Youthful Huskies make a run

UNIVERSITY PARK – This year has been a youth movement for the Mifflin County indoor track team, but the youngsters are starting to put things all together as the season has progressed.

Saturday, a select group from the Mifflin County indoor track and field team was in action as the Huskies competed in the Kevin Dare Invitational held on the Penn State indoor track and field complex.

“One of the things about our team right now is that we are really young and and we don’t have a whole lot of veterans so we’re kind of playing it by ear and seeing what everyone has,” Mifflin County coach Scott Gantz said.

On the girls’ side, the Huskies were paced by a third-place finish in their heat by the 4×800-meter relay team that placed third overall with a time of 11:02.67. Members of the crew were Makenna Pollock, Maddie Elsesser, Kaitlyn Yearick and Alexis Kibe.

In the girls 4×400 relay, Mifflin County ran in the second section and finished with a time of 4:46.76. The team consisted of Shayla Milligan, Shania Teenie, Sophie Mathews and Gabby Minick.

In the girls triple jump, Anna Aurand took third place in her first flight with a finishing leap of 31-11.25.

Rounding out the relays were the Mifflin County 4×200 team consisting of Kelsie Kennedy, Mayah Jones, Courtney Bender and Elisabeth Eddy with a third-place time of 1:55.48.

Makenzie Rearick finished seventh in her flight of the shot put with a high toss 35-10.00 for a seventh-place finish.

In individual competition, Becca Rhoades finished ninth in her section with a time of 3.08.47.

Amanda Hassinger participated in the 3000 meter run, finishing 13th in her section with a time of 11:52.91.

Kelsey Kennedy, who participated in the 60-meter run, finished third in Heat 4 posting a time of 10.59.

Finally in girls action, Miranda Hummel finished 7th with a time of 11.59.

“The only place winners we had was (George) Donahey in the pole vault,” Gantz said. “Mikayla Rearick in the shot put finished sixth.”

Pole Vaulting for Mifflin County was Donahey, who placed fifth with a leap of 12-06.00.

Mifflin County’s Caleb Smith led the way for the Huskies in the shot put, finishing with a top throw of 45-04.50 for second place in Flight 1.

In the boys triple jump, Darrion Pierce finished with a leap of 33-04.75, which was good enough for a 10th-place finish.

The Huskies also got a strong showing from Pierce with a top jump of 16-05.00 in the long jump.

Placing just one relay team at the invitational, the Mifflin County boys 4×400 team consisting of Caleb Neff, Aaron Smith, Dylan Dietz and Pierce finished in third with a time of 3:54.98.

On the track, Jason Ciccolini finished fifth in his heat in the 60-yard dash with a time of 7.54. In the 200-meter dash, Ciccolini finished fourth in Section 5 with a time of 24.38.

Neff finished third in his section in the 200-meter dash with a time of 56.33.

In the long distance events, Anthony Schifano finished second in section one, posting a time of 2:12.67.

“He’s one of our younger kids and he’s really been coming along,” Gantz said. “He had a good race. Anthony’s been one of those kids that he’s steadfast for us. He has been there everyday and he works hard and he had a good day.”

Keenan Walker finished second in the mile run for the Huskies, posting a time of 4:59.94.

Finally, in the 3000, Josh Aultz finished in the top 20, posting a time of 10:20.90.

Gantz was pleased with the direction the team is going and thinks that by the end of the season, the youngsters will be battle tested.

“We didn’t take a lot people to the meet but the kids that we took from the first week of Kutztown to this past week has shown a lot of improvement,” Gantz said. “They have done a lot better in the past week. I think the first meet they had some first-meet jitters and it would’ve been one of those things that the more meets we get under our belt the better.”

Mifflin County is back in action Jan. 31 at Franklin and Marshall.