Greenwood keeps rolling, beats Juniata

MIFFLINTOWN – The Greenwood boys and girls track teams made the trip to Mifflintown to take on Tri-Valley League opponent Juniata and each squad came away with a win. The girls ran by the Indians, notching a 101-49 victory while the boys outlasted the Juniata boys team by a score of 79.5-70.5.

Juniata’s girls were overmatched from the gate as the Indians were only able to take home three first-place finishes. Rachel Brown marked an impressive and personal best 33 feet, 1/4 inch in the triple jump while teammate Lexi Zimmerman took first place in the pole vault with a personal best height of 8 feet, 6 inches.

The girls got an impressive comeback effort from anchor Janelle Swartz in the 4×400 relay to finish the race in 4:33. Megan Yeager, Lauren Lock and Makenzie Bishop were part of the winning quartet for Juniata.

“The four girls who were in the 4×400 were very solid point scorers for us,” Juniata coach Kim Hart said. “(They) all had their personal best times in that relay.”

The few shining moments for the girls’ squad yielded a significant number of points – but Greenwood proved to be too strong in nearly every other event.

“All three performances were not only our only winning feats but they all were very admirable and you have to be happy with the bright spots,” Hart said.

The Greenwood girls took the 4×800 and 4×100 relays, and thanks to some athletes coming back from injury, the ‘Cats dominated the other events as well.

“The girls are starting to get a little healthier finally,” Greenwood coach Tom Magill said. ” The girls had some nice performances overall – we just have to get healthier.”

If this rendition of the Wildcats’ girls team was not at full strength, future opponents may be in for long days on the track. One athlete coming off injury who notched an important win in the 1,600 was Abbey Korber. Lauren Kemble took third in that event to wrap up six points for the squad.

Sprinter Hattie Kuhns blew the competition away in the 100- and 200-meter dashes while teammate Jordyn Sorber finished first in the 100 and 300 hurdles.

Juniata’s boys fought hard to within eight-and-a-half points despite the absence of the the team’s top sprinter, Neil Bodley. With one healthy leg, Bodley managed to take first in the discus with a throw of 128-10 – an impressive mark considering Greenwood’s Joseph Sheaffer had a personal best on his second-place throw. Magill was complimentary of Bodley’s achievement, saying he did a good job in the event.

The Wildcats utilized solid performances in the distance events to extend the lead and make up for the lack of top-three finishes in the jumping events.

“The distance (events) gave us the gap,” Magill said. “They (Juniata) got a lot better in the jumps – last time we won the long and the high jumps.”

Hunter Miller took first in the 1,600 run while teammate Hayden Eubanks ran past the competition in the 3,200. The ‘Cats swept the 800 and took first and second in the 1,600, 200 dash, 3,200 and the pole vault. Scott Kerstetter notched a triple, placing first in the 100, 200 and 400 dash events.

Tyler Hershey dominated the long and tiple jumps while Nick Gilbert took first in the high jump for Juniata at 5-6. Gilbert also took second in the long jump and Hershey grabbed third in the high jump. Dakota McNemar also performed well in the 110 hurdles, 100, 200 and the 300 hurdles.

“They (Gilbert and Hershey) both continue to do very well in both hurdles and the jumps,” Hart said. “Those three boys are a very big part of the point scoring for our team – they came up with 46 of our total team points.”

Greenwood’s boys also collected first-place finishes from Brian Auxt in the javelin (162-5), Jarrett Fortenbaugh in the pole vault (10-6) and Jordan Rebuck in the shot put (38-10).

Greenwood boys (5-0) and girls (4-1) travel to East Juniata for another TVL showdown Thursday. Juniata’s boys (1-4) and girls (2-3) host Upper Dauphin Tuesday.