The York Suburban cross country teams got off to impressive starts on Thursday at Reservoir Hill.
Suburban's Brad Clark and Kennard-Dale's Dillon Wescott waged a duel for first place in the boys' meet, with Clark crossing the finish line one second ahead of Wescott. Four of Clark's teammates also finished among the top eight. The Trojans defeated West York, 15-50; Delone Catholic, 15-50; and Kennard-Dale, 22-37. Adam Barley and Donovan Mears were third and fourth, respectively, and Matt Curry and Zack Lofties took sixth and eighth.
K-D's Jake Wescott and Theo Keougges came in fifth and seventh, and Suburban's Peter Wagner and Jon Sporella rounded out the top 10. K-D earned two victories, besting West York, 25-30, and Delone Catholic, 26-30.
In the girls' meet, Suburban sophomore Olivia Gettle recorded the winning time of 20 minutes, 49 seconds to highlight the Trojans' victories over West York, 18-45; Delone, 19-43; and K-D, 21-40.
K-D's Kayla White and Delone's Kate Mowrey followed Gettle across the finish line. Suburban's Emma Leik, Sarah Cardon, Kimmy Hall, Lauren Shrader and Rachel Walker took five of the next seven places. West York's Bethany Weaver captured fifth, and K-D's Caitlin Salomon grabbed seventh. Delone defeated West York, 22-36, and K-D, 25-33. West York nipped K-D, 27-28.
OTHER BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY
LIONS' DEPTH PROVES DECISIVE: At Rudy Park, Red Lion placed five runners among the first 12 finishers to earn three victories. The Lions defeated Central, 23-32; New Oxford, 25-31; and Northeastern, 17-40. The Lions' Alex Miller, Ethan Gatchell and Andrew Erickson finished 4-5-6, respectively, while Zach Dutton came in 10th and Mike Podisch was 12th. New Oxford's Aaron Gebhart won the race in 16:14. Central's J.D. Groff was second in 16:47 and New Oxford's Jacob Plank captured third in 1:14. Central's Bryce Lerew (seventh), Central's Lee Lerew (ninth), Northeastern's Alexander Seaforth (10th) and Northeastern's Ben Linne (11th) were the other runners in the top 12. Central placed second on the day with victories over New Oxford, 24-37, and Northeastern, 19-42.
ROCKETS RACK UP THREE VICTORIES: At Spring Grove, Dover's Dante Pagan won the race in 17:43, but home team runners captured five of the next nine places to secure a trio of victories. Spring Grove defeated Dover, 23-37; Biglerville, 19-41; and Susquehannock, 18-43. The Rockets' Hunter Miller and Taylor Gardner finished second and third, respectively. Justin Culp (seventh), Mason Bentzel (eighth) and Jason Cavanuagh (10th) were the other scorers for Spring Grove. Dover's Gabe Lloyd (fourth), Susquehannock's Jacob Thomas (fifth) Biglerville's Victor Solalinde (sixth) and Biglerville's Daniel Stoner (ninth) completed the top 10. Dover earned victories over Biglerville and Susquehannock by the identical score of 23-36.
REILLY LEADS WILD CATS TO VICTORY: At Dallastown, Patrick Reilly's first-place finish in 15:57 led the Wildcats to a first-place team finish. Dallastown defeated York Catholic (15-50), Fairfield (15-50) and Littlestown (15-50). Other top finishers for the Wildcats were: Seth Stayer in second, Taylor Lentz in third, Sawyer Sourbear in fourth and Adam Saubel in fifth. The Irish and the Green Knights tied for second, 28-28. Each school defeated Littlestown, 15-50. L.J. Zinda led the Irish with a ninth-place finish.
MUMMERT LEADS SOUTH WESTERN: At York Springs, Kirk Mummert won the boys' race in to lead South Western to a 3-0 afternoon. Mummert was followed by teammates Ben Schott and Sean Pealing. Eastern York's Tyler White was fourth, followed by Bermudian's Joe Fletcher. Eastern York finished the day 2-1, followed by Bermudian Springs (1-2) and York Tech (0-3).
OTHER GIRLS' CROSS COUNTRY
SUSQUEHANNOCK RUNNERS FINISH ONE- TWO: At Spring Grove, Susquehannock's Rachel Banchiere and Emily Fourhman finished first and second to help the Warriors edge Dover, 26-29. Banchiere won in 21:29. Susquehannock completed the perfect day with victories over Spring Grove, 15-48, and Biglerville, forfeit. Courtney Rogers (fourth), Katie Steines (ninth) and Jackie Ditt (11th) were the Warriors' other scorers. Dover displayed pack power, with Shea Beierschmitt, Alysha Sweitzer, Andrea Dawson, Alyssa Lawton and Sarah Kistner finishing third, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively. Dover took second in the team competition by defeating Spring Grove, 15-48, and Biglerville, forfeit.
COLONIALS EARN TWO CLOSE VICTORIES At John Rudy Park, New Oxford won two meets by a total of just four points. The Colonials nipped Red Lion, 28-29, and prevailed over Central, 26-29. Red Lion defeated Central, 25-30, in the other meet. New Oxford's Emily Clinton, Devon Bateman and Emily Lawrence helped deliver the pair of victories by placing second, fourth and sixth, respectively. Central's Emily Loeffelholz put up a time of 21:12 to win the race. The Panthers' Haley Pfefferkorn came in fifth, and Red Lion's Macy Owens and Anna Haynie were seventh and eighth. Northeastern's Kyleigh Smeltzer and Red Lion's Haley Welchans completed the top 10 finishers.
BLUM LEADS WILD CATS TO VICTORY: At Dallastown, Megan Blum's first-place finish in 21:34, led the Wildcats to the first-place team finish. Dallastown defeated York Catholic (18-41), Fairfield (15-50) and Littlestown (15-50). Liz DiBiase took second, Elle Malda came in third and Alexis DeSanti took fifth for the winners. The Irish came in second by picking up victories over Fairfield (15-50) and Littlestown (15-50). Amanda Falvey led the Irish with a fourth-place finish.
CRANE SPARKS BER MUDIAN: At York Springs, Rachel Crane finished first individually and her Bermudian Springs squad took first as a team, going 3-0. York Tech's Emma Harrelson was second, followed by South Western's Lynn Mooradian, Bermudian's Hope Cuff and South Western's Natasha Wetzel. South Western took second as a team at 2-1, losing 27-28 to Bermudian, followed by Eastern York (1-2) and York Tech (0-3).