Bricourt (high) and Blue Ridge’s Ryan Mills (triple) will also travel to Shippensburg for the state meet.
Scranton Prep’s Stephen Postupak qualified for the state meet in the 1,600 when Healey scratched and so too did third-place finisher Lukas Volpetti.
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