SCRANTON – Pittston Area tuned up for the track and field postseason with a strong showing in the 59th Jordan Relays at Scranton Memorial Stadium on Thursday night.
The Patriots girls repeated as champions, while the boys tied for second out of 10 teams in Class 3A. Pittston Area was the only Wyoming Valley Conference team in the field.
The Pittston Area girls won the opening distance medley, then finished second in three of the other five events and set school records in the 400 and 1,600 relays in the process.
Eastin Ashby ran the opening 800-meter leg, followed by Madison Mimnaugh and Allie Barber in the 400, then Samantha Mayers with the anchor 1,600-meter leg for a time of 9:49.10 in the DMR.
The same four girls, in a different order, produced a runner-up finish in the 3,200 relay.
Ashby, Barber and Mayers were also part of the school record 4:08.05 in the 1,600, in which they were joined by Mia Barberi while finishing second in the final event of the night to clinch the team victory.
Barberi was also part of the school record time of 51.14 while finishing third in the 400 relay. Rhainnon Avvisato, Jamie Chisdock and Taylor Powers were on that team. Barberi and Powers joined Tara Johnson and Liz Waleski for the other second-place finish, in the 1,600 sprint medley relay.
The Patriots girls scored 45 points to beat North Pocono (38) and Abington Heights (36) for the team title.
The Patriots were in contention until the final event. Delaware Valley won with 37 points while Scranton Prep and Pittston Area tied with 31, Valley View had 30 and Abington Heights had 27.
Mike Harth rallied in the anchor leg of the 400 relay and also anchored the two Patriots’ teams that finished second – the 1,200 sprint medley and 1,600.
Josh John and Austin Naples joined Hart on all three teams. Angelo Aita was part of the winning 400 and Richard Weinstock was on the two second-place relays.