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.
"Both teams did an excellent job," Solanco coach Ivan Haines said. "I was very proud of the teams. We competed without several key athletes for various reasons. You will see several new names in various events. These are young and inexperienced athletes. They performed well and with every meet should improve and pick up needed experience."
Junior Colin Althoff led the Solanco boys by winning the 400 meter run (PR of 52 seconds) and the 200 meter dash (23.2 seconds) and anchoring the winning 1600 meter relay team (3:40) also comprised of Dom Messano, Angel Daniel-Morales, and Justin Wood.
Nate Neuhauser won the shot put (43 feet, 4 1/4 inches).
Haines said other bright spots included Ryan Vanover, who earned two second place finishes in the sprints, and Messano, who placed second in the long jump (20-8). Gage LaMonica earned points in a pair of throwing events, finishing second in the discus and third in the javelin.
"To be successful this year, we need to fill several spots in the hurdles and distance," Haines said. "We feel as the season progresses so will our athletes to fill these spots."
Solanco girls won eight of the 18 events.
Alana Yoder prevailed in her first 200 meter dash in a time of 27.7 seconds and was part of two triumphant relay teams (400 with Faith Ross, Carly Rose, and Charlotte Melot and 1600 with Roth, Jaden Forren, and Olivia Lasko).
Forren finished first in the 400 (1 minute, 6 seconds). Greta Plechner (high jump, 4-6), Jenna Frey (pole vault, 7-6), and Nathaly Molinarez (javelin, 87-8) each won an event.
Troyana Miller was second in both the discus and shot put. Haines said Roth, Aubree Roop (distance), and Peyton Jennings (throws) are athletes to watch.