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Two represent MC in track and field championships

UNIVERSITY PARK – Despite a weather shortened regular season that saw numerous postponements and cancellations of their track and field invitational, the Mifflin County Indoor track and field team were able to qualify two of its own for the PTFCA Championships that were held Saturday at the Horace Ashtonfelter Indoor Track and Field Complex located on the Penn State Campus.

The Huskeis were two-for-two in top 10 finishes as pole vaulted George Donahey and 60 yard hurdler Nate Baumgardner finished with a fifth place and 10th place in their respective divisions.

“We thought coming in we had a good chances coming into this meet that we would leave with at least one medal. Of course we were hoping for two,” Mifflin County coach Scott Gantz said. “George really stepped it up today. He’s been consistant all year. He has been right around 14 all year and we had a feeling he would be in contention for a very high placing. He held things together and finished fifth. We couldn’t be more happy for him.”

In his first appearance in states, Donahey was right in the thick of things all through the competition, only being out jumped by two other jumpers that finished with a top height of 15. Winning the pole vault was Chris Ston of Springfield Twp.

With a top leap of 14 ft., Donahey finished behind Nick Anderson (Kane) and Nick Anderson (Hershey) who also top out at 14 but got there in less tries.

“I was really nervous to start off. I had a really bad start and things didn’t look good as I missed the first two opening heights but I just had to do and get over the last ones. Then I got up and kept going,” Donahey said. “This was my first time at states. I was expecting better and I didn’t do as well as I wanted to but it was all right.”

In heat three of the 60-meter hurdles, Baumgardner just missed moving onto the semi-finals, finishing with a time of 8.57 good for fifth in his heat. The finish put the Huskies jumper in at number 10.

“I have been battling injuries and I didn’t know if I was going to participate in the last race before states and I didn’t know if I would be able to qualify or not,” Baumgardner said. “Not that I’m here I ran well and the time is a personal best for me what more can you ask for?

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