Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The Greencastle-Antrim High School track and field team got the spring season off to a chilly start Saturday morning by participating in the 2011 Tim Cook Invitational at Trojan Stadium in Chambersburg.

In the 25-school event the 400 meter relay team of Trentin Dixon, Austin Scott, Denton Cordell and Alex Yoder warmed things up by claiming the top stop in the boys’ event. The winning time was 44.24.

Leading the way for the Blue Devil girls’ team was Nakita Gearhart with a second in the javelin and a throw of 110-8. Gearhart added an eighth in the high jump and 11th in the discus. G-A also had some relay success in the big meet with a seventh in the 400 relay, eighth in the 1600 relay and ninth in the 3200 relay. Freshman Lauren Powers ran to an eighth in the 1600 meters.

Yoder defied the weather with hot performances in both the 100 and 200 sprints. He finished fourth in each with an 11.40 in the 100 and 23.17 in the 200. Cordell was eighth in the 200. The field events also delivered for the G-A boys’ team as Ben Leitzel was fourth in the discus with a throw of 125-3 and Ian Spencer was sixth in the javelin. The Devils’ 1600 meter relay team of Dixon, Aaron Bumbaugh, Gabe Fridgen and Greg Boyer ran to fifth in the event in 3:40. Ryan Hickey was seventh in the discus, Dixon was seventh in the long jump and David Spinder was eighth in the shot put. Matt Montedoro was ninth in the 110 hurdles.

Also competing in the boys’ meet were Brandon Thrush, Dalton Monn, Devin Statler, Josh Spoonhour, Danny Combs, Brandon Garlitz, Colby Zarger, Cody George, Kareem Aiken, Eli Bock, Jacob Warren, Ronnie Stine, Josh Hohl and Luke Bitner.

Ashton Rockwell earned her way into the 100 hurdles with the third best time in the trials, but an injury kept her from competing in the final.

Other girls competing for the Devils were Andrea Hammer, Montana Duty, Mellisa Holmes, Jordyn Shepherd, Desirae Shaffer, Danae Timmons, Molly Nowell, Caitlyn Hetrick, Savannah Fritz, Marita Shaffer, Ariana Rowles and Amber Witmer.