Northwest standout wins four golds at district meet

Last updated: May 13. 2014 11:57PM - 2823 Views
By Jay Monahan For The Times Leader



Northwest's Tyler Burger prepares to land his long jump en route to winning his first gold medal at the District 2 Class 2A Track and Field Championships at Scranton Memorial Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Northwest's Tyler Burger prepares to land his long jump en route to winning his first gold medal at the District 2 Class 2A Track and Field Championships at Scranton Memorial Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
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SCRANTON — Tyler Burger doesn’t like to hold onto his medals for very long, both figuratively and literally. Immediately after every awards ceremony at midfield, the Northwest junior runs to his parents along the fence to hand off his medal before making his way to whatever gold he has his eyes on next.


Burger piled on the hardware Tuesday at the District 2 Class 2A Boys Track and Field Championships at Scranton Memorial Stadium. Before the national anthem was performed before the evening session, Burger’s parents had a collection of three gold medals to keep their hands full.


“Not at all. I forget about that,” Burger said. “As soon as I get a medal, I run over and give it to my parents. I know nothing about them, and I think about what’s going on ahead of me”


He matched his friend and former Pittston Area grad Ronnie D’Eliseo’s performance at last year’s districts with four championships on the day. When the day came to a close, Burger took first in the high jump, long jump, 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles.


“It means everything to me,” Burger said. “I guess you get what you pay for. You put in time, you put in effort.”


He started the day with a pair of victories in the jumps, sandwiched by a 110 hurdles win. In his most trying competition, Burger said he “stepped up my game” to win a tiebreaker over Hanover Area’s Bobby Kerestes in the high jump with a 6-foot leap.


His momentum carried to the 110 hurdles, where he dashed to a 15.21-second finish — 19-hundreths faster than Lakeland’s Gavin O’Donnell. Before he could give himself a rest, Burger returned back to the field to showcase his expertise with a 22-feet, 10 1/4-inch long jump that shadowed the field. Admittedly not “feeling good going into it,” Burger set a personal record in the long jump.


After a long break, Burger was paired as the underdog in the 300 hurdles. He trailed Meyers’ Rasheem Twyman after 200 meters and pedaled past a gassed Twyman to clock in at 39.03 seconds. Twyman (39.46) and third-place O’Donnell both earned PIAA qualifying times.


“I saw Raheed ahead of me, and he’s beaten me before,” Burger said. “And I didn’t let it happen. I thought to myself that I had more in me so I pushed it. It worked out.”


Burger scratched out of the high jump for the state meet and will be replaced by Kerestes in Shippenburg.


Lakeland handily claimed the district championship over Northwest with 123. The Rangers (79) were followed by Riverside and Dunmore in the overall standings.


GAR’s Anthony Maurent joined Burger in the ranks of WVC multi-event winners. Maurent started his day with a first-place showing with an 11.1-second finish in the 100. The Grenadier sophomore added his second district gold of the day, breezing past the field in the 200 in 22.54 and finishing 56-hundreths of a second faster than Lakeland’s Tim Hackenberg.


“I’m always poor off the blocks,” said Maurent, following his 100 victory. “Once I feel like I’m getting to my stride, I just kick it forward. That’s what happened today. Halfway through, I felt good as I passed those guys.”


One of the favorites to contend for a 3,200 state title, Lake-Lehman’s Dominic Hockenbury experienced an up-and-down day in the distance events. Hockenbury opted to try the 1,600 and led for the first three laps. Lakeland’s Nathan Morgan ran side-by-side with Hockenbury on the final lap until pushing past the Black Knight sophomore on the final stretch.


“After running a race like that when I was leading three-fourths of the way, it’s tough,” Hockenbury said. “I know I hit a wall with half a lap left. I really felt it.”


Hockenbury rebounded, however, to take the 3,200 with the largest of margins — 28 seconds — in spite of a disappointing 9:41.04, by his personal standards. Hockenbury was alone for most of the race, and he admitted that he felt fatigured after hitting the 1 mile mark.


“It’s never the greatest running by yourself,” he said. “You fall asleep a lot, which I did.”


Hockenbury’s 1,600 time met the state qualifying mark; however, he scratched for the PIAA race in that event to focus on the 2 miler.


