MILLERSTOWN - When Tri-Valley League rivals Greenwood and East Juniata hit the track, the results always prove to be a very competitive meet with plenty of personal bests coming from both sides.
Thursday's contest between the Wildcats and Tigers fit that bill as the two of the TVL's best duked it out.
In the end it was a win-win situation for the Wildcats as they swept the Tigers in both girls and boys action. The boys took their contest 108-42 while the girls were successful in a 103-47 victory.
Sentinel photos by LARRY?YOHN
East Juniata’s Amber Knouse leads the 100-meter dash in a Tri-Valley League meet at Greenwood Thursday. Greenwood’s Lauren Wilson was second and the Wildcats’ Ashley Simon third.
With the two victories, Greenwood clinched the TVL championship for both sides.
"A very solid effort on both sides tonight," Greenwood coach Tom Magill said. "We got a nice performance out of the guys. So a good solid effort all the way around. I was a little surprised by the score gap but we performed well. EJ always comes to run and its kind of fun."
The Wildcats looked strong in relays taking all the races on the day.
On the boys side, East Juniata got a strong performance from David Brantley, whose 15.5 in the 110-meter hurdles was a personal best and good enough for the top spot. He also took top honors in the 300-meter hurdles, finishing it with a time of 42.5. Brantley was the lone male East Juniata athlete with dual victories.
Rounding out the first place finishes for the Tigers was Tyler Hepner, who won the javelin with a throw of 141 feet, 2 inches.
"As always when you come here to run you know you are always going to face tough competition and I think we did that," East Juniata coach Mark Ritzman said. "We do pretty well against them. They are considerably deeper than we are and we haven't beaten them in a long time. I like when we come here - it's a competitive meet even though the score doesn't always show that."
Greenwood swept three of the events, the pole vault, 800-meter run and the long jump. Leading the way in individual competition for the Wildcats was Jared Myers with three first-place finishes.
Myers took the high jump, long jump and triple jump. Cody Peterson picked up dual wins in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes.
Others picking up first place finishes for the Greenwood boys were Dillon Meehan (shot put), Garrett Byers (1,600-meter run), Scott Kerstetter (400-meter run), Darren Shoemaker (800-meter run), Christian Woodward (discus), Matt Bixler (pole vault) and Kyle Kolmansberger (3,200-meter run).
The East Juniata girls collected five first place finishes in their battle against the Wildcats.
Leading the way was Amelia Spade with three. She took top honors in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.0, jumped 4 feet, 8 inches in the high jump and had a leap of 32-5 in the triple jump.
Teammate Amber Knouse hit the top of the list with wins in the 200-meter and the 100-meter with times of 27.4 and 13.0, respectively.
Leading the way for Greenwood were a host of Wildcats landing first places: Sierra Stephens (javelin), Tara Barnard (3,200-meter), Tessa Ruhle (pole vault), Sara Barton (800-meter), Jordyn Sorber (300-hurdles), Jennifer Campbell (400-meter) and Erin Zeiders (long jump).
In the shot put and the discus Emily Fisher put her name in the top spots with throws of 31-1 1/2 and 92-0, respectively, rounding out the winners.
On Tuesday, East Juniata hosts Upper Dauphin while Greenwood travels to Pine Grove.