Wallenpaupack Area's varsity track & field teams cracked the Top Five at this year's Robert Spagna Meet.
Anthony Bouselli arrived at Scranton Memorial Stadium Tuesday with high hopes of an unforgettable performance.
Wallenpaupack Area's senior star did in fact re-write the record book at the Lackawanna League Track & Field Championships. However, his achievement came with a high price tag.
Not 10 minutes after Bouselli set a brand new standard, he was lying on the field turf with coaches and trainers gathered round.
According to officials, Anthony had aggravated a nagging injury and was done for the rest of the day.
Despite Bouselli's gold medal effort in the discus, his injury was yet another blow to Paupack's already reeling varsity squads.
Illness and injury forced more than a few of the Buckhorns' top athletes to sit out this year's edition of the Robert Spagna Meet.
The event serves as a highly-competitive tune-up for next week's District Two Championships, at which Paupack is expected to compete for a Class AAA crown.
On Tuesday evening, the Buckhorns and Lady Bucks each posted a fifth place finish.
The boys tallied 50 points, well off the pace set by champ Delaware Valley (95 pts). The girls wound up with 42, once again far behind the victors from Abington Heights (97 pts).
Rookie head coach Mark McHugh has high hopes that his teams will be back near full strength for the D-2 Meet, which is scheduled for Monday, May 12 right back at Memorial Stadium.
The Class AA event is slated for the following day with rain dates tentatively set for Wednesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 15.
On the Dais
Bouselli has spent the last two years erasing one name after another from various area history books.
Anthony's latest victim came on Tuesday when he fired the discus a Spagna Meet record distance of 168' 10”. That throw obliterated the previous mark, which was set back in 2006 by another Buckhorn, Justin Kraft.
Shawn Reid also earned a spot on the dais with a toss measuring 130' 5”.
Bouselli was clearly not himself during the javelin, settling for a seventh place finish at 160' 2”. Teammate Kyle Hartman wound up fourth with a throw of 163' 8”.
Paupack also made its presence felt in the shot, thanks to a bronze medal showing by Dave Wacker (44' 2.5”).
The Buckhorns piled up the team points in relays as well, visiting the medals stand in two of the three featured events.
In the 4x800M, Paupack's quartet of Brian Rose, Eric Kolvek, Anthony Guerrieri and Matthew Sein clocked in at 8:19.07. That time was good enough for a runner-up finish behind Lakeland (8:17.72).
The Chiefs also took first place in the 4x400M relay (3:31.11), while the team of Ricky Smith, Chris Irving, Jake Wacker and Guerrieri ended up sixth (3:41.70).
Irving chipped in with a fourth place finish in the 300M hurdles (:42.00).
Guerrieri contributed a bronze medal effort in the 800M, stopping the clcok at 2:02.17.
The Lady Bucks headed into Tuesday's meet at far less than 100 percent.
Nevertheless, Paupack battled its way to a Top Five finish in the team standings.
Jahmia Bridges led the way with a pair of trips to the medals stand. A talented young hurdler, Bridges took fourth in the 100M hurdles (:15.76) and second in the 300M hurdles (:47.49).
She also teamed up with Alyssa LaFave, Hope Decker and Emily Martone to place fourth in the 4x400M relay (4:09.56).
Molly Jansco and LaFave also visited the dais after stellar individual efforts.
Jansco took third in the high jump, clearing the bar at a height of 4' 10” while LaFave earned a bronze medal by posting a time of 5:23.94 in the mile.
Shannon Vennie and Taylor Ruziecki contributed a pair of sixth place finishes to the Paupack cause. Vennie fired the discus a distance of 88' 11” and Ruziecki tossed the javelin 104'.
Emily Martone rounded out the Lady Bucks' attack with a seventh place showing in the 400M (1:02.20).