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May 2, 2014

High School Girls Track: Danville gets big win at Southern

CATAWISSA — Like most coaches this time of year, Danville girls coach Jeff Brandt is concerned with preparing his athletes for the postseason, which gets underway next weekend with the Heartland Athletic Conference championships in Selinsgrove.

But, in doing some tweaking to his lineup, he also knew he had to first win the meet at hand, versus a quality Southern Columbia squad.

Brandt made the right moves and the athletes responded in kind Thursday as Danville rolled to a 91-50 HAC-Division II win over Southern Columbia.

In the other meet, Southern got past Milton 83-67.

Brandt said he had to balance trying some people in new events, but keep the team strong enough to stay ahead on the scoreboard.

“We did try some people in different events just to give them a chance to experiment with some things,” Brandt said, adding that his team’s depth was a key to being able to do that and still come away with the win.

“They need to work on their speed, and more on their endurance, so we tried to change it up a little bit, but still keeping people on their main events.”

But, he added, “I made sure we had two good people in every event. We didn’t mess around too much.”

For the Ironmen (3-2 overall and HAC-II), standout Shelby Freedman won the javelin with a throw of 123 feet, 11 inches, and the triple jump (33-2 ½), and Katelyn Maffei took the 1,600 in 5:31.6 and the 800 in 2:29.0.

Danville also swept the relays.

With its split on the day, Southern is 2-2 overall and HAC-II.

Against Milton, Southern’s Teanna Shutt won three individuals events and ran a leg of the 3,200 relay. Shutt won the 1,600 in 5:36.2; the 800 in 2:33.1; and the pole vault with a 9-1. Also, Gabby Scherer took the two hurdles races (17.0 in the 100 and 50.4 in the 300) and Bailey Bzdak won the triple jump (32-10) and long jump (15-9 ½). Bzdak also ran a leg of the 400 relay.

Milton (1-3, 0-3) got a pair of wins from Jenna Brouse (1:05.7 in the 400; 28.2 in the 200).

Versus Danville, Southern was led by Scherer’s two wins.

Brandt said, “I was pleased with how we performed. We had some new people get personal bests, (and we had) some nice improvements overall, and I felt the effort was real good.

“It was a good meet for us,” he said.

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