Car­ni­val ti­tles for Wirth, Atkin­son

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Wal­len­pau­pack’s Tyler Wirth and Scran­ton Prep’s Vic­to­ria Atkin­son won cham­pi­onships at the Penn­syl­va­nia Track and Field Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion Car­ni­val at Le­high Uni­ver­sity on Satur­day.

Wirth won the boys One Mile with a time of 4 min­utes, 23.94 sec­onds, while also plac­ing fifth in the 800-me­ter run in 1:59.39 to high­light the per­for­mances by ath­letes from Lack­awanna Track Con­fer­ence schools.

His times for both events reached state guide­line marks to be­come el­i­gi­ble for an in­vi­ta­tion to the PTFCA State Cham­pi­onship meet Feb. 24.

Wirth, who is headed to the Uni­ver­sity of Cincin­nati, is al­ready the No. 2-ranked run­ner in the state ac­cord­ing to pa.mile­ for the One Mile with a sea­son-best 4:21.62 from the New Bal­ance Games in Jan­uary and his win­ning ef­fort at the Car­ni­val is a Top 10 mark.

Atkin­son, two days af­ter win­ning a ti­tle in the Fly­ing Cir­cus Girls Ju­nior Pole Vault at the Mill­rose Games, added a win at the Car­ni­val. The Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity com­mit en­tered at 11-0 and passed at 11-3, be­fore clear­ing 11-6 on her sec­ond at­tempt to se­cure the win over Wil­son’s Sara Al­to­nen.

With the win in hand, Atkin­son moved the bar up to 12-9, which would have bet­tered her per­sonal record of 12-5½ she set at the Mill­rose Games. How­ever, the fourth-ranked ath­lete in the state for the event, failed on all three tries.

There were other ath­letes who also placed among the top eight fin­ish­ers or ad­vanced to the fi­nal of their re­spec­tive events.

Abing­ton Heights se­nior Cal­ista Mar­zolino, who com­peted at Rauch Field­house — her fu­ture home track as a Le­high Uni­ver­sity com­mit — placed fifth in the high jump, clear­ing 5 feet, 3 inches. She also fin­ished 12th in the long jump at 15-10.

Holy Cross’ An­drew Healey fin­ished third in the 3,000 with a time of 8:59.52. The ju­nior is al­ready ranked sev­enth in the state for the event with a sea­son-best time of 8:54.93.

Wal­len­pau­pack’s Macken­zie Turner was sev­enth in the 400 with a time of 1:00.65, which was her best of the sea­son.

Abing­ton Heights’ An­to­nio Maletta (10th) and Mon­trose’s Collin Chidester (11th) both reached the fi­nal of the 60 hur­dles.

Run at The Rec

The Run at The Rec No. 3 will be held Fri­day at Clarks Sum­mit Uni­ver­sity.

Regis­tra­tion for the event is on­go­ing and there are al­ready 10 schools listed with en­tries.

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