Two records fall as Ephrata sweeps Spartans in track

By on April 19, 2017
Ephrata senior Zach Lefever (left) poses with Coach John Keller after breaking Keller’s 37-year school record in the 800 Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Mike Delpiano

Ephrata senior Zach Lefever (left) poses with Coach John Keller after breaking Keller’s 37-year school record in the 800 Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Mike Delpiano

Lady Mounts remain perfect

A pair of school records fell Tuesday as both the Ephrata boys and girls track teams earned team victories vs. visiting Garden Spot.

On the boys’ side, the Mounts captured their first Section Two victory of the season behind a three-win performance from jumper Elie Basenga. But the big story from the 90-59 victory came from senior distance star Zach Lefever, who broke the 37-year school record of his head coach John Keller in the 800.

Lefever, who won both the 800 and 1600 (1:57.4), crossed the line with a time of 1:57.4 to shatter Keller’s record (1:58.4 set in 1980) by a full second.

On the girls’ side, not to be outdone, junior Sarah Megivern set the school record in the pole vault as she reached a new height of 9-7 to win that event. Her new record broke the old mark shared by Kay Liebl and Faith Hershberger, who both reached 9-6 in 2016.

As a team, the Lady Mounts showed their depth in the 114-36 win, with 10 different athletes winning individual events, including Jennie Young, who was the lone double winner of the day, claiming the 100 (12.7) and 200 (26.3).

With the victory, Ephrata improved to a perfect 4-0 in Section Two play (5-0 overall) and remains tied atop the standings with E-town (4-0) and Manheim Central.

In addition to Young and Megivern, other winners for the Lady Mounts Tuesday included: Kyra Horst in the high hurdles (15.4); Nadine Eichenlaub in the 1600 (5:33); Chelsea Brubaker in the 400 (1:04.1); Mary Campbell in the 800 (2:33.1); Haley Schaller in the 3200 (12:38.5); Natalie Zimmerman in the high jump (4-8); Faith Hershberger in the long jump (15-11½); and Kandice Liebl in the javelin (106-10).

Ephrata also claimed all three relays on the day to round out the victory.

On the boys’ side, Basenga earned wins in the high jump (6-0), long jump (19-0½) and triple jump (40-8½) to lead the way.

In addition to Lefever, thrower Andrew Wagner also was a double winner, claiming both the shot put (43-6¼) and discus (117-7).

Other individual winners for Ephrata included: Tyler Shue in the 400 (54.6); Mike Ward in the 3200 (10:49); and Dawsen Miller in the pole vault (11-6).

The Mounts closed it out with wins in all three relays.

In addition to Tuesday’s meet, Ephrata hosted Palmyra last Thursday in a non-league dual meet where the Lady Mounts rolled to a 93-57 win while the Cougars earned the split on the boys’ side claiming an 82-68 decision.

In boys’ action, Basenga led the Mounts with three wins on the day. His victories came in the long jump (19-4), triple jump (40-6½) and high jump (6-2) events.

Andrew Foster was a double winner for Ephrata, posting victories in both the 800 (2:05.9) and 1600 (4:39.8), while other individual winners for the Mounts included: Shue in the 400 (52.6); Lefever in the 3200 (9:54.8); Jordan Zahm in the javelin (131-0); and Miller in the pole vault (11-6).

The Mounts added a win in the 1600 relay as the team of Shue, AJ Morales, Ben Kamide and Humberto Cisneros took first in a time of 3:43.3.

In the girls’ meet, seven different individuals claimed event wins for Ephrata, including Young, who captured both the 100 (12.5) and 200 (26.1) sprints.

Other winners for the Lady Mounts included: Sydney Morgan in the 800 (2:22.2); Campbell in the 1600 (5:34.4); Schaller in the 3200 (11:58.3); Horst in the high hurdles (15.5); Jenna Raezer in the discus (97-0½); and Megivern in the pole vault (9-0).

Ephrata also claimed wins in both the 400 and 1600 relays.

As for Cocalico, the Eagles were in action Tuesday at home against Solanco where the boys’ team improved to 3-1 on the season with a 90-60 victory.

Taylor Martin led the way for Cocalico, winning both the high hurdles (16.6) and 300 hurdles (45.1).

Also claiming individual event wins for the Eagles were: Dylan Becker in the 1600 (4:50.7); Evan Kreider in the 800 (2:13.2); Evan Trowbridge in the 3200 (10:43.6); Conlan Kerschner in the long jump (18-10); Demetri Whitsett in the triple jump (38-11); Joe Zimmerman in the high jump (5-6); and Brad Heck in the javelin (168-9).

Cocalico capped the win with victories in both the 4X800 and 4X400 relays.

On the girls’ side, the Lady Eagles fell to 0-4 on the season with a 97-53 loss to the Mares.

Cocalico won four events on the day, and those winners included: Julia Sensenig in the 100 (13.6); Jayden Sweigart in the triple jump (31-7); Mackenzie Hainley in the javelin (106-6); and Katie Carrasco in the discus (112-4).

Up next, Cocalico hosts Lampeter-Strasburg next Monday afternoon (4 p.m.) while Ephrata travels to Manheim Central for a huge meet, beginning at 4 p.m.

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