Mifflin County freezes out Cougars in home opener

LEWISTOWN – Sporting a few veterans and also fielding some new names and new faces, the results for the Mifflin County’s track and field team remain the same: They win.

In its first home meet of the year, the Harrisburg Cougars came to battle the Huskies in a Mid-Penn Conference affair. After a tough opener against Carlisle, the team from Mifflin County dominated in its contest against the capital city team. In both boys and girls action, the Huskies hit triple digits en route to a 106-39 girls win and a boys victory of 107-43.

“We were pleased with what we got considering the conditions,” Mifflin County coach Scott Gantz said. “We knew coming out against Carlisle that they had a tough team but we weren’t sure how Harrisburg had. We did some research and couldn’t find anything. We went on a gut instinct and a lot of the things we tried to do tonight worked out in our favor.”

Competing in cold and windy conditions, the locals didn’t seem to be too affected by the weather as they were blistering on the track.

The Mifflin County girls collected a total of four event sweeps and also captured all three relays in their run. The Huskies picked up sweeps in the 1600-meter run as Kelcy Spicher led the way with a time of 6:07.7. Teammates Alexis Kibe and Kenzie Sweitzer rounded out the top three.

Sam Peters led the way in the way in the sweep of the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:04.6. Right behind Peters was Megan Becker while Maria Fowler came in third.

In the field, the Huskies swept the triple jump.

Anna Aurand led the way for the home team, jumping a distance of 30 feet, 6 3/4 inches while Cameron Hassinger and Halle Fisher finished in points.

Finally, in the 3,200-meter run, Mary Havice paced a trio of that included Jessica Miller and Latasha Yoder, with Havice crossing the line in 13:42.6 to win it.

Others picking up first-place finishes for Mifflin County were Elle Harpster (discus), Makala Rearick (shot put) and Ann Bielski (pole vault). Mifflin County also was strong in the 300-meter hurdles when Erika Shawver posted a 50.1 while Amanda Hassinger finished with a mark of 53.4. Harrisburg’s Sierra Lawrence, who had the edge on Shawver in the 100 hurdles, picked up third.

On the boys’ side, the Huskies swept five total events en route to their victory over the Cougars. Their relay teams were also as strong, picking up victories in the 4×400, 4×100 and 4×800 as well.

Jon Colwell paced the way for the Huskies, taking top honors in two events.

In the 3,200, Colwell led the sweep for Mifflin County finishing with a time of 10:47.5. He was followed by teammates Trenton Yoder and Josh Aultz.

Colwell also led the Husky attack in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:43.4. Patrick Parker and Darien Knudsen followed.

Jay Ciccolini sparked his team in the 800 as he finished with a fast time of 2.13.5. Right on his tail was Husky teammate Knudsen who crossed just two tenths of a second later. Rounding out the top three was Keenan Walker.

The javelin event belonged to the Huskies as well. Leading the way through the air was Zach Long. Long tossed a shot that sailed 143-10. Justin Gantz also tallied a strong throw for second while Luke Bender came in third.

Another field event that Mifflin County thrived in was the shot put. Caleb Smith collected the longest throw of the day, tossing it 39-2. Shawn Marker and David Monsell followed.

Others picking up first place finish for the Huskies were Nathan Baumgardner in both the 110-meter and the 300-meter hurdles. In the 110 hurdles, Baumgardner blazed his way to a time of 15.0 while posting a 43.6 in the 300.

George Donahey placed top honors in the pole vault with a launch of 11 feet even.

Shawn Reese also posted a first-place finish, tallying a throw of 115-10″ in the discus.

Rounding out the first place winners was Jared Michaels in the triple jump. Michaels earned some first place points for Mifflin County with a leap of 38-0 1/2.

Mifflin County will be back in action next Tuesday as it travels to Central Dauphin for a 3:45 start.