Hanover Area’ s James Sheridan took the district gold in the shot put. Sheridan hurled his shot 48 feet for a mammoth win that was 3 feet, 8 inches farther than the field.


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Standings: 1. Lakeland (LAK) 123; 2. Northwest (NW) 79; 3. Riverside (RIV) 64.5; 4. Dunmore (DUN) 62; 5. Mid Valley (MV) 55; 6. Hanover Area (HAN) 52; 7. GAR (GAR) 39; 8. Lake-Lehman (LL) 38.5; 9. Meyers (MEY) 32; 10. Blue Ridge (BR) 29; 11. Montrose (MON) 26; 11. Holy Redeemer (HR) 26; 13. Holy Cross (HC) 24; 14. Elk Lake (EL) 20; 14. Mountain View (MtV) 20; 16. Susquehanna (SUS) 4; 17. Nanticoke (NAN) 4; 18. Carbondale (CAR) 3; 1. Lackawanna Trail (LT);


3200 Relay: 1. LAK (Mark Arzie, Adam Davis, Nathan Morgan, Nick Setta) 8:35.77; 2. RIV 8:51.02; 3. MV 8:57.21; 4. DUN 9:00.89; 5. NAN (Ben Sersen, Rees Roberts, Wiston Godoy, Shane Bloxham) 9:12.88; 6. HR (Nick Brown, Alex Larralde, Lucas Mark, Jonathan Weybrecht) 9:13.88; 7. HC 9:21.65; 8. LT 9:36.99; 110 Hurdles: 1. NW Tyler Burger 15.21; 2. LAK Gavin O’Donnell 15.4; 3. LAK Chet Anuszewski 15.79; 4. DUN Anthony Montaro 16.44; 5. GAR Kyle Merth 16.46; 6. MON Billy Hewes 16.72; 7. HC Matt Marsh 16.94; 8. HR John Kane 16.98; 100: 1. GAR Anthony Maurent 11.1; 2. RIV Mikkell Green 11.37; 3. RIV Joe Austin 11.59; 4. LAK Tim Hackenberg 11.61; 5. HR Charles Ross 11.66; 6. MV Quinn Tomcho 11.84; 7. HR Vincent Villani 11.85; 8. MEY Michael Edwards 11.94; 1,600: 1. LAK Nathan Morgan 4:21.16; 2. LL Dominic Hockenbury 4:27.01; 3. DUN Matt Murray 4:30.44; 4. HC Jake McGovern 4:34.21; 5. NW Mike Lewis 4:37.99; 6. HAN Anthony Eck 4:45.71; 7. LL Jordan Lindley 4:47.78; 8. EL Hunter Bedell 4:52.68; 400: 1. NW Zachary Briggs 51.47; 2. MV James Goodenough 52.09; 3. RIV Will Davies 52.1; 4. MEY Tim Snyder 52.22; 5. HAN Bobby Kerestes 53.02; 6. LAK Collin Cooper 53.09; 7. BR Zach Conrad 53.41; 8. CAR Bradley Sales; 400 Relay: 1. RIV (Darrell Cintron, Mikkell Green, Nico Munley, Joe Austin) 43.32; 2. LAK 44.8; 3. MEY (Michael Edwards, Mark Robinson, Josh Schiowitz, Zahir Dunell) 45.03; 4. HR (Patrick Villani, Justin Januszko, Charles Ross, Vincent Villani) 45.56; 5. DUN 45.74; 6. MV 46.05; 7. HAN (Jordan Hagler, Brandyn Cole, Jacob Barber, Michael Wren) 46.36; 8. BR 46.52; 300 Hurdles: 1. NW Tyler Burger 39.03; 2. MEY Raheem Twyman 39.46; 3. LAK Gavin O’Donnell 39.71; 4. EL Hunter Watkins 41.48; 5. LAK Garth Estadt 41.92; 6. HR John Kane 42.38; 7. RIV Tom Nawrocki 43.03; 8. DUN Rocco Cordaro 43.73; 200: 1. GAR Anthony Maurent 22.54; 2. LAK Tim Hackenberg 23.19; 3. MV Quinn Tomcho 23.2; 4. RIV Nico Munley 23.44; 5. HR Charles Ross 23.81; 6. RIV Darrell Cintron 23.93; 7. NW Tanner Kennedy 24.02; 8. RIV Mikkell Green 24.32; 800: 1. LAK Mark Arzie 1:58.35; 2. LAK Nathan Morgan 1:59.38; 3. MV Jeff Jordan 2:02.46; 4. MV Brett Crowley 2:04.24; 5. NW Zachary Briggs 2:05.16; 6. RIV Randy Kincel 2:05.29; 7. LAK Nick Setta 2:06.08; 8. HC Billy Legg 2:08.09; 3,200: 1. LL Dominic Hockenbury 9:41.04; 2. DUN Matt Murray 10:09.16; 3. NW Mike Lewis 10:15.85; 4. MON Owen Brewer 10:23.73; 5. HR Cameron Gill 10:24.14; 6. LL Chris Sabol 10:28.08; 7. HC Jake McGovern 10:36.11; 8. EL Daniel Bell 10:42.69; 1,600 Relay: 1. LAK (Mark Arzie, Collin Cooper, Nathan Morgan, Gavin O’Donnell) 3:25.93; 2. MEY (Zahir Dunell, Josh Schiowitz, Tim Snyder, Raheem Twyman) 3:30.02; 3. DUN 3:37.29; 4. MON 3:38.17; 5. NW (Andrew Lefevre, Austin Mazonkey, Tanner Kennedy, Zachary Briggs) 3:38.97; 6. RIV 3:41.45; 7. MV 3:42.42; 8. MtV 3:44.14.


