CROSS COUNTRY: Dallastown girls earn sweep and share of York-Adams Division I title
EMIGSVILLE — Lydia Fimmano moved away from the pack and helped deliver a championship for the Dallastown girls' cross country team on Tuesday.
Fimmano and a teammate, Isabella Wise, finished one-two, helping the Wildcats defeat three opponents and earn a share (with Red Lion) of the York-Adams Division I title.
The Red Lion boys' team, meanwhile, captured the Division I crown outright with three victories.
The Dallastown girls scored victories over Central York (27-30), Red Lion (23-34) and Spring Grove (15-50).
The Red Lion boys, meanwhile, edged Dallastown (28-29) and also defeated Central (23-33) and Spring Grove (20-37).
Fimmano completed the 3.1-mile run at John Rudy Park in 20 minutes, 56 seconds, followed by Wise in 21:00. Central's Paige Hartman was third in 21:15. Sarah Groetz (fourth) and Danielle Dubois (seventh) gave Dallastown four runners in the top seven. Alexis DeSanti was the Wildcats' fifth scorer.
Following the race, Fimmano said she's usually third on her team.
Not on Tuesday.
The sophomore took the lead at the two-mile mark and held it the rest of the way.
"I felt good today" Fimmano said. "I really wasn't thinking about winning. I was more focused on Bella (Wise) and me finishing together."
Fimmano and Wise, who is also a sophomore, came through on a day the Wildcats were without their No. 1 runner, Haley Brown, who was ill.
"We all really wanted to step up and run today," Fimmano said.
Dallastown's veteran coach, Mark Noll, was thrilled with the way his team rose to the occasion.
"This is what it's all about," Noll said. "This is what keeps me coming back. Lydia found her race today. She's been hesitant, running in the pack. But in the second half (of the race), she took the challenge."
Boys' meet: Meanwhile, Dallastown's Patrick Jacobson won the boys' race by 16 seconds, but Red Lion placed four runners in the first eight finishers to win the quad meet and the title.
The Lions' Micah Bodisch and Alex Miller were second and third, respectively, and teammates Cameron George and Joel Gatchell, placed seventh and eighth. Ryan Hatterer was the fifth scorer for the Red Lion.
"Division I was so competitive this year, I knew it was going to be a close meet today," Lions' coach Nate Stetter said. "It was exciting. I was really happy for the boys. They got themselves ready mentally, and we told them that every place matters."
Jacobson is getting used to first place. He put up a time of 17:07 in his latest outing.
"He's really learning this year," Noll said. "The latter part of the season, he's really established himself."
OTHER BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY
Suburban earns Division II crown: At Glen Rock, York Suburban sewed up the York-Adams Division II title with wins over West York, Susquehannock and Kennard-Dale. The Trojans improved to 6-0 in the division and 20-0 overall. Susquehannock finished second, followed by Kennard-Dale and West York. Susquehannock's Joe McDonnell won the race in 17:35, but Suburban took the next six places behind Peter Wagner, Donovan Mears, Jarrett Raudensky, Bryce Ohl, Josh Kerr and Tanner Haynes. The Suburban boys have won four straight D-II titles.
South Western sweeps, but Northeastern's Hake wins race: At Manchester, South Western finished first as a team, earning wins over Northeastern, New Oxford and Dover. Northeastern took second, followed by the Colonials and the Eagles. Northeastern's Noah Hake finished first individually in 17:27.
Squires take first: At York Catholic, Delone Catholic captured first in the team competition by defeating York Catholic, Biglerville, Fairfield and York Tech. The Green Knights took second, followed by York Catholic, Tech and Biglerville. Daniel Wood led the Canners with a first-place finish in 17:56.
Littlestown sews up championship: At Gettysburg, Littlestown beat Bermudian Springs in a battle of York-Adams Division III unbeatens to sew up the division crown. Overall, Gettysburg finished first at its home meet, followed by Eastern York, Littlestown and Bermudian. Gettysburg's Daniel Filler won the race in 17:30.
OTHER GIRLS' CROSS COUNTRY
Trojans capture D-II championship: At Glen Rock, York Suburban wrapped up a perfect 20-0 regular season and clinched the York-Adams Division II crown with a 6-0 mark. The Trojans beat Susquehannock, Kennard-Dale and West York. Susquehannock finished second, followed by K-D and West York. K-D's Maddie Ferner won the race in 19:53, followed by her teammate, Caitlin Solomon and West York's Bethany Weaver. Olivia Gettle was Suburban's top runner in fourth. Trojan runners also finished sixth through ninth. Suburban has won 14 straight York-Adams division championships.
Mustangs triumph as team, while Bobcats' Bradley is individual winner: At Manchester, South Western earned a narrow win over Northeastern (28-29), while also beating New Oxford and Dover. Northeastern took second in the team race, followed by Dover and New Oxford. The Eagles also won a close one, 27-28, over the Colonials. Northeastern's Micaela Bradley took individual honors in 21:09.
Delone clinches division: At York Catholic, the Squirettes clinched the York-Adams Division III title and went undefeated in the division for the fourth year in a row. Delone defeated York Catholic, Fairfield, Biglerville and York Tech. Kate Mowrey led the Squirettes with a first-place finish in 21:12. The Irish came in second, followed by Fairfield. Tech and Biglerville tied for fourth with a double forfeit.
Eastern York excels, McLain wins race: At Gettysburg, Eastern York swept past Gettysburg, Bermudian Springs and Littlestown. Eastern's Maddie McLain won the race in 19:14. Gettysburg finished second, followed by Bermudian and Littlestown.
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