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MC track and field boasts strong showing at SC invitational

Editors note-Due to deadline, this story had to be done before the Invitational ended.

By Kenny Varner
UNIVERSITY PARK -In one of the last tune ups before State competition, the Mifflin County Indoor track team went north to due battle at the State College Invitational at the Horace Astenfelter III Indoor track on the campus of Penn State University.
Competing against the likes of State College, Penns Valley, Williamsport,Harrisburg, Bellefonte, Indiana, Jersey Shore, St Joseph’s Academy and Hollidaysburg just to name a few.
The Huskies looked strong in the competition.
With the 45-minute trek, the Huskies were looking to improve their scores and add some more athletes to state competition.
In the Boys distance medley team, the combination of Garren Wolfgang, Dylan Unger, Seth Phillips and Chayce Macknair in second with a time of 10:52.70 closely behind State College. The finish was a new school record, beating the old one by almost 50 seconds. Macknair held his own against State College anchor and state ranked runner, Joe Messner.
“The boys DMR was pretty phenomenal in what they did. As far as Mifflin County records go, they were pushing fifty seconds. The kids went out there and ran their hearts out and ended up second over all but breaking the record was sweet,” said Mifflin County coach Scott Gantz. “The girls DMR, I didn’t get a chance to see because I was at the shot put but they finished second. Another good performance by them.”
Finishing second in the shot put was Layla Shimp.
“Layla Shimp finished second in the shot put for us. Skylar Ciccolini is getting ready to do the high jump,” said Gantz. “All around we are seeing improvement day by day, week by week, meet by meet. The seasons winding down but hopefully we will get to the point where we want to be and push a few more through to states.”
It was just one of the numerous second place finishes the Huskies would have.
The closest one was in the 800-meter run as Seth Phillips went down to the wire but fell just short of the top spot with a 2:01.70.
Finishing in fourth place was Jeremiah Parson with a time of 2:06.80.
Mifflin County’s Garren Wolfgang rounded out the Huskies in the event with a seventh place time of 2:09.70.
Picking up and with and ninth finish we’re Indians Micah Whitesel and Tad Shellenberger, boasting times of 2:10.20 and 2:13.00, respectively.
The girls distance medley team also finished second, finishing with a time of 14:29.70. Members of the medley team were Magdalene Webb, Allison Prendergast, Madelyn Chilcote and Lauren Kuykendall.
In the 60-meter hurdles, Brock Sinkus took 6th with a final time of 9.44.
Teammate Madison Bressler finished ninth in the hurdles with a finishing time of 11.00.
Running in the mile run, Husky runner Dylan Unger finished 10th with a time of 5:03.60.
Also in the mile, Juniata’s Clay Yeager took seventh with a 4:57.70.
Lauren Kuykendall took 10th place In the 800-meter run with a time of 2:49.10.

Mifflin County will travel back to University Park next week as well as it will compete in the Mid-Penn Championships.

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