Athletes from Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic competed at the PIAA State Track and Field Championships this past weekend at Shippensburg University where Liberty junior Christian Tackett won a fifth place medal.
Tackett medaled in the 300 meter hurdles with his time of 38.60.
Liberty senior Darlyn Fermin just missed a medal in the 3200 meter run.
Fermin placed ninth with a time of 9:23.90, missing the eighth place medal by .76 seconds.
Liberty’s first round game against Easton in the District XI Class 6A softball playoffs started out in the perfect way for the Hurricanes with a leadoff home run by Alexa Burger, a double by Alanyse Solomon, three more solid hits, and a run scored on Monday at Easton.
“In the first inning, we hit five balls hard, all in fair territory, which is a good thing, so we figured that would continue the rest of the game but it didn’t,” said Liberty coach Sam Carrodo.
Liberty senior relay anchor Greta Stuckey had a lot of ground to make up in the 4x8 at the District XI Class 3A Track and Field Meet Championships, but with something to lose and everything to gain, Stuckey kicked into high gear and brought home the gold medal for the Hurricanes.
A rainbow appeared during the District XI Class 3A track and field boys’ 3200 meter run, and with that, Liberty senior Darlyn Fermin ran to a district pot of gold with a personal best of 9:40.64.
“It feels ... I can’t even explain it right now,” said Fermin, wearing his gold medal, all smiles.
Fermin took a solid lead from the start and maintained it the entire race.
Senior jumper Liz Lieb carried over her school record in the long jump to clinch a gold medal at the District XI Class 3A Track and Field Championships last week at Whitehall High School.
“So good. So good,” Lieb said. “I was excited that I broke 18, but I was also nervous because I knew that getting it on the second jump, there were girls who were going to jump after me, so I didn’t feel relief until the last 30 seconds.”
Lieb reached 18-02.50 on her second jump.
After Freedom won the Steel Division in EPC softball at the end of the regular season, Patriot pitcher Jen Slanovec tossed a 12-0 shutout against Stroudsburg in the conference quarterfinal last Thursday at Freedom.
“We’re coming into this really confident because I think with us finishing at the top of our division, it really gives us a big push for leagues and districts so it’s a really good win,” said Patriot outfielder Taylor Resetar, who had her first ever walk-off grand slam on Thursday.
Bethlehem Catholic, Freedom, and Liberty’s girls’ track and field teams competed in the East Penn Conference Championships last Tuesday and Wednesday at Whitehall High School where medals were awarded to the top four finishers in each event.
Camryn Bortz, Rachel Byrne, Emily Jobes, and Greta Stuckey won gold medals in the 4x8 relay for Liberty with a time of 9:39.46.
Liberty’s boys’ track and field team is the 2019 Dual Meet and League Meet Champions, scoring a meet record 148 points at the East Penn Conference Championships last week at Whitehall High School
Gold medal winners from Liberty were Darlyn Fermin in the 3200 with a time of 9:42.94 and Christian Tackett in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.82.
Silver medalists from Liberty were Trevor Harris in the shot put with a 48-06.75 and in the discus with a 146-04.00.
For Liberty tennis coach Chris Conrad, Thursday’s District XI team championship was his first solo head coaching crown, but for some of his players, it was their third consecutive when the Hurricanes defeated the Nazareth Blue Eagles, 3-2, last Thursday at Northwood Racquet Club.
“It’s something we strove for the entire season. We didn’t want to play the favorite role, but one of the hardest things was trying to get this team to make sure that we were in check and weren’t complacent. That’s one of the things I loved about this team,” said Conrad.
Liberty’s boys track and field team finished the regular season undefeated with a 98.5-51.5 victory over Freedom last week at Freedom.
Top finishers included Liberty’s Devon West who broke the school record in the 100 with a time of 10.50 and also won the 200 with a time of 22.60.
Darlyn Fermin, also for Liberty, won the 400 in 54.70.
Freedom’s Alex Heidemann took first place in the 800 in 2:09.00 and the 1600 in 4:36.00.
Liberty’s Cole Frank won the 3200 in 10:20.00.