After winning a gold medal in the pole vault at the York-Adams Track and Field Meet, Kennard-Dale's Dylan Moynihan talked about two vaulters who helped inspire him.
"Jared (Dallastown's Jared Allison) got me started, and my own motivation and Bill Butler keep me going," Moynihan said.
Allison vaulted 16 feet, 3 inches (the highest ever by a York-Adams athlete) to win the silver medal at last year's state meet.
Butler was an outstanding athlete at Kennard-Dale who in his senior year (1979) captured state gold medals in the pole vault and 300 hurdles and helped the Rams win the state Class AA team title.
Butler held the school record in the pole vault (15 feet) for 34 years until Moynihan soared 15-9 at the District 3 meet this past Friday. The Rams' senior took second behind Palmyra's Tim Moses who cleared 16 feet.
Moses and Moynihan will see who can go the highest again this weekend at the PIAA State Championship. Moses is seeded first, and Moynihan is seeded second.
The Boys' Class AAA pole-vault competition is set for Friday and Saturday.
Moynihan is one of three York-Adams athletes listed second in a Boys' Class AAA event.
Central York's Jay Stone is second in the 300 hurdles, and York Tech's Ronald Henderson is second in the triple jump.
Stone and Henderson delivered personal-best performances in winning District 3 gold medals. Stone put up a time of 37.63 seconds, and Henderson leaped 47-0 3/4.
Both York-Adams athletes are seeded behind the same athlete in the state meet: Wellington Zaza of Garnet Valley (District 1).
Zaza is listed at :37.08 in the hurdles and 48-6 in the triple jump. While competing for Strath Haven at the 2012 state meet, he won the triple jump, finished second in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 110 hurdles.
Zaza also holds the top seed for this year's 110 hurdles competition (:13.86). Stone is 12th at :14.68, but the Central star did turn in a 14.14 time in winning the York-Adams Meet. The performance eclipsed the meet record.
Three other York-Adams athletes and one relay team is among the top 10 on the performance lists.
They are: South Western's Holly Arey (third in Girls' Class AAA discus); Fairfield's Sarah Hunt (sixth in Girls' Class AAA triple jump), South Western's 400 relay team (eighth in Girls' Class AAA) and York High's Anderson Novalin (10th in Boys' Class AAA shot put).
-- Reach Dick Vanolin da at dvanolinda@york dispatch.com.