NEPA Sports Nation

Montrose girls new No. 1

Montrose used its second invitational championship of the season to take over the top Small School girls spot in this week’s Riverfront Sports Super Six Track and Field Power Rankings.

With division titles on the line last week and this week and the postseason on the horizon, there is some movement in each of the rankings.

The new rankings were released early Monday afternoon.

Both Wallenpaupack teams gained ground for the second straight week. Both Crestwood teams also moved up, along with the Dallas boys and Abington Heights girls.

The Abington Heights and Blue Ridge boys teams joined the rankings.

North Pocono (Big School boys), Mid Valley (Small School boys) and Dallas (Big School girls) all remained unbeaten and held on to top rankings.

Montrose, the defending champion and leader of Lackawanna Track Conference Division 4, won Friday’s Lasagna Invitational, which drew more than 20 teams to Wyalusing Valley. The Lady Meteors finished on top of a field that included Big School No. 1 Dallas and former Small School No. 1 Lake-Lehman as well as another ranked team, Holy Redeemer.

The title was the second time that Montrose beat a field that included Dallas. It earlier won the Northwest Rangers Invitational that also included Big School No. 2 Crestwood and Small School No. 3 Wyoming Area.

Lake-Lehman slipped to second heading into Tuesday’s meet with No. 3 Wyoming Area with the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 title on the line. Lake-Lehman took fifth in the Lasagna Invitational.

Lakeland and Holy Cross remained fourth and fifth by joining the top three teams in protecting perfect dual meet records.

Holy Redeemer held on to sixth with a third-place finish behind Montrose and Dallas at Wyalusing Valley.

The rankings consider both dual meet and invitational/championship meet strength.

Dallas held on to first in the Big School rankings going into Monday’s meet to break a tie for the WVC Division 1 lead with No. 2 Crestwood.

The Lady Comets used an 87-63 victory over former No. 2 Hazleton Area to replace the Lady Cougars in the second spot in the rankings.

LTC Division 2 and 1 leaders Wallenpaupack and Abington Heights climbed one spot each into third and fourth. Abington Heights clinched at least a tie for first place in Division 1 while Wallenpaupack held on to first, heading into Tuesday’s meet at North Pocono for the LTC Division 2 title.

Hazleton Area dropped from second to fifth and Pittston Area held on to sixth.

North Pocono held the top Big School boys ranking going into Tuesday’s meet against No. 4 Wallenpaupack for the LTC Division 2 title.

Crestwood and Dallas moved up into second and third in advance of their Monday first-place battle in WVC Division 1.

Crestwood took a share of first place away from Hazleton Area, the former No. 4 team, which it knocked out of the rankings with last week’s 87-59 victory.

Dallas climbed from fifth to third when it added a win to be part of that tie with Crestwood, then finished sixth at the Lasagna Invitational.

Wallenpaupack rose two places to fourth and Abington Heights moved in to fifth after edging Valley View, 76-74, in the final event to take over the lead and clinch at least a first-place tie with LTC Division 1.

Valley View slipped from second to sixth.

The top five teams in Small School boys remained the same.

Mid Valley and Wyoming Area remained unbeaten and clinched at least ties for first place in LTC Division 3 and WVC Division 2.

Holy Redeemer won the Lasagna Invitational to hold third.

Scranton Prep and Dunmore remained in fourth and fifth.

Blue Ridge clinched at least a tie for the LTC Division 4 title, then placed fifth at the Lasagna Invitational to take sixth in the rankings.

Lakeland dropped out of the rankings after suffering its second loss.

The Jordan Relays, featuring most LTC teams and light representation from the WVC, are scheduled for Thursday night at Scranton Memorial Stadium.

The LTC’s Spagna Championship Meet is next week, followed by the District 2 Championships May 16-17. Big School rankings are for teams that will compete in Class 3A at districts while Small School rankings are for teams in Class 2A.

The track and field rankings, with last week’s rankings and divisional records:


Big School Boys

RankTeamLast RankDivision Record
1North Pocono13-0
5Abington HeightsNR3-0
6Valley View22-1

Small School Boys

RankTeamLast RankDivision Record
1Mid Valley14-0
2Wyoming Area25-0
3Holy Redeemer33-1
4Scranton Prep41-3
6Blue Ridge64-0

Big School Girls

RankTeamLast RankDivision Record
4Abington Heights53-0
5Hazleton Area23-1
6Pittston Area63-2

Small School Girls

RankTeamLast RankDivision Record
3Wyoming Area35-0
5Holy Cross54-0
6Holy Redeemer62-2

Follow us on social media