East Juniata, Juniata split rivalry track meet on Thursday
COCOLAMUS — Nothing brings out the best in an athlete than competing against a close rival. The best came out Thursday for both the East Juniata and Juniata track teams as they battled in a TVL matchup between the cross-county rivals.
“It was nice. I knew they (the East Juniata boys) had it in them. Things lined up for us tonight,” said East Juniata coach Johnna Kratzer. “I thought long and hard and pieced together the best lineup and that’s what I put out there. They did everything I asked and then some.”
Times and personal records were the results as the two-team split.
East Juniata’s boys team won for the first time since 2013, topping Juniata 101-40. The Indians took the girls side, winning 96.5 – 44.5.
On the boys side, East Juniata started off the day on the right foot, taking the 3,200-meter relay with a time of 9:32. EJ’s Rowan Smith and Coy Shaffer finished first and second in the 110-meter hurdles with times of 16.4 and 17.7, respectively. Juniata’s Charlie Barton finished third with a time of 18.2 seconds.
Ethan Roe took the third event in-a-row for the Tigers in the 100-meter run with a top spot of 11.9. The Indians’ Ty Shellenberger was a close second with a time of 12.1 seconds.
East Juniata continued its winning mark as it finished first in the 400-meter relay. The team of Roe, Gannon Ryan, Smith and Shaffer finished with a mark of 48.03 seconds. Caleb Seeger put the Tigers back in the winner’s spot, taking the 400-meter run with a time of 55.2 seconds.
Shellenberger gave his team a second finishing with a time of 55.6 seconds. Seeger also topped the list in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.5 seconds while Shellenberger placed second with a finishing mark of 25.4 seconds.
East Juniata swept the 300-meter hurdles as Smith and Shaffer again took one and two with marks of 43.8 seconds and 45.9 seconds. Rounding out the Tigers sweep was Joe Book with a finishing time of 48.3 seconds.
In the 800-meter run, Juniata notched its first, first-place finish when James Hazard finished with a top time of 2:14. East Juniata’s Brody Powell placed second, finishing at 2:16.
Logan Strawser finished first in the 3200-meter run to give East Juniata yet another victory. He finished with a mark of 10:53. Rounding out the Tigers sweep of the event were Tim Kelly and Carter Freed. East Juniata completed the sweep in the relays, taking the 1,600-meter relay with a time of 4:01.
In the field events, the Tigers again notched another sweep as Jake Brackbill finished with a throw of 136 feet, 2 inches, while teammate Seeger clinched second with a launch of 135 feet.
Rounding out the top three was Ashton Imes who threw for 119 feet, 2.5 inches. Brackbill also took the shot put with a top throw of 36 feet, 5 inches. Following behind Brackbill was Juniata’s Zach Hart who threw 35 feet, 4 inches.
East Juniata continued to roll, taking the long jump. Roe leaped to a winning jump of 17 feet, 2.25 inches. The Indians had to settle again for a second place when Brant Walters finished his best with a 17-foot jump.
Smith took the high jump clearing 5 feet, 6 inches, while Juniata captured second thanks to a leap of 5′ 4″ by Mikih Hunt.
Stuart Dare gave the Indians its second top win when he took the triple jump with a distance of 36 feet 4 inches.
East Juniata’s Ryan captured a second, finishing with a best of 36′ feet, 3.5 inches.
Rounding out the boys’ events was the discus. Leading the way to the win was the Tigers’ Brackbill with a throw of 103 feet, 7 inches while Juniata’s Hart was next with a toss of 100 feet.
Juniata took the girls contest with numerous wins as well.
“I am really happy for our girls. We left a lot of track meets this year where the boys left winning and the girls lost,” said Juniata coach Kim Hart said. “So that was wonderful for our girls.”
The Indians started out with a win in the 3,200 relay, with a time of 15:05.
Leading the Tigers in the 100-meter hurdles was Brianna Henry with a time of 18.0.
Kierstyn Fogle paced the Tigers with three first-place finishes. She took the 400 with a time of 1:06.4 and a 2:48 in the 800.
Juniata swept the 800 as Emily Houtz finished second with a time of 2:55 while Haley Mummah rounded things out with a 3:10 effort.
In the field, Fogle took the high jump at 4 feet, 4 inches. Teammates Katie Miller and Shreya Pattel finished next with heights of 4 feet.
The Indians notched the win in the 300-hurdles when Amelia Smith topped the charts with a mark of 1:00. East Juniata got a third from Marin Varner with a mark of 1:01.8.
In the 100, Ashlynn Pannebaker led the way for Juniata posting a first-place time of 13.2 seconds. EJ’s Leah Sankey finished in second with a time of 14.4 seconds.
Pannebaker and Sankey took first and second in the 200, finishing with times of 28.38 seconds and Juniata’s Emily Houtz took the 1,600 and the 3,200 with times of 6:48.64 and 16:23.
She was followed in both events by the Indians Mummah. Mummah finished with a time of 7:07.8 in the 1,600 and a mark of 16:29 in the 3,200.
In the 400-meter relay, the Lady Indians also placed first, with a top time of 57.1 seconds.
East Juniata took the top spot in the 1,600 relay, with a time of 5:57.4.
The Tigers took the javelin when Cadee Becker lofted a top throw of 88 feet, 8.5 inches.
Finishing second was Juniata thrower Mariska Beward with a throw of 84 feet, 4 inches.
Kacey Martin led a sweep of the shot put as she tossed a top distance of 25 feet, 10.5 inches while the Indians teammate Ava Shearer rounded out the top three with a toss of 23 feet, 10 inches.
Kaylyn Walters took the long jump and the triple jump with leaps of 18 feet, 11 inches and 29 feet, 9 inches.
East Juniata’s Ravin Bassler took the discus with a top throw of 68 feet, 8 inches.