March 20th marks the first day of the spring season. However, spring sports have been taking place around JHS for the last three weeks. Students can be seen throwing baseballs, serving on the tennis courts, or running around campus. JHS’ largest spring sport, Track & Field, has also been busy getting ready for their spring season. This past week, athletes have been timing in their prospective events to find the best places for them to succeed. Whether they are hurdling, throwing javelin, or jumping with the pole vault, each athlete has been putting in hard work in preparation for their first meet on April 2. Coach Hart is pleased with how the team has been responding, especially considering the adverse weather conditions that continue to affect outdoor practices. She is excited to see each athlete move on, and hopes for as many athletes to succeed as possible.
Last season, JHS sent two athletes to the State Tournament at Shippensburg University. Ellie Shepps (‘18) ran in the 300-meter hurdles, and broke the long-standing school record. With a time of 48.59 seconds, Shepps finished third in District VI and automatically qualified for States. Although she didn’t advance from prelims, she still represented Juniata with pride. Garrett Baublitz also represented Juniata at the tournament. Baublitz (‘20) competed in the 1600-meter run, where he finished first in District VI. He finished second in the state, running a time of 4:18.63, currently holding the school record in the 1600.
Juniata will have three home meets this season. East Juniata will be the first home meet on April 9th. Following will be Millersburg, on April 16th. And the final home meet will be against Upper Dauphin Area on April 30th. The team would love to have your support this season! We Are!