The Buckhorns and Lady Bucks are enjoying a stellar spring season under the guidance of Coach Mark McHugh.

So far, Mark McHugh’s first year at the helm of the Wallenpaupack Area track & field program has gone splendidly.

The Lady Bucks finished the Lackawanna League season with a 4-1 overall record and went undefeated in league action, thus securing their first Division II title in many years.

The Buckhorns fared almost as well rounding out the year with a 3-2 overall record, consistent placing top finishes in hurdles, relay, and throwing events throughout the season.

While common sentiment among both athletes and coaches is that North Pocono gave both squads the best challenges this year, Thursday’s match against Western Wayne certainly was no walk in the park for the Buckhorns.

On the Track

Paupack faced some stiff opposition in the speed events with only Ricky Smith capturing second in the boys’ 100M and Evans Obeng claiming the number-two position in the 200M

The Lady Bucks managed to do better, but also could not post a sweep. Jasmine Stevenson and Gretchen Hiller came in first and third, respectively, in both the 100 and 200 dashes.

Wildcat runners placed in all of the distance events as well, eliminating Buckhorn hopes for any 1-2-3 finish on the track.

Hope Decker and Deirdre Schmidt taking first and third in the ladies 800M.

Jacob Wacker pulled off a second place finish for the Bucks in the 1600M while Alyssa LaFave and Svitlana Martynuk crossed the line in first and second for the girls.

Martynuk was followed by Julia Hessling for the 1-2 Paupack finish in the ladies 3200M, while Sean Duncan took the second spot for the gents.

Paupack relay runners took all three ladies events and won the 4x400M and 4x800M boys events.

Irving, Sein, Wacker, and Smith took the 1600M relay while Sein, Kolvek, Rose, and Guerrieri climed the win in the 3200M relay.

Bridges-Butler, Hiller, Decker, and Stevenson won the girls 400M relay; Hiller, Decker, Stevenson, and Martone took the top spot in the 1600M; and Schmidt, Decker, Denniston, and Martone claimed first place in the 3200M.

Leaps & Bounds

Chris Irving bounded into another first place finish in the boys’ 300M hurdles.

In the 110M, he also picked up the win, while younger brother Anthony finished solidly in third.

Jamiah Bridges-Butler won the girls’ 100M hurdles while Hannah Ladner rolled across the line third. In the 300M hurdles, Bridges-Butler took the number-two spot and Ingrid Bates took third place.

Although Western Wayne cleaned up in the triple jump, Paupack took all the points in the pole vault with Jackson Murray, Cameron James, and Matt Murphy landing first second, and third.

Chris Irving claimed another long jump win while Isaac Decker and Kyle McLaughlin took the first and second prizes in the high jump.

Olivia Brodhead landed in second place in the girls’ long jump; Brianna Denniston took third in the Triple Jump; and Shannon Vennie third in the Pole Vault.

Paupack’s high jumpers pulled through with Molly Jansco taking another first place finish and Krystal Draidfort coming in third.

No “Boos” is Good News?

Lacking the usual boost from Anthony Bouselli who was at the Penn Relays, and took 6th in the Javelin there, the Buckhorns were still able to place highly in the throwing events.

Dave Wacker’s 46’9” Shot Put throw was his personal best and good enough for the first place spot.

Sean Reid and Brad Bieski took the top two places in Discus, and Kyle Hartmann and Michael Griffin had a 1-2 finish in the Javelin.

Paupack ladies throwers has a good day as well with Natalie Christopher and Taylor Ruziecki hurling the Javelin to the top two places; Alyssa Tirella and NIcole Pesce took second and third in the shot put; and Vennie picked up second place in the discus.

The Buckhorns racked up 88-62 wins in both the boys and girls contests.

While some of the usual suspects made their way to the top spots there was high placing in many events by Paupack athletes not accustomed to the limelight.

“I honestly didn’t know what to expect coming into the meet,” said head coach Mark McHugh. “Western Wayne always is competitive and we knew things would be close. Lots of people really stepped up today and I’m very happy with everyone’s effort.

“This has been a great season for both the boys and girls teams and we will be sending a lot of top quality people to districts.”