EHS girls run win streak to 27

By on April 15, 2015
Ephrata’s Peneal Wolde (left) tries to out-kick Tyler Steely of Manheim Central during the 400 meter dash Monday in Manheim. (Photo by Mike Shull)

Ephrata’s Peneal Wolde (left) tries to out-kick Tyler Steely of Manheim Central during the 400 meter dash Monday in Manheim. (Photo by Mike Shull)

Junior Kay Liebl won four events to lead the Ephrata girl’s (4-0 League, 5-1 overall) to their 27th consecutive Section Two track win with a 94-56 triumph over Manheim Central (1-2, 2-2) Monday.

In boys’ action, the Barons’ junior Tyler Hoag swept all three throwing events to force a rare 75-75 tie with the Mounts boy’s (2-2-2, 2-3-1).

In the boys’ meet, Ephrata relied heavily on juniors Sam Anyona and Charles Warden along with senior Travis Troutman for multiple wins as the Mounts captured the running portion of the meet by a 56-31 count.

Anyona won the high hurdles (17.4 seconds) and 300 hurdles (44.2) while teaming to win the 4×100 and 4×400 relay events. Warden just nosed out three Baron sprinters to win the 100 (11.6) and came from behind to take the 200 (24.2) while contributing to the same two relay victories. Troutman finished first in the 400 (54.1) while running the second leg of the two relay golds.

“I knew the guy next to me was really close,” said Warden, on his razor thin win in the 100. “Everyone keeps telling me I should work on my lean, but I kept running through the tape.”

“I could hear his steps right beside me as we went over the last two hurdles,” related Anyona, on his final sprint to the finish line in the 300. “Normally, I run all-out for the first 150 and then hold on.”

Hoag accounted for 15 team points all by himself in winning the shot put (53-1), discus (153-5, a season high) and javelin (168-1, another season high) as the Barons captured 24 of 27 throwing points. Manheim went on to take 44 of 63 field team points as junior Connor Pavlik grabbed gold in the pole vault by two feet over the nearest competitor in leaping 11 feet.

Ephrata junior Mark Njenga collected 15 of those 19 field points himself, by winning the long jump (19- 8), triple jump (40-1) and high jump (5-8) while running the third leg of the two relay wins.

One of the highlights on the boy’s side was the start to finish dual in the 1600 between the Mounts’ junior Nate Becker and Baron sophomore Cole Sunderland. Sunderland ran on Becker’s shoulder for three-and-a-half laps, before kicking it in gear down the stretch for a one second victory.

“Normally, I run the two mile (3200), which is completely different,” said Becker. “But I ran the mile (1600) today for the first time to run against a tough competitor. My strategy was the only way I could win, and that is to go hard from the beginning, trying to wear him out.”

“I knew it would be a challenge,” responded Sunderland. “It was windy on the back stretch, and I didn’t know what he had left.”

In the girl’s meet, Liebl’s wins seemed to be all over the Manheim campus as she captured gold in the 200 (27.1), long jump (15-1) and pole vault (8 feet) while kick-starting the winning 4 x 100 relay team. Ephrata dominated the team totals in the running events by a 70-17 score.

On the importance of speed in the jumping events, Liebl commented, “It’s pretty important, and carries the momentum into the jump,” she said. “I was struggling a little bit with the longer approach on the pole vault, so I shortened the run.”

On competing in running and jumping events in the same meet, she stated, “It’s not as big a deal with the 200, as long as I get a chance to catch my breath.”

Also contributing wins for the Lady Mounts were freshman Jennie Young (12.9) in the 100, freshman Sydney Morgan in the 1600 (5:39.3) and 800 (2:25.9), while the Mahlandt sisters took one each in the 3200 (Taylor, 12:20.8) and the 400 (Megan, 1:03). Senior Erica Voigt out-jumped the field in the triple jump (33-1) while the Mahlandts and Young ran legs of victorious relay teams.

On the Manheim side, senior Bridgett Fittery broke a school record by tossing the javelin 114-3 and the Lady Barons did outpoint Ephrata 39-24 in the field events. Freshman Billie Jo Bollinger captured both hurdle events (110, 17.1 seconds and 300 49.5).

Ephrata competed without star Kelly Liebl (Kay’s sister), who was nursing a minor hamstring injury.

“We held up well without Kelly, which points to our depth,” Ephrata Coach John Keller said. “Overall, I can’t complain.”

On the streak, Keller commented, “We don’t really talk about it. I think they believe in themselves, but they know that they can’t take a meet off. We know Cocalico (4-0, 5-1) is looming.”

The Lady Eagles took care of business Monday with a 91-59 victory over L-S.

Jamie Zamrin (800 & 1600), Stephanie Wahl (high hurdles & long jump) and Emily Stauffer (shot put & discus) all won a pair of events to lead the way. Other individual winners included Megan Gingrich in the 300 hurdles, Cassie Bean in the triple jump and Paxton Steffy in the pole vault.

The Cocalico boys fell short against the Pioneers as L-S earned a 94-56 victory.

Kenny Wallace (800 & 1600) and Abdul Saad (shot put & javelin) bother were double winners to pace the Eagles.

Bryan Buckwalter (100), Stewart Martin (discus) and Demitri Whitsett (high jump) also won events for Cocalico.


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