Entering Monday, May 7, the Elizabethtown Area High School girls track and field team had a chance to finish the regular season undefeated and win the Section Two title in the Lancaster-Lebanon League. Unfortunately, they were bested by an equally talented opponent. The team fell 80-70 at home against Ephrata, who was also undefeated coming into the meet. Thus, the Mounts went home as Section Two champions with a 7-0 record. It wasn’t easy, however. The Lady Bears (now 6-1) fought tooth and nail until the final moments.
Senior Kara Bachert was outstanding, winning three events: the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches), the long jump (16-2.5) and the triple jump (34-4.5). Sophomore Katie Locker took first in both the 400-meter dash (58.4) and the 800-meter run (2:33.3), as did fellow sophomore Alicia Underkoffler in the 110-meter hurdles (16.7) and the 300-meter hurdles (48.2). Junior Cat Shontz also won the 1,600-meter run (5:23.4), while the 4×800-meter relay team finished first as well (9:54.4).
Ephrata was able to make up the difference elsewhere though. Senior Jennie Young edged out senior Rachel Wood of Elizabethtown in both the 100-meter dash (12.3) and the 200-meter dash (26.2). Freshman Alyssa Fedorshak pulled off a come-from-behind win in the 3,200-meter run (11:45.1), beating out Shontz and freshman Madeline Quinn (third and second, respectively). The Mounts also won the remaining two relays.
Where Ephrata was able to pull away was in the field portion of the meet. Bachert’s victories were the only wins Elizabethtown had there, as the Mounts swept the remaining four events. Junior Kandice Liebl took the javelin (110-10), while senior Jenna Raezer won the shot put (35-9.75) and junior Alexus Clayton finished first in the discus (109-6). Senior Sarah Megivern was able to outlast Bears seniors Audrey Schlosser and Josie Angeny in the pole vault (10-6).
Wood finished second in the 200-meter dash (27.0) and third in the 100-meter dash (12.6). Sophomore Megan Rider took second in the high jump (4-8) and third in both the long jump (15-9.5) and triple jump (33-5.5). Other finishers included freshman Carly Sedun (second in the discus), freshman Olivia Anson (second in the shot put), junior Brooke Nicodemus (third in the 1,600-meter run) and sophomore Anna Wagner (third in the 300-meter hurdles).
The boys team also faced off against Ephrata, losing 94-56 to finish with a 1-6 record. Since it was the last meet of the regular season, the team mixed in some new competitors. Alas, they came away with just four victories.
Senior Eddie Myers won the long jump (19-9.5) while placing third in the triple jump (38-9.75). Junior Frank Miele and freshman Ryan Anderson picked up their first wins of the season in the shot put (37-11.25) and 300-meter hurdles (44.6), respectively. The 4×100-meter relay team also finished first (45.4).
Top-three placements for the Bears consisted of juniorBrandon Fotibu (second in both the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash), senior David Falcon (second in the triple jump, third in the long jump and tied for third in the 100-meter dash), senior Charles Scharf (second in the 1,600-meter run and third in the 800-meter run), junior Nat McCloud (second in the 3,200-meter run), junior Alex Diahn (second in the high jump), junior Regan Thomason (second in the javelin), sophomore Stevie Dixon (second in the discus), freshmen Caiden Herr (second in the 110-meter hurdles), sophomore Jesse Myers (third in the 1,600-meter run and the javelin), senior Daniel Mueser (third in the pole vault), junior Aiden Hellein (third in the 400-meter dash) and junior Isaac Weidler (third in the high jump).
Senior Elie Basenga captured three first-place finishes for Ephrata in the 110-meter hurdles (16.2), high jump (6-0) and triple jump (42-7.5). Junior Logan Usner won both the 100-meter dash (11.1) and 200-meter dash (23.6), while senior Jordan Zahm took both the discus (134-8) and javelin (139-4).
With the regular season over for both the girls and boys teams, they will now look ahead to the Lancaster- Lebanon League Championships, which are scheduled to be held at Hempfield on Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12. The District 3 Championships are set for Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19, at Shippensburg University.