East Juniata sweeps past Trojans

MOUNT UNION – Just like a well-oiled machine, the East Juniata track and field team keeps rolling along.

Thursday, the Tigers went north to battle non-conference foe Mount Union. East Juniata kept up to its winning ways, defeating the Trojans in both boys and girls’ competition by 117-32 and 108-41 scores, respectively.

“We love this track. Every time we come up here we PR,” Tigers coach Mark Ritzman said. “This is just one of our most favorite places to run. When we come here- we always perform well.”

On the boys side, East Juniata swept all three relay races and both sets of hurdles.

In the 110-meter hurdles, David Brantley led the way, finishing with a time of 15.71 seconds, while Dalton Smith took second with a time of 17.66.

The results were similar in the 300 hurdles as Brantley took first in 41:65 with two teammates following him across the line.

Brantley also took top honors in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 1 inch.

Also picking up three wins for the Tigers was Tyler Hepner, who took the top spot in all three throws. In the discus he went 109 feet, 4 inches; the shot put was 42-11 and his javelin distance was 148-3.

Rounding out the multi-event winners was Spencer Reinford, who finished first in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Mount Union swept the pole vault, with a little help from East Juniata, which does not compete in that event.

Austin Low was the high man for the Trojans leaping to a height of 11-6. Teammates Austin Rohrer and Forrest Reinhard both cleared 9-6.

“We have a number young athletes on both sides. We lost a lot of athletes to graduation,” Mount Union coach Bob Wydock said. “I am very proud of the effort they put forth tonight. They work hard and do the best they can. We’re rebuilding.”

East Juniata finished first in 16 of 18 events.

Besides the pole vault, Mount Union got a first-place finish from James Nicastro in the triple jump with a leap of 35-5 1/2.

On the girls side, East Juniata also swept its way to first place finishes in the relay races. The Tigers also got sweeps in four individual events.

In the 1,600 run, Brooke Kitting led the charge at 6:32, just head of Kasi Horning.

Noel Smith dominated the 300 hurdles with a time of 52.86.

Brooke Maneval finished with a 2:45 in the 800 good enough for first. Kitting was next with a time of 2:46 while Krystal Olinger placed third with a time of 2:52.

In the field East Juniata swept the long jump. Megan Hart had the long measure at 14-3 1/2; Molly Scholl took second.

Mount Union picked up all the pole vault points again. Kaitlin Todaro finished with a launch of 7 feet event while Sara Estep stopped at 6 feet.

The Trojans also got first place finishes in the 100-meter hurdles, the 100-meter dash and the 800.