From staff reports
LOCK HAVEN - From both a team and individual perspective, Mifflin County track and field had an outstanding day when it competed at the Lock Haven Invitational on Saturday.
Most outstanding for the girls team was 4x400 meter relay time of 4:04.59, with which teammates Erika Shawver, Kezia Loht, Elisabeth Eddy and Megan Becker set a new school and county record.
Becker also had success in the 400-meter dash, placing in third with her time of 1:00.9.
Overall the girls team finished in sixth with its 37 points, with further contributions from Mikala Rearick's fourth place finish in the shot put and what coach Scott Gantz described as a "breakout day" from freshman Kelsie Kennedy in the hurdles.
On the boys end - the Huskies ended in second place with 64 total points - Jon Colwell not only set a school and county record, but also set a meet record with his 4:22.32 in the 1600-meter.
Colwell's teammates were also right behind him, as Ian McGinnis placed third and fourth in the 200- and 100-meter dashes respectively and in the 3200-meter run the Huskies got second, fourth and fifth place finishes from Darien Knudsen, Addison Monroe and Patrick Parker.
Other fourth place or better finishes from the boys came with Nathan Baumgardner's fourth in the 110 hurdles, Zach Long's fourth in the javelin, and third and fourth place finishes for the 4x100 and 4x800 relay teams.
"By far this had to be one of the best performances we have had from a team perspective. Everybody came ready to compete and the results reflected that," Gantz said.
Mifflin County gets back in action Tuesday when it hosts Chambersburg.
Track and field
FAIRFIELD - The East Juniata boys track and field team placed third out of 13 teams, and Spencer Reinford was named the outstanding track athlete as the Tigers had a strong outing Saturday at the Fairfield Invitational.
The Tigers had placewinners across the board as Reinford won both the 100-meter and 200; David Brantley won the 110-meter hurdles, 300 hurdles and long jump; Justin Murphy won the high jump; Tyler Hepner won the shot put and placed second in the javelin followed by a third place finish from teammate Adam Strawser in the javelin; Landon Sheaffer placed fifth in the 1600 and 800; and the 4x800 and 4x100 relay teams placed fourth and sixth respectively.
"We had a very good appearance. It's the first time our boys team has placed in the top three at Fairfield," East Juniata coach Mark Ritzman said, explaining that the team started attending the meet about 33 years ago.
The girls team did not place, but had some strong individual performances, highlighted by Amber Knouse's third place finish in the 100-meter dash and teammate Molly Scholl's third place finish in the discus and fourth place in the shot put.
Megan Hart also placed for the Tigers with her fifth place in the 100 hurdles, and Brooke Maneval rounding things out on the field with her sixth place in the shot put.
East Juniata travels to Greenwood on Tuesday.
Pine Grove Area
PINE GROVE - As a team neither the boys nor girls teams placed for Juniata at the Pine Grove Area Invitational on Friday, but Nick Gilbert and Rachel Brown still went home smiling.
Gilbert placed second in both the 110-meter hurdles and 300 hurdles, and Brown placed second in the triple jump, fourth in the long jump and fifth in the high jump as both athletes finished out their strong performances.
"Nick Gilbert and Rachel Brown are still staying on top as they move on to bigger rounds of competitions," Juniata coach Kim Hart said.
Also notable for the girls was Makenzie Bishop, who took third place in the 200-meter dash.
"She just continues to get faster and faster," Hart said of Bishop.
The girls relay teams also continued their strong season, as the Indians took third in both the 4x400 and 4x800 relays and fifth in the 4x100 relay.
"Our girls relay teams are showing that they really are a strong presence," Hart said.
For the boys, Dakota McNemar also put his sprinting to the test, placing fourth in the 100-meter dash.
Juniata next meet is today at the Bellwood Invitational.
Mifflin County 8, Central Dauphin East 6
HARRISBURG - It was tied 6-6 headed into the eighth inning Saturday when the Mifflin County baseball team took on Commonweath Division foe Central Dauphin East, but the Huskies weren't about to take the long bus ride home with a loss.
With a Kyle Bodtorf RBI double to make take the 7-6 lead then a single from Hayden Snook to bring Bodtorf in, Miffllin County took the 8-6 win to make its record even at 6-6.
Just before Mifflin County took the lead in the eighth, it had been close in the bottom seventh when the Panthers threatened to put the game away when they score two runs and had the bases loaded with no outs.
Lucas McKay put the threat to rest, however, getting a force out at home on a fielder's choice play, then forcing the Panthers into a 6-2-3 double play for the last two outs.
But it wasn't just the extra-innings heroics which were important in the win.
"We started off pretty strong there in the first inning," Mifflin County coach Travis Zook said, explaining that the team had three runs off three hits in the first inning.
Overall, the Huskies had 14 hits to the Panthers' six.
Other than Bodtorf and Snook, Mifflin County offensive standouts included Jacob Larson with his triple and two RBIs and Cy Treaster, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Mifflin County hosts Chambersburg today.
Juniata 10, West Perry 6
MIFFLINTOWN - The Juniata softball team took the lead against non-league opponent West Perry on Saturday and never looked back in its 10-6 win.
Juniata's biggest inning offensively was in the fifth, when the Indians put up five runs to make the score 10-1. West Perry then put together five in the sixth and seventh, but the Indians held off the threat.
Kristen Pray had four hits with 2 RBIs while teammate Micheh Horning brought in three runs in her two-hit outing.
Brinley Irving took the win for Juniata, striking out three in her seven innings of work.
Juniata (5-6, 4-4) travels to East Juniata on Tuesday.
Mount Union 16, Southern Huntingdon 3. Darian Dixon took the win with five strikeouts. Cheyenne Fye went 2-for-2, Ryleah Woodward went 2-for-3 and Abby Varner also went 2-for-3.
Mount Union 14, Spring Cove 1. Sarah Gearhart had nine strikeouts in the win.