SCRANTON – Katie Dammer knew there was a chance the disqualification was coming for an earlier baton pass outside the exchange zone in the distance medley, the first event of Thursday’s Jordan Relays.
Dammer ran hard anyway, getting to the finish line at Memorial Stadium first, just in case.
The Lady Comets were indeed disqualified from the first event, wasting Dammer’s first anchor effort.
The other two counted.
Dammer ran the final leg of wins by Abington Heights in the 4x800-meter relay and 1600 sprint medley, helping the Lady Comets to second place in the final Class AAA girls standings.
“They were about the times I have been running,” Dammer said of her closing 800 legs in each event. “They were enough to hold on to the leads my teammates gave me. They worked so hard.
“I didn’t have to do that much work because my teammates were awesome.”
Wallenpaupack beat out Abington Heights, 50-41, for the team scoring title after both won three of the six events. The disqualification ultimately proved costly for the 10 potential points the Lady Comets lost and the two it added to the Lady Buckhorns by elevating them to first place in the event. Dammer said she still got something out of the race.
“I didn’t want to get stuck running a bad race only to find out they were going to let us keep it,” Dammer said. “The good news is we’re never going to let it happen again.
“If anything, it was good practice for the later meets we’re going to run because I ran a good time.”
She also thought the result drove the Lady Comets the rest of the night.
“I feel like it kind of helped because it motivated everybody in all the other races,” Dammer said. “We knew we would have to surpass the expectations in the other races if we wanted to make up the points.
“It’s tough, but it’s good to know we were talented enough to win the meet if it was not for a little mistake.”
Allyson Derry was also part of two relay wins. She ran legs in the 1200 sprint medley and 1600 sprint medley.
Tiana Yarns, Ally Christman and Emma Henzes joined Derry on the 1200 sprint medley. Vlanco Calvo, Alex Scheuermann and Carly Danoski set up Dammer in the 4x800. Emily Clauss and Natalie Reed were the other runners on the 1600 sprint medley.
The Lady Comets added third-place finishes in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
Scranton Prep finished sixth in Class AAA girls with 22 points.
Kate Reilly and Alix Westin were on the top two finishes for the Classics, the second-place 1600 sprint medley and third-place distance medley.
Scranton Prep was fourth with 22 points and Abington Heights eighth with 18 in the Class AAA boys standings.
Both teams had one relay finish second.
Austin Bolus, Kevin Holmes, David Horvath and Tristan Shoemaker were second for Scranton Prep in the 1600 sprint medley.
Kyle Burke, Chris Schimelfenig, Evan Phillips and Dan Uhranowsky placed second in the distance medley for Abington Heights.
Lackawanna Trail was seventh among Class AA boys teams with 15.
Matt Bergey, Anthony Berrios, Dakota Moyle and Matt Kinback led the Lions by taking third in the 1600 sprint medley.