Bedell Leads Elk Lake Gold Rush
Led by Mike Bedell’s four gold-medal performances, the Elk Lake track and field team glittered in the District Two, Class AA, track and field championships at Scranton on May 16.
Bedell cruised to victory in the 800 in 1:58.69 and added another solo win in the 1600 in 4:22.78.
He also teamed with Will Bennett, Bryan Grosvenor and Sean Carney to win the 3200 relay in 8:17.07.
Bedell, Carney, Bennett and Brad Moore closed out the cool night at Scranton Municipal Stadium with a win in the 1600 relay in 3:28.89.
“I’m really happy with the way the night turned out,” Bedell said. “I wanted to take four golds, but nobody really expects that coming into the district meet.”
Carney added a win in the 400 with a time of 50.39.
Like Bedell, Carney ran in four events, medaling in all of them, including a sixth in the 800.
His solo win in the 400 was his third title in as many years in the event.
“It was a very exciting day overall,” he said.
Bennett and Grosvenor were pleased with their efforts.
“This is my first year in track and to make it to states in my first year is exciting,” Bennett said.
He ran the lead leg of the 3200 relay.
“I wanted to go out and get us in solid position and see what we could do from there.”
Grosvenor, who likely will get to run a leg in the 1600 relay if Bedell, as expected, is pulled from the race, knew the 3200 relay wasn’t a perfect race.
“We were looking for a district record,” he said. “But we ended up dropping the baton. The goal was to win and we did.”
Moore, who ran in the 1600 relay at states two years ago, was glad to get a second chance.
“Back then we were nervous,” he said. “This year we’re looking to go down and do better.”
Luke Jones breezed to victory in the 3200 in 9:46.24.
“I really didn’t think I’d be here this year,” a humble Jones said after his victory.
“I was a little worried about Holy Redeemer’s guy, but I guess I had a little more than him tonight.”
Jason Vermeulen also earned a spot in the PIAA championships in Shippensburg with his second-place finish in the long jump. He qualified with a jump of 20 feet, 7.75 inches.
“I had no idea I was going to jump that far,” a pleasantly surprised Vermeulen said. “I had really good jumps.”
Two girls’ relays also claimed district gold.
The 1600 relay team of Cassie VanEtten, Kirsten Hollister, Emily Williams and Kelsie Hermick finished first in a bizarre race with a time of 4:09.29.
Montrose started the race without the baton. While the Lady Meteors gamely ran out the race knowing they would be disqualified, they did cross the line first.
However, Elk Lake was awarded the victory as Hermick, who ran the anchor leg, was closing quickly on Montrose’s final runner.
“It was an interesting race,” Hermick said.
“Even when we realized what happened with Montrose, we still pushed them,” she said. “I feel bad about what happened to them.”
Both Hermick and VanEtten believed the key to the success of the 1600 relay can be traced to the addition of Williams to the squad.
With the graduation loss of current Mansfield University standout Caitie Good, the squad struggled to find speed until Williams won the job.
“It was exciting to finally find someone,” VanEtten said. “Tonight, we proved we still have it.”
“Thank God we qualified and ran a qualifying time,” Hermick added.
VanEtten, Williams, Elizabeth Trowbridge and Maria Trowbridge teamed up to win the 3200 relay in 9:53.03.
Williams, a sophomore, is glad to be along for the ride.
“It’s a big deal,” she said.
In the 3200 relay, she took the baton after VanEtten had given her a lead. The goal was simple from there.
“I always feel like I have to hold the lead and give it to Elizabeth.”
“I felt good during my race,” Elizabeth Trowbridge said. “I had a good time.”
It was a successful night for VanEtten, who also qualified for the state meet with her second-place finish in the 400. Her time in the race, which was won in meet record time by Lackawanna Trail’s Lauren Ellsworth, was 59.64.
Maria Trowbridge also posted a pair of second-place finishes in the 3200 and the 1600. She ran 11:58.96 in the 3200 and a 5:18.1 in the 1600. Holy Redeemer’s Marissa Durako won both races.
Trowbridge, the defending 3200 champion at the district meet, was satisfied with second place and a third straight trip to the state meet.
“I couldn’t be happier to go to states,” she said. “There are lots of girls that don’t get the opportunity.”
It was decided that Trowbridge would only run the 3200 in Shippensburg on Memorial Day weekend.
Coach Will Squier also decided to scratch the girls’ 3200 relay from the PIAA meet.
Bedell will not compete in the 1600 in states. He also believes he will be replaced on the 1600 relay team.
DISTRICT TWO AA
Results from the District Two, Class AA Championships at Scranton Municipal Stadium on May 16. Event results include all winners and all other place-finishers from Elk Lake. New meet records in italics.
Team: Holy Redeemer 133, Holy Cross 85, Hanover Area 71, Elk Lake 68, Lakeland 63.5, Northwest Area 58.5, Meyers 41, Blue Ridge 31, Dunmore 29, Montrose 28, Lackawanna Trail 27, Riverside 27, Lake-Lehman 18, G.A.R. 14, Mid Valley 6.5, Carbondale 1. Susquehanna 1.
