WVHS Boys Hoped for More at District Meet
Four members of the Wyalusing Valley boys’ track and field team brought home medals from the District Four championship meet at Shikellamy High School on May 21.
For seniors Lewis Adams and Tucker Allyn, their medal-winning efforts felt somewhat hollow in their high school finales.
Adams, who entered the Class AA long jump as the second seed behind Athens standout Jarred Gambrell with a distance of slightly over 21 feet, never got comfortable in the competition.
He fouled on his first two jumps before going 19 feet, 10 inches on his last attempt to make the final jump off.
In his final three jumps, he fouled each time, settling for fourth place.
As expected, Gambrell cruised to a victory, shattering a 22-year-old meet mark with a winning distance of 23 feet. 6.25 inches.
Adams was very disappointed on the medal stand.
“I worked hard all year and I just didn’t step up,” he said. “I came out here and tried to put it all on the line. It was not my day.”
Still, he was the highest finisher for the Wyalusing boys.
Allyn, who had qualified for the PIAA championships last year in the high jump, struggled to return to form after breaking his foot during basketball season.
In Saturday’s competition, which had one of the deepest fields of any boys’ event in the meet, he finished fifth, equaling his season-best height of six feet, two inches.
“I wasn’t really sure (that I could get back to states) after breaking my jumping ankle,” he said.
“But in my first meet, I jumped six feet so my expectations were a little high today.”
He noted that 11 competitors cleared six feet. Williamson’s Josh Beach won the event with a height of six feet, six inches.
“There was good competition today,” he said.
Anthony Benninger overcame his own injury woes to take home a seventh-place medal in the shot put.
Benninger badly hurt his foot during a swimming pool incident early in the season.
But, despite only having five or six competitions under his belt, the junior medaled with a season-high throw of 42 feet, five inches.
“I’m happy with what I did,” Benninger admitted.
He pledged to be ready for next season.
“I’m hitting the weights really hard every day this summer,” he said.
Bloomsburg’s Mike Recla won the event with a throw of 55 feet, 4.5 inches.
Tim Kuntz, a junior, brought home an eighth-place medal in the pole vault with his height of 12 feet, six inches. Four other vaulters cleared that height with Kuntz edging out Wellsboro’s Josh Evans and Montoursville’s Mike Houseknecht for the final spot on the medal podium based on fewer misses.
Central Columbia’s Donny Scatena won the event with a height of 14 feet.