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Mummau duels EHS stars in sprints MC boys Proffitt from Cole’s four wins
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor email@example.com, Staff Writer
Three of the Lancaster-Lebanon League’s brightest girls stars in the sprints converged in one spot on Monday afternoon.
And the results lived up to the hype.
Manheim Central senior Morgan Mummau edged Ephrata freshman Kelly Liebl in the 100.
Liebl outleaned Mummau in the 200.
And Ephrata senior Mary Witmer took top honors in the 400, just ahead of Mummau.
In the end, Mummau’s win in the 100 in 12.1 seconds was one of just four wins by the Lady Barons (1-1) in their 102-47 Section Two loss. But she was happy to gain some early-season competition from her rivals.
"I’m very excited to run against them again," said Mummau, the reigning L-L champ in the 100 and 200. "Having competition is really good. Even though I lost (Monday), it was still good to run against some of the best in the county."
MC junior Cole Proffitt created some excitement of his own on the boys side, accounting for four of the Barons’ wins to lead them to a 91-57 victory over the Mounts.
The Central boys improved to 2-0, in no small part due to Proffitt, who started his day with a win in the 100 (11.5) before turning his attention to the field events, where he clinched top honors in the javelin (161-2), long jump (19-1 1/2) and high jump (5-10). Proffitt already holds the top javelin throw this season with his earlier effort of 184-11.
Austin Hart was a double individual winner with key points in the high hurdles (16.5) and discus (119-7).
Josh Lachman and Josh Haldeman took care of the middle distance events, winning the 400 (53.5) and 800 (2:13.3), respectively, and Mason Hepner factored into the distance scoring by breaking the tape in the 1600 in 4:47.4.
The Barons, who claimed 12 of 18 events overall, captured two of three relays as well, with Adam Hill, Nathanael Erk, Andrew Kauffman and Haldeman taking the 4×400 in 3:44.8, and Ben Wise, Erk, Lachman and Haldeman teaming up to win the 4×800 in a time of 8;42.3.
Central’s other win came from Steve Young in the triple jump (36-9 1/2).
On the girls side, the 100 featured a bang-bang finish, with Mummau (12.1) taking the gold just a whisker ahead of Liebl (12.2). Those two times currently rank 1-2 this season in the L-L League.
"I felt like I had a really good start and I could feel Kelly right with me the whole time — she was very fast," Mummau said. "I thought I ran a really good race. That was one of my best hand-held times ever."
Next for Mummau was the 400 and a showdown with Witmer. This one went to Witmer, whose time of 58.1 earned her the gold, slightly ahead of Mummau’s 1:00.1. Hempfield’s Sarah Helgeson holds the fastest 400 time this season in 56.6 seconds.
For Mummau, it was the first time she competed in the 400 since May, 2011. She won the silver medal in that event last year at the League Championships.
"I didn’t run well," Mummau said, "but Mary ran really well. At practice, our coaches have been working more on training for speed, rather than endurance. And I’ve definitely noticed that I’ve been faster … my 100 times are dropping, but I don’t quite have the endurance that I had last year at this time."
The Central senior rounded out her day with the 200, in which both she and Liebl ran a 25.8, but Liebl, who didn’t run the 400, outleaned her by a nose. Mummau and Liebl are now tied for the second-fastest time in the county this year, just behind Helgeson (25.3).
"It was a good race," Mummau said. "My legs were a little tired from the 400, but (Kelly) did really well. She ran the race the right way. It was definitely a learning experience, but a humbling experience. But I’m excited to race her again, and hopefully win next time."
Danae Peters was a big point-scorer for the Lady Barons in the distance events, winning the 1,600 (5:37) and 3,200 (11:53).
Lauree Wiegand accounted for Central’s only other win by taking the high jump at 4-10. More MUMMAU, page B-4