Red Lion’s Devon Bohlen won the high jump in Tuesday’s title-clinching victory over the Central York Panthers.
Red Lion's Devon Bohlen won the high jump in Tuesday's title-clinching victory over the Central York Panthers. (Bil Bowden photo)

RED LION -- Seth Haight didn't envision himself spending very much time on the track during his career at Red Lion.

"When I was a sophomore, I only did jumping," Haight said after the Lions' track-and-field team defeated Central York, 89-61, on Tuesday afternoon. "I didn't think I was fast enough to be on the track."

Haight is a senior now, and while he still enters jumping events, Lions' head coach Todd Barshinger counts on Haight in the running portion of a meet, too.

Haight is definitely fast enough. He showed his speed on Tuesday by recording the winning times in the 200- and 400-meter dashes.

"Coach (Barshinger) told me he needed me to win the 400, but to save myself for the 200," Haight said. "My time in the 200 (22.9 seconds) is a PR (personal record)."

Donald Smith helped Red Lion’s cause on Tuesday by winning the pole vault. Smith cleared a height of 12 feet.
Donald Smith helped Red Lion's cause on Tuesday by winning the pole vault. Smith cleared a height of 12 feet. (Bil Bowden photo)

Haight also finished third in the 100 dash and ran a leg on the 1,600 relay team.

The victory allowed Red Lion to clinch a second-straight York-Adams Division I title. The Lions, 5-0-0, will close the dual-meet season on Tuesday at South Western, which will enter the clash with a 3-2-0 record.

"We're trying to go out with a bang," Haight said, referring to himself and the other seniors who were part of a championship team last year.

Meanwhile, the Red Lion girls, who won a close one with Central on Tuesday, 771/2-721/2, will have a title showdown on Tuesday with the South Western girls. Both teams will bring 5-0-0 records into the meet.

Red Lion's guys used a 56-31 advantage on the track as springboard to the victory over Central.

The Lions' Caleb Gatchell added another chapter to his outstanding senior season by winning the 800 and 1,600 runs and running on two winning relay teams (1,600 and 3,200).

"It was a busy day for him, but then he always has a busy day," Barshinger said. "That 1:57 he ran in the 800 shows he's the real deal."

Gatchell had a hunch going in that a PR in the 800 was a possibility.

"I ran a 1:56.8 split (in the 3,200 relay) at Shippensburg on Saturday," he said. "That last lap today, I was able to push it hard."

Gatchell and his teammates were prepared for Central's challenge.

"They beat Dallastown last week, and we knew they had a bunch of good runners," he said. "We've stepped up this season when we needed to."

In addition to the two individual firsts from Haight and Gatchell, Red Lion's Chris Grant, Quincy Palmer and Haight swept the 100 dash.

Central's Jay Stone captured both hurdles and anchored the victorious 400 relay team.

Girls' meet: In the girls' meet, Red Lion's Cassidy Barshinger, who hadn't been able to compete because of an injury, made a triumphant return to the lineup by winning the 100 and 300 hurdles. Her teammate, Johnnie Tawney delivered the winning jumps in the triple jump and high jump, and Central's Kennedy Little won the 100 and 200 dashes.

Red Lion placed first in 11 of the 18 events, but Central's depth made the outcome close.

The Lions swept the javelin and 3,200, and the Panthers' went one-two-three in the 200.

Gonzalez falls: Red Lion's coaches, athletes and fans rode a roller coaster of emotions on Tuesday. The joy felt by winning both meets was mixed with the sadness at seeing sophomore sensation Angelica Gonzalez being forced to leave the meet after falling in the 100 dash.

Gonzalez, a state silver medalist in the 200-meter dash as a freshman last season, went down at the halfway mark of the 100 on Tuesday. She got up and finished the race, but was obviously in pain.

Gonzalez, who had been battling a hamstring injury this season, ran the open 100 for the first time this season on Tuesday.

Red Lion girls' coach Jason Smith said Gonzalez will not return until the District 3 Meet on May 17-18. She qualified for districts in the 200, long jump and triple jump.

