The 2019 Colonial League Track and Field championships took place Tuesday and Wednesday at Whitehall Area High School. The Saucon Valley Panthers were well-represented in the meet and certainly did their community proud. With a pair of record-breaking gold medals in the 100M and 400M Run, Talitha Diggs led the Panthers to the podium. In her high school career, Diggs now owns record-setting Colonial League gold medals in the 100, 200 and 400M runs. Last year, Diggs set a new Colonial League record (24.54) in the 200M Run. This year she set new Colonial League records in the 100 (11.92) and the 400M (55.47). Diggs advanced last year to win silver medals at the 2018 PIAA State Tournament in the 200M and 400M races. You better believe she has her sights set on some 2019 gold!
In this year’s Colonial League action Diggs, a junior, also earned a silver medal along with seniors Brooke Riefenstahl, Kiele Riefenstahl and sophomore Jorryn Kyra in the 1600M Relay. In addition, Kyra and the Riefenstahl girls along with junior Emma Bernstein took second place in the 3200M Relay. One more silver medal for the Panthers came courtesy of Kiele Riefenstahl and her efforts in the 1600M Run.
Sophomores Matt Chaikowsky (3200M Run) and Julia Hernandez (Javelin) brought home bronze medals. Senior Patrick Patterson-Zuber (Shot-Put) and Junior Nate Orr (Pole Vault) also earned 3rd Place finishes.
The Saucon Valley Boys 3200M Relay team of Ethan Kennedy, Jaden Kennedy, Matt Chaikowsky and Josh Mawson ran hard to wrap up the final spot on the podium with their fourth place finish. Mawson and Ethan Kennedy are juniors, Chaikowsky a sophomore while Jaden Kennedy is a freshman.
As a team the Saucon Valley Girls finished 4th while the Boys finished 7th overall. Southern Lehigh’s Boys and Girls both won the 2019 Colonial League Track & Field championships.
Panthers on the Podium!
100 Meter Run
1st Place Talitha Diggs JR (11.92)
400 Meter Run
1st Place Talitha Diggs JR (55.47)
1600 Meter Run
2nd Place Kiele Riefenstahl SR (5:16.69)
- (winning time 5:14.64 by Northern Lehigh junior, Regan Pender)
3200 Meter Run
3rd Place Matthew Chaikowsky SO (9:53.88)
- (winning time 9:44.19 by Southern Lehigh freshman, Alexander Kane)
1600 Meter Relay
2nd Place (4:09.76)
Kiele Riefenstahl SR, Jorryn Kyra SO, Talitha Diggs JR, Brooke Riefenstahl SR
- (winning time 4:07.55 by Southern Lehigh)
3200 Meter Relay
2nd Place SV Girls (9:58.75)
Kiele Riefenstahl SR, Jorryn Kyra SO, Emma Bernstein JR, Brooke Riefenstahl SR
- (winning time 9:42.55 by Northwestern Lehigh’s Madeline Consuelos, Allison Costa, Sarah Supplee, and Allyson Zack)
4th Place SV Boys (8:29.80)
Ethan Kennedy JR, Jaden Kennedy FR, Josh Mawson JR, Matthew Chaikowsky SO
- (winning time 8:16.72 by Southern Lehigh’s Mark Ramson, Chase Hensinger, Alec DiCesare and Alex Fillman)
3rd Place Julia Hernandez SO (109-07)
- (winning throw 126-00 by Bangor senior, Paige Terrette)
Boys Pole Vault
3rd Place Nathan Orr JR (13-3.00)
- (winning jump 14-3.00 byBangor junior, Derek Lasher)
Boys Shot Put
3rd Place Patrick Patterson-Zuber SR (44-09.75)
- (winning throw 53-09.50 by Notre Dame junior, Tom Kitchell)
Up Next: The 2019 District XI Track and Field Championships will take place at Whitehall Area High School on Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15.
Great job Panthers, the Source is with you!