Men’s Track Breaks Methacton Losing Streak

The men’s track and field team last Wednesday accomplished something that hasn’t happened since 2010 — defeating Methacton.

Head Coach Jon Zellers would say the same message every year before the meet against Methacton, “In my years of being head coach we have never won against Methacton, so let’s do it now.”

The Bears won by 87-63, with top performances going to seniors Tyler Reigner, Payton Stanziani, and junior Christian McComb.

The three and sophomore John Black won the 4×800 meter relay to give the team a comfortable lead in the beginning of the meet. Reigner ran the fastest time of 2.05, also running that time in the open 800-meter race to take first place.

Reigner, who had been suffering from a cold for a week, put that aside to contribute to the victory.

“The rest definitely helped me in the meet, but I need to get healthy to help the team throughout the season,” he said.

McComb won the 1600 Meter race with a time of 4.48 with senior Stephen Repa running a personal best of 4.59.

“Starting the season off with a win over a team we haven’t beat in a long time is what we needed to gain momentum,” Repa said. “It will motivate us to push to compete at a higher level.”

The 4×100 relay team continued the success with junior Jamie Moccia winning the relay, exciting Boyertown.

Stanziani added to the lead by winning in the open 400 Meter race.

“We were able to win because of the amount of talent we had to rely on,” he said.

McComb shone again by winning the 3200 Meter race with a time of 10.04, with Black coming in second with a time of 10.10.

“I give my hands to McComb,” Zellers said. “He comes out and runs hard in all of his races. I have to ask so much of him, and he never lets me down.”

The meet already belong to Boyertown, but Zellers told the 4×400 meter relay crew that the meet would come down to their race so they would run their best time. This happened with Stanziani finishing the relay in his time of 50.1 seconds.

“I’m so pumped!” was all assistant coach Tyler Zellers, son of the head coach, could say when the meet concluded.

[John] Zellers gathered the team together to congratulate them on a huge victory. The team experienced hardships the previous season with only gathering one win, losing a teammate, and seeing many runners graduate.

“I’m very proud of all of you,” he said. “You proved today that this team has what it takes to take over the PAC (Pioneer Athletic Conference) and that is exactly what we will do this season.”