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Radzwilka wins 800m gold medal

Golden takes District 2 Class 3A silver in 3200m

Wyoming Area’s Serra Degnan competes in the girls 100-meter dash at the District 2 Class AAA Track and Field Championships at Scranton Memorial Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Photo by BILL TARUTIS

WA’s Sara Radzwilka takes the baton from Melissa Cruz in a realy race earlier this season. Radzwilka won a District 2 gold medal on Saturday in the 800m Run.

photo by BILL TARUTIS

Wyoming Area’s Sara Radzwilka posted her best time of the season to win the District 2 Class 3A gold medal in the 800m Middle Distance Run last Saturday at the 2011 Girls Track & Field Championships at Scranton Memorial Stadium.

Radzwilka ran a 2:17.53 – more than two seconds better than her seed time – to outlast Wallenpaupack’s Chelsea Mann and Crestwood’s Hannah Coffin. The senior gave the Lady Warriors their only gold medal of the event. Radzwilka, who finished fifth in the 800m last season, qualified for the PIAA Class 3A Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg this weekend with the victory.

Bianca Bolton of Pittston Area placed 15th with a time of 2:33.95.

Also on the medal stand for Wyoming Area was senior Michelle Golden.

Golden gave the Lady Warriors their only other Top3 finisher by winning a silver medal in the 3200m Distance Run. Golden ran an 11:48.23 to finish second in the event behind freshman phenom Regan Rome of Dallas who won the gold with a time of 11:10.31. Golden improved from her finish last year as a junior when she finished fifth in the event.

Catherine Lombardo of Pittston Area placed 15th with a time of 12:59.19.

Samantha Shiner added a fourth-place medal for WA in the Long Jump with a leap of 16-01.5. Shelley Black of Coughlin won the event with a district meet record jump of 17-11. Rachel Scanlon of Pittston Area finished 10th with a jump of 15-06.

Wyoming Area’s Sydney Engelman also earned a fourth-place medal with a throw of 101-10 in the Discus event. Jenn Slagus, a sophomore from North Pocono, won the event with a toss of 127-11.

Pittston Area’s best finish at the Championships was in the 4 x 800m Relay where the Lady Patriots took sixth.

The team of Lombardo, Bolton, Kaitlynn Kutcha and Kristen Fereck posted a time of 10:20.76 – more than 25 seconds better then their seed time. Abington Heights won the event with a time of 9:52.72.

Alyssa Talerico, the Lady Patriots freshman Javelin thrower, placed seventh in her first district competition with a throw of 100-08. Julia Franzosa of Hazleton won the event with a throw of 123-04. Wyoming Area’s Jenna Skrinak placed 19th with a throw of 82-06.

Wyoming Area’s Melissa Cruz also earned a seventh-place finish in the 400m Dash with a time of 1:02.12. Janna Wilson of Honesdale won the event with a time of 57.81. Pittston Area’s Kristen Fereck finished 19th with a time of 1:06.52.

Emily Shemanski finished 11th in the 300m Hurdles for Wyoming Area with a time of 50.33. Black won the event in a time of 42.80. Pittston Area’s Madeline Dworak placed 18th with a time of 51.39.

Radzwilka places 22nd at PIAA

Wyoming Area’s Sara Radzwilka was 22nd of 24 in the PIAA Class 3A 800m Run with a time of 2:26.87 on Friday afternoon at Shippensburg University.

Taylor Carcella of Downingtown East ran a preliminary heat best 2:15.55

GO Lackawanna sports writer Tom Robinson contributed to this report.

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