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Huskies pick up sweep in meet

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County track and field team made the most of its opportunity to get back into competition on Tuesday night with strong individual performances across the board lifting the Huskies to a sweep of visiting Harrisburg.

The boys team, fueled by a record-setting performance by Travis Renninger in the discus and some blistering performances by Josiah Sechler and Brayden Harris on the track, defeated Harrisburg 112-38.

The girls team, led by three victories from Lily Yoder and a pair of wins from Kylee Cubbison and Tai Ematat powered a short-handed Huskies squad to a 94-41 victory over the Cougars.

“It was a good way to end the season for us,” Mifflin County girls coach Scott Gantz said. “We were a little light in numbers, we had a few girls who were out tonight. Our main focus wasn’t really the end result as far as the meet went, we were looking for Mid-Penn Conference qualifications and looking ahead to districts. Whenever you put 14-16 girls on the track it’s time for them to start focusing on themselves. They’ve done everything that we have asked them to do, they’ve been up against it all year. We are proud of the effort we got this season and looking forward to continued success in the postseason.”

Renninger hit a new personal best in the discus, unleashing a top throw of 124 feet, 4 inches, to set a new freshman record in the event. Renninger also finished second in the javelin with a throw of 119 feet, 3 inches.

Josiah Sechler flew in the 100-meter dash, recording a blistering time of 11.13 seconds, to place him third in the event in school history, setting a new sophomore record. Sechler also dominated in the javelin, unleashing a monster throw of 167 feet, 3 inches.

Other top performances for the boys team included Brayden Harris in the 800-meter run (2:07.5) and the mile (4:39), Ben Hartzler in the 400-meter run (53.59 seconds) and Dillon Wert in the long jump (21 feet, 0.5 inches). Alex Price also excelled in the shot put for the Huskies with a top throw of 39 feet, 1 inch.

“We had a lot of guys that performed way better than they had all season and some guys that are going to get themselves into the Mid-Penn meet based on what they did today,” Mifflin County boys coach Scot Sechler said. “I think that we out-performed where I expected us to be today just with the days off. The kids came out and definitely did better than I thought they would do. We had guys that were on the bubble of making the Mid-Penn meet and we have to wait until the qualifying standards come out, but this really helps their chances.”

Yoder led the way for the Mifflin County girls team, picking up victories in the long jump (14 feet, 7.5 inches), the 400-meter dash (1:06.2) and the triple jump (31 feet, 8 inches). Cubbison picked up where she left off with a huge victory in the 800-meter run, winning the race by 20 seconds. Cubbison also won the mile with a time of 5:21, winning the event by 35 seconds.

Ematat picked up a victory in the pole vault (seven feet, one inch) as well as the high jump, clearing four feet, four inches. Sophia Plank won the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.97 seconds. Taylor Ciccolini dominated in the javelin with a top throw of 130 feet, 7 inches.

“There were some good things today,” Gantz said. “There was some rust, but they stepped up and did what we asked them to do all season. It was a fitting end to a good season for this group.”

While the Huskies have dealt with multiple rainouts and a few COVID pauses, both Gantz and Sechler are pleased with the effort they received from their squads with the Mid-Penn Championship meet on Saturday with the District 6 Class 3A meet looming next Thursday.

“It’s hard to put a thumb on it right now since we haven’t gotten to see them much of late, but the good thing is we have about a week and a half now to work and to get ready,” Gantz said. “Hopefully we will put on a good show Saturday and that will boost the confidence a little bit for next Thursday.”

The preparation process may look a little different with a short amount of time to turn around from not being able to practice into tapering for the biggest meets of the season, but Sechler believes that the guys are up for the challenge.

“They are definitely moving in the right direction,” Sechler said. “We will have to regroup a little bit and change the way that we normally work to peak and have to do a little bit of a mini-peak in trying to taper toward the end. We will get at it a little this week and maybe over the first day or two next week to get some work in. We have some kids that are really setting themselves up nicely heading into districts to try and get themselves to Shippensburg, so that’s exciting.”

