ELLIOTSBURG - The Tri-Valley League meet on the boys side was in doubt as the top two teams Greenwood and East Juniata split this season.
Would East Juniata's stars be able to outlast Greenwood's depth?
In the end, the Wildcat's depth turned the tables on the Tigers.
Sentinel photo by JEFF FISHBEIN
East Juniata’s Spencer Reinford, center, leads Greenwood’s Scott Kerstetter, right, and Juniata’s Dakota McNemar in the 100-meter dash finals at the Tri-Valley League track and field championships Thursday at West Perry.
David Brantley and Spencer Reinford combined to win five events for East Juniata, but
seven different athletes won events for Greenwood to help the Wildcats to their 10th TVL title in the last 14 years.
Greenwood claimed the team title with 129 points, but having seven different athletes win events for the Wildcats. The Tigers finished second with 98 points.
Brantley was named track athlete of the meet for his performance in the hurdles races.
The junior broke a 23-year old record in the 110 high hurdles. He won the race in 15.18, breaking the record of 15.3 set by Hugh Rider back in 1990.
"I'm extremely happy with my day, not only did I break the league record in the 110 high hurdles, but I set the school record as well," Brantley said. "My 300 was a pr as was triple jump so I was real happy with my day."
Brantley also won the 300 intermediate hurdles in 40.53, just missing the TVL mark of 40.1 set by East Juniata's T.J. Brea.
I'm experienced in coming so close to records, but not getting them, so I wasn't too disappointed," Brantley said. "Especially since I have a shot at those times in districts (next weekend at Susquehanna University)."
Brantley plans to head to Selinsgrove to prepare for the postseason with two of the top Class AAA hurdlers in District 4, Selinsgrove's Mike Ede and Shikellamy's Ryan Wary. Both Ede and Wary have run sub 40-second times in the 300 intermediate hurdles.
Brantley also claimed the long jump with a leap of 19-6 and finished second in the triple jump.
Spencer Reinford also won two events for East Juniata, winning the 100 (11.43) and the 200 (23.31). Reinford, a soccer standout for the Tigers, is running track for the first time.
"My blocks have gotten a lot better, since I started. I'm about a tenth of a second off our (school) record in the 100 and 200. So I'm hoping to get that in districts," Reinford said. "I didn't think the blocks would be that hard, but they really affect a lot."
Greenwood's Dillon Meehan earned field event athlete of the meet for his winning throw of 46-9 and his second place finish in the discus.
Scott Kerstetter won the 400 in 52.25, while Hunter Wirth won the 800 in 2:05.59 for Greenwood. Hunter Miller won an outstanding race in the 1600, holding off Landon Sheaffer of East Juniata. Miller won in 4:52.59, while Sheaffer finished in 4:53.53.
Kerstetter, Kevin Kissinger, Roy Miller and Gabriel Schoff won the 1600 relay in 3:34.18.
Brian Auxt won the javelin with a throw of 157-3 for the Wildcats. Tyler Fegley claimed the triple jump (41-8 ) and Jarrett Fortenbaugh won the pole vault at 11-6 to account for the seven Greenwood winners.
Neil Bodley won the discus for Juniata with a throw of 134-1.
On the girls side, Millersburg looked to become only the second team since 2000 to win a TVL-title other than Greenwood, but the Wildcats had other ideas.
Greenwood overcame a large early Millersburg lead to bring the meet down to the final race, the 1600 relay.
The Wildcats were seeded fourth in the event, but set a TVL- and school-record with a time 4:14.06, breaking the previous TVL record by almost three seconds. The Greenwood win coupled with Millersburg's fourth-place finish meant the girls meet finished in 101-101 tie. It's believed to be the first time the league meet finished in a tie since East Juniata and Juniata finished tied in the 1980s.
"We knew it was going to be really close race. We didn't expect to win because we were seeded fourth. We were just trying for the school record," Greenwood anchor leg Hattie Kuhns said. "The coaches have been mixing us around trying to find the right mix."
"I think they found the right mix."
Kuhns was joined by Emily Black, Jennifer Campbell and Jordyn Sorber on the relay.
Thursday's 1600 final was so fast that the top four teams all broke the old league record of 4:17.6 set by East Juniata in 2004.
The 1600 relay was the lone event won by Greenwood on the track, but the field was a different story.
Emily Fisher of Greenwood was named field athlete of the meet for winning the discus (115-8) and shot put (35-1 ).
Sierra Stephens won the javelin with a throw of 114-2. Greenwood also claimed the long jump and the high jump. Erin Zeiders won the long jump (15-0 ) and Jennifer Campbell won the high jump (4-10).
Juniata won two field events as well. Lexie Zimmerman won the pole vault (8-0) and Rachel Brown claimed the triple jump (33-1 ).
Upper Dauphin's Colleen Troutman won the track athlete of the meet, by winning all three sprint races, setting two records. Troutman won the 100 in 12.75, breaking her own record set last year of 12.77. In her 400 victory, Troutman ran a 1:00.55, breaking the previous record of 1:00.7 set in 2004 by Chelsea Germak of East Juniata.