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 Troy Miller won three gold medals at the Lancaster-Lebanon Track and Field Championship Meet and teammate Billy Cooney captured two titles.
The Solanco boys track and field team might not have to wait 21 years to win another section title.
The Mules ended a long drought last season and are the favorites to repeat, coach Ivan Haines conceded.
"I think we are," he said after a pause. "We're hoping to win it again."
Troy Miller and Billy Cooney will once again spark Solanco.
Solanco's track and field teams lost to Garden Spot Monday, April 28.
"We went up against two tough teams," Mules coach Ivan Haines said. "Performing in two meets within three days proved to be too much for two inexperienced and young teams. We also held people out of some of the events to rest them."
The Solanco boys track and field team topped Lampeter-Strasburg 84-66 Tuesday, April 22.
Toby Kreider and Billy Cooney each won two events to pace the Mules.
Kreider won the triple jump (41-0) and long jump (19-10 1/4).
The Solanco boys track and field team topped Ephrata last Wednesday while the girls lost to the Mounts.
The Mules won the boys competition 90-60.
Solanco's track and field teams had meets with Cocalico and Lebanon last week.
The Mules' boys team defeated Cocalico 76-70 while the Solanco girls lost 81-69.
"The boys’ team pulled out a nice and a surprise win," coach Ivan Haines said. "For the first time we were able to win a relay."
Both the Solanco boys and girls lost to Elizabethtown in the first track meet of the season.
"It has been a short cold two and half weeks for practice," coach Ivan Haines said. "It was difficult trying to practice in the weather. Our number of athletes is up this year for both teams which is great providing us with many inexperienced athletes. With only two senior girls and eight guys we will be depending on our underclassmen."
The Solanco boys and girls track and field teams have a higher number of athletes this year which could lead to both individual and team success.
Despite the increase in numbers, the girls squad will still rely heavily on underclassmen, coach Ivan Haines said.
District qualifiers Jillian Eberly and Kristina King graduated and the Mules will be counting on underclassmen Natalie Crum, Carly Allport, Abby Yoder, and Morgan Perry. Crum, Allport, and Yoder each have track experience and Perry is a member of the cross country squad. Junior Essi Glah-Fisher and senior Dakota White will also contribute.