DALLASTOWN -- The in-house competition helped mold Red Lion's Caleb Gatchell into a champion.
"We have five guys on this team who can go two flat or better in the 800," Gatchell said after winning the York-Adams League Boys' 800 title with a personal-record time of 1 minute, 55.89 seconds.
The Lions' senior was followed across the line by two teammates, his brother, Ethan, and Nathaniel Pardoe.
"It was huge for us to go one-two-three." Caleb Gatchell said. "We're always pushing each other. The first lap (of two laps) was great, with myself and two teammates in the lead, and I felt pretty good the last 200 (of the race)."
Gatchell later joined with his brother, Pardoe and Seth Haight to win the closing event of the meet, the 1,600 relay.
The victory capped an outstanding day for the Lions, who captured the York-Adams Division I regular-season title.
In addition to the 800 run and 1,600 relay, Red Lion athletes took the 400 relay (Haight, Chris Grant, Josh Jones and Jason Milton), the 300 hurdles (Andrew Menges) and long jump (Alex Keller).
"We had a lot of kids who worked hard this year," Lions' coach Todd Barshinger said. "Alex Keller was our third guy in the long jump, and he ended up winning the title here today. We graduate 19 (seniors), so I'm going to enjoy this while I can."
York High's Anderson Novalin (shot put) Eastern York's Jake Kessler (200), Kennard-Dale's Dylan Moynihan (pole vault) and New Oxford's Aaron Gebhart (3,200 run) also earned gold medals on Monday.
Novalin added another gold to the one the Bearcats' senior won on Friday in the discus.
"My speed and strength have increased since last year," Novalin said. "My junior year, I was runner-up (in the shot put) by one inch. I didn't want to lose by another inch this year."
Novalin recorded a throw of 53 feet, 11/2 inches in the shot. His personal record is 53-2.
"I'm looking to throw 56 feet before my season is over," he said. "I don't care whether it happens at districts or states."
Moynihan, who won at 14 feet on Monday, has a height in mind he would like to clear before graduating.
"By states, I would like to clear 15-6 to 15-9," he said. "I'm also looking to get the school record (15 feet)."
Moynihan's personal best is 14-71/2.
Kessler and Gebhart will have two more seasons to compete after this one ends.
"It feels good winning this going against seniors," Kessler said. "Last year to this year, I've made improvements. I have better form, and I've done a lot of block work to get out faster."
Central York's Jay Stone won two gold medals on the opening day of the meet on Friday. Stone triumphed in the 110 hurdles and 400. The Panthers' junior broke the meet record in the 110 hurdles with a time of :14.14.
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