G-A tracksters continue solid run through season

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
G-A’s Molly Nowell flies during her triple jump. the sophomore won the triple jump and the 200 in Tuesday’s meet.

With a few exceptions, the Greencastle-Antrim High School track and field teams dominated during its lone meet of the week. The Blue Devils mastered its Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division competition from Big Spring as the boys stayed unbeaten with a 107 1/3-42 2/3 victory and the girls collected a 117-33 win.

A slew of the members of the girls’ team (3-1) not only captured individual wins, but also combined to put up wins on all three relays. Nakita Gearhart was busy in the field events, claiming the high jump, discus and javelin. Tache Smothers flexed her muscle in the sprints with wins in the 100 and 400. Sophomore Molly Nowell took up the cause with a victory in the 200 meters. She added the gold in the triple jump with a personal best 31-10.

Individual winners were plentiful: Ashton Rockwell in the 110 hurdles; Shelby Stouffer in the 1600; Hannah Peterson in the 300 hurdles; Marie Boyer in the pole vault; Erica Helm in the long jump; and Morgynn McKenzie in the shot put. Rockwell, Helm, Andrea Hammer and Smothers teamed up for the 400 relay win. It was Lauren Powers, Peterson, Smothers and Stouffer in the 1600 relay and Caroline Schemel, Stouffer, Caitlyn Hetrick and Powers in the 3200 relay.

Adding points with seconds and thirds were Helm, Peterson, Hammer, Schemel, Powers, Stouffer, Hetrick, Tessa Cordell, Jasmin Wright, Ariana Rowles and Rachel Bartlett.

The G-A boys’ team, which improved to 4-0 with the win, saw solid spread-out scoring and won all three relays. Greg Boyer was the lone double individual winner, taking both hurdle races. Other firsts came from: Eli Bock in the 100; Aaron Bumbaugh in the 400; Devin Statler in the 200; Daulton Monn in the 3200; Taylor Kirkpatrick in the high jump; James Kenney in the long jump; David Spinder in the shot put; and Caleb Bartlett in the discus.

For the relay victories the teams were comprised of: 400 — Statler, Kirkpatrick, Grant Murray and Bock; 1600 — Chris Eadie, Boyer, Josh Spoonhour and Kenney; 3200 — Austin Whetzel, Spoonhour, Jensen Stoner, Monn.

Contributing to the win with points for place and show were: Matt Montedoro, Statler, Murray, Monn, Eadie, Spoonhour, Miller, Kirkpatrick, Bock, Kareem Aiken, Boyer, Justin Smalls, Taylor Blattenberger, Ronnie Stine, Ryan Hickey, Ben Leitzel, Murray and Luke Bitner.

Taylor Kirkpatrick takes off on the straight away after taking the baton from Devin Statler during the winning effort for the G-A boys’ 400 relay team.