Zephyrs, K-Kids split track meet
Whitehall ended its track and field dual meet season against Northampton, and will now enter the postseason with the potential of their sprinters and throwers medaling at both the league and district championships.
The sprints have been a big source of production for both the boys and girls. They accounted for 14 points for the girls, and 10 for the boys against Northampton.
One of those sprinters is senior Chad Hussett. He was among the many seniors honored at the final home meet against the Konkrete Kids on Monday.
Hussett competes in the 100 along with the 4x100 relay. He’s been a constant top-three finisher and was first in the 100 against the Kids, finishing in 11.1. He was also part of the triumphant 4x100 really team that finished in 44.4.
Hussett, who also played football, will be graduating in a month. As he was waiting to be introduced, he said that the realization that his athletic career at Whitehall is winding down made it a somewhat difficult experience.
“It’s sad to see it all coming to an end,” said Hussett.
Still he knows there’s still a lot more to accomplish.
“I just have to finish it out with a bang,” he said.
Hussett and teammate Kresstoph Whittick have been a good one-two punch in the 100 this season for the Zephyrs. Their efforts have helped the Zephyrs capture a lot of points this season.
He said that’s it’s been a good season so far, and is now looking to continue that success in the postseason.
When they compete in the 4x100 at the EPC and D-11 Championships, he expects that they’ll be a strong contender to medal. They have the pieces and just need to put it together.
“I think that we can take it really far,” said Hussett.
He’s also aiming to make it to Shippensburg for the PIAA finals in the 100, while also helping the 4x100 team establish a new school record as they begin the march toward the PIAA Championships.
Hussett has a strong family supporting him. He was joined by his parents and two brothers for the senior day recognition.
“They always come to support me,” said Hussett. “They always push me, working me hard, telling me what I need to do and what I need to correct.”
He also knows that fellow senior Mekhi Lee is firmly behind him as he pursues a medal and possible school record. Once Lee was lost for the season with an injury against Easton last fall, Hussett wore #5 in his honor.
“I feel it’s great, and even though he’s not running with us, it’s still good to have him here,” said Hussett.
He said that Lee attends every practice and pushes them.
Hussett plans to further his track career and East Stroudsburg University next fall.
Also taking first place for the boys in their final dual meet was Marcus Hamscher in the pole vault. Hamscher cleared 11-3 to win the event.
Allen Negrete was first in the long jump at 20-06.25, while Justin Santiago was tops in the shot put at 40-04, and Izak Bright was first in the discus with a 117-11 toss.
Those top finishes weren’t enough to overtake the Kids. The boys lost 98-52.
However, the girls ended the regular season by defeating the Konkrete Kids 88-62.
They had a number of first-place finishes.
Kate Bonshak won the 100 (12.8) and the 200 (27.0), while Lindsay Solderitch was tops in the 400 (1:02), and Alyssa Marsteller was first in the 800 at 2:28.8.
Devon Roberts won the mile in 5:31.9, while Daisha Hamilton was tops in the 300 hurdles, finishing in 52.8.
Whitehall swept the pole vault as Hope Millets finished first, clearing the bar at 9-0. Aspen Schache was second, while Savanah Rivera finished third.
Autumn Dragovits won the javelin with a 96-03 mark, while Toni Jones was tops in the discus with an 84-03.50 toss.