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Striders shine at Mid-Atlantic meet
CHESTER — The Juniata Valley Striders had a strong showing at the USATF Mid-Atlantic Championships at Widener University over the weekend.
The locals accumulated 57 personal records, had eight first -place finishes, 15 second-place finishes, and 14 thirds at the meet with 28 athletes advancing to the USATF Mid-East Regional (New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania) in July.
Championships were won by: Boys 13-14 4×800 relay (Malachi Angney, Caden Bell, Gabe Yoder and Isaiah Mitchell), boys 11-12 4×800 relay (Keegan Prendergast, Evan Shepherd, Dylan Liggett and Reese Cubberson), Adam Pearson in the boys 7-8 1,500, Hoyt Rodenbaugh in the boys 9-10 1,500 and 800, Allison Renninger in the 9-10 girls javelin, Kiana Sechler in the women’s long jump, and Emily Wilson in the 9-10 girls shot put.
Four locals compete at New Balance
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Skylar Ciccolini threw 49.33 meters (161 feet, 10 inches) to win the girls javelin competition at the New Balance Nationals outdoor track and field meet over the weekend.
Ciccolini, a Mifflin County graduate and two-time state champion, was joined at the event by her sister, Taylor, who placed 12th.
Mallory Kauffman, who won gold in two throwing events for Greenwood at states, was sixth in the shot put and 12th in the discus.
Juniata’s Garrett Baublitz competed in the 1600 meter run.
Tigers’ Kanagy picked for Big 26 game
HARRISBURG — Daniel Kanagy, who will be a junior at East Juniata in the fall, has been chosen as an infielder on the Pennsylvania roster for the Big 26.
Teams of 26 rising sophomores and juniors were chosen via open tryouts to represent Pennsylvania and Maryland, respectively. A pro-style workout and three-game set will be played at FNB Field in Harrisburg.
Leonard on MAC academic team
ANNVILLE — Grant Leonard, of Thompsontown, is one of nine Lebanon Valley College student-athletes named to the Middle Atlantic Conference’s Winter and Spring Academic All-Conference Team after excelling on the field and in the classroom.
Leonard, a graduate of Juniata High School, is a member of the men’s golf team. He is pursuing a bachelor of science in actuarial science.
Leonard helped the Flying Dutchmen to a second-place finish at the MAC Championship for the second consecutive season. He tied for fourth at MAC’s with a two-day total of 154 after shooting a 78 on day one, followed by a 76 on day two. For his efforts, the senior was named to the All-Conference First Team.