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Lady Panthers and Tigers battle to tie in league opener

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AYER –After opening their season with a trio of non-league wins, the Ayer girls track team commenced MidWach D competition with a meet against Maynard. The good news was that the Panthers remained unbeaten, but the Tigers made it a cat fight by earning a 68-68 tie.

The Lady Panthers grabbed the lead when Taeler Connor (29.1) and Jess Hardy finished 1-2 in the 200 meters, but Maynard gained the deadlock by prevailing in the 4 X 400 relay.

Connor was outstanding for Ayer with a trio of first-place finishes. The senior also won the 100 meters in 13.9, and the triple jump with a leap of 32-9.5.

Julie Scunziano continued to dominate in both the shot put and discus, earning golds in both events. She won the shot put by more than eight feet with a toss of 34-7, and easily won the discus with a toss of 80-8.

Biliana Mihaylova was instrumental for the Panthers with a productive day, winning the javelin (85-6), finishing second in the high jump, and third in both the 800 meters and the 1600 meters. Kathleen McGuane racked up points by capturing the high jump (5-0), and finished second in the triple jump and third in the 100 meter high hurdles.

Also performing well for the Lady Panthers were Olivia Shultz, who won the 400 meters with a clocking of 1:09, and finished second in the javelin, and Kim Farrington who won the 300 meter intermediate hurdles in 51.9, and added a third in the triple jump.

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