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Penn Manor edges the Lady Warriors, 78-72
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor email@example.com, Staff Writer
With the spring sports season still young, a lot of teams are still looking to find their groove from a consistency standpoint.
The Warwick track team is no different.
Coming off an opening-week loss to Manheim Township, the Warriors hosted Penn Manor in their home opener Monday and the girls nearly pulled off their first win.
Unfortunately, they fell a little bit short, dropping a 76-72 decision to the Comets. The Penn Manor boys completed the sweep with a 96-54 victory.
"We did well," Warwick coach Katie Vann said. "We had kids that ran faster today and then we had kids who didn’t do as well as what they did at Manheim Township. So if we could balance the two, it would’ve been a great day."
Senior Jenica Miller was a double individual winner in the 100 (14.0) and 200 (28.9) and a member of the first-place 4×400 relay team, as Warwick outscored PM 16-11 in the sprints to keep their deficit close on the track, 49-38.
Warwick was also competitive in the distance events, paced by senior Kristi Reidenbaugh, who won the 1,600 (5:41.7) and placed second in the 800 (2:30.4).
"Kristi did well at Manheim Township and she did great again today," Vann said. "She’s one of our captains and she’s been doing a great job with the team in general and she’s a consistent performer."
The points that Reidenbaugh and Miller certainly contributed to the Lady Warriors keeping their deficit close on the track, 49-38.
They closed part of that gap by holding a 34-29 advantage in the field, led by a dominant 23-4 edge in the throws. Juniors Allie Robinson, Melanie Stauffer and Hannah Grove were key point-scorers in those events, as Robinson took the long jump (14-9 1/2), Stauffer was victorious in the high jump (4-10) and second in the triple (29-5 1/4), and Grove chipped in with silvers in the long jump (14-6 1/2) and high jump (4-8).
"We can easily throw (Allie) in four-plus events if we would be allowed," Vann said. "She always steps up no matter what we throw at her and she gets a lot of points for us. And (Hannah) is always a big point-getter. She does at least four events."
Senior Gabby Brubaker stepped up with a clutch performance on Monday as well, setting a new personal record while earning top honors in the pole vault (7-6).
"That was big," Vann said. "She has a lot of talent and we’re going to see what we can do with her this year."
Unfortunately for Warwick, however, Penn Manor outscored them 21-6 in the throws. Bailey Groves was runner-up in the shot (36- 1/4) and discus (92-10).
Turning to the boys, senior Colin Garner and junior Landon Hess finished first in one event and second in another in the field events, leading the way for Warwick in the losing cause.
Garner’s throw of 153-1 gave him top honors in the javelin and he was runner-up in the discus (116-6), while Hess’ gold in the high jump (5-10) and silver long jump (19-2 3/4) led the Warriors to a 16-11 edge in the jumps.
"They all did really well (in the jumps)," Vann said, "and Colin is another kid who we could pretty much throw in anything."
In the track events, Ben Mueller accounted for the Warriors’ only win, taking the 1600 in a solid time of 4:31.1.
"Ben, all-around, has been doing really well this year," Vann said. "He had a good time in the 1,600, he had one of our fastest splits in the 4×4 and even at Manheim Township, he was doing really well. He’s only a junior, so he’ll be around for awhile."
The Warwick track teams will compete in the Bruce Dallas Invitational this Saturday and then travel to West Lawn to face Wilson next Monday, April 9.
"The kids this year are just excited because a lot of them are starting out where they left off from last year, if not faster and further," Vann remarked. "They seem really positive with the program. I’m happy with what we’re doing early on so far." More WARWICK TRACK, page B-3