Valley Sports Report
ATHENS — Sophomore Damian Hudson, and freshman Benjamin Gambrell IV logged Athens’ only wins of the day to lead the Wildcats to a third-place finish here Friday afternoon at the NTL boys track & field championships at Alumni Stadium.
Towanda claimed the team title with 139.75 points, edging runner-up Wyalusing, which had 130 points. Athens tallied 101.75 points, and Sayre was 10th with four points.
Hudson won the 100-meter dash in 11.5 seconds. Hudson was also third in the 200-meter dash in 23.81 seconds, and senior Jon Dailey was seventh in 24.03 seconds.
Gambrell IV, who has been hampered by a hip flexor in recent weeks, won the long jump with a leap of 20-feet, 1 1/4-inches. He also qualified for the 100-meter finals with a time of 12.04 seconds in the preliminaries, but did not run in the finals.
Dailey finished second in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-feet, 10-inches.
Athens senior Braden Priester finished third in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 17.55 seconds, and senior Sean Waltman was fourth in 17.64 seconds.
Waltman finished third in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 44.46 seconds, and Athens senior Nate Aquilio finished third in the 3,200-meter run in a time of 10:25.55.
Aquilio teamed with senior Arvid Johnson, sophomore Doug Vosburg, and senior Ethan Lane to finish third in the 3,200-meter relay in a time of 8:46.76.
Johnson finished fourth in the 400-meter dash in a time of 53.32 seconds, and Hudson was eighth in 54.92 seconds.
Lane finished fourth in the 800-meter ru in 2:07.99.
The Wildcat foursome of Hudson, Johnson, Lane, and Zach Trasco finished fourth in the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 3:43.46.
The Athens foursome of Dylan Wolf, Brandon Hunsinger, Matteo Baglini, and Adam Dieg finished fifth in the 400-meter relay in a time of 48.55 seconds.
Waltman finished fifth in the pole vault at 10-feet, 6-inches, while Athens sophomore Ben Biles was sixth at 10-feet, and Sayre freshman Bobby Benjamin was seventh at 9-feet.
Athens junior Noah Wright finished sixth in the shot put with a heave of 39-feet, 3 1/4-inches, and Baglini finished sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 38-feet 2 1.4-inches.
Aquilio finished seventh in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 4:50.09, and Lane was eighth in 4:51.2.
Sayre junior Joey Stermer finished seventh in the discus with a throw of 122-feet, 9-inches.
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IN PHOTO 1: Athens’ Damian Hudson. IN PHOTO 2: Athens’ Benjamin Gambrell IV. … PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.