Relay teams from York High and Central York delivered outstanding performances on the big stage at the Penn Relays on Thursday.
The Bearcats' quartet of Jasmine Berry, Kelleann Graham, Cheyenne Brown and Donella Nelson put up a time of 49.45 seconds in the girls' 400 relay. The performance is the best time by a York-Adams team this season.
The Panthers' Jordan Nittinger, DeJanee Fells, Kennedy Little and Kadie Surgenor turned in a 4:09.24 in the girls' 1600 relay. It's also the fastest time by a York-Adams team in 2013.
Meanwhile, Red Lion's Amanda Myers placed 13th in the girls' high school javelin with a throw of 120 feet, 4 inches. Myers recorded a throw of 125-7 earlier this season.
The other relay performances by York-Adams runners on the first day of the prestigious meet were:
---Girls' 400 relay: South Western (Kristin Garland, Makenzie Wall, Amore Coleman, Lynne Mooradian), 50.36; Central (Nittinger, Little, Jess Cable, Surgenor), 52.21; York Suburban (Tagan Lehr, Heather Ramp, Jordan Shoff, Lauren Shrader), 53.41; Susquehannock (Destiny Hatcher, Jala Sanders, Katie Wagner, Alesha Herman), 54.54; and Red Lion (Alaina Ross, Kylie Strong, Jessica Lewis, Tori Sprenkle), 55.79.
---Girls' 1,600 relay: Red Lion (Ross, Anna Haynie, Lewis, Julia Kendrick), 4:18.55; South Western (Garland, Maddie Swanner, Jacey Shipley, Mooradian), 4:22.56; and York Suburban (Brianna Clark, Kimberly Hall, Rachelle Walker, Tessa Stewart), 4:25.90.
Seeds set for tennis tournament: Repeat champions were a regular occurrence for a while in the Class AAA singles bracket of the York-Adams League Boys' Tennis Tournament.
Four players, all from Dallastown, went back-to-back beginning with Andrew Holmes in 2001. After Holmes came Phil Bayliss, Billy Heird and Gavin Smith.
Since Smith's second title in 2008, though, there have been four different champions: Mikesh Desai of Central; Max Lillie of Dallastown, Tommy Nicklas of South Western and Anthony Miserendino of South Western.
Miserendino returns this year as the No. 1 seed, and he'll seek to join Holmes, Bayliss, Heird and Smith as a recent repeat champion.
This year's tournament begins on Friday with singles action at Dallastown and South Western high schools.
John Schmitt of Dallastown is the No. 2-seeded player in AAA, followed by Sam Innerst of Red Lion, Kaltrin Bullaj of Susquehannock, Quinn Meyer of South Western, Hunter Brown of Central, Kyle Salaga of Dallastown and Mike Gruver of New Oxford.
Biglerville's Cole Herzing, the runner-up in AA last year, is the No. 1-seeded player this year. The other seeded players in order are: Michael Hogg of York Suburban, Adam Hack of York Catholic, Adam Fisher of Delone Catholic, Evan Staub of Delone Catholic, Elliot Diehl of York Suburban, Matthew Koury of York Catholic and Cullen Rosenbrien of Hanover.
The championship matches in AAA and AA singles are set for Monday at South Western.
The AA and AAA doubles titles will be decided on Wednesday, also at South Western.
Wild title races: The wild title races in York-Adams Division I baseball and softball could both come down to the final day.
Spring Grove, Red Lion and Dallastown are all tied for first place in baseball with 7-3 league records. South Western is a half-game back at 6-3.
Dallastown, Central and Red Lion are locked up at 8-2 in Division I softball.
The remainder of the schedules for the baseball teams are: Spring Grove (at Dallastown, South Western, at Red Lion); Red Lion (at Central, South Western, Spring Grove); Dallastown (at South Western, Spring Grove, Central); and South Western (Dallastown, at Red Lion, at Spring Grove, Central).
The softball schedules are: Dallastown (at South Western, New Oxford, Central); Central (Red Lion, at Dallastown, at South Western); and Red Lion (at Central; South Western, New Oxford).
Howley milestone: Dallastown head swimming coach Rich Howley reached a milestone this past season by earning his 400th career victory.
Howley's overall record is a sparkling 408-68-1 (206-31-1 with the boys' program and 202-37-0) with the girls' program.
The Wildcats' girls' team has captured nine straight, and 11 of the last 12, Division I crowns. Dallastown's boys have won 18 of the past 22 Division I championships.
-- Reach Dick VanO linda at dvanolin firstname.lastname@example.org.