By Tom Robinson, NEPASportsNation.com
YATESVILLE – Three seconds added up to a first-place finish for the Western Wayne girls Thursday night in the 65th annual Jordan Relays.
The Lady Wildcats won the closest of the four team competitions at the meet, combining an impressive win in the 4×800 relay with the three second-place efforts to take the Class 2A title with 40 points.
Dunmore, which won two of the first three events for the lead at the midway point, and Lakeland tied for second with 33 points.
The six events wound up being won by five different teams in Class 2A.
All teams competed against each other in each event of the Jordan Relays, a mix of track’s three traditional high school relays with three special medley events, but the results were then scored as separate Class 3A and 2A meets.
Western Wayne’s 3200-meter relay team was the only one in Class 2A to finish first overall, beating all the Class 3A teams.
Kayla Stokesberry, Madison Kammer, Sydney Hutchinson and Haley Estus finished in 10:32.21, almost 12 seconds ahead of 3A winner Abington Heights and more than 12 ahead of 2A runner-up Lakeland.
The same four runners were part of the distance medley team that began the night with a second-place finish behind Elk Lake and ended the night by placing second in the 4×400 relay.
Dannica Wagner gave Elk Lake a big early lead with an opening lap of under 1:10 in the distance medley, the night’s first race, which combines an 800 opener, two 400 legs and a closing 1600 leg.
Makayla Wagner, Davia Adams and Krista Jones completed Elk Lake’s winning effort of 10:06.31.
Ella Dougher, Rylee Sheehan and Allie Pauler each competed in three events for Western Wayne, including being part of the second-place finish in the 4×100.
The Lady Wildcats scored 28 of their 40 points in the events that are part of the sport’s regular-season and district competition.
Skyler Long completed the 4×100 lineup
Sprinters Alexis Chapman and Abby Springer helped Dunmore win the 4×100 and the 1200 sprint medley (400-200-200-400).
Serenity Fox and Sienna Delfino got the 4×100 relay team started toward its winning effort of 54.24 seconds.
Molly Zimmer ran a 200 and Katie Alunni contributed the 400 anchor leg to the sprint medley’s win in 3:12.50.
Carbondale won the 1600 medley with Megan Cosklo and Alyssa Cosklo getting it started with 200s, then Madeline Borders running a 400.
They kept the Chargerettes in contention in fifth place and Rachel Korty took it from there. Korty, a state qualifying cross country runner from Forest City, competes with Carbondale as part of a cooperative sponsorship in track and field.
Korty brought Carbondale to the front, completing a winning time of 4:40.96.
Lakeland closed with the win in the 4×400 with Reese Kearney, Kaylee Lorenzetti, Madelyn James and Skylar Arendt producing a time of 4:24.07.
Elk Lake finished fourth in the team standings with 29 points. Holy Cross was fifth with 27. Carbondale and Mid Valley tied for sixth with 25. Lackawanna Trail had 17 points.