High Jump: 1. NW Tyler Burger 6-0; 2. HAN Bobby Kerestes 6-0; 3. MV Alex Pieshefski 5-10; 4. MON Colin Mondi 5-10; 5. MV Alex Prislupsky 5-10; 6. DUN Nick Maceyko 5-8; 7. LL Ty Shaw 5-6; 7. RIV Michael Borowski 5-6; Long Jump: 1. NW Tyler Burger 22-10.25; 2. LAK Garth Estadt 21-6.25; 3. GAR Kyle Merth 21-4; 4. DUN Shakal Blackwell 21-1; 5. MV Alex Prislupsky 20-11.75; 6. DUN Joe Capooci 20-6.25; 7. MV Steve Kropa 20-2.25; 8. BR Craig Stanley 20-2.25; Discus: 1. BR Brett Hepler 141-5; 2. MON Brenton Warner 131-3; 3. MV Corey Tomasetti 130-1; 4. NW John Maul 128-3; 5. LL Dustin Jones 127-5; 6. MEY Carlos Telesco 119-7; 7. RIV Nathan Dommes 110-1; 8. LAK Connor Albino 108-11; Javelin: 1. EL Hunter Watkins 162-2; 2. BR Brett Hepler 160-9; 3. RIV John Plisko 160-6; 4. MV Tyler Shay 160-2; 5. LL Grant Calkins 154; 6. NW Austin Mazonkey 151-7; 7. HAN Brian Belcher 149; 8. CAR Jason Jablonowski 143-9; Pole Vault: 1. HC Thomas Ware 13-0; 2. HAN Jordan Hagler 12-6; 3. LAK Chet Anuszewski 12-0; 4. BR Zach Edwards 12-0; 5. SUS Sal Pelicci 12-0; 6. HAN Giovanni Baiamonte 11-0; 7. HC Matt Marsh 11-0; 8. CAR Josh Korty 10-6; Triple Jump: 1. LAK Gavin O’Donnell 43-3.25; 2. DUN Joseph Maceyko 42-7.25; 3. MV Alex Prispusky 41-9.5; 4. GAR Kyle Merth 41-1.75; 5. HAN Matthew Clemons 40-9.25; 6. HAN Jacob Barber 40-7.25; 7. BR Brett Hepler 39-11.5; 8. MEY Mark Robinson 39-11; Shot Put: 1. HAN James Sheridan 48-0; 2. DUN James McHale 44-4; 3. LL Connor McGovern 44-2; 4. HAN Frederick Schiel 43-2.75; 5. GAR Anthony Easter 42-6.5; 6. EL Tommy Malindri 41-2; 7. MV Josh Gorton 41-1.75; 8. NW Curtis Whitmire 40-6.5.


 
 
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