Huskies fall short in meet

STATE COLLEGE — The Mifflin County track and field team opened its 2019 campaign against District 6 and Mid-Penn foe State College Tuesday, and while the Huskies battled tough on both the boys and girls sides, State College was too much for either squad on this day.

In girls’ action the Huskies fell 97-53 while the boys lost 110-40.

Huskies’ coach Scot Sechler was very happy with the effort his athletes gave.

“I thought it was a good meet for us. Obviously when you face State College, you’re facing one of the best teams in the state. Their boys group were indoor champions,” Sechler said. “So when you have a meet like that out of the block is obviously a tough task. But I thought our kids competed well. They didn’t give up. We actually had a few kids this early flirt with their PRs already.

“Logan Renninger in the discus almost threw his best ever. Casey Laky in the discus also had a great performance. Obviously, Chayce Macknair, Seth Phillips, Brayden Harris and the whole long distance crew, do a great job. They are kind of our anchor right now. We’ll get there.”

Opening up the day, the boys 4×800-meter relay team consisting of Phillips, Macknair, Noah Bowers and Harris took top honors, posting a first place time of 8:59.23.

Macknair posted a second top finish, this time in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:30.68. Teammate Brayden Harris was right behind him, finishing with a second-place time of 4:35.41.

In the 3,200-meter run, Macknair also took first place in impressive fashion. Keeping up with the top pack for much of the race. Macknair made his move, moving past all three State College runners he trailed going into the final laps. But in the next to last lap, Macknair picked up the pace and flew past Brady Bigger to finish with a time of 10:18.95.

The boys also took the 4×100 relay. The quartet of Hunter Packard, Jayden Jackson, Tyler Caldwell and Gage Schaeffer won with a time of 50.41.

Phillips also was first in the 800-meter run, posting a time of 2:03.88.

The boys 4×400 relay team that included Phillips, Harris, Shaeffer placed second with a time of 3:40.47.

In the field events, Renninger placed tops in the javelin with a best throw of 123 feet, 6 inches.

Renninger also placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 119-3 and second in the shot put with a toss of 40-6.

On the girls side, Ella Spriggle finished second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.11. Spriggle also picked up a first place finish in the 300-meter hurdles with a top time of 49.70.

It was a strong night for the girls in the 3,200 as Lauren Kuykendall and Julia Montgomery finished first and second with times of 13:11.88 and 13:26.04, respectively.

Laky and teammate Layla Shimp finished second and third in the discus. Shimp also finished with a second on the shot put with a launch of 25-2.

Skylar Ciccolini finished with a first place in the high jump (5 feet) and the javelin (153-2) and a second in the girls long jump (14-10 1/4). She ended her night with a second in the triple jump with a leap of 32-4 1/2.

Teammate Kiana Sechler took top honors in the triple with a winning jump of 33-5.

Taylor Ciccolini took top honors in the pole vault with a leap of 10-3. She also finished with a fourth in the long jump with a 13-11 1/4 leap.

Ciccolini rounded out her day with a second in the javelin with a throw of 127-3.

The Huskies will be back in action Saturday when they travel to the Tim Cook Invitational in Chambersburg.