CHAMBERSBURG - Mifflin County's Jon Colwell ran to another first place finish in the 1600 meter at the Tim Cook Invitational Saturday, but he wasn't the only Husky who had coach Scott Gantz smiling as the track and field team opened the season with several high finishes.
"It was a great day to get the season started and we walked away from the meet with feelings of pride and of optimism," Gantz said. "We were proud of the way the kids performed but also optimistic for what the season ahead holds for many of them."
The meet was comprised mostly of teams from the Mid-Penn Conference, so it was a good opportunity for the Huskies to see where they size up against the competition, but Gantz explained that it was also an excellent opportunity to see how the team's younger athletes would handle the pressure of competition.
And in this regard, the young Huskies did not disappoint.
From the freshmen and sophomores, Mifflin County saw strong performances from Zachary Long (javelin), Alexis Kibe (800 meter), Makala Rearick (shot put), Kelsey Spicher and Amanda Hassinger (4x800 relay), and Keenan Walker, Trenton Yoder, Jason Ciccolini and Caleb Neff (relay teams).
But it wasn't just the younger athletes who worked hard for Mifflin County. The Huskies' more experience athletes also placed well, highlighted after Colwell by Nathan Baumgardner (110 hurdles); Russler Cullen, Tim Beck and Michael Kline (relay teams); and Samantha Peters, Megan Becker, Elisabeth Eddy and Erika Shawver (relay teams) all finishing within the top three places of their individual events.
"We know that we have a group of kids that are competitors, they do not like to underachieve and will absolutely give you everything that they have when they step on the track," Gantz said.
The Huskies will get back in action Tuesday when they travel to Carlisle.