"It's a shame she won't be able to defend her 100 title at the York-Adams Meet," Smith said. "She, myself and the trainer sat down about a month ago and I asked her what goals she had for the season. She said she wanted to do it (compete) for the team."

Central's Katie Hackos fell in the 300 hurdles race, but Panthers' coach Chris Detwiler said that Hackos, other than having some scrapes and bruises, was OK.

"This is her first year as a hurdler, and she's done a good job of picking up the hurdles," Detwiler said.

OTHER BOYS' TRACK & FIELD

SUSQUEHANNOCK 79, WEST YORK 71: At West York, Jacob Thomas won the 1,600 and 3,200, while Calloway Hatcher captured the 100 and long jump to help lead the Warriors to the York-Adams Division II victory. For the Bulldogs, Brady Jacoby won the 400 and 200, while Kingsley Chikezie won the 110 and 300 hurdles. Susquehannock improved to 4-1-0 in the division and 5-1-0 overall.

DALLASTOWN 791/2. SOUTH WESTERN 701/2: At Dallastown, the Wildcats won 10 of 18 events, including two of three relays, to topple the Mustangs. South Western's Ryan Hertzog, who won the 1,600 and 3,200 runs, was the only double individual winner.

DOVER 90, NORTH EASTERN 60: At Dover, Shaheed Mitchell won three individual events (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, triple jump) to power the Eagles. Ben Linne won the 1,600 and 3,200 runs for Northeastern.

DELONE CATHOLIC 84, KENNARD-DALE 64: At Fawn Grove, Nick Poole (1,600, 3,200) and Nick Braun (200, long jump) each won two individual events to lead the Squires. Richard Clark won the discus and shot put for K-D.

YORK TECH 93, BER MUDIAN SPRINGS 57: At York Springs, Ronald Henderson won the high jump, long jump and triple jump for Tech, which improved to 4-1-0 York-Adams Division III.

NEW OXFORD 96, SPRING GROVE 53: At New Oxford, Kairi Dukes won the 100 and 200 for the Colonials. For the Rockets, Ben Creggar won the shot put and discus, while Jake Miller won the long jump and triple jump.

OTHER GIRLS' TRACK & FIELD

SUSQUEHANNOCK 98, WEST YORK 52: At West York, the Warriors captured first place in six of the seven field events to help secure the York-Adams Division II victory. Individually for the Warriors, Alesha Herman won the 100 and 200, while Rachel Banchiere won the 1,600 and 3,200. Susquehannock improved to 5-0-0 in the division and has now clinched at least a share of the division title.

SOUTH WESTERN 93, DALLASTOWN 47: At Dallastown, South Western's Lynne Mooradian, Holly Arey and Erin Harman each won three events. Mooradian captured the 100 dash, 800 run and long jump, Arey won the shot put, discus and javelin, and Harman placed first in the triple jump, high jump and pole vault. The Mustangs improved their York-Adams Division I record to 5-0-0.

NORTHEASTERN 99, DOVER 46: At Dover, Alexis Stephens (100, 400), Payton Hauck (triple jump, long jump) and Teshia Clayborne (javelin, shot put) won two individual events each to lead the Bobcats, who improved to 4-1 in York-Adams Division II action.

NEW OXFORD 84.5, SPRING GROVE 65.5: At New Oxford, Emily Groft won the discus and javelin, Ayanna Johnson won the long jump and triple jump and Karissa Floyd won the 100 and 400 for the Colonials. For the Rockets, Abigail Richards won the 100 and 300 hurdles.

DELONE CATHOLIC 97, KENNARD-DALE 47: At Fawn Grove, the Squirettes improved to 6-0 with the non-league win. Isabella Ugarte won the 100, triple jump and long jump for Delone, while Maddie Ferner took the 800 and 1,600 for K-D.

BERMUDIAN SPRINGS 108, YORK TECH 42: At York Springs, Karra Thomason won 100, 200 and 400 runs for the Eagles.

-- Reach Dick Vanolinda at dvanolinda@yorkdis patch.com.