G-A continues to fly high on the track

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
G-A’s Daulton Monn won the 1600 and participated in the winning 1600 relay win for the team against James Buchanan.

The Greencastle-Antrim’s high school track and field teams are continuing to fly high for the spring season with more dual meet victories as well as making noise at a weekend invitational.

First up last week was a Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division matchup with rival James Buchanan. Both teams handled the Rockets, the boys by a 105-45 score to improve to 3-0 on the season; and the girls by a 104-46 tally for a 2-1 mark for the season.

Greg Boyer was back in action after an injury and won both hurdle events. Taylor Kirkpatrick was another double individual winner with the 200 and the high jump. The Blue Devils dominated the victories, including all three relays. Winners were: Eli Bock (100), Aaron Bumbaugh (400), Daulton Monn (1600), David Spinder (shot put), Caleb Bartlett (discus) and Grant Murray (javelin). Devin Statler, Kirkpatrick, Murray and Bock teamed for the 400 relay win. Chris Eadie, Josh Spoonhour, Jensen Stoner and Monn partnered in the 1600 relay victory; and the 3200 relay win came from Austin Whetzel, Spoonhour, James Kenney and Boyer. Also scoring points for G-A were Matt Montedoro, Kareem Aiken, Cody Thompson, Taylor Blattenberger, Alec Waddelow, Ronald Stine and Luke Bitner.

In the girls’ meet, Tache Smothers fueled the Blue Devils in the sprints against the Rockets. The senior won all three: the 100, 200 and 400. Another triple winner was Nakita Gearhart with the high jump, discus and javelin. Lauren Powers took up the cause in the 800 for the win and Caroline Schemel won both the 1600 and 3200. Ashton Rockwell and Hannah Peterson won the 100 and 300 hurdle races, respectively. Morgynn McKenzie won the shot put and both jumps in the pit went to G-A athletes with Erica Helm taking the long and Molly Nowell the triple. Other G-A points were scored by Tessa Cordell, Shelby Stouffer, Caitlyn Hetrick, Rachel Bartlett and Andrea Hammer.

The seventh Arctic Blast Invitational was definitely a blast for a number of Blue Devil track athletes Saturday at Northern York. The boys’ team took sixth out of 16 teams with 48 points. Eastern York won with 79. The G-A girls’ team, which was short-handed for the day, was 11th in the 16-team field.

Kirkpatrick and Caleb Bartlett set the bar in their respective events. Kirkpatrick was flying high, not only winning the high jump with a personal record of 6-4, but it was a new meet record as well and three inches higher than the runner-up. Bartlett was an impressive leader for the Blue Devils in the discus event. He won with a personal best 148-6, more than a foot further than the runner up. Bartlett was one of three G-A throwers in the top six. Ryan Hickey was third and Spinder sixth. Bartlett was just four feet off the meet record.

Runner-up positions were collected by a trio of G-A athletes. Spinder was second in the shot put and Stouffer second in the 1600 with a season-best 5:30.39. Rockwell added a third for G-A in the 100 hurdles. Schemel claimed fourth in the 3200. Monn was third in the 1600 in the boys’ race and fifth in the 3200. Bock made the finals in both the 100 and 200 and collected two top-six finishes. He was fifth in the 200 and sixth in the 100.

Murray and Spencer took fifth and eighth in the javelin, respectively. Waddelow was seventh in the shot. Bumbaugh was eighth in the 400. Helm was ninth in the 100 hurdles. Montedoro was eighth in the 300 hurdles. Stouffer and Powers were seventh and eighth in the 800. Spoonhour placed seventh in the 800. Gearhart was sixth in the high jump and Helm sixth in the long jump.

Also competing for G-A were Hammer, McKenzie, Bitner, Bobby Rider, Montedoro, Hammer, Cordell, Helm, Shelby Trail, Whetzel, Bumbaugh, Joe Smith, Zach Miller, Ben Hockman, Colby Zarger, Braden Smith, Allison Canning, Stoner, Miller, Hetrick, Amanda Hammer, Aiken, Eadie, Marie Boyer, Nowell, Brooke Kerstetter, Thompson, Kenney, Kyren Jefferson, Josh Green, McKenzie, Rachel Bartlett and Ariana Rowles.

Lauren Powers hands off to Hannah Peterson in the Blue Devils’ winning 4x400 relay effort. Each also won individual events against James Buchanan.