Bartlett sets meet record, track teams continue to sail

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Aaron Bumbaugh takes off out of the blocks to begin a winning effort in the 1600 relay.

The Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devil track and field teams took care of yet another Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Divisional foe, and threw in a non-divisional win to boot last week. The weekend saw some icing added to the cake with some impressive performances at the Northern Bedford Invitational.

The G-A boys’ team stayed unbeaten with a 101-47 verdict over Colonial team Shippensburg and in a double-dual a 108.5-39.5 tally over West Perry. The Devils yielded just three wins to the Greyhounds on the afternoon with all three relays also in their pockets.

Greg Boyer rang up three events, with the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and the pole vault. Devin Statler was the cream of the sprints, taking the 100 and 200. Daulton Monn echoed Statler’s efforts on this time in the distance events on the track with wins in the 1600 and 3200. Aaron Bumbaugh completed the sprint sweep by the Devils with the 400 win. In addition to Boyer, G-A’s victories in the field events came from Taylor Blattenberger (triple jump), Kareem Aiken (long jump) and Ryan Hickey (discus).

Adding to the healthy point tally were Matt Montedoro, Bock, Garlitz, Spoonhour, Kirkpatrick, David Spinder, Caleb Barlett, Luke Bitner, Grant Murray, James Kenney and Ben Leitzel.

The win over West Perry was even more dominating. Nearly every winning performance stood up and a few were added: Spoonhour in the 800, Kirkpatrick in the high jump, Spinder in the shot and Bitner in the javelin. In addition to those already mentioned, adding to the point tally in this score sheet were Chris Edie, Alec Waddelow, Ryan Hickey and Nick Marconi.

The Blue Devil girls’ team delivered in just as dominating of fashion. Only five events went to Shippensburg in G-A’s 103-47 victory. It was 107-43 in the win over West Perry. Again G-A won all three relays.

Nakita Gearhart put up her usual numbers to claim three victories with the high jump, discus and javelin. Tache Smothers was a double winner with the 100 and 400. The Devils got a solid spread-out effort from the team with wins by: Ashton Rockwell (110 hurdles), Shelby Stouffer (1600), Lauren Powers (800), Molly Nowell (200) and Caroline Schemel (3200).

Contributing to the win with seconds and thirds were: Erica Helm, Schemel, Hannah Peterson, Caitlyn Hetrick, Maria Boyer, Rachel Bartlett, Morgynn McKenzie, Andrea Hammer, Courtney Campbell, Nowell and Tessa Cordell.

Again most of the wins against Ship stood up against West Perry. A few more were collected: Peterson in the 300 hurdles, Helm in the long jump, Boyer in the pole vault and Bartlett in the shot put. In addition to those already noted, points came from Andrea Rowles.

The G-A track and field athletes capped the week with a trip to the Northern Bedford County Invitational. Several brought home the gold and many were in the top eight.

G-A’s boys flexed their muscles in the throws. Bartlett won the discus with a 145-9 while setting a new meet record in the event by nearly four and a half feet. The winning mark was nearly 20 feet better than the runner up. Spinder also was at the top of the shot putters, winning with a 47-3 1/2, for a nearly a four foot win. Murray was pushing to make it a trifecta for the Blue Devil throwers. He settled for second with a 156-00 in the javelin. Statler won the 100 in 11.53 with a photo finish. Monn claimed his spot in the distance events, taking the victory in the 3200 (10:11.15) and runner-up honors in the 1600. Another shining moment came in the 400 relay with the team of Murray, Kirkpatrick, Statler and Bock breaking the tape in 45.01.

Gearhart stood out in the girls’ invitational, claiming two victories and a third. The junior Blue Devil won the high jump at 5-3 and the discus at 99-10.

Boyer came up the runner-up in two events, the 110 hurdles and the pole vault. A girls’ 3200 relay team made up of Smothers, Powers, Stouffer and Schemel was second and Smothers was the runner-up in the 400. G-A took second in both the 1600 and the 3200. Stouffer delivered in the 1600 and Schemel in the 3200.

Bumbaugh was third in the 400. Kirkpatrick took third in the high jump and sixth in the 200. Hickey was third in the discus and Waddelow was fourth in the shot. Rockwell claimed fourth in the 100 hurdles. McKenzie delivered fourth in the shot and ninth in the discus on the girls’ side. Montedoro was fifth in the 300 hurdles and sixth in the 110s. Hetrick was fifth in the 3200. Tessa Cordell was sixth in the high jump. Nowell and Helm went sixth and seventh in the triple jump. Helm added eighth in the long jump. Aiken was seventh in the high jump. Taking eighth in the 400 was Eadie.

Also competing in the meet were Allison Canning, Rachel Bartlett, Hammer, Eadie, Stoner, Zach Miller, Ben Hockman, Blattenberger, Aiken, Brandon Garlitz and Ian Spencer.

Hannah Peterson cleared the final hurdle in the 300 meters and leaned to the finish line.