RED LION -- Caleb Gatchell discovered just the inspiration he needed when the Red Lion senior turned for home on Tuesday afternoon in the final event of the day.
"I looked down the track and saw the whole team lined up, and I thought 'I have to do this' (anchor the winning 1,600 relay team)," Gatchell said.
After winning the 800 and 1,600 runs and running a leg on the victorious 3,200 relay team, Gatchell was pretty well spent by the last lap of the 1,600 relay.
But buoyed by his cheering teammates, he found a way to hold off Dallastown's runner in the homestretch and close out an 88-62 victory over his school's arch-rival.
Red Lion improved its York-Adams Division I record to 3-0-0, and Dallastown slipped to 2-1-0.
"It's huge to get a win over Dallastown," Gatchell said. "They put a lot of great competition out there. They're just three miles up the road, and we run by their school every day."
Red Lion's girls also were victorious, but not before turning back a strong challenge from Dallastown. The Lady Lions prevailed, 78-72, to improve to 3-0-0. The Wildcats fell to 2-1-0.
"We had a lot of kids step up today," Red Lion boys' coach Todd Barshinger said. "This meet brings out the best in both teams. I had Caleb for a 50 split in the four by four (1,600 relay). He's a gutsy kid."
Seth Haight earned two first-place finishes for the Lions in the 400 and long jump, and Red Lion's Donald Smith won the pole vault by clearing 13 feet, 6 inches, just three inches off the school record.
Adrian Jackson had an outstanding day for Dallastown, winning the 100 and 200 dashes and 300 hurdles. The Wildcats' Ben Gates recorded the longest throws in the shot put and discus.
Girls' meet: The Red Lion girls, meanwhile, used a 41-22 advantage in the field events to offset a 50-37 Dallastown edge in the track portion.
"Our girls rose up to the challenge today," Lions' girls' coach Jason Smith said. "Our jumpers improved (their previous best) by a foot, and Amanda Myers won the javelin with a throw of 124 and then won the meet for us by winning the discus with a throw of 89. That (the discus distance) was 12 feet farther then she had done previously."
Amanda Young (pole vault), Hailey Gunnet (shot put), Johnnie Tamney (high jump) and Angelica Gonzalez (triple jump) also earned first-place finishes in the field for Red Lion.
Gonzalez, a state medalist in 100 and 200 last season, won the 200 in addition to the triple jump. The sophomore, who's been battling a hamstring problem, ran the 200 for the first time this season on Tuesday and recorded a York-Adams season-best time of 24.99 seconds.
"It hurt a lot," Gonzalez said. "That's the first time I've sprinted as fast as I can in a while. It (competing in the 200) gave me something to participate in, instead of doing nothing (on the track)."
Tatianna Purnell starred for Dallastown by sweeping the 100 and 300 hurdles and running a leg on two winning relay teams (400 and 1,600).
OTHER BOYS' TRACK & FIELD
EASTERN YORK 98, KENNARD-DALE 51: At Fawn Grove, Josh Lewis won the 110 and 300 hurdles for Eastern, while Jake Kessler won the 200 and high jump. For the Rams, Dylan Moynihan had a season-best leap in the pole vault at 14-6. His previous best on the season was 14-0. Richard Clark won the discus and shot put for Eastern, while Phil Herndon won the javelin and 100. Eastern improved to 4-0-0 in York-Adams Division II and 4-0-0 overall.
NEW OXFORD 77, YORK HIGH 63: At Small Athletic Field, Aaron Gebhart had a big day on the track for New Oxford, sweeping the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 runs. Jesse Taylor added victories in the 110 and 300 hurdles for the Colonials. Anderson Novalin was a force in the field for York High, recording the longest throws in the shot put, discus and javelin. Novalin's teammate, Isaiah Ritter, earned first-place finishes in the long jump and triple jump.
WEST YORK 77, DOVER 73: At Dover, Brady Jacoby led the Bulldogs, scoring individual wins in the 100, 400 and long jump. For the Eagles, Shaheed Mitchell won the triple jump, 110 and 300 hurdles, Danty Pagan won the 1,600 and 3,200, while Brian Lehman won the shot put and discus.
YORK SUBURBAN 93, NORTHEASTERN 57: At Manchester, Jaime Nixon-Alark won the 100 and 200 for Suburban, while Kristoff Tribue won the long jump and high jump. Suburban improved to 3-0-0 in York-Adams Division II and 3-0-0 overall.
YORK TECH 123.5, HANOVER 25.5: At Spry, the Spartans won every event. Ronald Henderson took all three jumps (high, long, triple) and Alex Taylor swept the hurdles (110, 300).
CENTRAL YORK 118, SPRING GROVE 32: The host Panthers were led by Jay Stone, who took first in the 110 hurdles, 100, 400 and 200. Teammate J.D. Groff took first in the 1,600 and 3,200.
SUSQUEHANNOCK 85 1/3, BERMUDIAN SPRINGS 64 2/3: At York Springs, Jacob Thomas won the 3,200 and 1,600 for the Warriors. For the Eagles, Austin Felts won the high jump, triple jump, 110 and 300 hurdles.
OTHER GIRLS' TRACK & FIELD
NORTHEASTERN 791/2, YORK SUBURBAN 691/2: At Manchester, the Bobcats captured first place in all seven field events to secure the York-Adams Division II victory. Individually for the Bobcats, Teshia Clayborne won the shot put and discus, while Alexis Stephens won the 200 and 100. For the Trojans, Lauren Shrader won the 100 and 300 hurdles, while Olivia Gettle won the 1,600 and 3,200. Northeastern improved to 2-0-0 in the division and 2-0-0 overall.
EASTERN YORK 98, KENNARD-DALE 52: At Fawn Grove, Heather Peters led the Golden Knights by scoring individual wins in the 200, 100 and 300 hurdles. Shauna Hildebrand took first in the triple jump and long jump for Eastern, while Arielle Stigelman won the 100 and discus. For the Rams, Maddie Ferner won the 1,600 and 800. Eastern improved to 3-1-0 in York-Adams Division II and 3-1-0 overall.
CENTRAL YORK 107, SPRING GROVE 43: The host Panthers were led by Kennedy Little, who took first in the 100 and 200 and ran a leg on the winning 400 relay team. Spring Grove's Brynn Warrington had first-place finishes in the pole vault and triple jump.
SUSQUEHANNOCK 90, BERMUDIAN SPRINGS 60: At York Springs, Jess Voltaggio won the shot put and javelin for the Warriors, while Alesha Herman won the 100 and 200 and Rachel Banchiere won the 1,600 and 3,200. For the Eagles, Elana Keller won the 100 hurdles, long jump and triple jump. Susquehannock improved to 3-0-0 overall.
NEW OXFORD 108, YORK HIGH 36: At Small Athletic Field, Devin Bateman (1,600 and high jump) and Emily Groft (discus and javelin) won two individual events apiece for New Oxford. York High's Donella Nelson captured the 100 and 200 dashes, and the Bearcats' Jasmine Berry leaped to victories in the long jump and triple jump.
WEST YORK 90, DOVER 59: At Dover, Jahna Alleyne won the 110 and 300 hurdles for West York, while Bethany Weaver won the 1,600 and 3,200. For the Eagles, Faith Jackson won the shot put and discus.
HANOVER 106, YORK TECH 40: At Spry, Morgan Herrick won the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and high jump to lead Hanover.
-- Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdis patch.com.