Caleb Kenyon, Aiden Horne and Mason Natalini finished within three-tenths of a second of each other to give North Pocono a sweep of the top three spots, guaranteeing the Trojans three victories Tuesday in a Lackawanna League cluster meet at Delaware Valley.
In dual meet scoring, a team that takes the first three spots mathematically clinches its victory. The Lackawanna League uses cluster meets to have six teams run together, but then their results are separated into duals for scoring purposes.
By grabbing the first three spots out of six teams, the Trojans were assured of then also having at least the top three spots in each dual meet scoring.
North Pocono’s opponents Tuesday were Honesdale, which it defeated 23-34, as well as Wallenpaupack (17-44) and host Delaware Valley (17-46).
Abington Heights was scored against the same three teams and also swept by similar scores – 23-34, 16-46 and 15-47 – as both the Comets and Trojans improved to 6-0 in the league to share first place with Scranton Prep, which took three wins in a meet at Old Forge.
Kenyon completed the 3.1-mile course in 17:06.7, Horne in 17:06.9 and Natalini in 17:07.
Tommy Walsh was Abington Heights was fourth in 17:24.5.
Honesdale had the next two finishers, Aidan LaTourette and Luke Murray before Abington Heights brought in Sean Rooney, Gavin Ross and Nicholas Booth in seventh, eighth and ninth.
Wallenpaupack’s Alec Crouthamel rounded out the top 10.
Honesdale, Valley View and Delaware Valley each went 1-2 on the day while Wallenpaupack lost all three meets.
Abington Heights, North Pocono and Valley View run together each week and will be scored together in a meet later in the season. The same is true of the combination of Delaware Valley, Honesdale and Wallenpaupack as well as other three-team groups that run together each week.
Scranton Prep posted wins of 24-38 over Dunmore, 20-43 over Riverside and 15-50 over host Old Forge.
Holy Cross went 3-0 against the same teams.
Daniel Danilovitz of Riverside ran away to the victory by more than a minute in 17:11.
Dunmore’s Joe Cardillo was next, then Scranton Prep’s depth kicked in.
The Cavaliers had Graham Oven, Ryan Flaim and Colin Comerford come in third, fourth and fifth.
Spencer Decker, the lead Holy Cross runner finished in sixth, followed by teammate Teddy Novak.
Wyatt Stelmak was eighth to lead four Scranton Prep runners in the next six spots.
Mid Valley was the only team to go 3-0 in the meet at Lakeland.
Scranton’s Brian McCormack won in 17:35, 19 seconds ahead of Lakeland’s Scott Bevilacqua.
McCormack and Bevilacqua led their teams to 2-1 finishes on the day.
Michael Novak, Gabe Pacyna and Vincenzo Iacavazzi took third through fifth to lead Mid Valley, which had its closest meet with Lakeland, winning 24-32.
Brayden Clarke led Lackawanna Trail, finishing sixth.
Lackawanna Trail and West Scranton each went 1-2. Western Wayne was 0-3.
At Blue Ridge, the host Raiders, Montrose and Elk Lake all went 3-0, sweeping the three-team combination of Forest City, Mountain View and Susquehanna.
Nathaniel Sinkovich from Montrose was 1:05 ahead of the pack, finishing in 18:14.
Justice Johnson from Elk Lake was second, followed by: Blue Ridge’s Heath Bowker, Elk Lake’s Dylan Way, Montrose’s Nicholas Harder and Logan Birchard, Mountain View’s Cohen Anderson and the Blue Ridge combination of Max Ksenich and Duncan Geyer.
Scores: For the specific scores of the 33 dual meet combinations, go to: https://nepasportsnation.com/tuesdays-district-2-scoreboard-4/.