By Todd Hummel
For The Daily Item
Tuesday looked to be a perfect day for a track meet. It just didn’t feel like a perfect day for a track meet.
However, for Selinsgrove, it was a perfect day on the track.
The Seals swept rival Shikellamy in both boys and girls track and field. The Selinsgrove boys won 102½-47½, while the girls picked up a 86-64 victory.
Mike Ede and Kalean Sullivan each won two events for Selinsgrove. Ede took both hurdles races, winning the 110 highs in 15.57 seconds and the 300 intermediates in 40.83. Sullivan won the triple jump (40-3½) and high jump (5-8).
“You always worry about injuries when it’s cold. We haven’t much chance to practice in nice weather,” Selinsgrove coach Ryan McGuire said. “I was worried about not warming up properly, but luckily we got through with no injuries.”
The Seals won 11 events in the boys meet and jumped on the Braves early, sweeping the first two events on the track.
“It’s always nice to start to a meet with success,” McGuire said. “Obviously, there is still work to be done.”
Ryan Wary won two events for the Braves, claiming the 100 meters (11.48) and 200 (23.21).
“We are just putting our team together. We are still moving kids around,” Shikellamy coach Jim Bell said. “We have a lot of injuries. I’m encouraged with the talent we’ve shown so far this season and I can’t wait to see what we do (the rest of the season).”
Wary also ran the anchor leg on Shikellamy’s winning 1600 relay team (3:35.7).
“We tried to load that 4-by-4; it’s rare we can beat the Seals in this event,” Bell said. “We had two very fast legs at the end from Scott Snyder and Wary. We know the Seals, how good they are in the 4-by-4, and we are proud to beat them.”
On the girls side, the Braves were able hang with the Seals on the track, but Selinsgrove’s depth in the field proved to be the difference as the Seals earned 13 of 21 places.
“I’m very pleased with our girls level of effort and intensity. It was close,” Shikellamy girls coach Jon Evans said. “We don’t have enough in our field events where Selinsgrove is very deep and talented. We are very encouraged and are going to use this meet to build on.”
Jenna Fisher and Courtney McCartney were double-event winners for Selinsgrove. Fisher won the 200 (28.8) and long jump (14-11½); McCartney won the shot put (40-5 3/4) and the discus (109-1).
“We had some good performances. With this weather and the wind, you try to get out of the meet without getting hurt,” Selinsgrove coach Jim Taylor said. “We need to get a lot better.”
The Braves also had two double-event winners. Kiersten Pfleegor won the 100 (13.26) and 400 (1:00.53), while freshman distance runner Triecy Cedeno won the 800 (2:32.22) and 3200 (11:43.9).