Mitch Wilcox finishes first among several Eagle placewinners

BROOKVILLE – Several Youngsville Eagles finished in the top six as placewinners – including a first-place finisher – at Saturday’s 22-team Brookville Invitational.

“It’s a big meet… And that’s why we go,” said Youngsville girls track coach John Victor of the sher size of the invitational to open the 2014 season.

Due to weather, Youngsville – as well as most teams -are behind, and, “it was a mental game that day,” said Victor.

Mallory Eastman finished sixth out of 35 or so in the 100-meter hurdles in “a little over 17 seconds,” said Victor.

Also for the Lady Eagles, Piper Olsen was sixth in the 3200 in 12:57.

Both had district-qualifying times, said Victor.

“The winter conditioning program is really showing,” he said.

The girls’ 4×800 relay of Brook Messinger, Hannah Morris, Leah McCluskey and Olsen finished seventh.

For the boys, returning state qualifier in the javelin, junior Mitch Wilcox, won the event here in 162 feet, eight inches. He won at the Kane Invitational last year as a sophomore.

“He’s about where he was at where he left off last year,” said Youngsville boys coach Jeff Manelick, of the district-qualifying throw.

Mitch’s twin brother Nathan Wilcox was fifth in the event in 138-4, and he was third in the discus in 112-4.

On the track, Andy Lalwani was fifth in 47.24 seconds.

“We had scrimmaged Warren earlier in the week on Wednesday,” said Manelick. “A lot of the times were as good if not better… than they did on Wednesday.”

Solomon Clark, in his first time running the 200, “had a good time for himself,” he said. “And Jacob Lauffenburger ran a real nice leg on the 4-by-400 relay as well.”