Tigers pleased with performance

WILLIAMSPORT – To some, it might have seemed like a long bus ride for very little in return, but East Juniata track coach Cory Benner didn’t see it that way.

Benner took a handful of athletes to the first day of the two-day District 4 Class AA championships Thursday at Williamsport’s STA Stadium and was pleased with their efforts.

Even though no Tigers advanced to next week’s state championships at Shippensburg University (several more will have a chance to qualify Saturday), Benner was still smiling when the meet was over.

“The kids did very well today. I’m pleased with their performances,” he said.

Tigers’ hurdler John Moyer was unable to advance to the finals of the 110-meter hurdles, clocking in at 17.80 seconds, but his best event will be contested Saturday when he enters the 300 intermediate hurdles.

“Absolutely, the 300 is his bread and butter,” Benner said. “He’s ranked third going into Saturday, so we’re looking forward to see how he does, and hoping he can advance to states.”

Alyssa Hibbs finished 12th in the javelin with a throw of 98 feet, 4 inches, but, on the bright side, Benner said that was Hibbs’ personal best. In addition, Benner said that Clayre Guyer’s 95-7, which was good for 13th place in the javelin, was also close to her personal best.

Garrett Gabel was 16th in the discus, but Benner said his 106-4 was one of his better throws of the season.

“He competed hard and he did well,” Benner said.

Benner added, “We have a couple of relays going on Saturday, boys and girls 4×100 and boys and girls 4×400, so we’re looking forward to that.”

Midd-West also had a few athletes on hand Thursday with more to compete Saturday.

The biggest bright spot came on the girls’ side for the Mustangs, as Megan Fetterolf placed seventh in the competitive Class AAA 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:57.08.

In addition, the Mustangs’ Rachel Spigelmyer finished 12th in the Class AAA javelin with a throw of 86-3 and Katie Sheaffer was 15th in the AAA discus at 73-4.

Kelsey Hollenbach ran 28.83 in the 200-meter trials but did not advance to the finals.

For the boys, who compete in AA, Colin Roush was 17th in the AA discus at 105-0.