Wallenpaupack Area athletes enjoyed another outstanding season
What became a long spring sports season, marred by innumerable weather-related postponements and cancellations, has finally drawn to a close.
In taking a few moments to reflect on the spring that was, it seems only fitting to review Wallenpaupack Area’s stellar track & field campaign … a season that featured any number of memorable moments.
In particular, three Buckhorns took the team to new levels by setting new school records.
The first to mark a new milestone was Mackenzie Turner.
At the Jack Roddick Invitationals, hosted by Shippensburg University on April 21, the Paupack junior broke the old record of 59.1 seconds in the 400M with a new time of 58.1 seconds.
Just three days later, competing at home against Honesdale, another junior, Connor Barnes bested the old pole vault mark of 12-11 by clearing the bar with an even 13-foot attempt.
Finally, at the Lackawanna League Robert Spagna Championships on May 8, Tyler Wirth, also a junior set a new standard in the 1600m run.
Wirth completed the mile in 4.14.13, shaving three-quarters of a second off the previous record.
The fact all three are juniors certainly points to starry futures.
In addition to their track and field prowess, each is a multi-sport athlete. Wirth turned in his soccer cleats and began running cross-country this past fall.
Both Turner and Barnes also represent the Buckhorns on the pitch.
While they will undoubtedly be taking a little time off over the summer, all three will be back in action, prepping for autumn, before long.
“All three are key members of our team and have been for seasons,” said veteran Head Coach Mark McHugh.
“I’m expecting we’ll see even more from each of them come next year.”
Over & Out
Paupack closed out the 2018 campaign with solid success on both side of the varsity ledger.
The Buckhorns powered their way to an unbeaten regular season, finishing 4-0 and all alone atop the Lackawanna League's Division II standings.
The Lady Bucks were very nearly as impressive, suffering just one loss and trailing only undefeated Western Wayne in the final divisional rankings.
Coach McHugh's squads also acquitted themselves well in the post season.
The boys battled their way to a tie with Scranton High School at the District Two Class AAA meet, each team finishing with 80 pts.
Meanwhile, the girls also put up a valiant effort, carving out a spot in the Top Ten by winding up seventh in AAA.