York Suburban's Jamie Nixon-Alark was frustrated when he had to sit out his team's track-and-field meet against Northeastern earlier this season.
A hamstring injury turned the junior sprinter into a spectator.
Northeastern won, 80-70.
"I felt bad I wasn't in there," Nixon-Alark said. "I usually win the 100 and 200, and that's 10 points."
Nixon-Alark was healthy and back on the track Tuesday, delivering impact performances in a crucial meet as the Trojans handed Eastern York its first York-Adams Division II defeat, 812/3-681/3. The result left Suburban, Eastern and Northeastern, which lost to Eastern, tied for first place. Barring an upset, the trio will share the division crown.
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Nixon-Alark won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and anchored the winning 1,600-meter relay team.
The junior doesn't particularly like the 400 (each runner in the 1,600 relay runs a 400), but took one for the team.
"It's very, very tiring," he said. "It's difficult for me, but they (the coaches) said we needed the points, and I said I'll run it (the 1,600 relay) for you."
Nixon-Alark and Eastern's Alex Cooley entertained the Senior Night crowd with duels to the finish line in the 100 and 400 relay. Nixon-Alark prevailed in the 100, and Cooley held off his rival in the relay.
"I like competing, and he (Cooley) gives me good competition," Nixon-Alark said. "The coaches told us they felt we could win this meet, and we came out and did our part."
Suburban dominated on the track, piling up a 61-26 advantage.
"Our guys were really pumped up for this meet," Trojans' coach Dave Wickenheiser said. "That mile (1,600) race was so fantastic when Kirk Beaver (of Suburban) just edged out that guy at the end. Jon Hutchinson
And then there were The middle- and long-distances races. Trojans' distance coach Dan VanHouwe's crew piled up a 23-4 advantage in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. Beaver won the 3,200 to go with the 1,600.
The Suburban girls' middle- and long-distance runners were even more impressive, winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 by the combined score of 24-3.
The Trojans' Lily Corsaro placed first in the 1,600 and 3,200. The senior plans to run for New York University next year.
"Lily, she's been an integral part of this track team for the last four years," Wickenheiser said. "She's going to the Penn Relays for the first time on Thursday and is going to run the 400 (a leg of the 1,600 relay) for us."
Corsaro has earned more than her share of individual honors. However, she's just as proud of what the team accomplished the past three years.
"As a senior, it will definitely be great to have the title again and also give the younger girls confidence that they can get the title next year," she said. "It's an awesome feeling winning this meet. They (Eastern) are our biggest competition, and they're good year after year."
Wickenheiser said he admires the girls' toughness and how they take care of business.
"That's how it's been the last three years," he said. "They hate to lose."
Taylor Landis won the long jump and triple jump for the Trojans, and Lauren Shrader captured the 300 hurdles and recorded the same time as Eastern's Rebecah Delp in the 110 hurdles (:16.8).
Katelyn Stine (100 and 200) and Victoria Keller (shot put and javelin) recorded two individual first-place finishes apiece for Eastern.
On the guys' side, Eastern's Jacob Kautz leaped to victories in the triple jump and long jump and his teammate, Alec McKee delivered the longest throws in the javelin and discus.
OTHER BOYS' TRACK
DALLASTOWN 77, SOUTH WESTERN 73: The visiting Wildcats took first in just seven of 18 events, but accumulated enough points to hand South Western its first York-Adams League Division I loss this season. Dallastown (4-1 Division I) was led by Jon Dadeboe (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, triple jump), who took first in three events. Logan Bowman (400, 200) paced the Mustangs (4-1 Division I) by taking first in two individual events and running a leg of the winning 1,600 relay team.
RED LION 101, CEN TRAL 49: At Central, the Lions took first in all seven field events grab the York-Adams Division I victory. Individually for the Lions, Ryan Knisely won the 100 and 200, Caleb Gatchell won the 800 and 1,600, Jason Milton won the long jump and triple jump and Tyler Burns won the shot put and discus. For the Panthers, Jay Stone won the 110 and 300 hurdles. Red Lion improved to 5-0 in the division and stands alone in first.
NEW OXFORD 88, SPRING GROVE 62: At Spring Grove, the Colonials took first in eight events on the track to secure the York-Adams Division I win. For the Rockets, Jacob Miller won the long jump and triple jump, while Kyle Forry won the 100 and 200.
OTHER GIRLS' TRACK
DALLASTOWN 76, SOUTH WESTERN 74: The visiting Wildcats took first in 10 of 18 events to improve to 4-1 in York-Adams Division I. Dallastown was led by T.T. Purnell (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles) and Paige Barefoot (100, 200), who each took first in two events and ran a leg of the winning 1,600 relay. South Western's Erin Harman captured first in the long jump, triple jump and pole vault.
NEW OXFORD 88, SPRING GROVE 62: At Spring Grove, Jamila Janneh led the Colonials to the York-Adams Division I victory by registering individual wins in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. For the Rockets, Abby Richards won the 100 and 300 hurdles.
RED LION 95, CEN TRAL 55: At Central, the Lions captured first in eight of the 11 track events to secure the York-Adams Division I victory. Individually for the Lions, Angelica Gonzalez won the 100, 200 and long jump, while Janay Truiett won the high jump and triple jump. First-place Red Lion improved to 5-0 in the division.
-- Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdis patch.com.