Spinder leads track and field in early season competition

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

David Spinder brought home the biggest prize of the first week of track and field competition for the Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils. The junior collected the top spot in the shot put during the Tom Cook Memorial Meet held at Trojan Stadium in Chambersburg.

Spinder tossed the shot 47 feet 1 inch, besting the field by nearly a foot, en route to the gold medal. Spinder had paced a solid effort from the weight events earlier in the week during a 90-60 dual meet win over Gettysburg for the boys’ team. Caleb Bartlett won the discus with a 134-6 toss and Grant Murray collected the first in the javelin with a throw of 153-5. And the Devils swept the throws with Alex Waddelow, Ben Leitzel, Luke Bitner, Ryan Hickey and T. Spring.

Senior Greg Boyer paced the effort on the track, winning both hurdle events and the pole vault along with being on the winning 1600 meter relay team. Devils James Keeney (long jump) and Taylor Kirkpatrick (high jump) delivered wins in the field events. The other G-A wins on the track came from the 400 relay team.

Also scoring points for the Devils were Daulton Monn, Josh Spoonhour, Kareem Aiken, Devin Statler, Matt Montedoro and Taylor Blattenberger.

The Blue Devil girls’ team finished on the short end of a 96-54 final against Gettysburg. Caroline Schemel and Shelby Stouffer led a strong effort in the distance events. Schemel won the 1600 and the 3200 and Stouffer took the 800. The pair combined with Lauren Powers and Caitlyn Hetrick for the 3200 relay win. Stouffer was second in the 1600 and 3200. Powers and Schemel were second and third in the 800. Caitlyn Hetrick completed the sweep of the 3200 with third.

G-A didn’t manage any other wins, but had a slew of seconds and thirds from Ashton Rockwell, Tache Smothers, Hannah Peterson, Erica Helm, Nakita Gearhart and Morgan McKenzie.

At the Cook event, the Blue Devils got a number of top-10 performances to go with Spinder’s win, although no team scores were kept. Gearhart led the way with third in the discus, fifth in the high jump and sixth in the javelin. Murray was third in the javelin and Leitzel third in the discus. The girls’ 4x800 team was fourth and the boys’ 4x400 team was sixth. Stouffer and Schemel were fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 1600 and Rockwell took fifth in the 100 hurdles. Stouffer added ninth in the 800. Smothers was seventh in the 400 and Waddelow claimed seventh in the shot and Hetrick 10th in the 3200.

Also competing in the invitational for G-A were: Peterson, Spoonhour, Andrea Hammer, Montedoro, Statler, Murray, Monn, Brandon Garlitz, Aaron Bumbaugh, Chris Eadie, Powers, Austin Whetzel, Colby Zarger, Ben Hockman, Aiken, Rachel Bartlett, Caleb Bartlett, Kenney, Molly Nowell, Blattenberger and Bitner.