The beauty of high school cross country is that the times on one course on one day do not necessarily correlate to similar results the next.
For that reason, Dallastown coach Doug Moyer was still a bit nervous heading into Tuesday afternoon’s York-Adams Division I girls’ showdown at York Township Park against rival Red Lion.
The Lions and Wildcats both ran at the Big Spring Invitational earlier this year. Moyer’s squad would have come out on top in a head-to-head battle on that day.
Tuesday, however, in a meet with fewer runners and less congestion in a four-team meet, mixed in a steady rainfall throughout the day, left some doubt in his mind about the latest outcome.
Turns out Moyer didn’t have a whole lot to be concerned with. Led by their standout, Emily Schuler, who won the meet with a time of 18 minutes, 53 seconds, the Dallastown girls claimed four of the five top spots in the overall race to score a 25-32 triumph over Red Lion in a battle of previous division unbeatens. Dallastown is now 3-0 in the division, while Red Lion fell to 4-1.
“It was a nice day,” Moyer said. “We saw them at the invitational and we knew they had some girls that were tough. But even though it was an invitational, if you scored that I knew we had them, but I was hoping that we could do the same thing again.”
Schuler leads way: Schuler was able to outdistance Red Lion’s Kiersten Lloyd by a shade under 30 seconds before the Wildcats swept the 3-4-5 positions.
“I knew I had to be on the lookout for Kiersten,” Schuler said. “I knew that going into the last hill that I wanted to keep her close and really try to make my move around the 1½ (mile) mark. She was pretty close behind, so I was just kind of looking over my shoulder a bit.”
Allison Myers was third in 20:23 while her teammates, Carly Gable and Lydia Tolerico, finished just seconds behind.
“I knew that (Red Lion’s) Gwen (Lloyd) and Lily (Hare) like to go out fast,” Gable said. “So I knew that I had to stay with them. Lily was with us the whole time and on that last hill we knew that we had to go.”
After Dallastown's top four runners, however, it was a sea of yellow jerseys. The next eight finishers in the 19-girl meet all were from Red Lion. Hare kept things close but finished sixth, just 14 seconds behind Myers and eight behind Tolerico. Even if Hare managed to pass the Dallastown trio, the Lions would have still came up short. The rest of the Red Lion finishers were all 30 or more seconds off the pace.
For Schuler, who won the Ben Bloser Bulldog Cross Country Invitational a little more than a week ago at Big Spring, getting to run on York Tech’s home course against Red Lion was enjoyable.
“Running on our home course is nice, but it’s fun to get out and try new things,” she said.
The other two girls' teams involved in the meet — York Tech and Littlestown — were unable to field enough girls to fill out a complete squad.
Boys' meet: On the boys’ side, the Wildcats swept their competition en route to a trio of victories. Dallastown scored a 24-37 triumph over Tech, edged Red Lion, 20-38, and downed Littlestown, 15-48.
The Lions downed Tech, 25-36, and Littlestown, 19-42, while the Spartans claimed a 26-30 victory over the Bolts.
Sean Smith of Tech finished first with a time of 17 minutes, 50 seconds. Dallastown’s Rory McCleary took second while Dakota Kline of Tech finished third.
The Dallastown boys are now 2-1 in D-I, while Red Lion fell to 1-4.
Central York 5, Northeastern 0: At Central, the Panthers cruised to improve 9-2 overall and 8-0 in York-Adams Division I. Victoria Whitehead scored Central's first three goals. Breann Craley and Kaitlyn Merritt had the other scores, all of which came in the first half. Craley and Kyra Heap added assists. Central had a 25-0 edge in shots on goal and an 11-0 advantage in corners. Allyson Shindler and Erin Kelly each had 10 saves for Northeastern.
Cedar Crest 2, Dallastown 1: At Dallastown, the Wildcats dropped the nonleague contest despite a Lilly Cantabene goal off an assist from Shania Mulder. Dallastown had a 10-6 edge in corners and 6-5 advantage in shots. Piper Glattacker and Bella Saylor each had two saves for Dallastown, which fell to 7-4. Cedar Crest is 8-4.
Red Lion 5, Spring Grove 0: At Red Lion, Kaiya Edwards led the Lions with three assists. Also for the Lions (7-4 overall, 6-2 in Y-A D-I), Jillian Sleeth and Kennedy Bratton each scored two goals, while Megan McCarty scored one goal and Sarah Gillmen and Coda Fisher each had one assist. Red Lion won the JV match 2-0.
Susquehannock 3, York Suburban 0: At Glen Rock, the Warriors improved to 7-4 overall and 5-2 in Y-A D-II.
Susquehannock 4, Kennard-Dale 0: At Fawn Grove, Nick Holloway led the Warriors to the road victory by scoring two goals in the match. Mason Kaifer added two assists, while David Muriel-Diaz and Greyson Murray each scored one goal. The Warriors held the Rams to three shots on goal. First-place Susquehannock improved to 10-2 overall and 6-1 in York-Adams Division II.
South Western 0, Red Lion 0: At Hanover, the York-Adams Division I teams couldn't find the back the of the net. Both teams had five shots on goal, while South Western had a 7-4 edge in corners. First-place Red Lion (6-1-1 overall) is now 6-0-1 in D-I. South Western is 5-2-2 overall and 3-2-2 in the division. The JV match also ended 0-0.
West York 5, York Suburban 1: At West York, Colby Goodling led the Bulldogs to the York-Adams Division II victory by scoring three goals and adding one assist. Also for West York, Noah Murray had two goals and one assist, while Adam Hersey, Jake Altimore and Jason Bruder each added one assist. For the Trojans, Doug Horn scored one goal, while Parth Patel added one assist. West York is 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the division. Suburban fell to 6-5 and 3-4. Suburban won the JV match, 2-0.
Eastern York 1, Gettysburg 1: At Gettysburg, the Golden Knights and Warriors battled to a draw in York-Adams Division II action.
Northeastern 2, Spring Grove 0: At Spring Grove, the Bobcats improved to 6-4-1 overall and 4-3 in York-Adams Division I.
York Suburban 5, West York 1: At Suburban, the Trojans received one goal apiece from Katie Wand, Brooke Sargen, Ella Harris and Nyah Hood. Suburban (7-1-2 overall) is 4-0-2 in York-Adams Division II. For the Bulldogs, Gabby Smith scored the lone goal.
Susquehannock 3, Kennard-Dale 1: At Glen Rock, Ashlynn Weger led the Warriors by scoring one goal and adding one assist. Also for the Warriors, Emma Lonas and Lauren Simpson each scored one goal, while Shelby Derkosh added one assist. Warriors goalie Jordyn Prediger made six saves. For the Rams, Chloe Thoericht scored the lone goal.
Northeastern 3, Spring Grove 2 (OT): At Manchester, the home team won in overtime on Camryn Kurilla's second goal of the game. Katie Snelbaker also scored the Bobcats off an assist from Rose Gatchell. Mady Miller and Carley Kibler scored for the Rockets. Northeastern won the JV match, 4-0.
Gettysburg 7, Eastern York 2: At Wrightsville, Abigail Henise had both of Eastern's goals.
Littlestown 7, York High 0: At York, Madi Montgomery had three goals and Hannah Wheeler added two goals to power Littlestown. Izzy Osby had 10 saves for York.
Bermudian Springs 5, York Catholic 3: At York Springs, Bailey Oehmig led the Eagles to the victory by scoring two goals.
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