A pair of underclassmen took Tunkhannock to new heights - and gold medals- at the PIAA District 2 AAA track meet at Scranton Monday.
Sophomore Trejon Turner leaped to a 6-9 high jump, some two inches over second place Ky’Ron Harbin of Scranton while sophomore Dalton Yeust matched his personal best of 13 feet, some six inches ahead of second place finisher Connor Barnes of Wallenpaupack.
For Turner, the bar rattled for a split-second and came back to a rest. When it did, he let out a yell, stepped off the mat and celebrated a District 2 high jump championship.
Turner - who was also taking turns in the long jump - needed every last bit of energy and bounce left in him to clear the 6-foot-9 bar. He finally pulled it off with his last attempt.
“It’s like pure excitement. Kind of like a happy rage,” Turner described his reaction. “Me and Ky’ron, we don’t really know each other but when we compete, it’s just good competition.”
Turner couldn’t quite set a meet record - the 6-10 mark was set by another Tunkhannock athlete, Matt Blaisure, in 2002 - before calling it a day, though the busy afternoon didn’t help. Still, the sophomore is already on his way to states after adding a full half-foot to his range this year.
Both Turner and Yeust will advance to the state tourney.
Tiger Erik Bennet took fifth in both the long jump and triple jump. The Tigers’ 400 meter relay team came in eighth, and the 1600 meter relay team came in ninth. Billy Prebola took tenth in the javelin and the 3200 meter relay team also took tenth.
Tunkhannock, with 29 points, took 10th in the boys’ standings well behind the day’s co-champs Wallenpaupack and Scranton with 80 points each.
For the Lady Tigers, Gabrielle Roote won a silver medal in the javelin with a 114 foot, three inch toss.
Rebecca Avery also took sixth in the shot put and seventh in the discus.
Tunkhannock, with 13 points, took 17th in the girls’ standings well behind Abington Heights which outdistanced the field at 104.5 points.
Teams: 1-Wallenpaupack 80; 1-Scranton 80; 3-Abington Heights 72; 4-Pittston Area 58; 5-Delaware Valley 53¼; 6-Hazleton Area 47; 7-Wyoming Area 38; 8-Coughlin 37¾; 9-Scranton Prep 35; 10-Tunkhannock 29; 10-West Scranton 29; 10-Dallas 29; 12-Berwick 28; 13-Wyoming Valley West 27½; 14-Valley View 21¼; 15-North Pocono 15¼; 16-Crestwood 11; 17-Nanticoke 6; 18-Honesdale 5.
3200 Meter Relay:1-Wallenpaupack, 8:26.47; 10-Tunkhannock (Adam Hodge, Peter Sayre, Leighf Brown, and Nathan Myers), 9:24.05.
High Jump: 1-Trejon Turner (TUN) 6-9; 2-Ky’Ron Harbin (SCR) 6-7.
Discus: 1-Garry Wrobleski (SP) 149-4.
Long Jump: 1-Ky’Ron Harbin (SCR) 23-0¼; 5-Erik Bennett (TUN) 20-7; 12-Trejon Turner 19-2.5.
110 Hurdles: 1-CJ Anderson (DV) 14.39.
Javelin: 1-Marc Minichello (WA) 204-1; 10-Billy Prebola (TUNK), 147-11; 14-Jack Chilson (TUN), 143-9.
100 Meters: 1-Reggie Dickey (WS) 11.05; 25-Gavin D’Amato (TUN), 12.31.
1600 Meters: 1-Kyle Burke (AH) 4:19.32; 18-Nathan Myers (TUN), 5:04.16.
400 Meter Relay: 1-Coughlin 42.85; 8-Tunkhannock (Alex Paduck, Erik Bennett, Garrett Hopkins, and Trejon Turner) 45.91.
400 Meters: 1-Akash Darjee (SCR) 49.68; 11-Isaac Clark (TUN), 53.51; 21-Sean Harder (TUN) 55.67.
Pole Vault: 1-Dalton Yeust (TUN) 13-0; 2-Connor Barnes (WAL) 12-6.
