RED LION — The Red Lion girls' track and field team exceeded its coach's expectations on Tuesday and earned a share of the York-Adams Division I title.
The Lady Lions handed arch-rival Dallastown its first defeat, 88-62. The result, combined with Central York's victory over New Oxford, left Red Lion, Dallastown and Central in a three-way tie for the crown.
Red Lion also bested Dallastown in the boys' meet, 80-70.
"I had us scoring 37 points in the field (going into the meet)," Red Lion girls' coach Jason Smith said.
Instead, the Lady Lions racked up 52 points in the field events, outscoring the visitors, 52-11, to offset Dallastown's 51-36 advantage on the track.
Red Lion swept the shot put and discus and went one-two in the long jump, high jump and pole vault.
Hailey Gunnet led the Lady Lions in the final home meet of her career by winning the shot put and javelin and finishing third in the discus.
"She (Gunnet) has been my rock the last four years, and I'm going to lose her," Smith said.
Gunnet, who plans to attend York College and major in nursing, said there was a lot of stress going into the meet against an unbeaten arch-rival.
"We knew we had to put our hearts into it," she said. "It was my last time going with the full team and trying to get a win. Beating Dallastown, our rivals who live next door, on Senior Night, that's incredible."
Smith compared this year's team to another championship Red Lion club.
"This year's team reminds me of the team we had in 2012. They're solid," he said.
Jayla Godfrey joined Gunnet in winning two events for the Lady Lions. The junior captured the 300 hurdles and long jump.
Red Lion's Angelica Gonzalez, who missed most of the season after suffering a hamstring injury over the winter, won the 200 dash and finished second to Dallasown's Amari Johnson in the 400 in her first dual-meet appearance of the season.
The senior, who earned an NCAA Division I college scholarship to East Carolina, burst on the high school track-and-field scene as a freshman by winning a silver medal and a bronze medal at the state meet as a freshman. Since the brilliant start to her career, Gonzalez has battled injuries every season.
"The first dual meet for me was my last one," she said. "It meant a lot to be back on Senior Night. I knew I could run, and I knew I wasn't going to get hurt. Twenty-six one (her winning time in the 200) is nothing amazing, but it wasn't the time that meant a lot. It was the place, and the feeling I got from winning for my team."
Another senior, Quincy Palmer, sprinted to victories in the 100 and 200 dashes to help the Red Llon boys turn back Dallastown's challenge. Palmer also handled the anchor leg on the winning 400 relay team.
Judge Kunce added first-place performances for the Lions in the long jump and triple jump.
Owen Ritter (110 hurdles and 300 hurdles) and Justin Tracy (400 and high jump) each recorded two first-place finishes for Dallastown.
OTHER GIRLS' TRACK AND FIELD
Eastern York 92, Gettysburg 58: At Gettysburg, in a battle for the Y-A Division II crown, the Golden Knights downed the host Warriors to win the outright title. Eastern finished the year 7-0-0 in the league, while Gettysburg finished 5-1-1. Maddie McLain had a strong day for the Golden Knights, winning the 1,600 and 3,200 runs. For the Warriors, Zanna Abele won three events, the 100 dash, 200 dash and 400 run.
York Tech 98, Littlestown 51: At Littlestown, the Spartans only lost two events while earning the victory. Katie MacDougall won the 1,600 and 3,200 runs, while McCayla Welsh took first in the 300 hurdles and long jump.
New Oxford 97, York High 38: At York, the Colonials won every event on the track except for the 400 relay. Kirsten Jenkins won the shot put and discus for New Oxford.
Central York 93, Spring Grove 57: At Central, Erin Wilson and Aerial Kendrick led the Panthers. Wilson won the 400 and 800 runs, while Kendrick won the shot put and discus. For the Rockets, Abby Erlemeier won the 200, high jump and long jump.
Dover 71, Susquehannock 70: At Susquehannock, the Eagles had a 33-21 edge in the field. Rajah Fink (javelin), Faith Jackson (shot put), Emily Reimer (discus) and Grace Leathers (long jump) each picked up field wins for Dover. Rachel Banchiere's victories in the 1,600 and 3,200 helped the Warriors to a 49-38 edge on the track. Jayla Saunders (100, 200) was also a dual winner for Susquehannock.
Northeastern 98, Kennard-Dale 43: At Manchester, the Bobcats captured all three relays. Individually for the Bobcats, Hannah Schell won the 100 and 300 hurdles, while Alivia Crerand won the javelin and shot put. For the Rams, Jessica Ollis won the 100, 200 and 400.
York Suburban 93.5, West York 56.5: At York Suburban, the Trojans rode their dominance in the field to victory, with wins in all seven events. Jordan Shoff (javelin, discus) and Maddie James (triple jump, long jump) were dual winners for Suburban. On the track, the victors were led by Olivia Gettle, who won the 1,600 and 3,200. West York's Janna Alleyne won the 100 and 300 hurdles.
OTHER BOYS' TRACK AND FIELD
West York 77, York Suburban 73: At Suburban, Andrew Moyer and Abdul Juniad helped lead the Bulldogs. Moyer was victorious in the 110 and 300 hurdles as well as the triple jump. Juniad won the 100 and 200 dashes and was also part of the winning 400 relay. Phillip Marshall won the high jump and long jump for Suburban. His winning leap of 21-11.5 set a new school record in the long jump. Brady Wilt won the 1,600 and 3,200 for the Trojans and was also a member of the victorious 3,200 relay.
Littlestown 112, York Tech 38: At Littlestown, the Thunderbolts swept all seven field events en route to the easy win. In the track events, Kyle Langrill won both the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles. For Tech, Bry'Quan Sweeney won the 100 and 200 dashes.
New Oxford 75, York High 66: At York, the Colonials were able to take home the victory thanks to a 51-36 showing on the track. Ben Rivera won the 100 hurdles for New Oxford. York High won five of six field events. Deshaun Horton (long jump, triple jump) and Jacob Whitfield (shot put, discus) were dual winners for the Bearcats.
Central York 77 2/3, Spring Grove 72 1/3: At Central, Dylan Lutz captured first in the high jump and pole vault to lead the Panthers. The Panthers also took two out of the three relay events. For the Rockets, Devin Wherley won the 100 and 200 dashes.
Dover 85, Susquehannock 65: At Susquehannock, dual victories from Shane and Sean Orchard helped the Eagles soar to victory. Shane was victorious in the 110 and 300 hurdles, while Sean got it done in the field, winning the shot put and discus. Nathan Shelley (1,600 and 3,200) and Nick Tannura (100, 200) were dual winners on the track for the Warriors. Tyler Buckley captured the long and triple jump for Susquehannock.
Northeastern 82, Kennard-Dale 67: At Manchester, Payton Wolgamuth led the Bobcats by taking first in the javelin, shot put and discus. Teammate Taemar Willis won the 110 hurdles and high jump. The Bobcats as a team captured the 400 and 1,600 relays. For the Rams, Sam Schott won the 100, 200 and long jump, while Theo Kioussis won the 1,600 and 3,200 and Chris Moore won the 300 hurdles and triple jump.
Gettysburg 95, Eastern York 55: At Gettysburg, the Warriors swept the three relays. Dan Filler won the 1,600 and 3,200 runs, while also running on the 4x800 relay. Individually for Eastern, Derek Zurin won the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and the high jump.
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