EHS girls upend E-town
Turns out, the Ephrata girls’ road to a possible second-straight Section Two title will run through Denver.
The Lady Mounts improved to a perfect 5-0 in section play (6-0 overall) Monday afternoon at home with a 93-57 victory over visiting Elizabethtown. Cocalico, which is tied with Garden Spot, kept pace in second place with a big 122-28 win over Lebanon to improve to 4-1.
What it all means is Ephrata can all but sew up the title with a win over the Lady Eagles when the two meet next Monday in Denver. A Cocalico win could force a three-way tie in the standings with one meet remaining.
Ephrata finishes the season April 29 at winless Lebanon, Cocalico host E-town that day while Garden Spot (4-1) has to face Manheim Central (April 22) and Solanco (April 29).
Monday, it was business as usual for the Ephrata girls, who got three wins each by Mary Witmer and Kelly Liebl to lead the way.
Witmer claimed the high hurdles (15.5), 400 (1:01.2) and 300 hurdles (48.1), while Liebl was a winner in the 100 (12.9), 200 (27.1) and long jump (15-1 1/4) events.
Crystal Hartman added a pair of throwing wins, capturing both the shot put (32-11) and discus (111-10) while sophomore Erica Voigt staked claim to the triple jump (31-10).
Ephrata also picked up wins in all three relays. Andrea Castillo, Vanessa Hurst, Jordan Carvell and Nicole Wilkerson combined for a victory in the 3200 relay, finishing first in a time of 10:30.0. In the 400 relay, the Ephrata foursome of Moriah Pfautz, Yasi Davis, Kay Liebl and Kelly Liebl took first in a time of 51.5, and the 1600 relay which included Jordan Crills, Witmer, Voigt and Kay Liebl was victorious in a time of 4:09.7.
In boys’ action Monday, the host Mounts, bidding for the first section win of the season, battled but came up a little short in an 81-69 loss to the Bears.
Sam Wolde and Carl Rowits both were double winners to pace the Mounts (0-5). Wolde captured the 1600 (4:40.7) and 3200 (10:14.2) while Rowits was a winner in the 400 (54.2) and 800 (2:07.9).
Other individual winners for Ephrata included: Max Shrom in the high hurdles (17.3); Ricardo Angel in the 300 hurdles (45.2); and Mark Njenga in the triple jump (39-4 1/2).
The Mounts also claimed a pair of relays on the day. In the 3200, the Ephrata team of Nate Becker, Peneal Wolde, Cameron Eisenhauer and Eric Trella ran to victory in a time of 9:03.5. And in the 1600 relay, Rowits, Brian Kramer, Angel and Njenga captured the win in a time of 3:47.4.
In Lebanon Monday, Cocalico earned a clean boys/girls sweep over the host Cedars.
In the boys’ 105-45 victory, Alec Whitsett had a big day, winning three individual events to pace the Eagles (2-3). Whitsett earned victories in the 100 (11.6), high hurdles (11.6) and triple jump (36-7 1/2).
Hiram Tapia was a double winner for Cocalico, winning both the discus (128-1) and javelin (129-8), while Shea Evans high jumped a season-best 6-3 to win that event.
Other Cocalico individual winners included: Hans Shollenberger in the 800 (2:14); David Wenger in the 1600 (5:00.0); Jake Grasser in the 3200 (11:05.0); Cordell Stauffer in the 300 hurdles (43.7); John Fry in the shot put (43-5); and Spencer Moser in the long jump (18-5 1/2).
The Eagles also staked claimed to wins in all three relays to round out the team victory.
On the girls side, Cocalico completely dominated action as the Lady Eagles won 16 of the 18 events contested.
Rebecca Grube and Ashley Strenko both were double winners to lead the way. Grube claimed both the discus (106-5) and javelin (89-8) events while Strenko captured the high hurdles (17.7) and long jump (15-5).
Other individuals to win events for Cocalico included: Carrie Sensenig in the 100 (13.3); Allie Stauffer in the 200 (28.5); Marissa Gingrich in the 400 (61.0); Katelyn Bollinger in the 800 (2:43.0); Amber Boyd in the 3200 (16:27); Megan Gingrich in the triple jump (30-3 1/4); Miranda Weitzel in the high jump (4-10); Janelle High in the 300 hurdles (50.15); and Emily Stauffer in the shot put (41-5 1/4).
Cocalico closed out the win with victories in all three relays.
In addition to Monday’s league meets, both Cocalico and Ephrata competed in the Black Knight Invitational Saturday at Hempfield.
In boys’ action, Janis set a meet record in the javelin to lead the Eagle boys to an 11th place finish (19 points) in the team standings.
The Eagle junior set the new mark with a throw of 194-02 to win the gold in that event. Janis’ teammate Spencer Moser made it a one-two finish for Cocalico as he placed second with a heave of 189-05.
The Ephrata boys placed 15th overall with 15 points on the day. Samuel Wolde earned a pair of place finishes to pace the Mounts.
Wolde captured fourth place in the 3200 with a time of 10:07.93, and the Ephrata senior added a fifth-place finish in the 1600 (4:39.67).
Rowits also took fifth-place honors in the 800 with a time of 2:03.14.
On the girls’ side, Ephrata showed off its depth as the Lady Mounts claimed third-place overall with 66.75 points.
Witmer led the way for Ephrata, setting a meet record with a time of 44.37 in the 300 hurdles to win gold. Witmer also placed third in the hurdles with a time of 5:18.
Ephrata also placed first in two other events. The 1600 relay squad of Kelly Liebl, Witmer, Jordan Crills and Voigt captured gold in a time of 4:08.53.
And Crystal Hartman had a fine day in the field, winning the discus with a throw of 106-08 while placing second in the javelin (119-01).
A pair of EHS relays added bronze medal performances on the day. The 400 relay team of Pfautz, Davis, Kay Liebl and Kelly Liebl grabbed third with a time of 52.32. And the 3200 relay of Castillo, Hurst, Carvell and Wilkerson was third with a time of 10:12.03.
Cocalico’s Emily Stauffer led the way for her team, setting a meet record in the shot put on her way to gold. The Lady Eagle freshman uncorked a throw of 41-04 to claim first place in that event as her team finished 14th with 15 total points. More TRACK, page B-3