Carnival titles for Wirth, Atkinson
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.milesplit.com 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.