UNION — A big rebound win is a beautiful thing. Especially if it is against a deep and strong team in the same conference.
The Daniel Boone track and field teams made it happen, sweeping Exeter at a Berks Conference dual meet Tuesday at Brazinsky Stadium.
The Boone girls crushed Exeter, 105-45, while the Boone boys beat the Eagles, 89-61.
It upped the Blazers conference record to 2-1, girls and boys.
And with that the Blazers erased the bad memories of that hurting loss to Wilson the previous week.
"Great turnaround,' Blazers coach Matt Kade said. "The girls were definitely looking for some revenge after last weeks fall. They felt like they were embarrassed a little bit against Wilson. We knew what we were up against coming into this meet. But we knew that if we handled our business, we would win today.
"We've come a long way in the past couple of years. We have enough depth that we can compete with the big schools, where in the past we had trouble against schools like this.'
Not this year. Not with a number of superb athletes on both the boys and girls side for the Blazers.
Alexandra Santaro, set to move on to Rider University, once again led the Blazers with four wins, crossing first in the 300-meter hurdles (50.64), 400 meters (1:01), winning the long jump (15-8), and anchoring the Blazers winning 4x400 relay.
Emilee Durso, who has committed to Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y. pulled out three tough wins, crossing first in the 800 (2:30.6), running on the Boone girls meet opening and winning 4x800 relay, as well as running on the winning 4x400.
Boone basketball standout Kenny Worthington is as tough a running and jumping standout as he is on the Blazers courts, winning the 400 (52.54), the long jump (20-6) and triple jump (38-6).
Stevie Sievers, also an excellent basketball player, had three wins. He crossed first in the 800 (2:15), anchored the winning 4x800 relay and was apart of the winning 4x400 relay.
And Blazers football standout Xavier Smith is as quick on the track as he is on the football field, easily running away with the 100 meter (11.43) and 200 meter (23.11), while anchoring the 4x400 relay. Smith surely would have added another win in the 4x100 if the Blazers second leg runner had not gone down with a hamstring injury, forcing the Blazers to stop the relay less than halfway through.
But that did not stop the Boone boys from winning the meet and making it a Blazers sweep.
With only one more dual left at home, the reality of leaving soon was setting in for Santora.
"I am really getting emotional,' Santora said. "This here has been my life for the last four years and now it's coming to a close. It's really sad.'
But she is not thinking ahead to college just yet.
"I am focusing totally on this track season and doing the best I can do now,' she said. "I don't want to rush through it because this is my last high school season. I don't want to look to far ahead, I want to enjoy what's happening now. No, I don't want to lose an event. I do want to go to states. The last two years I was really close, I was one hundredth of a second out of making it (in the 300 hurdles) and that was really heartbreaking.'
For Durso it is also coming to a last sad goodbye, making her wins even more important.
"I did it for my team,' Durso said. "We just push each other to keep going and we all try our best. We work hard to accomplish our goals, go out (and give) 110 percent and to accomplish what we want to accomplish.'
Slim and petite, Durso sure picked some tough mid-distances. And it was important for her to anchor that opening 4x800 win.
"We liked to start out with a bang and I feel I have to go out and get that done,' she said. "But I couldn't have done it without my team.'
Kira Miller got the first individual win for the Blazer girls, crossing first in the second running event — the 100 hurdles — at 18.14.
"It's my main event and it feels good to win it,' Miller said. "We came here today to win and I didn't want to let the team down.'
On the boys side, Sievers's athleticism helped the Blazers nail down the first win of the day in the 4X800.
"Getting us out to a good start, gets the team motivated,' Sievers said, walking off the track pumped. "This meet is really important because it's not just another league meet, we got to get a win to improve our record.'
And playing hoops has made Sievers the good runner he has become.
"Because it (basketball) works on your endurance a lot, it definitely helps with the 800,' he said.
Basketball players sure do make for good track athletes, it's always been proven.
"Because to play basketball you have to be an athlete,' Worthington said. "Basketball translates to a lot of sports because in all sports you need the strength and the agility, especially in track.
"I really love them both. It would be hard for me to chose one over the other because they are both great sports for me.'
And Worthington has mastered them both. The 400, his running specialty, is the toughest sprint event.
"I didn't pick it, you could say somebody forced me into it,' Worthington said with a smile. "But I do love to do it. And I do love the jumps, long jump and triple jump, definitely my favorite events. They are really fun to do.'
For Smith, one also compliments the other when it comes to football and track.
"Definitely,' Smith said. "But I think track compliments football even more because you can use your track speed in football. I like both equally. But football is my favorite,' he then admitted with a smile.
"The team is equally important in both,' he pointed out. "People think track is an individual sport, and especially in dual meets, it takes a lot of strength and strategy to win. So it's definitely a team sport. Personally, I'm definitely looking forward to states. States is very much on my mind right now. I got second in indoor states (in the 100), so I'm really looking forward to getting first this year (in spring track).'
But at this meet, getting back on the winning track was first and foremost on everyone's mind.
"It's a nice bounceback,' Blazers boys coach Russel Keith said. "I'm pleased with the effort today. The guys are working hard. Good performances even though the track is not in the best condition with the wind. But they ran some good times, had good performances in the field. I'm pretty pleased so far.'
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