Long earns 2nd in javelin

CHAMBERSBURG It started off as a quiet day for the Mifflin County track & field team, with a 5:45 a.m. send-off for a trip to Chambersburg on Saturday morning.

Then, at the Mid Penn Conference championships at Trojan Stadium, the Huskies didn’t make a whole lot of noise, either.

It promised to be another low-key trip back home.

“We have the prom tonight, so we left a lot of kids at home today,” Mifflin County coach Scott Gantz said. “We’ll probably have only about 10 kids on the bus for the trip back, so it’ll be pretty quiet.”

Zach Long found the most success for the Huskies. He uncorked a throw of 176-9 to earn a runner-up finish in the boys javelin. Christian Pavlovich of Carlisle earned the gold medal with a throw of 183-5.

“Zach had his best day of the season,” Gantz said. “He hit his best throw and he had his best series of throws for the season all of them were around 175-176. He just needs to hit that one big one and he might take off.”

In the girls shot put, Makaya Rearick placed seventh. Her best throw of 33-3.5 did not equal her season best.

Gantz said, “It was a below average day for Makaya. All season long, she’s been around 34-35. Maybe it was the added pressure of the big meet. She’s happy she got a medal, but I hope she’s not satisfied.”

Mifflin County’s only top-seeded athlete coming into the meet was pole vaulter George Donahey, whose best was 14-9. He missed all three attempts at his first height, 13-0, and failed to place.

Teammate Michael Bielski managed an eighth by clearing 12-6.

“George has been consistently clearing 13-0, and he’s not happy,” Gantz said. “But he’ll bounce back he’s too good of an athlete to let this affect him. He’ll be one of the top guys at districts. Michael was hoping to hit 13 today, but 12-6 is a PR, so we’ll take it.”

Carlisle won the boys team race with 94.5 points to runner-up State College’s 89. The Little Lions came back to claim the girls crown, 62-61, over Cumberland Valley. It came down to the final event, the long jump, and State College got a fifth in the event to CV’s sixth.