Mounts hunt down Bears in dual meet sweep

By on March 27, 2019
Ephrata’s Alyssa Fedorshak (center) competes against Elizabethtown Tuesday in the track opener. Photo by Melissa Rhoads

Ephrata’s Alyssa Fedorshak (center) competes against Elizabethtown Tuesday in the track opener. Photo by Melissa Rhoads

 

 

The 2018 Section Two girls’ track and field championship was decided when two undefeated teams (Ephrata and Elizabethtown) met on the last day of the regular season.

The Lady Mounts prevailed 80-70 to capture their sixth title in seven years.

On Tuesday in Elizabethtown, the two squads met again in the first meet of the 2019 season. The result was again in favor of Ephrata, as both the boys and girls came out on top in the dual meets. The girls won 102-48. The boys topped E-town 93-57.

First year Coach Wayne Hooper offered the following as he waited for the results of the final two events.

“I was pleased with both sides (boys’ and girls’),” explained Hooper. “It’s hard to evaluate at the beginning of the year. We sat down as a coaching staff and looked at the results from the league meet last year. The placement strategy was tough.”

The girls meet was razor thin on the track, With the Lady Mounts taking two of three relays, but splitting the eight individual events four to four. The Ephrata depth racked up extra points when they swept the top three spots in both the 100 and 200 meter sprints. They also captured the top two spots in the 100 meter hurdles to win the track 50-37.

The girls dominated the field events 52-11, led by double winner seniors Kandice Liebl (35-¼ shot, 106-1 javelin) and fellow senior Faith Hershberger (15-6 long jump, 33-10 ½ triple jump).

“Sophomore Ania Johnson was a pleasant surprise by winning the 100, 200 and anchoring the four by 100,” added Hooper. “She’s a tough kid who’s very competitive. She’s only going to get better.”

The boys were even more dominant on the track, sweeping all three relays while grabbing the gold in six of eight individual events. The Mount boys blanked the Bears in the 200, 1600 and 3200 meter races and the top two slots in both the 400 and 800 runs.

Six different Mounts crossed the line in first place. Seniors Andrew Foster (10:19.7, 3200) and Angel Wratto (11.6, 100). Juniors Tyler Shue (2:13.9, 800) and Stefano Astudillo (23.4, 200) and Ray Truex (4:49.4, 1600).

“Freshman Kyle Emrey won the 400 and a relay,” said Hooper, when asked for a young bright spot on the boys’ side. “We can even put him in the hurdles and jumping events. We can almost plug him in anywhere.

E-town kept things close by taking 44 of 63 points in the field events. The only Mount win came in senior Bryce Babyak’s 10-6 leap in the pole vault.

“I’m new, so I didn’t understand the magnitude,” related Hooper, when asked about the early potential of the girl’s matchup. “That’s why we have experienced assistants. They told me the girls meet was going to be a dogfight.”

Up next for the Mounts, the backyard rivalry with Cocalico on Monday afternoon on the Ephrata track. The Eagle boys are defending champs from 2018.

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