Arthur grabs first place
Bethlehem Catholic, Freedom, and Liberty’s girls’ track and field teams won 17 medals among them at the East Penn Conference Track and Field Championships last Tuesday and Wednesday at East Stroudsburg South High School.
On Tuesday, Hurricane thrower Jackie Arthur won the gold medal in the shot put with a distance of 36-10.50.
“It felt really great, and I am really thankful for my coach [Chris D’Emilio]. He is super positive, and I really need that right now,” said Arthur.
On Wednesday, Arthur won the silver medal in the discus with a throw of 121-00, and the bronze medal in the javelin with a throw of 120-11.
“I think I felt a lot more positive today, but not really looking to win or anything,” she said. “I feel extra proud. I’ve come a long way. I wish I would have started track my freshman year. I’m totally going to be 100 percent looking forward to P.R.’ing at districts.”
Also on Wednesday, Becahi’s Rachel Tanczos captured the gold medal in the discus with a throw of 133-11.
“This is my first league gold, but I was more happy about the P.R. I started with 125, which was decently close, and I was happy with my first throw, so there wasn’t too much pressure today,” Tanczos said.
The day before, Tanczos won the silver medal in the shot put with a throw of 36-05, and the bronze medal in the triple jump with a 34-10.50.
“Yesterday was my P.R. [in the shot put]. I’m pushing myself the most in the discus, but it’s nice to have that extra thing,” she said.
Liberty’s Eleni Prodes won the gold medal in the javelin with a throw of 127-07.
Freedom’s Madison McTier was a silver medalist in the triple jump with a distance of 35-05.75.
Olivia Sahaydak won the silver medal in the 800 meter run in 2:17.78, and Greta Stuckey won the bronze in 2:21.43, both from Liberty.
Other bronze medal winners were Liberty’s Sydney Wilson in the shot put with a throw of 33-09.50, the Hurricanes’ 4x4 relay team of Sahaydak, Valladares, Olivia Lunger, and Stuckey in 4:10.68, and the Hurricanes’ 4x8 relay team of Stuckey, Rachel Byrne, Sahaydak, and Valladares in 9:45.21.
“We were seeded first, but it was an off day [for the 4x8], but we’re still happy,” said Valladares. “I think everyone ran a few seconds slower, but when it comes to districts, we’ll really be ready.”
Fourth place medalists from Liberty were Sydney Wilson in the discus with a throw of 104-06, and Grace Mittl in the long jump with a distance of 17-08.50, and the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.68.
“Honestly, I’m happy to be here,” said Mittl, regarding the 100 meter dash. “I was the sixth seed and came in fourth in prelims. I finished well, and I couldn’t be more happy.”
Fourth place medalists from Becahi were Tessa Zamolyi in the javelin with a throw of 114-02, and Liz Lieb in the triple jump with a distance of 34-07.50.
In girls’ team results, Stroudsburg placed first, Liberty was second, Parkland was third, and Becahi came in fourth.