Lewisburg coach Jon Clark knew depth in the throws was going to be a problem coming into the season, noting it in his preseason overview.
Selinsgrove coach Jeff Kiss knew his undefeated Seals would get a battle on the track from the Green Dragons on Tuesday afternoon, but Selinsgrove could earn the victory in the field events.
Both were correct.
Lewisburg outscored Selinsgrove by a point on the track, but the Seals throwers dominated as Selinsgrove won six of the seven events in the field in an 83-67 Heartland Athletic Conference Division I victory.
“We knew that Lewisburg had some really talented kids on the track,” Kiss said. “We thought our throwers could be the difference.”
Selinsgrove got first and seconds in the shot put and discus from Courtney McCartney and Alex Simon, respectively, while Jess Lawton won the javelin for the Seals.
Alexis Auman won the long jump (16-7) and the triple jump (34-11), while Jess Lawton won the javelin and Maria Lucchi grabbed the pole vault as Selinsgrove improved to 4-0 in the HAC-I.
Auman was actually a triple winner on the day, grabbing the 400 in 1:01.66.
Freshman Natalia Brown also won two events for the Seals, winning the 100 (13.29) and the 200 (27.1), while Mackenzie Apple won both hurdles races for Selinsgrove.
Jenna Farmer was the lone double winner for the Green Dragons (2-2), winning the 800 (2:27.08) and 1600 (5:16.4).
SELINSGROVE — Maybe the most surprising result from Tuesday’s Heartland Athletic Conference Division I meet between the Seals and the Green Dragons came in the very first race of the meet.
Lewisburg’s team won the 3,200-meter relay at the John Roddick Invitational at Shippensburg University in a season-best 8:20.56. And while the Seals are talented with Brody Beiler and Ethan Fadale, Selinsgrove’s Jonah Markel and John Cope — the team’s first two runners — were inexperienced in the race. Even with Lewisburg’s anchor — Nick Scullin — sitting out the race, Selinsgrove coach Ryan McGuire wasn’t expecting to kick off the meet with a victory.
“That was an unexpected victory in the team race,” McGuire said. “Jonah and John hadn’t run in the race all year.”
The Seals ran a personal best 8:27.3 to win the relay.
It was part of an outstanding day for the Seals distance runners, including a sophomore record 1600 4:29.44 by Beiler in losing a duel to Scullin (4:26.9). Beiler broke a record set by Vince Fadale.
Scullin had an outstanding day for the Green Dragons, also winning the 800 (2:00.58) and running a great anchor leg in the 1600 relay to nip the Seals’ Mason Pope.
However, the Seals still proved to be too much.
Pope won the 200 (23.42) and 400 (52.8), while John Daku won the shot put (57-8½) and discus (122-7). Austin Lewis also took two events for Selinsgrove, winning the javelin (179-3) and high jump (5-6).
Selinsgrove used a big day in the sprints and the hurdles. In the sprints, Selinsgrove swept the 200 and 400, while Lewisburg netted only a third in the 100. In the hurdles races, Selinsgrove swept the 110 high hurdles, and took first and third in the 300 intermediates.
“Coming into the season, we were expecting a lot out of Mason Pope, Logan Harris and Nick Brown and they’ve really taken the challenge,” McGuire said. “I was really impressed with our hurdlers as well. We lost some top of the line guys to graduation and the new guys (Charlie Steininger, Hunter Grey and David Klinger) have really stepped up.”