HERSHEY -- The last thing that Olivia Gettle remembered before her legs started giving out on her Wednesday afternoon was sprinting toward the finish line.
Gettle briefly took the lead with just 20 yards to go in the District 3 Class AA Girls' Cross Country Championship race at Hershey's Parkview Course.
Then misfortune struck the York Suburban freshman standout.
"I fell once, and I got up, and then I fell again, and I got up again, and after that I don't remember," she said.
What happened was that Gettle willed herself to the line and overcame the adversity to earn a bronze medal in her first appearance at the district meet.
Eight other York-Adams female runners also earned medals.
Central York's Kelsey Ibarra, the York-Adams League champion, placed fourth in Class AAA, Kennard-Dale's Kayla White took sixth in AA and Red Lion's Amanda Wivell was 18th in Class AAAA.
Both the Suburban girls' team and the Suburban boys' team, along with the Delone girls' team, qualified for the state meet on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Hershey. Delone grabbed first place in Class A, and the Trojans' teams were second in AA in the district competition.
"It took a little bit of time for me to recover after the race," Gettle said. "We're used to running with temperatures in the 60s. When it goes up to 75 (with humidity in the 80s), it's a big difference."
The conditions took a toll. Some runners were taken off the course and others were given help after collapsing following their races.
"When it's like this, I definitely need to hydrate more so I can get more fluid in me," Gettle said. "I enjoyed running with the other girls."
Gettle, the runner-up at the York-Adams Meet, is thrilled she'll have another chance to run with her teammates at states.
"It makes me feel really proud of our team," she said. "They've been very supportive, and they've been like a family. So it's very inspiring we can do all this together."
Qualifying for states was Suburban's ultimate goal this season.
"From Day 1, on June 19, we said our goal is to go to states, boys and girls," Suburban girls' coach Dan Van Houwe said. "Last year, we were AAA, and we finished 16th (in the state in the girls' competition). This year, we dropped to AA, and we want to finish in the top eight."
Ibarra will be heading to states, too, for the second time in three years. She didn't compete in cross country last year because of a medical condition. The Central standout won the district gold medal two years ago.
"There was a lot stronger competition this year, although there was some strong competition two years ago, too," Ibarra said. "My plan this year was to stick in the pack."
Ibarra has a goal for states.
"I want to improve over sophomore year when I finished 13th," she said.
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