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Spartans win Icebreaker Relays

Jakob Lesher led Mid Valley to the boys title while Delaware Valley and host Wallenpaupack tied for first place in the girls standings Saturday in the John Tintle Icebreaker Relays.

The meet was named for the first time this season in honor of Tintle, the coach of the Buckhorns when the unique event was created a quarter-century ago.

The Icebreaker Relays combine the relays that are traditionally part of high school track meets with additional medley relays. They also combine performances in hurdles to create a three-person team time and distances or heights in field events to create a two-person team score.

This season, two co-ed relay races were added.

Mid Valley posted a team score of 86 to win the boys title.

North Pocono beat out Delaware Valley, 64-60, for second place. Abington Heights was fourth at 47 points, followed by: Wallenpaupack 45½, Lakeland 28½, Honesdale 22 and five other teams.

Delaware Valley and Wallenpaupack each scored 59 points in the girls standings.

The top five teams were all in a tight pack. Abington Heights was third with 55½, followed by Pittston Area 53, Lakeland 52, Pocono Mountain West 43, North Pocono 40 and five more teams.

Lesher had the best individual triple jump of 40-5¼, teaming with Charles Davey’s 38-7 to give Mid Valley the win in that event.

Jordan Chmielewski cleared 10-0 in the pole vault and Lesher provided support with 9-6 to give the Spartans another win.

Cody Michaels from Mid Valley had the best 300 hurdles time of 42.22, but Lesher added a 43.09 and Connor Hughes came in with a time of 48.73 to help the Spartans win by more than three seconds.

Lesher had the best time in the 110-meter high hurdles with 15.66 to help Mid Valley finish second behind the Wilkes-Barre Area team of Jamory Lane Lee, Juvall Williams and Kavon Creech.

Mid Valley also won the high jump where Dylan Holt cleared 5-8 and Jakob Lesher made it over 5-6.

Abington Heights won the 3200 relay and shot put. Delaware Valley won the 400 relay, Honesdale the 3200 distance medley, Pocono Mountain West the 1600 relay, Wallenpaupack the discus, North Pocono the javelin and Holy Redeemer the long jump.

Niko Williams had the best shot put of 47-5 while teaming with Brandon Lezinski for the win.

The same was true for Wallenpaupack’s Ben Ostrowski, who threw the discus 133-7 and teamed with Tyler Yakuboski, and North Pocono’s Nicholas Francheschelli, who threw the javelin 18-0 and teamed with Carson Gibson.

Delaware Valley’s Jayden Ramirez had an individual-best 21-1¾ in the long jump to help the Warriors take second.

James Reese from Abington Heights had the best individual pole vault of 11-6.

The Delaware Valley girls won the 100 hurdles and shot put.

Emma Simmons posted a 15.9 in the hurdles to lead the entire field and team with Samantha Shewack and Katherine Quinn on the victory.

Maddie Gacek and Raina Carr were the best shot put team.

Grace Steffen from Wallenpaupack was the best individual shot putter (33-10) and discus thrower (113-4) to help the Lady Buckhorns take second in both events.

Wallenpaupack won the 3200 relay with the team of Ella Smith, Darby Brennan, Alexa Kapschull and Daneille Holzapfel.

Abington Heights, Pittston Area, Lakeland and North Pocono also won two events.

Kaylyn Elliott and Emma Horsley were part of both the 3200 distance medley and 1600 relay wins for Abington Heights. Reese Morgan and Anna Pucilowski joined them on the medley while Maggie Coleman and Marygrace Sabatini made up the rest of the relay.

Aria Messner led Pittston Area wins in the triple jump and high jump as the best individual performer in each.

Messner’s 35-10 combined with Sadie Gregory’s 32-4 in the triple jump. Her 5-2 high jump combined with Paige Bittman’s 4-10 for the win.

Lakeland’s team of Gabby Martini, Kaylyn Davis and Kaitlyn Passiment won the 300 hurdles where Jyanna Mendola’s 47.16 was the best individual time and helped Wilkes-Barre Area take third.

The Lady Chiefs also got a win from the discus team of Olivia Warholic (105-3) and Anna Liuzzo (105-0).

North Pocono won the long jump and pole vault.

Soyer DeLucy had the top individual long jump of 17-5 to team with Pia Zangardi’s 15-4½ for the win.

Olivia Bassi led the pole vaulters with 9-0 and got help from Hannah LaFave’s 8-6.

Holy Redeemer’s team of Aver Chepolis, Jillian Delbalso, Emily Krevey and Isabella Granteed won the 400 relay.

Western Wayne won the javelin with Paige Lee throwing 107-9 and Skylar Long adding 103-0.

Madison Zalewski from Abington Heights had the best javelin throw of 115-6.

Honesdale won the co-ed 4000 relay while Pocono Mountain won the co-ed sprint medley.

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