Near and far
MC?girls rock Cougars; boys squeeze out win
LEWISTOWN — Before Thursday’s Mid-Penn track and field meet against Harrisburg — the home opener for the Huskies after a pair of rough ones on the road — boys coach Scot Sechler mapped out where his team needed to win against the speedy Cougars to get a victory.
He had plenty of athletes ready to put on their capes and play hero, and they ended the day as 84-66 winners.
The understaffed Harrisburg girls were no match for their counterparts, as the Huskies won that meet, 116-30, a pleasant sight for their coach, Scott Gantz, who was making his return to the team after a non-sports injury had him sidelined going into the season.
The Cougars, Sechler said, are a better team than their numbers indicate.
“They’re definitely a team on the rise. It was nice to get out feet under us and get some wins,” he said.
For the girls, most of them. Mifflin County finished first in 15 of the 18 events, sweeping eight of them plus the relays. A pair of Huskies, Ella Spriggle and Kiana Sechler, captured three individual firsts.
“I was impressed with Ella Spriggle. Ella had a big meet. Kiana Sechler had a big meet,” Gantz said. “I saw a lot of good things — a lot of good young girls that are coming up through. I think the future looks bright and we need to improve on a daily basis.”
Spriggle won both hurdles and the 200-meter dash, the only Mifflin County sprinter to score in the latter. Sechler added top scores in the long and triple jumps, and won the 100 — like her teammate, outrunning a pair of Harrisburg entries.
Lauren Kuykendall won the 800 and 1,600 runs, another multiple event winner. And in the department of you expected it, Skylar Ciccolini was first in the high jump and the javelin, where she threw a dominating 169 feet, 8 1/2 inches– 40 feet better than sister Taylor and more than 30 feet ahead of the boys’ winner.
While the girls had a day of domination, the boys had a competition — and they played to win. Harrisburg did what it was expected to in a few events — the Cougars swept the 100 and 200 dashes, and the long jump. Mifflin County got all the points in the pole vault, and swept the 3,200. While that wasn’t surprising in and of itself, the it wasn’t the power runners from cross country who did it.
“When you have those kind of efforts, and we stressed with the kids beforehand it was going to be a nip and tuck meet, the seconds and third were the difference makers,” Sechler said.
“We were talking about that before the meet, even with the throwers. Track meets are about seconds and thirds,” Gantz added.
Finishing second and third in the 110 hurdles, the 300 hurdles and the triple jump were notable. Taking first and third in the discus, and winning two of three relays, added on the points. But the effort of Chayce Macknair and Brayden Harris in the 800 and the 1,600, and more important, the point-stealing performances of Macknair and Seth Phillips in the 400, were huge for the Huskies.
“That was a strategic kind of plan. We knew they were very strong in the short sprints so we tried to bump Seth and Chayce down a little to steal some points,” Sechler said. “That obviously worked for us.
“Chayce ran a kid down. He won the 1,600, won the 800, was part of the 4×400 relay. He’s one of those kids you can always count on.”
Broson Smith-Price and Logan Renninger drew attention with their 1-2 shot put; they were the reverse of that order as 1-3 in the discus.
“The boys in shot and disc did really well tonight. Bronson Smith-Price PR’d in both shot and disc, Logan Renninger had a good meet — 119 in disc,” said Gantz, who was overseeing the throws.
“We had a lot of young kids step up and PR,” Sechler said. “I was really impressed in the javelin with Hunter Packard — he threw 135-3 and this is his first year of throwing jav. He came out and ended up winning the event, and that’s like an 11-foot PR for him.”
Mifflin County (boys and girls: 1-2, 1-2) host Central Dauphin Tuesday.
Mifflin County 84, Harrisburg 66
4×800 relay: Mifflin County, 10:41. 110 hurdles: G.Gregg, H, 17:51; L.Renninger, MC; A.Patterson, H. 100 dash: Kent, H, 10.94; Jesus, H; Shafer, H. 1,600 run: C.Macknair, M, 4:41.50; B.Harris, M; Kesefe, H. 400 dash: S.Phillips, M, 51:30; C.Macknair, M; Williams, H. 4×100 relay: Harrisburg, 44:07. 300 hurdles: Gregg, H, 41.48; A.Clemson, M; E.Andrews, M. 800 run: C,Macknair, M, 2:09.61; B.Harris, M; Kesef, H.
200 dash: Kett, H, 22.26; Day, H; Jesus, H. 3,200 run: M.Schomaker, M, 11:39.96; R.Kuykendall, M; C.Royer, M. 4×400 relay: Mifflin County, 3:39.9. Javelin: H.Packard, M, 135-3; X.Evans, H; S.Wilkerson, H.
Long jump: J.Lomax, H, 20-1 1/4; K.Hope, H; A.Anderson, H. Shot put: B.Smith-Price, M, 42-11; L.Renninger, M; A.Patterson, H. High jump: K.Hope, H, 5-8; A.House, 5-6; D.Wert and J.Jackson, 5-2. Triple jump: J.Lomax, H, 44-3 1/2; J.Jackson, M; D.Wert, M. Discus: L.Renninger, M, 119-2; E.Miller, H; B.Smith-Price, M. Pole vault: J.Yearick, M, 11-3; C.J.Gill, M; J.Galbraith, M.
Mifflin County 116, Harrisburg 30
4×800 relay: Mifflin County, 12:46. 100 hurdles: E.Spriggle, M, 15.79; M.Becker, M; G.Parks, M. 100 dash: K.Sechler, M, 13.37; C.King, H; Cooksy, H. 1,600 run: L.Kuykendall, M, 5:47.1; J.Galbraith, M; K.Cubbison, M. 400 dash: T.Sims, H, 1:05.4; King, H; M.Robinette, M. 4×100 relay: Mifflin County, 57.96. 300 hurdles: E.Spriggle, M, 48.16; G.Parks, M; L.Riden, M. 800 run: L.Kuykendall, M, 2:40.32; J.Galbaith, M; K.Cubbison, M. 200 dash: E.Spriggle, M, 27.69; Sims, H; King, H. 3,200 run: J.Montgomery, M, 13:26.72; M.Webb, M; R.Montgomery, M. 4×400 relay: Mifflin County, 4:39.82. Javelin: S.Ciccolini, M, 169-8 1/2; T.Ciccolini, M; K.Williams, H. Long jump: K.Sechler, M, 16-0; T.Ciccolini, M; B.Kanagy, M. Shot put: K.Williams, H, 34-8; I.Pugi, H; L.Shimp, M. High jump: S.Ciccolini, M, 4-10; E.Spriggle, M; A.Moon, M. Triple jump: K.Sechler, M, 33-6; S.Ciccolini, M; B.Kanagy. M. Discus: K.Williams, H, 98-4; L.Shimp. M; C.Laky, M. Pole vault: K.Kline, M, 7-7.