Olivia Gettle and Kelsey Ibarra didn't take long to separate themselves from the pack in the Girls' 3,200 run during the completion of the York-Adams League Track and Field Championships on Monday.
Getting separation from each other was another story altogether.
Gettle, a York Suburban freshman, and Ibarra, a Central York senior, delivered a classic eight-lap duel.
With less than 200 meters to go, Gettle, who had been a very close second for almost the entire race, made her move and took the lead. She won in a time of 11 minutes, 29.23 seconds. Ibarra crossed the line in 11:30.93. Gettle shaved 12 seconds off her personal record with the gold-medal run.
"I knew my time was going to be fast," she said. "My arms hurt, my legs hurt, but I knew I had to stay with her. I ran against her (Kelsey) in cross country (in the York-Adams Meet), but that wasn't even close. (Ibarra won her second York-Adams cross country title last fall). But, I did finish second (to Ibarra) in the county cross country meet."
Gettle's York-Adams Track and Field Meet was an unforgettable one. She won the 1,600 on Friday night before capturing the 3,200 when the meet resumed on Monday.
"I'm always going to be thankful to my teammates and my coach (Dan VanHouwe), who pushed me so hard," she said. "Samantha Gehly, my teammate, pulled me up with her when I joined the team this year."
Gettle wasn't the only freshman to win two individual races in the what turned out to be a two-day meet. South Western's sprint star Lynne Mooradian swept the 100 and 200 dashes in :12.35 and :25.59, respectively. Mooradian's teammate, Holly Arey, a junior, won both the shot put and discus on Monday with throws of 35 feet, 31/2 inches, and 120-09.
Dallastown's Tatianna Purnell (300 hurdles), Spring Grove's Lydia Kline (high jump), York High's Jasmine Berry (triple jump) and Bermudian Springs' Rachel Crane (800) also came through with girls' individual championships on Monday.
Purnell, in addition to winning the 300 hurdles, ran a leg on Dallastown's winning 1,600 relay team (along with Shay Hall, Megan Newmister and Emma Kange). Susquehannock's Destiny Hatcher, Jala Sanders, Katie Wagner and Alesha Herman took the 400 relay.
"When the meet was suspended on Friday (because of rain), the first comment I heard (from Purnell) was 'are we going to practice this weekend?'" said Dallastown assistant coach Erik Harr. "She practiced with (assistant coach) David Hoffman. She had a little extra tuneup and did a PR (:46.30) today."
-- Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.