Jen McDowell always envisioned herself serving the Southern End community. She did not initially expect it would come in a coaching capacity.
"When I was in high school I never imagined I'd ever be a coach," said McDowell, a 1992 Solanco grad.
She was wrong.
Following a long career which included a stint as an assistant and head coaching positions with the Mules' junior high track and cross country teams, McDowell has earned the opportunity to take over Solanco's varsity track and field program.
The Solanco girls track and field team downed Cocalico 83-67 and the boys fell 88-62 in a home meet under warm, sunny conditions Tuesday, April 23.
The Solanco track and field teams both lost to visiting Elizabethtown Wednesday, April 17.
"Both teams continue to improve and earn their goals for the meet," Mules coach Ivan Haines said.
Solanco's Junior High track and field teams both improved to 3-1 on the season by beating Garden Spot in a home meet Tuesday, April 9.
Solanco's track and field teams lost to host Lampeter-Strasburg Monday, April 1.
"Both teams went up against good teams," Mules coach Ivan Haines said. "Both teams are trying to overcome the lack of experience. We are trying to focus on individual goals."
Solanco boys and girls track and field teams opened the season with a home meet against Manheim Central Wednesday, March 27.
The Barons won the boys competition 101-49 and took the girls meet 84-66.
Solanco's boys and girls track and field teams will be judging this season's success on the athletes' individual goals, coach Ivan Haines said.
by Bud Hart
On a snowy and blustery April 9, Solanco’s track teams spilt a home meet with visiting Elizabethtown.
The boys defeated the Bears 94.0-56.0 while the girls suffered a 90.0-60.0 loss.
by Bud Hart
Two Solanco track and field members will represent the Golden Mules at the P.I.A.A. championships this weekend following great performances at the District III competition.