100 Dash: 1. Lauren Ellsworth, Lackawanna Trail, 12.22. 6. Kirsten Hollister, Elk Lake, 13.27.
200 Dash: 1. Nikolette McCloe, Holy Cross, 26.05.
400 Dash: 1. Lauren Ellsworth, Lackawanna Trail, 57.53. 2. Cassie VanEtten, Elk Lake, 59.64. 5. Kelsie Hermick, Elk Lake, 61.01.
800 Run: 1. Allison Hall, Blue Ridge, 2:19.71.
1600 Run: 1. Marissa Durako, Holy Redeemer, 5:17.95. 2. Maria Trowbridge, Elk Lake, 5:18.1.
3200 Run: 1. Marissa Durako, Holy Redeemer, 11:19.53. 2. Maria Trowbridge, Elk Lake, 11:58.96.
100 Hurdles: 1. Quieterra Gross, G.A.R., 15.3.
300 Hurdles: 1. Nikki Black, Northwest Area, 47.73. 5. Cassy Salsman, Elk Lake, 50.63.
400 Relay: 1. Holy Cross (Nikolette McCloe, Kira Graziano, Devon Suhadolnik, Alysa Vieira), 51.72.
1600 Relay: 1. Elk Lake (Cassie VanEtten, Kirsten Hollister, Emily Williams, Kelsie Hermick), 4:09.29.
3200 Relay: 1. Elk Lake (Cassie VanEtten, Emily Williams, Elizabeth Trowbridge, Maria Trowbridge), 9:53.03.
High Jump: 1. Olivia Jendrezjeski, Hanover Area, 5-0.
Pole Vault: 1. Vanessa Munley, Riverside, 11-3.
Long Jump: 1. Julia Wignot, Holy Redeemer, 16-10.5.
Triple Jump: 1. Olivia Jendrezjeski, Hanover Area, 35-10.75.
Shot Put: 1. Madison Lavery, Meyers, 36-7.75. 4. Megan Bush, Elk Lake, 31-0.5.
Discus: 1. Fallyn Boich, Holy Redeemer, 107-7.
Javelin: 1. Emily Hughes, Holy Cross, 124-8. 5. Chelsea Karabin, Elk Lake, 102-6.
Team: Holy Redeemer 119, Elk Lake 94.3, Blue Ridge 63, Dunmore 55, G.A.R. 55, Hanover Area 45, Holy Cross 38, Mid Valley 30, Lakeland 29.5, Western Wayne 28.3, Montrose 25.3, Meyers 24.5, Riverside 21, Northwest Area 18, Lake-Lehman 18, Carbondale 12, Nanticoke 11, Susquehanna 8, Lackawanna Trail 7.
100 Dash: 1. Seth Tarselli, Holy Redeemer, 10.99.
200 Dash: 1. Seth Tarselli, Holy Redeemer, 22.29.
400 Dash: 1. Sean Carney, Elk Lake, 50.39.4. Brad Moore, Elk Lake, 51.91.
800 Run: 1. Mike Bedell, Elk Lake, 1:58.69.6. Sean Carney, Elk Lake, 2:06.44.
1600 Run: 1. Mike Bedell, Elk Lake, 4:22.78.
3200 Run: 1. Luke Jones, Elk Lake, 9:46.24.
110 Hurdles: 1. Darrell Crawford, G.A.R., 15.14.
300 Hurdles: 1. Zach Kruger, Blue Ridge, 41.04.
400 Relay: 1. Holy Redeemer (David Gawlas, Seth Tarselli, Zach Razawich, Jeff Capaci), 43.48.
1600 Relay: 1. Elk Lake (Brad Moore, Will Bennett, Mike Bedell, Sean Carney), 3:28.89.
3200 Relay: 1. Elk Lake (Will Bennett, Bryan Grosvenor, Sean Carney, Mike Bedell), 8:17.07.
High Jump: 1. Jake Padula, Dunmore, 6-4. 5. Jason Vermeulen, Elk Lake, 5-6. 6. Jeremy Schwartzrauer, Elk Lake, 5-4.
Pole Vault: 1. Jeremy Dibble, Montrose, 12-6. 4. Jeremy Schwartzrauber, Elk Lake, 11-6.
Long Jump: 1. Darrell Crawford, G.A.R., 21-4.5. 2. Jason Vermeulen, Elk Lake, 20-7.75.
Triple Jump: 1. Darrell Crawford, G.A.R., 45-9.
Shot Put: 1. Tony Dennis, Hanover Area, 51-7.75.
Discus: 1. Martin Steve, Hanover Area, 147-8. 6. Mark Bush, Elk Lake, 131-7.
Javelin: 1. Tom DeBiasio, Mountain View, 163-5. 4. Joe Woolcock, Elk Lake, 156-6.