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Hughesville’s Morgan Javitt, Logan Long, Hunter Faust and Shea McCusker both claimed gold for taking first place in the 3,200m boys’ AA class relay during the State Track and Field Championships at Seth Grove Stadium at Shippensburg University on Saturday. Evan Wheaton/Sun Gazette

Shippensburg – Morgan Javitt, Logan Long, Hunter Foust, and Shea McCusker know they’re finally riding.

The Hughesville boys only had one event together before the adults called their careers. In the 3,200-meter relay race, the Spartans woke up ready to blast off into the sunset in style.

“We talked about it all week. Just knowing this would be our last race as a team. We wanted it that bad,” Japhet said. “We knew if this was our last race as a team, we had to come out strong. And we finished it off with a fairy finish.”

That ending for the story book came in the form of four gold medals at Seth Grove at Shippensburg University. Hughsville finished first after clocking 8:04.31.

Having missed the COVID-19 season, the Spartans finished third in the state for 3,200 meters last year. The seniors at Hughesville knew they were going to take another trip back to the big stage, but a finish on the top of the podium was a long time coming.

Jersey Shore’s Peter Bellomo stands fifth on the podium for the boys’ AAA javelin class during the State Track and Field Championships at Seth Grove Arena at Shippensburg University on Saturday. Evan Wheaton/Sun Gazette

“We knew we were going to be here. We got third place last year in the States, so we’ve been hungry ever since,” Japhet said. “We just wanted it in our hearts and in our minds.”

The Williamson crew (Nathaniel Welch, Duncan Kerr, Christian Mezdale and Owen Cummings) was second with a time of 8:10.86. With more than six seconds of cushion between the gold and silver medals, the Spartans felt massively rewarded throughout the stretch.

“There was a lot of mental preparation. Getting plenty of water and rest and that was on our minds,” Japhet said. “We were hungry, we wanted her like a lion.”

Japhet also earned a medal in the AA class for 1600 meters with a sixth place time of 4: 17.15. This follows the county’s victory in 4:25.23 to become the fifth seed in the states. With a mark of 1:56.53 seconds in the 800 metres, Japhet took another medal in sixth place.

In his first season competing in track and field, Williamsport’s Cameron Sims found himself carrying the No. 1 seed heading into a boys’ AAA 200-meter dash.

Milton’s Cole Goodwin collects his sixth-place medal in the Boys’ Class AA competition during the State Track and Field Championships at Seth Grove Stadium at Shippensburg University on Saturday. Evan Wheaton/Sun Gazette

The senior woke up on Saturday and, after some yoga and a couple of Hash Browns, smashed a 22-year school record set by Alton Richards by 21.35 seconds in the event.

“It is a blessing to be here abroad. This is my first year here. Just being here is a blessing, being here with all these athletes,” Sims said. “I have no idea what I am doing, I am just having fun. These kids have been playing sports for years and it is just a blessing I got from running with them.”

Sims had enough time to get silver. Penridge’s Joey Gantt finished first at 21.15. With his newfound love for track, Sims plans to pursue the sport at Slippery Rock University.

“I’m about to start,” Sims said. “This is not the end yet.”

After setting a new Milton school record a week ago at the District 4 meet, Cole Goodwin finished sixth in the state for a Class AA shot with a height of 66 feet 7 inches.

Brayden McKibbin of Montersville earned a three-way tie to finish fifth in the Class AA pole vault with Wilmington Solomon Glavac and Richie Reed at 13ft, 6.

Jersey Shore’s Peter Bellomo finished fifth in the AAA javelin class with a throw of 176 feet 10 inches. Montgomery’s Ben Robinson finished eighth in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.97 seconds.

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