Alesha Herman, right, leads Northeastern s Scarlet Malave on the anchor leg of the 400 relay. Herman won the 100 and 200 dashes and ran a leg on two
Alesha Herman, right, leads Northeastern s Scarlet Malave on the anchor leg of the 400 relay. Herman won the 100 and 200 dashes and ran a leg on two winning relay teams. (Bil Bowden photo)

GLEN ROCK -- Alesha Herman didn't feel well when she woke up Thursday morning.

The Susquehannock High School track standout didn't even consider staying home from school, though.

Schoolwork could be made up, but if Herman didn't report for classes, she wouldn't be able to compete in Thursday afternoon's crucial York-Adams Division II meet against Northeastern.

The Warriors' star sprinter made it to school.

"I woke up with a stomach illness, and I fought through it in school because I knew the team needed me," Herman said. "I went to the nurse twice."

When classes ended, Herman and her teammates made their way up the hill across from the high school to the track-and-field complex. The Warriors then took on the Bobcats in a meet between the two remaining unbeaten teams in York-Adams Division II.

The showdown was just as close as expected, with the lead changing hands six times.

Susquehannock, though, had the best closing kick, outscoring Northeastern, 20-3, in the final three events (3,200 run, discus and 1,600 relay) to score an 83-67 victory.

The Warriors' boys, meanwhile, edged Northeastern, 76-73, to complete the sweep.

Herman captured the 100 and 200 dashes and ran a leg on two winning relay teams, 400 and 1,600. She anchored the 400 and handled the leadoff leg for the 1,600.

The Warriors' junior put up an outstanding time of 25.3 seconds in the 200.

"I think :25.3 is my PR (personal record)," Herman said. "I threw up after the four by one (400 relay), and that made me feel better," she said.

While pleased with her performances, Herman was more thrilled with the team triumph that put the Warriors in position to claim their first Division II crown since 2006.

"My team means a whole lot to me," she said. "Every person pushes herself to get a personal record and help the team."

While Herman was sweeping the two sprints, her teammate, Rachel Banchiere, won the two distance runs, the 1,600 and 3,200.

Susquehannock went 1-2-3 in the 200, 1,600, 3,200 and pole vault, and Northeastern secured all three places in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.

The Bobcats' Payton Hauck recorded the best leaps in the long jump and triple jump.

The teams split the 18 events, but Susquehannock outscored Northeastern 15-0 by winning all three relays.

"I tell the girls that if you win three relays, it's hard to lose the meet," Susquehannock head coach Steve Stough said. "I knew it was going to be a tough meet because they have certain strengths. Having someone like Alesha, you can count on her getting you 20 points (100, 200 and running on two relay teams)."

Boys' meet: Stough's boys' team prevailed even though Northeastern captured 11 of the 18 events, including two of three relays.

The Warriors' depth proved decisive. Susquehannock recorded 10 second-place finishes and 11 third-place finishes in the 15 individual events.

Susquehannock's Calloway Hatcher displayed his versatility by winning two events on the track (100 and 200) and one in the field (long jump).

Justin Williamson (110 hurdles and 300 hurdles), Mykol Branch (high jump and triple jump) and Ben Linne (1,600 and 3,200) secured two first-place finishes apiece for Northeastern.

Paul Young and Jake Machulz placed one-two in the pole vault to enable the Warriors to nail down the victory.

"Our boys can get the job done," Stough said. "Us going one-two in the 200 (Calloway and Andrew Sweigard) was a big turning point. I had us losing this meet (in a pre-meet projection)."

The Susquehannock girls are now 3-0-0 and will be favored to win their three remaining league meets. Northeastern slipped to 2-1-0.

The Susquehannock boys improved to 2-1-0, and Northeastern fell to 0-3-0.

-- Reach Dick VanO linda at dvanolin da@yorkdispatch.com.