LEWISTOWN - The Mifflin County girls showed Tuesday that they can compete with one of the top track and field teams in the always tough Mid-Penn Conference.
The girls took care of Central Dauphin Tuesday night in front of the Husky fans, winning 80 2/3 to 69 1/3.
However the boys weren't so fortunate in the Commonwealth Division meet, falling 98-52 to the Rams.
Sentinel photo by BRADLEY KREITZER
ABOVE:Huskies Kylie Kenepp competes in the long jump during Mifflin County’s meet against Central Dauphin Tuesday evening in Lewistown.
Sentinel photo by BRADLEY KREITZER
LEFT:?Mifflin County’s George Donahey clears the bar in the pole vault against Central Duaphin Tuesday evening in Lewistown. See more photos online at cu.lewistownsentinel.com
"It was a good win for us tonight. I thought the girls performed well. Central Dauphin is a good team. I think we have proven we can hold our own as a girls team in the Mid-Penn," Mifflin County coach Scott Gantz said. "It's one of those deals that your happy for the split but at the same time we were wishing we would have got both sides a win."
Gantz said it's not a lack of talent, but perhaps a change in preparation is due.
"I think we have some boys that need to step back and reevaluate what they're doing at practice and how we prepare ourselves for the meets," he said. "It's one of those things I think we can get more out of our kids. The effort is definitely there. I just think we just need to work harder through the week."
Highlighting the day for the Huskies on the girls side were the relay teams, which took two of three on the day. Mifflin County brought home wins in the 4x400-meter relay (4:16.2) and the 4x800 (10:37.2).
Also, the girls swept three events. In the 300-meter hurdles, Kelsie Kennedy led the Huskies with a 50-second mark, followed by teammates Sophie Mathews and Laurel Maclay.
In the triple jump, Mifflin County was successful in placing all of the top three as well as Anna Aurand led things with a top leap of 31 feet, 6 inches. Sophie Mathews finished a close second with a jump of 31-3, and added to her team contribution by placing third in the 100-meter hurdles.
Rounding things out in the triple jump was Rebecca Evanitsky.
The other sweep came in the 400-meter run, where Elisabeth Eddy led the pack of Huskies as she recorded a time of 1:04.7 while teammate Maria Fowler finished in the runner-up position and Kenzie Sweitzer finished third.
Also picking up wins for the Huskies on the girls' side were Makayla Rearick (shot put), Grace Wagner (javelin), Hannah Winter (800 run) and Mackenzie Rearick (discus).
On the boys side, Mifflin County got two first place finishes and a third place from Nate Baumgardner. Baumgardner picked up wins in the 110 hurdles (15.2) and the 300-Hurdles (40.4). His third-place finish came in the long jump.
George Donahey also notched a first place as he dominated the pole vault, leaping 13-6 performance. He also picked a second place on the day in the long jump.
Last but not least, Zach Long also finished in the top position in the javelin throw as he went 168-6.
Kyroon Carrington was the lone multiple second place winner as he took the runner-up spot in the 200 and the 100. Also picking up second place finishes were Isaiah Reed (shot put), Andrew Bennett (discus), Caleb Neff (400), Jared Soles (javelin), Malik Sechler (triple jump) and Michael Bielski (pole vault).
The boys fall to 1-2 on the season, while the girls improve to 2-1, all conference meets.
Mifflin County will be back in action Thursday at Carlisle.