Boys score: Mifflin County 112, Harrisburg 38

4×800 relay: 1. Mifflin County 10:11. 110 hurdles: 1. D. Walters (HBG) 16.47, 2. Cole Chilson (MC) 22.08, 3. Tanner Ferguson (MC) 17.39. Shot put: 1. Alex Price 39 feet, 1 inch (MC), 2. J. Murray 35 feet, 7 inches (HBG), 3. Eli Osborne 33 feet, 9 inches (MC). Long jump: 1. Dillon Wert 21 feet, 0.5 inches (MC), 2. Josiah Sechler 20 feet, 7 inches (MC), 3. Jayden Jackson 20 feet, 2.25 inches (MC). 100-meter dash: 1. Josiah Sechler 11.13 (MC), 2. Jayden Jackson 11.36 (MC), 3. Dylan Long 11.48 (MC). 1,600-meter run: 1. Brayden Harris 4:39 (MC), 2. F. Kesette 4:48 (HBG), 3. C. Royer 5:03 (MC). 4×100: 1. Mifflin County 46.03 seconds. Pole vault: 1. D. Johnson 11 feet, 3 inches (HBG), 2. Ty Small 8 feet, 7 inches (MC), 3. Levi Haubrick 8 feet, 7 inches (MC). Triple jump: 1. Caden Kauffman 40 feet, 4.5 inches (MC), 2. Dillon Wert 40 feet, 2.75 inches (MC), 3. Ty Small 34 feet, 0.5 inches (MC). 400-meter run: 1. Ben Hartzler 53.59 seconds (MC), 2. C.O’Para 55.66 (HBG), 3. Braden Sheaffer 57.66 (MC). 300-hurdles: 1. A. House 45.07 (HBG), 2. Tanner Ferguson 45.98 (MC), 3. D. Walters 50.1 (HBG). Discus: 1. Travis Renninger 124 feet, 4 inches (MC), 2. Alex Price 123 feet, 2 inches (MC), 3. J. Murray 110 feet, 9 inches (HBG). 800-meter run: 1. Brayden Harris 2:07.5 (MC), 2. Chris Royer 2:12.09 (MC), 3. F Kesette 2:12.4 (HBG). High jump: 1. Reagan Ettinger 5 feet, 10 inches (MC), 2. Jayden Jackson 5 feet, 6 inches (MC), 3. Caden Kauffman 5 feet, 6 inches (MC). 200-meter run: 1. C. O’Para 23.9 (HBG), 2. Dylan Long 24.02 (MC), 3. L. Jones 24.48 (HBG). 3,200 meter run: 1. Cody Fultz 10:53.3 (MC), 2. Conrad Coffey 11:29.5 (MC), 3. Cameron Steinbach 11:49.7 (MC). 4×400: 1. Harrisburg 3:52.14. Javelin: 1. Josiah Sechler 167 feet, 3 inches (MC), 2. Travis Renninger 119 feet, 3 inches (MC), 3. Gabriel Yoder 119 feet, 3 inches (MC).

Girls score: Mifflin County 94, Harrisburg 41

4×800: 1. Mifflin County 13:12. 100 hurdles: 1. Morgan Breon 19.56 (MC). Shot put: 1. E. Jackson 37 feet, 9 inches (HBG), 2. K. Williams 32 feet, 2 inches (HBG), 3. S. Ross-Williams 26 feet, 5 inches (HBG). High jump: 1. Tai Ematat 4 feet, 4 inches (MC), 2. Morgan Breon 4 feet, 0 inches (MC). Long jump: 1. Lily Yoder 14 feet, 7.5 inches (MC), 2. Tai Ematat 13 feet, 7.5 inches (MC), 3. Shaelyn Bagrosky 12 feet, 4.25 inches (MC). 100-meter dash: 1. Sophia Plank 13.97 (MC), 2. A. Graham 14.21 (HBG), 3. J. Rodriguez 14.62 (HBG). 1,600-meter run: 1. Kylee Cubbison 5:21 (MC), 2. Addie Parson 5:56 (MC), 3. Ava Harris 6:33 (MC). 4×100: 1. Harrisburg 58.56. Pole vault: 1. Tai Ematat 7 feet, 1 inch (MC). 400-meter dash: 1. Lily Yoder 1:06.2 (MC), 2. M. Peterson 1:08.5 (HBG), 3. Rachael Saldubehere 1:25 (MC). 300-meter hurdles: 1. Morgan Breon 1:00.07 (MC), 2. J. Rodriguez 1:01.08 (HBG), 3. H. Vacentine 1:01.68 (HBG). Triple jump: 1. Lily Yoder 31 feet, 8 inches (MC), 2. Bryn Kanagy 31 feet, 1.5 inches (MC), 3. Tai Ematat 29 feet, 1.25 inches (MC). Javelin: 1. Taylor Ciccolini 130 feet, 7 inches (MC), 2. E. Jackson 119 feet, 1 inch (HBG), 3. K. Williams 111 feet, 9 inches (HBG). 800-meter run: 1. Kylee Cubbison 2:36.14 (MC), 2. Addie Parson 2:56.18 (MC), 3. Rachael Saldubehere 3:22.51 (MC). 200-meter run: 1. M. Chambert 28.64 (HBG), 2. Sophia Plank 29.11 (MC), 3. A. Graham 31.46 (HBG). 3,200-meter run: 1. Ava Harris 14:13.09 (MC), 2. Justice Sheaffer 15:30.7 (MC). Discus: 1. E. Jackson 131 feet, 2 inches (HBG), 2. K. Williams 90 feet, 2 inches (HBG), 3. S. Ross-Williams 66 feet (HBG).

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