G-A roundup: Blue Devils win track showdowns vs. Shippensburg

GREENCASTLE — Two of the main contenders for track & field supremacy in the Mid Penn Colonial Division met at Kaley Field on Wednesday and between them, Greencastle-Antrim and Shippensburg produced two stadium records and three school records.

Nathan Kirkwood

The Blue Devils rode a huge advantage on the track to a surprisingly big 91-76 win in the boys meet, while a win in the final event, discus, gave G-A a 76-74 nod in the girls meet.

“It was a great team win in a very competitive meet on both sides,” Greencastle coach Devin McCauley said. “There were a lot of good performances by Shippensburg and our kids. It was a nice effort by all the kids who competed.”

The Blue Devil girls (3-0, 3-0 MPC)) won the 4 x 400 relay in 4:22.4, but it wasn’t the last event of the meet. That turned out to be the discus, and a first-place effort by G-A’s Kelsey Creager (89-6) clinched the victory.

Greencastle came up with two school records — Piper Linn in the girls pole vault (10-3) and Nathan Kirkwood’s leap of 22-1.5 in the long jump. Kirkwood’s effort is also a stadium record. For the Greyhounds, Dakota Arana hit 6-9 in the high jump to set a stadium record, and Jillian Sydnor’s hand-held 22.0 is a school mark in the girls 200.

For the Blue Devil girls, Claire Paci and Avery Parks each won three events and helped on the 4 x 400 team. Paci took first in the 800, 1600 and 3200 and Parks won both hurdles events and the long jump. Other winners were Natalina Civerella (triple jump), Linn (pole vault), Jess Redos (shot put) and Hannah Russell (javelin).

Jessica Redos

Greencastle scored a 35-28 advantage in the field to counter’s Ship’s 46-41 track edge.

For the Greyhounds, Sydnor won the 100, 200 and 400 and Alyssa Trn took the high jump.

In the boys meet, the Blue Devils (3-0, 3-0 MPC) dominated on the track (74-13) to more than make up for the Greyhounds’ 46-17 edge in the field.

Seth Stouffer (100, 200) and Weber Long (800, 3200) were double winners for G-A, and other winners included Hayden Parks (1600), Jackson Wright (400), Gavin Davidson (300 hurdles), Kirkwood (long jump) and Ethan Shank (pole vault).

For Ship, Anthony Smith won the shot put and discus, and Spencer Edey (triple jump), Arana (high jump) and Carter Funk (javelin) were also winners.