Lady Comets making strides


First Posted: 5/6/2015

SCRANTON — Abington Heights scored points in 17 of the 18 events Tuesday night while winning its third straight Robert Spagna Lackawanna Track Conference Championship Meet at Memorial Stadium.

Allyson Derry led the way for the Lady Comets winning the 100-meter dash, anchoring a 400-meter relay win and adding a fourth place in the triple jump and fifth place in the long jump.

“We’re really proud of the fact that we are able to place in so many of the events,” Abington Heights coach Mike Ludka said after the team scored by finishing in the top eight of everything but the pole vault. “We scored in just about every one and in a lot of them it was significant points.

“It’s just a testament to the kind of team they are. There’s talent all over the place and tonight was a night when things just kind of got rolling in the right direction and kept rolling in the right direction.”

Derry won the 100 in 12.84 seconds to help Abington Heights compile 119 ½ team points, beating out second-place North Pocono by 20 ½ and third-place Scranton Prep by 50.

“Tonight, she put her whole race together,” Ludka said. “We had been talking about the finish of the race and the last 10 or 15 meters.

“Tonight, that was perfect. She’s always been a very good starter.”

Jessie Show added the only other win, taking the javelin with a throw of 112-8. She was also fifth in the discus.

Kelsey Wynn, Ally Christman and Emma Henzes joined Derry on the winning relay.

Christman was also third in the 200 and part of the fourth-place 1600 relay. Henzes was also on the 1600 relay.

Alyssa McMinn finished second in both the discus and shot put while Abigail McMinn was second in the 100 hurdles.

Alex Scheuermann was second in the 3200 where Scranton Prep’s Erin Feeney won with a meet record of 10:46.98.

Katie Dammer was second in the 1600, fifth in the 800 and the anchor of the third-place 3200 relay team.

Tiana Yarns and Carly Danoski ran on both the 3200 and 1600 relay teams. Annie Weselowski completed the 3200 relay.

Danoski was fifth in the 400.

Celia Davis was fourth in the 300 hurdles, Michaelina Holmes tied for fourth in the high jump and Claire Traweek was seventh in the 3200 to complete the scoring.

Scranton Prep finished fourth out of 10 boys teams in Class AAA with 61 points.

Ben Evans led the way for the Cavaliers, winning the 3200. Anthony Nardone was third in the 800.

Abington Heights was sixth with 49 points.

Jonathan Galaydick was first in the 300 hurdles, Jake Henzes was second in both the 100 and 200 and Nathan Langan was second in the javelin for Abington Heights.

Lackawanna Trail had five points and was 10th in Class AA.

Western Wayne won the Class AAA boys title while Lakeland won both AA titles.

The championship for Abington Heights was the team’s seventh in the past nine years.

Jordan Relays

The Scranton Prep boys won the title and Abington Heights girls fell one point short in Class AAA at the April 30 Jordan Relays, also held at Memorial Stadium.

Scranton Prep won three of six events and outscored Western Wayne, 43-34.

Anthony Nardone, Kyle Perry, Ben Evans and Ryan Burke were each on two of the winning relays when the Cavaliers took the distance medley, 4×800 relay and 1600 medley.

Pittston Area pulled out a 43-42 victory over Abington Heights by winning the final event, the 4×400 relay.

Abington Heights got wins from Kelsey Winn, Ally Christman, Emma Henzes and Allyson Derry in the 4×100 relay and Catherine Pusateri, Abby McMinn, Faith Judson and Katie Dammer in the 4×400 relay.

The Abington Heights boys and Scranton Prep girls each finished fourth in AAA.

Lackawanna Trail finished tied for 11th in Class AA girls and tied for 12th in Class AA boys.

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