Track and field division title belongs to Blue Devils

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Senior Caleb Bartlett continued his stellar season in the discus.

With yet another dominating performance the Greencastle-Antrim High School boys’ track and field team collected the Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division title in unbeaten fashion last week. The 95-55 dismantling of Northern York was just the last in a season of lopsided victories by the Blue Devils en route to the 6-0 division championship. G-A finished the dual meet season at 7-0.

A stadium record fell as the Devils fashioned the win over Northern as senior Greg Boyer, the school record holder in the 300 hurdles, left his mark on Kaley Field with a 40.1 in the event. That followed his win in the 110 hurdles. Daulton Monn doubled up in the win column, taking the 1600 and 3200. James Kenney delivered both the long and triple jump victories for the Devils and Taylor Kirkpatrick was the cream of the high jumpers. Jensen Stoner won the 800 and teamed with Austin Whetzel, Josh Spoonhour and Monn in the 3200 relay win. G-A also won the 1600 relay with the squad of Aaron Bumbaugh, Boyer, Spoonhour and Kenney. The Devils only left the 400 behind on a dropped baton on the final turn. G-A swept the shot put with David Spinder, Ronnie Stine and Alec Waddelow and the discus with Caleb Bartlett, Ryan Hickey and Ben Leitzel. Each of the discus placers inked a personal best with the plate.

Adding points to the team tally in the place and show spots were Matt Montedoro, Eli Bock, Devin Statler, Bumbaugh, Chris Eadie, Miller, Kareem Aiken, Taylor Blattenberger, Grant Murray and Luke Bitner.

Girls’ meet

The Blue Devil girls’ team, which dropped just one divisional meet all season, completed a fine run with a 94-56 win over Northern. That put the G-A season mark at 6-1 and 5-1 for second in the Colonial Division.

The Devils dominated by taking all but two track events and two field events and sweeping one. Nakita Gearhart tripled up for the Devils, winning the high jump, discus and javelin. Tache Smothers won the 100 and 400, while Shelby Stouffer double dipped in the 800 and 1600. Ashton Rockwell took the 100 hurdles and Caroline Schemel delivered the 3200 run for G-A. Erica Helm won the triple jump. Relay wins came from Rockwell, Helm, Hammer and Smothers in the 400 and Rockwell, Peterson, Smothers and Stouffer in the 1600.

Fueling the Blue Devil tally with seconds and thirds were: Hannah Peterson, Helm, Erica Hammer, Schemel, Tessa Cordell, Brooke Kerstetter, Allison Canning and Morgynn McKenzie.

Route 16 Last Chance

The Blue Devils welcomed all comers Friday evening to Kaley Field to provide a forum for another chance to qualify for the postseason. G-A entertained team members from James Buchanan, Shippensburg, Waynesboro and Faith Christian.

G-A was comfortable at home, claiming all six relay races in the meet. Winning medals for the event from the Blue Devil squads were: Rockwell (100 hurdles), Smothers (100), Stouffer (1600), Schemel (3200) Gearhart (javelin, high jump, discus); Boyer (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, pole vault), Bock (100), Monn (1600, 3200), Kirkpatrick (200), Kenney (long jump), Spinder (shot put), Murray (javelin), Bartlett (discus).

Making top three finishes for the Devils at the invitational were: Helm, Peterson, Lauren Powers, Rachel Bartlett, Hammer, Caitlyn Hetrick, Cordell, Marie Boyer, McKenzie, Molly Nowell; Statler, Brandon Garlitz, Stine, Bitner, Kirkpatrick, Hickey, Leitzel and Blattenberger.

Blue Devil track and field athletes now head to the Mid-Penn Conference Meet Saturday, May 12 at Chambersburg Area School District’s Trojan Stadium.

Tache Smothers works the first leg of a relay for the Blue Devils.