Central York senior J.D. Groff doesn't mind running in the rain.

Snow and sleet, they're OK, too.

"I remember, two years ago, we ran against Spring Grove in the snow and sleet, and that was fun," Groff said. "They weren't calling for thunder or lightning today, so I didn't think the meet would be postponed."

The meet went on as scheduled, and Groff and his teammates took on South Western in the rain at the Panthers' stadium. Both teams were coming off season-opening victories on Tuesday. South Western remained unbeaten following a 78.25-62.75 victory. South Western's girls also kept their record unblemished by defeating the Panthers, 96-54.

The Central boys' team is competing without star hurdler Jay Stone, who is recovering from offseason knee surgery. Stone won the District 3 titles in both the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles the past two years.

"We have to try and make up for his (Stone's) points," Groff said. "Our team's been doing good, but we knew today was going to be a hard meet."

Groff, a cross country runner in the fall, delivered two victories in long distance events, the 1,600 and 3,200 runs. He also ran a leg on the winning 3200 relay team.

Erik Ramirez supplied two more firsts for the Panthers in the shot put and discus, but South Western used a 46-41 edge on the track and a 32.25-21.75 advantage in the field to secure the victory.


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"It was a great meet, and I'm proud of our guys because Central has a good program," South Western head coach Bruce Lee said. "The (one-two-three) sweep in the 200 really helped us."

Groff has competed in the 1,600 since his sophomore year, but he didn't begin running the 3200 until last year.

"I did it to try and help get more team points," he said. "A lot of people don't like to compete in both (the 1,600 and 3,200), but I like them both."

Groff's personal bests in the 1,600 and 3,200 are 4 minutes, 29 seconds, and 9;45, respectively.

While South Western's guys were turning back Central's challenge, South Western's girls showed why they are the reigning York-Adams Division I champions. The Mustangs captured 12 of the 18 events, including all seven field events.

Katie Harman led the way for South Western by winning four events: long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault.

"Our girls had a good day," Lee said. "They have high expectations this year."

OTHER BOYS' TRACK AND FIELD

Dover 88, Eastern York 62: At Dover, Brian Lehman led the Eagles to the York-Adams Division II victory by taking first in the javelin, shot put and discus. Teammate Gabe Lloyd won the 800 and 1,600. As a team, Dover captured first in five of the seven field events.

OTHER GIRLS' TRACK AND FIELD

Eastern York 80, Dover 70: At Dover, the Golden Knights captured first in five of the seven field events to secure the York-Adams Division II victory. Individually for the visitors, Heather Peters won the 100 and 300 hurdles, while Arielle Stigelman won the 100 and discus. For the Eagles, Shea Beierschmidt won the 1,600 and 800.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com.