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Spartans prevail in Section showdown against Central
The Garden Spot boys took the inside lane for the Section Two track and field championship on Monday, defeating Manheim Central 81-69 in a battle of unbeatens in New Holland.
With the victory, the Spartans (6-0 L-L) can clinch the crown by defeating Solanco next week. The Barons (5-1 L-L, 6-1 overall), meanwhile, finish the regular season by hosting Lampeter-Strasburg.
Mason Hepner did all he could to help the Central boys on Monday as a double individual winner in the 200 (22.9) and 400 (51.7). He also anchored a pair of first-place relays, teaming with Wade Beamesderfer, Nathanael Erk and Josh Lachman to claim the 4×400 relay (3:34.7) and then combining with Lachman, Jordan Shimer and Erk to win the 4×800 relay in 8:50.2.
But the Spartans had too much firepower in the distance events with James Martin, who took the 800 (2:05.2), 1,600 (4:43.2) and 3,200 (10:14.2), and Malik Parsons stepped up big with wins in the 100 (11.5), high hurdles (15.6) and 300 hurdles (41.8).
In the field events, Central earned top honors in three of seven events behind Tyler Hoag in the shot put (49-11), Ethan Lindsey in the discus (127-8) and Cole Proffitt in the javelin (187-8). But GS got double wins from Austin Haas in the long jump (19-11 1/4) and triple jump (38-8 1/2) and pulled out the team victory.
Elsewhere, the GS overcame three individual wins by Central distance runner Danae Peters to complete the sweep, defeating the Lady Barons 92-58. The Lady Spartans rode a big day from Hannah Williams to improve to 5-1 in Section Two. The GS senior took the high hurdles (16.6), 300 hurdles (47.2) and pole vault (9-0), in addition to competing on the first-place 4×400 relay.
That helped to offset Peters’ points, after she captured the 800 (2:29.6), 1,600 (5:31.0) and 3,200 (3,200).
Kelli Barber added a victory in the 400 (64.6), while the 4×100 relay of Bethany Dorwart, Anna Burkhart, Morgan Valle and Kristin Robeson accounted for Central’s other win on the track in 57.1 seconds.
In the field events, Lauree Wiegand earned the Lady Barons’ win, taking gold in the long jump with an effort of 15-2.
Last Thursday, Manheim Central split in non-league action against Palmyra, with the boys capturing a 93-57 win and the girls dropping a 100-50 decision.
The Barons had four athletes earn two individual wins apiece to lead the way. Chris Lynn was victorious in the 100 (11.7) and 200 (24.1), Austin Hart took the high hurdles (16.7) and discus (137-7), Beamesderfer prevailed in the 300 hurdles (44.4) and high jump (5-10), while Steve Young led the way in the field events with gold in the long jump (19-6) and triple jump (40-8 1/2).
Hepner broke the tape in the 400 (51.7), Lachman set the pace in the 1,600 (4:46.1) and both were members of two winning relays. The teamed up with Beamesderfer and Erk on the 4×400 (3:36.9), and then joined Shimer and Erk for the 4×800 (8:46.6).
Other individual winners for the Central boys were Hoag in the shot put (51-2) and Proffitt in the javelin (189-7).
On the girls side, Peters was a double individual winner in the 1,600 (5:17.9) and 3,200 (11:56.4) to lead the Lady Barons in a losing cause.
Wiegand added a win in the 300 hurdles (52.3), Brigette Fittery took the javelin (101-5) and Shelby Hontz captured top honors in the pole vault (8-0). More SHOWDOWN, page B-10