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Cumberland Valley takes both meets against Mifflin County

By Kenny Varner


LEWISTOWN – Both Cumberland Valley boys and girls track and field team tallied a very consistent night Tuesday in their meet against a young up and coming Mifflin County team that was looking to battle the Eagles to the very end.

And battle they did.

Even in the last race of the night, the Mifflin County boys went neck in neck into the final length of the 4 x400 relay. In the end, Cumberland Valley finished with a time of 3.39.3 while the Huskies finished with an even 3.40.0.

Unfortunately for Mifflin County both teams fell. The boys lost 91-59 while the girls fell 97.5 to 52.5.

“I thought our kids competed tonight. Cumberland Valley’s a pretty stocked team and we knew that coming into the meet. I told the kids we’re not overly worried about the scores right now what we are worried about is our performances,” Mifflin County coach Scott Gantz said. “We want them to come in with the attitude that we want to get better everyday. Eventually that is where it is going to take us to where we need to be by the end of the season.”

On the boys’ side, Mifflin County had five events where it finished in the top spot.

Leading off the day was the 4×800 relay team that finished with a time of 8:30.3 while the Eagles tallied an 8:39.6.

Milik Sechler finished with a first, second and third place in his events on the day. Sechler posted the top spot in the long jump, posting a leap of 20’ 7 ½”. His launch of 41’ 4” was good enough for a second place finish in the triple jump. Finally, Sechler got it done on the track as well placing third with a time of 11.5.

The long jump was a sweep for the Huskies as Sechler was followed by Jordan Fisher (20’) and Zach Stauffer (17’ 8 ½”).

Fisher finished as his team’s only two- event first place finisher. In the triple jump, he finished with a first place leap of 41’ 6”. He also hit the top spot in the high jump with a finishing jump of 6’ 3”.

Teammate Caleb Smith rounded out the top finishers as he hit the number position with a distance of 44’ 5” in the discus. Also in the discus, Jacob Spickler also placed for Mifflin County, tallying a third place finish of 41’ 4 1/2”. In the 3200-meter run, Mifflin County’s Keenan Walker finished just few seconds behind first place winner Josh Higgins. Walker’s finishing time was 10:31.16.

Michael Bielsky picked up a second in the pole vault reaching a height of 11’ 6” while teammate Lance Miller finished third with his leap of 9’ 6”.

“We had some kids that had a very nice day. Kelcie Kennedy had just an awesome, awesome afternoon. She had pretty good times for the time of the season,” Gantz said.

Teammates Davis Wagner and Justin Jacobs finished second and third in the javelin with throws of 138’ 6” and 132’ 7 ½”, respectively.

Trenton Yoder (800-meter run), Andrew Bennett (discus) and Caleb Neff (400-meter run) all posted second place finishes.

“It was a good meet overall. We had very cold wind chills. We had some good performances but we just weren’t able to get any of those back points. They (Cumberland Valley) were able to pull some points in their last couple throws and last couple seconds,” said Mifflin County coach Al Hepner. “It was a very good meet for us today, individually Jordan Fisher had a very good day.”

Leading the girls’ side was Kelsie Kennedy who posted first place finishes in the 100-meter hurdles and in the 300-meter hurdles, with times of 15.4 and 46.6, respectively.

Javelin thrower Grace Wagner picked up a top spot with a high throw of 103’ 11”while teammate Molly Dunmire finished with a first place finish in the high jump with a leap of 4’ 10”.

Rounding out the first place finishers was Makala Rearick who posted a 35’ 10 ¾ launch in the shotput while Mackenzie Rearick finished in second with a throw of 31’ 4 ½”. Mackenzie Rearick also placed second in the discus with a toss of 100’ 10 ½”.

Others finishing in second for the Huskies were Sophia Aurand (1600-meter run), Courtney Bender (400-meter run), Anna Aurand (triple jump), Kenzia Loht (200-meter run) and Amanda Hassinger (3200-meter run).

Loht also finished third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.0.

Mifflin County will hit the road this weekend as it travels to the Lock Haven Invitational.

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