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TRACK: L-L, WA sweep openers

Lake-Lehman and Wyoming Area swept boys and girls meets on their home tracks Tuesday when the Wyoming Valley Conference opened track and field season with a pair of Division 2 meets.

The Lake-Lehman girls and Wyoming Area boys each opened title defenses with their victories.

Junior Amanda McGurk set a school pole vault record, clearing nine feet, when Lake-Lehman defeated Northwest, 101-49. The Black Knights also won the boys meet, 86-55.

Wyoming Area won its boys meet 117-15 over Nanticoke and won the girls meet, 111-22.

Autumn Palka led the way for the Lake-Lehman girls, winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the long jump along with anchoring the 400 relay victory.

Hannah Sayre handled the distance races, finishing first in the 1600 and 3200.

Lia Keefe, who won the 800, and Kalee Raczkowski, who won the 300 hurdles, each were part of two relay wins. Gia Keefe won the 800 and ran the same distance as part of the winning 3200 relay.

Seth Berry led the Lake-Lehman boys by taking first in the 300 hurdles, triple jump and long jump.

Nick Hockenbury won the 1600 and 3200 while Jacob Simoson won the shot put and discus. Casey Weaver won the 400 and ran 400 and 800 legs on relay wins.

Patrick Branley anchored the opening 3200 relay win for Wyoming Area, then added victories in the 1600 and 800.

Usamah Alansari (110 high hurdles, long jump), Aaron Crossley (100, 200) and Drew Mruk (shot put, javelin) each won twice.

Adreanna Cunningham won the 100 and 200 and anchored both sprint relay wins for the Wyoming Area girls.

Sofia Gonzales won both hurdles and was part of the 400 relay win. Madelyn Keating (1600 and 800) and Rosalind Tart (shot put and high jump) also won twice each.

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