The Abington Heights girls took advantage of their distance running strength while the Lakeland teams got a boost from their hurdling dominance on the way to high school team championships May 7 in the Robert Spagna Lackawanna Track Conference Championships at Scranton Memorial Stadium.
The Lady Comets produced 95.5 points, the highest total by any team at the event, while taking the Class AAA title.
Both Lakeland teams finished third overall and won Class AA championships with the highest point totals by a small school.
Lakeland had 76 points in the girls meet to easily defeat Montrose with 49.
The Lakeland boys had 83 points, way in front of Holy Cross with 34.
Tessa Barrett of Abington Heights set a meet record in 4:55.63 while beating Honesdale’s Summer Hill in a 1600-meter race that featured both runners breaking the five-minute mark.
Jenn Burke won the 3200 meters in 11:43.53 and Abington Heights also won the 4x800 relay.
The Lady Comets scored points in 11 of the other 15 events, including the pole vault where Mia Gurganus was second and Jessica Kurey was fourth. The 400 relay team was also second. Isabelle Clauss took third in the 100 hurdles.
Cassidy Jenkins led the way for the Lakeland girls, finishing first in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles while also placing second to teammate Ashton Boyarsky in the long jump. Kayla Agentowicz won the high jump.
Gavin O’Donnell won three events for the Lakeland boys. He took both hurdles and also won the triple jump.
Abington Heights outscored North Pocono, 95.5-82, for the Class AAA girls championship.
Scranton Prep was third with 68 points.
The Classics were led by LaBrae Lavelle taking second in the high jump and five teammates adding third-place finishes.
Lackawanna Trail was ninth in Class AA with two points.
Valley View edged Delaware Valley, 88.5-85, for the Class AAA boys championship. Scranton Prep was third with 50 points and Abington Heights was fourth with 30.
Mike Brier took second in the 1,600 and 3,200 to lead Scranton Prep.
Jonathan Galyadick was second in the 300 hurdles, the 3,200 relay team was second and Pat Williams was third in the discus to lead Abington Heights.
Lackawanna Trail was fifth in Class AA with 16 points with the help of a third-place finish in the 1600 relay.
Lakeland also shined at the Phil Tochelli LTC Junior High Championships May 3 at Scranton Memorial Stadium.
The Chiefs ran away with both Class AA team titles, outscoring Dunmore, 170.5-84, in boys and Mountain View, 181-73, in girls.
Abington Heights was fourth and Scranton Prep 10th in Class AAA boys. Abington Heights was seventh and Scranton Prep ninth in Class AAA girls.
Lackawanna Trail’s teams were eighth in Class AA girls and ninth in Class AA boys.
Lakeland swept all three boys relays in Class AA and also got wins from Collin Cooper in the 200 and 400. Michael Lowry (110 hurdles), Mike Arzie (1600) and Connor Albino (discus) provided the other wins for the Chiefs.
Madison Harding won the maximum four events for the Lakeland girls, taking both hurdles, the 400 and the high jump. Brooke Estadt added wins in the 100, 200 and triple jump. Carolyn Cortes in the discus, Emily Borosky in the javelin and the 1600 relay team also won.
Claire Traweek and Alexandra Schuermann gave Abington Heights a 1-2 finish in the girls 3200. Traweek was also second in the 1600. Victoria Munley won the javelin and the 3200 relay team also finished first for the Lady Comets.
Brad Sopinski, in the 3200, had the only win for the Abington Heights boys.
Scranton Prep’s only win came from Morgan Schermerhorn in the girls pole vault.
Matt Kinback led Lackawanna Trail, taking second in the high jump.