G-AHS track teams inaugurate updated surface with win over Tribe

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
In the 3200, from left, Caroline Schmel, Shelby Stouffer and Caitlyn Hetrick are three of the reasons G-A dominated the distance events.

Testing out the newly resurfaced track on Kaley Field, the Greencastle-Antrim High School track and field team found it to their liking, initiating it with a double win over rival Waynesboro.

The Blue Devil girls clipped the Maidens by a 97-53 margin, while the G-A boys came up with an 86-64 victory.

With 10 first place finishes and wins in two of the three relays, G-A dominated the girls’ meet with strengths in nearly every area with four event sweeps. Tache Smothers (400, 200) and Nakita Gearhart (discus, javelin) were each double individual winners. Also accounting for first-place points were: Ashton Rockwell (100 hurdles), Caitlyn Hetrick (1600), Lauren Powers (800), Shelby Stouffer (3200), Molly Nowell (triple jump) and Morgynn McKenzie (shot put). The team of Caroline Schemel, Stouffer, Hertrick and Powers combined for the 3200 relay win. Powers was also involved, with Hannah Peterson, Smother and Nowell in the 1600 relay win. Also cashing in for Blue Devils points were: Peterson, Erica Helm, Andrea Hammer, Caroline Schemel and Rachel Bartlett.

In the boys’ meet, G-A showed power and depth by taking all three relays and eight individual firsts by seven different athletes, to fuel the win. Daulton Monn captured two events with the 1600 and the 3200. Also taking firsts were Eli Bock (100), Aaron Bumbaugh (400), Josh Spoonhour (800), James Kenney (triple jump), David Spinder (shot put), Ryan Hickey (discus) and Grant Murray (javelin). Delivering in the realys win were Austin Whetzel, Spoonhour, Jensen Stoner and Monn in the 3200 relay; Devin Statler, Taylor Kirkpatrick, Murray and Bock in the 400 realy; and Bumbaugh, Christopher Eadie, Spoonhour and Kenney in the 1600 relay. Depth and points were contributed by Matt Montedoro,  Brandon Garlitz, Kareem Aiken, Cody Thompson and Ian Spencer.

Josh Spoonhour leads during the first lap of the 800 against Waynesboro. Spoonhour won the race and was a member of two winning G-A relays in the meet.