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Juniata’s Garrett Baublitz wins his fourth straight District 6 Cross Country Title

One would think after winning the District 6 Cross Country Championships 4 years ago as a freshman things would get easier each year, but they didn’t.  For Juniata’s senior Garrett Baublitz each year he got better and the competition did also.  For example he was able to win as a freshman with a time of 16:55 and this year as a senior he had to run over a minute faster to take the title with a time of 15:49.  Coach Jeff Miller said “going into the race we knew the race would come down to Garrett, Van May of Bedford, and Nick Fetzer from Westmont Hilltop.  I was counting on Van May pushing the pace after the mile mark to try and get away from Garrett and Nick to avoid their finishing speed.  That’s exactly what happened.  May got up to a 7 second lead on Garrett in the 3rd mile with Fetzer falling further behind.  Garrett closed the gap down to 5 seconds with a little over 400 meters to go.  That’s when the State Champion in the 800 and 1600 this past spring started his final kick to the finish.  Garrett caught and passed May at the top of the last hill with 150 meters to the finish.  May finished in 15:58 for second.  I have to give it to May.  He ran one heck of a race, and to Garrett for staying tough when he wasn’t feeling that great in the last mile”. The Juniata boys finished 5th as a team.  Clay Yeager ran 17:26 for 14th place, James Hazard ran 18:25for 30th place, Isaak Fausey ran 18:55 for 43rd, Micah Fausey ran 19:01 for 44th place, Will Tyson ran 19:24 (PR) for 54th, and Brody Powell finished out the 7 varsity runners with a time of 20:25 for 72nd place.  Juniata had 3 boys compete in the JV race.  Tim Kelly led the Indians with a 12th place finish in the AA boys in a time of 21:00.  Noah Sheaffer ran a time of 21:28 (PR) for 15th place.  Kaleb Louder ran a time of 25:40 for 35th place.  Garrett will head to Hershey next week to compete in the PIAA State Cross Country Championships where he finished 2nd a year ago.
The Juniata Indians girls cross country team placed 7th out of 9 teams at the District 6 Cross Country Championships.  They were led by senior Sydney Houtz finishing with a time of 20:49.  Good enough for 11th place in the AA race.  Next to come in for the Indians was Emily Houtz in 21:44 for 24th overall.  The other three girls to finish were Katie Hart ran 29:13 (PR) for 67th place, Julia Burns ran 29:13 for 68th, and Joceline Telfer ran 31:28 (PR) for 72nd.  Coach Jeff Miller said “He was pleased with the way the girls ran.  Sydney was so close to making her first trip to states, while others had personal best on the day.”

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