When Manheim Township's Jack Rodenberger lined up on the javelin runway for the final time Monday afternoon in Millersville, his Blue Streaks had already secured a Lancaster-Lebanon League Section One win over Penn Manor, and the senior was looking to cap a first-place finish over the Comets' Josh Gibson in a javelin shootout.
Rodenberger navigated his way down the runway and launched the javelin toward the setting sun. It landed at 176 feet, 2 inches — a personal record for Rodenberger — and punctuated an 85-65 victory. The Blue Streak girls completed the sweep with a 96.67-53.33 decision.
"I knew coming in that it was going to be tough," Rodenberger said of throwing against Gibson, who finished second and set a personal record of his own at 169-5. "He's a great thrower, too. I just had to mentally prepare myself a little more. That's why I came in trying to be a little more ticked off than usual." Manheim Township's Mike Steger took third (139-10) and also won the discus (129-7).
That’s a throw of 169-8 for Manheim Township’s Jack Rpdenberger in javelin prelims. pic.twitter.com/MDPb5IXCuk— Tim Gross (@TimGrossLNP) April 1, 2019
Led by their seniors, the Blue Streaks (2-0) implemented the same skill and depth that carried them last year to a Section One title and first place at the league championship meet.
"We're balanced," said Mark Linn, Manheim Township's coach. "We're good in most events. A lot of the time, people are short some places, but we're pretty balanced. And we have some depth."
Township's depth in the distance events
Manheim Township's distance crew showcased its depth, capturing 27 of 32 available points in the distance events. Evan Dorenkamp won the 800-meter run (2:06.3), and Ian Miller ran to first-place finishes in the 1,600-meter run (4:34.6) and 3,200-meter run (9:54.6) after joining Andrew Gusavage, Andrew Sheehan and Riley Horton in the Blue Streaks' 4x800-meter relay win at 9:20.6.
"We're really a big family this year," Miller said, "The distance guys are all really close, and we definitely push each other during workouts. We've set some big goals for ourselves on the track after missing out on some during the cross country season."
Before Miller ran to his 3,200-meter victory, Titan Cox collected his second win on the track, powering through the 200-meter dash in 22.5 seconds.
"My first five steps," said Cox, who also won the 100-meter dash (11.1) and the long jump (20-0.5), "I think I came out pretty hard, just how I planned. And the last 75 meters, I just wanted to hold everyone off."
Julian breaks Penn Manor record
For the second time in three days, Matt Julian set a Penn Manor pole vault record. The senior cleared 15 feet, 1 inch Saturday at the Tim Cook Invitational. He followed it up by clearing 15-3 Monday.
"I was getting a little tired," Julian said of his school-record vault, "but there's a way that you just know your vault's going to work before it's even started. I felt that, and I was so confident going into that vault, and it worked. When I was over it, I felt really happy."
Penn Manor’s Matt Julian clears 15-3 to win the boys pole vault and break his own school record. pic.twitter.com/iNycL2hSOE— Tim Gross (@TimGrossLNP) April 1, 2019
Manheim Township's Wayne Robinson finished second in the pole vault (13-0) after taking first place and setting a personal record in the 110-meter high hurdles (15.5) and finishing second in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (44.0) to teammate Elvis Morara (43.7).
The Comets (0-1) added other field-event wins in the high jump (Jackson Hostetter, 5-10), triple jump (John Martinez, 41-2.5) and shot put (Gibson, 43-1.). On the track, after a Penn Manor win in the 4x100-meter relay (44.7), Chad Mowbray won the 400-meter dash (51.2) and anchored the Comets' winning 4x400-meter relay (3:33.4) in the final track event of the afternoon.
"We're building right now," said Penn Manor coach Ben Schober, "and we're going to keep building. We're looking to go full speed at the end of meets and at the end of the season."