300 Hurdles: 1-CJ Anderson (DV) 38.65.
800 Meters: 1-Mitchell Forgash (WVW) 1:58.74; 12-Peter Sayre (TUN), 2:08.08.
200 Meters: 1-Reggie Dickey (WS) 22.47; 22-Gavin D’Amato (TUN), 24.84; 30-Garrett Hopkins (TUN), 25.25.
Shot: 1-Philip Cocco (PA) 47-5¼.
Triple Jump: 1-Ky’ron Harbin (SCR) 46-9½; 5-Erik Bennett (TUN) 41-8¼.
3200 Meters: 1-Mitchell Martin (BER) 9:45.06; 15-Leighf Brown (TUN), 11:17.83.
1600 Meter Relay: 1-Abington Heights, 3:23.89; 9-Tunkhannock (Adam Hodge, Peter Sayre, Garrett Hopkins and Isaac Clark), 3:42.84.
Team: 1-Abington Heights 104½; 2-Dallas 61; 3-Scranton 60; 4-Pittston Area 55; 5-Berwick 51; 6-Scranton Prep 49; 7-Hazleton Area 48; 8-Wallenpaupack 48; 9-Nanticoke 37; 10-Valley View 35;11-Wyoming Area 30;12-Wyoming Valley West 25;13-West Scranton 19 14-North Pocono 19; 15-Coughlin 17½; 16-Honesdale 15; 17-Tunkhannock 13; 18-Delaware Valley 10; 19-Crestwood 5.
3200 Meter Relay: 1-Wallenpaupack, 9:43.21; 14-Tunkhannock (Emily Shygelski, Marina Welles, Elizabeth DeMarco, and Alison Edwards), 12:01.95.
Javelin: 1-Paige Bonin (HAZ) 126-4; 2-Gabrielle Roote (TUN) 114-3.
Pole Vault: 1-Abby Norwillo (PA) 12-0.
Triple Jump: 1-Ashley Blannard (WVW) 37-7¼.
100 Hurdles: 1-Calista Marzolino (AH) 15.86; 28-Haillee Jennings (TUN), 18.5.
100: 1-Kyahni Harbin (SCR) 12.57; 26-Gianna Scotti (TUN), 14.10.
High Jump: 1-Shelby Stackhouse (WA) 5-3.
1600: 1-Katie Dammer (AH) 4:54.24; 18-Jillian Landon (TUN), 6:12.14.
400 Meter Relay: 1-Scranton, 50.28; 15-Tunkhannock (Gianna Scotti, Madison Driscole, Natalia Healey, and Mary Grow), 54.28.
400 Meters: 1-Mackenzie Turner (WAL) 58.93; 17-Kailyn Smith (TUN) 1:06.59.
300 Hurdles: 1-Abby Zolner (DAL) 46.18; 18-Haillee Jennings (TUN), 52.29; 32-Amanda Rushworth (TUN) 54.8.
800 Meters: 1-Samantha Killiany (WAL) 2:20.10.
200 Meters: 1-Kyahni Harbin (SCR) 26.04; 22-Madison Driscole (TUN), 29.02; 25-Gianna Scotti (TUN), 29.34.
3200 Meters: 1-Katie Dammer (AH) 10:55.01; 17-Madelyn Franko (TUN), 13:53.45.
Long Jump: 1-Ashley Blannard (WVW) 17-11½.
Shot Put: 1-Payden Montana (BER) 50-4¼; 6-Rebecca Avery (TUN) 33-2.
Discus: 1-Payden Montana (BER) 154-8; 7-Rebecca Avery (TUN), 106-3.
1600 Meter Relay: 1-Wallenpaupack, 4:05.10; 11-Tunkhannock (Gianna Scotti, Nicole Macko, Kailyn Smith and Mary Grow), 4:28.74.
Citizens Voice writer Eric Shultz contributed to this story.