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Sports Editor I’ve had several people ask me about the school record of 204-6 recently set by Cocalico thrower Jhett Janis in the javelin. That throw snapped the previous record of 203-0 set at the State Meet a year ago by Kyle Felpel, who is now competing at the University of Alabama.
Many people said they remembered Troy Burkholder throw in the 240s back in the mid-90s. Actually, that is also correct.
However, Burkholder’s throw of 242-10 at the Penn Relays in 1995 was with the older-model javelin, which was retired after the 2001 season.
The new international javelin, which weighs the same as the previous model but is more top heavy and thus doesn’t travel as far, was put into competition in the 2002. All current records in that event go back to that season.
District Rankings: The first track of District Three power ratings were released this past week, and a couple local teams have garnered top 10 rankings in their respective sports.
The Ephrata baseball team, which had its eight-game winning streak snapped by Hempfield Friday night, debuts as the fifth-ranked team in District Three AAAA. The only teams ahead of the Mounts (10-2) at this point are: 1. Red Land (9-1); 2. Spring Grove (9-3); 3. Hempfield (10-3); and 4. Warwick (10-3).
In boys lacrosse, Ephrata was the seventh-rated team as of last Thursday when the rankings were released. Ranked ahead of the Mounts were: 1. Carlisle (9-0-0); 2. Manheim Township (11-1-0); 3. West York (9-0-0); 4. Hershey (11-1-0); 5. Wilson (10-1); and 6. Exeter (10-2).
Penn Relays: Two local athletes will be competing at the 119th annual Penn Relays this week at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.
Cocalico freshman thrower Emily Stauffer will compete in the shot put Thursday morning while her teammate Jhett Janis will throw the javelin on Friday.
It is quite an achievement to qualify for the event. And we’ll let you know how they do in next week’s issue.
On the College Front: Elizabethtown College freshman Tucker Keefer, a 2012 Ephrata graduate, continues to put up numbers for the Blue Jays and Tuesday, notched a hat trick in a 15-9 victory over Alvernia.
With the win, the Blue Jays moved within half a game of Lycoming and Lebanon Valley for the final Commonwealth Conference playoff spot. More RUTH, page B-3