Randy White has been involved with Tunkhannock Area’s track and field program in some capacity for 24 years now. As head coach of the boys program, he and TA girls head coach Kenny Young are looking to continue a run of success for Tiger athletes.
Both the Tigers and Lady Tigers bring good numbers with them this season, as well as many returning athletes who were very impactful last season and hope to make some noise at the district level.
On the boys side, the Tigers expect to be strong in the distance and middle distance events with Evan Talcott, Will Lupinski and Brendan Yatsko being counted on in those events. Lupinski will help in the field as a jumper as well.
The Tigers have some talented sprinters coming along as well with sophomore Andrew Lance and junior Ryan Moyer expected to anchor those events.
“I’m excited for this group of guys this year,” White said. “They’ve been working hard with their workouts, and I’m hoping they can all make a big impact for us this season.”
The Lady Tigers will be very strong in the field with javelin thrower Lorelai Paxton returning in the throwing events. She set a high mark of 137-4 in the javelin last season according to MileSplit PA and is looking to improve on that mark this season. She also threw 33-8 in the shot put and 93-2 in the discus.
Noelle Alguire is also one of the top returning athletes in sprints and the field. Last season, she ran a best time of 12.69 in the 100m dash and jumped 16-8.25 in the long jump. She will be counted on in both events this season for the Lady Tigers.
Last week, as both teams finally got the chance to get outside under a sunny, blue sky a couple days after a snowstorm hit the area, White was running drills with his distance runners yelling out times and giving them each words of encouragement, something some athletes might need to push across that finish line.
With the first meet on the horizon, White is happy with the numbers his team has and is hoping it can make some noise in the Wyoming Valley Conference and District 2 Class 3A.
“With the roster we have, we’ll be able to fill all of the events,” White said. “I’ve been working a lot on endurance and explosiveness with all of the guys, getting out ahead of the race and finishing the race with their kicks coming around the track.”
The Tigers goals for this season are to have an ample amount of athletes running in the District 2 meet and hopefully some at the state meet at Shippensburg University in May.
Roster: Boys: Seniors: Nathan Schaeffer, Cole Stauffer, Evan Talcott; Juniors: Chris Kovalchcik, Will Lupinski, Logan Miller, Aiden Montross, Ryan Moyer, Shane Moyer, Randy Wheaton, Brendan Yatsko; Sophomores: Preston Airgood, Josh Gaudet, Andrew Lance; Freshmen: Nathan Bennett Girls: Seniors: Emma Ergott, Brianna Grow, Brianna Hubert, Ana Jerome, Sophia Mancuso, Lorelai Paxton, Martie Supp, Anna Williams; Juniors: Paige Adams, Hannah Aitken, Noelle Alguire, Analyse Alters, Keyoni Anderson, Ariana Cokely, Vanessa Mock, Samantha Roerig; Sophomores: Lourianna Alston, Hailey Fenton, Julia Grow, Cali Wintermute
Schedule: April 4 vs. Holy Redeemer; April 11 vs. Nanticoke Area; April 13 vs. Lake-Lehman; April 24 vs. Wyoming Area; April 27 at Hanover Area; April 28 at Wyalusing; May 2 at Northwest Area; May 4 at Jordan Relays at Scranton Memorial Stadium 6 p.m.; May 9 at Wyoming Valley Conference Championship Meet at Wyoming Area High School, 3 p.m.
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