As the fifth seed prior to the meet and the third qualifier for the finals, the district championship Lake-Lehman junior Shoshana Mahoney produced in the 100-meter dash came as a bit of a surprise.
Include Mahoney among those surprised, both before and after she edged Riley Conahan of Meyers by one-hundredth of a second to win the title in 13.19 seconds Monday at the District 2 Class AA Track and Field Championships.
“I was actually really surprised because in my last meet I ran a better 200 than 100 and my coach (John Sobocinski) thought that maybe I was a better 200 runner than a 100,” Mahoney said. “I honestly didn’t think I could get first place in this at all.
“ … What helped me win was when I leaned in at the end. I thought I didn’t win. I thought I got second.”
Mahoney was standing with Sobocinski when she heard the announcement that she had won.
“I just started screaming and gave him a big hug,” said Mahoney, who also finished third in the 200-meter dash and anchored the fifth-place, 400-meter relay team.
Mahoney was one of two individual champions from Back Mountain schools.
Dominic Deluca of Dallas turned in an impressive time of 9:23.00, beating fellow state qualifier Jacob Fetterman of Hazleton Area by 4.23 seconds, but coming up 3.46 seconds short of breaking a 30-year-old district meet record in the Class AAA meet Tuesday.
The wins automatically qualified Mahoney and Deluca to compete in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Championships Friday and Saturday in Shippensburg.
Cayle Spencer joined Mahoney in leading Lake-Lehman to a sixth-place finish in AA girls with 48 points. Holy Redeemer won the title with 133, 48 more than Montrose and Lakeland.
Spencer threw the javelin 119-6, battling the cold, windy conditions while coming within a foot and a half of reaching the state meet. She also placed fifth in the shot put and seventh in the discus.
The top six finishers in each event earned medals while the top six scored points for their team.
Katie Heindel was fifth in the high jump, seventh in the 300 hurdles and part of the fifth-place 1600 relay team for the Lady Knights.
Kaylee Hillard was sixth in the 1600 and part of the 1600 and 3200 relays that were each fifth.
Brittany Faux was eighth in the 100 hurdles.
The Lake-Lehman boys finished 14th in Class AA with 19 points. Lakeland outscored Dunmore, 106.5-83, for the title.
Kieran Sutton and Dominic Hockenbury finished 3-4 in the 3200 to lead the Black Knights. Dustin Jones in the shot put and Brent Hizny in the javelin each placed sixth. Ty Shaw was seventh in the high jump.
The Dallas girls were fourth in Class AAA with 57 points. Abington Heights rallied past Hazleton Area, 102-93, for the championship.
Catie Gawlas led the Lady Mountaineers by finishing third in the 100 and 200 and running a leg on the fifth-place 400 relay.
Regan Rome was second in the 3200 and anchored the sixth-place 3200 relay.
Katie Kravitsky was second in the high jump.
Bryanna Dissinger (3200), Courtlyn Van Deutsch (triple jump) and Liz Kravitz (javelin) all finished third.
Lindsey Oremus was sixth and Ally Rome was eighth in the 1600.
Deluca helped the Dallas boys tie for sixth in Class AAA with 48 points. Tunkhannock edged Coughlin, 78.5-76, for first place.