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PURE PREPS: York County athletes excel at Northern York's Arctic Blast Invitational
It was a big weekend for York County track-and-field athletes.
They set records and brought home numerous championships during invitational action, led by some strong performances at the Arctic Blast Invitational at Northern York High School.
Red Lion’s Madisen Kling picked up a pair of victories at Northern on Saturday and bested her own meet record in the process. Her toss of 141 feet, 4 inches set a new record in the discus and beat her toss of 136-6 set last year at the same invite.
Kling also won the shot put with a throw of 33-1.
Eastern York’s Taylor Currier tied a meet record by winning the long jump at 16 feet, 7.5-inches. Currier also won the triple jump with a leap of 34-8.
Also from Eastern, Maddie McLain finished third in the 800 run and was runner-up in the mile to Northern York standout Marlee Starliper.
The Polar Bears’ standout sophomore ran the best mile in the state this season and won the event in a blazing time of 4:55.08. That shattered the previous meet record of 5:07.85 set in 2008. McLain was second Saturday in 5:19.84.
Olivia McLain was second in the 3,200 with a run of 12:12.60.
Red Lion also got a second-place finish from Kiersten Lloyd in the 800. York Suburban’s Kaite Wand was third in the javelin.
On the boys’ side, Suburban was well represented with two individual wins, a runner-up finish and a pair of relay wins. The Trojans were particularly successful on the distance runs, with Bryce Ohl winning the 1,600 in 4:43.19 and Josh Kerr taking the 3,200 in 10:32.31.
Jarrett Raudensky was second in the 800 with a time of 2:06.93. Suburban won the 400 and 3,200 relays and finished second in the 1,600 relay.
York County’s other boys’ individual winners were Eastern’s Demonte Martin, who captured the 110 hurdles in 15.46 seconds, and Red Lion’s Jerome Jessup, who took the 200 in :23.11.
Jessup also earned runner-up finishes in the 100 and 400. Also from Red Lion, Owen Stine placed third in the javelin.
Suburban was the best York-area boys’ team with a second-place score of 69 points, while Red Lion was fourth with 49. Northern York captured the boys’ title with 74 points.
Delone Catholic racked up 98 points to take the girls’ team title. Eastern was the best York-area team, finishing fourth with 58 points.
Dover does well at Mustang meet: The Dover track-and-field team had a strong showing at the Mustang Invitational at West Perry High School.
The Eagles finished second in the girls’ meet with 138 points, seven back of first-place Greenwood. On the boys’ side, the Eagles were third with 109 points to finish behind runner-up Hollidaysburg (118.5) and victorious West Perry (152).
The Eagles got a huge day from Deej McRae at the boys’ event. McRae picked up three individual victories, winning the 100 and 200 dashes and 110 hurdles.
In girls’ action Peyton Moulder won the 100 hurdles, Sienna Woodyard won the 100 dash and Frankie White captured the triple jump. Dover also won the girls’ 400 relay.
Bulldogs shine at Hempfield invite: West York's Tesia Thomas won the triple jump and finished second in the long jump at the Black Knight Invitational at Hempfield High School.
Thomas' teammate, Angie Hawkins, won the high jump.
Bobcats remain atop PVCA rankings: The undefeated Northeastern boys’ volleyball team remains in the top spot of the latest Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class 2-A state rankings.
The Bobcats are coming off an impressive sweep of Pennsbury, 25-20, 25-15, 25-17, on Friday. Pennsbury is eighth in the 3-A rankings.
Suburban stayed 10th in 2-A.
In 3-A, Central York held on to its fifth-place ranking from a week ago.