Both Elizabethtown Area High School track and field teams began the season by losing to Ephrata. A win in the first away meet of the year would be extremely beneficial for both Bears teams. While each meet was tight, only one Elizabethtown squad went home with a victory.
The Bears traveled to Lebanon on Monday, April 1, with the girls winning 85-65 and the boys narrowly falling 79-71. In total, Elizabethtown managed to compile 17 overall victories.
Junior Katie Locker led the Lady Bears with three victories. Two came individually in the 800-meter run (2:20.8) and 1,600-meter run (5:14.0), and the other was during the 4×800-meter relay (10:28.0) with senior Cat Shontz, sophomore Madeline Quinn and freshman Sierra Kapcsos.
Juniors Megan Rider and Alicia Underkoffler each had two first-place finishes, the former in the long jump (15-8) and triple jump (32-1.75) and the latter in the high hurdles (17.8) and 300-meter hurdles (52.0). Quinn picked up another victory in the 3,200-meter run (11:22.0) as well, while the rest of the individual wins came from sophomores Olivia Anson (90-3 in the discus) and Carly Sedun (31-8 in the shot put). Anson also won the 4×100-meter relay (1:06.7) with senior Mikalina Mullen, junior Amber Bostdorf and freshman Kaitlyn Houck. In total, the team won 11 of the 18 events.
The remaining top-three finishers consisted of Shontz (second in the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs), Bostdorf (second in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes), junior Malayna Van Winkle (second in the 400-meter dash, third in the pole vault), Rider (second in the high jump), Kapcsos (second in the 800-meter run), sophomore Zoe Myers (second in the javelin), Anson (third in the javelin), Quinn (third in the 1,600-meter run), senior Julee Wells (third in the 3,200-meter run), junior Anna Wagner (third in the 300-meter hurdles) and freshman Allison Evans (third in the high jump).
The Elizabethtown boys fought valiantly but ultimately came up short, picking up seven wins in the process. For the second straight meet, junior Derek Heisey led the way with three victories in the high hurdles (16.4), 300-meter hurdles (42.2) and high jump (5-8).
Like last week, the Bears did most of their damage in the field, winning all but the pole vault and triple jump. They swept the throws thanks to victories from senior Regan Thomason (139-6 in the javelin), senior Frank Miele (43-9 in the shot put) and junior Stevie Dixon (120-2 in the discus). Senior Collin Hudak took first in the long jump (18-11.75) as well.
Other top-three placements for Elizabethtown included junior Aiden Weaver (second in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter dashes), sophomore Caiden Herr (second in the high and 300-meter hurdles), senior Isaac Weidler (second in the high jump, third in the triple jump), senior Nat McCloud (second in the 1,600-meter run, third in the 3,200-meter run), junior Jesse Myers (second in the 800-meter run, third in the 1,600-meter run), sophomore Ethan Jones (second in the triple jump), Hudak (third in the 100-meter dash), Miele (third in the 200-meter dash), Dixon (third in the pole vault), junior Adam Evans (third in the javelin) and sophomore Isaac Thomas (third in the discus).
The Cedars saw three of the boys get 2 victories each, all on the track: Hari Allen (100-meter and 200-meter dashes), Riley Klick (400-meter dash and 800-meter run) and Even Blymier (1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs). For the girls, Allie Parr had a team-high 2 wins in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes.
With the girls at 1-1 and the boys at 0-2 on the season, Elizabethtown is next set to stay on the road for a meet at Cocalico on Monday, April 8.