BELLWOOD - The Juniata boys track and field team placed in only three events at Monday's Bellwood Invitational, but Nick Gilbert can take credit for two of those.
Notching second in the 110-meter hurdles with his time of 15.98 and third in the 300 hurdles, Gilbert may have gotten a glimpse of how he will fare in the upcoming District 6 Class AA meet.
"I'm very happy for Nick Gilbert who placed in the top two in the 110 hurdles and also third in the 300 hurdles because today was basically most of the teams from our district, so that gives him an idea of where he stands," Juniata coach Kim Hart said, explaining that the top two placewinners from the District 6 meet advance to states.
Outside of Gilbert, it was the 4x400 relay team which took sixth for the boys' last placewinning event, but the girls' relay teams also jumped right into the fray, placing in all three relays - including a second place finish in the 4x800 with a time of 10:53.15.
"The unity and the excitement of four people working together to try to make something of themselves and their relay teams is one of the most exciting aspects of track," Hart said, explaining how the relay teams' strong run has added much excitement as the regular season nears its end.
In the field, Rachel Brown stood out for the Indians, notching fifth place finishes in both the long jump and the triple jump. Teammate Lexi Zimmerman also took fifth in the pole vault to round out the field events.
In addition to Brown, another two-time placewinner was Makenzi Bishop, who sprinted to fourth in the 100-meter dash and fifth in the 200. Bishop was joined on the track by teammate Rylee Duck, who finished the 300 hurdles in 53.51 for fifth place.
Juniata travels to Millersburg on Thursday.