Even without a ton of senior leadership, the York Suburban cross country teams are still doing A-OK.
That was proven Tuesday afternoon when the Trojans hosted a meet with Fairfield, Eastern York, South Western and Biglerville.
The Trojans displayed more depth on both the boys' and girls' sides to claim a pair of 4-0 sweeps.
The most impressive of those victories was the one that the YS boys earned over the Mustangs. Coming off a perfect meet last week at Northeastern High School, the SW boys could nearly match the strong pack of Trojans, who ultimately claimed five of the top eight places in a 23-33 triumph vs. the Mustangs.
Sophomore standout Cole Adams led the host squad with an incredible first-place time of 16 minutes, 54.80 seconds, which was also a personal best. Adams’ time was nearly a half-minute faster than teammate Grant Kern, who edged Shermel Singh of SW by just two-tenths of a second for the runner-up spot.
“We knew that we had to perform today,” Adams said. “Definitely, the stakes were high against South Western and we knew he just had to go after it.”
And go after it they did.
Closely behind Adams and Kern were Jordan Ohl, Jacob Wingard and Shea Walsh. Walsh’s time of 18:20 was good for eighth place.
“This team really helps us all out,” Adams said. “We’re all a family, which is nice. We push each other and that’s the biggest key to our success this year.”
Adams is hoping to step up his game in multiple areas this season. After taking sixth at the District 3 Class 2-A meet a year ago, the Trojan standout is hoping to break into the top five this time.
More importantly, however, Adams is looking to step up into the leadership role for a Suburban side that has just one senior and two juniors.
Adams, however, deflected any credit for the team’s success toward longtime successful coach Ron Herman.
“Coach Herman is amazing,” Adams said. “He knows what he’s doing and he has a lot of experience, which is nice.”
Girls' meet: The Suburban girls similarly figured that the showdown with the Mustangs would be the biggest challenge of the day. Despite SW freshman Paige Watson winning the event with a time of 21 minutes, 21.11 seconds, the Trojans claimed a 27-31 victory on the back of impressive depth.
Courtney Ohl finished right behind Watson, but it was the pack of Ella Smith, Ava Millek, Sarah Gleba, Hallie DePalmer, Sarah Stark and Anissa Lytle that ultimately pushed the balance in Suburban’s favor.
Gleba, DePalmer and Stark each finished ahead of the Mustangs' Emily Frock to score one additional displacement point, while Lytel edged Brooke Ridenour to earn another displacement tally.
The most notable aspect of Tuesday’s meet was slower-than-typical times. No girl broke 21 minutes. That result was probably to be expected, since the course had to take on some alterations after additional fencing was put up around the area.
“The course was a little tougher,” Ohl said. “There are a few more steep but short hills. They used them before in the past, but not as often as this one.”
While the Mustangs and Trojans were the only girls' squads with a full contingent of five runners, Fairfield’s Morgan Denison finished third overall in 21:44.41
OTHER BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY
Panthers capture first place: At Rudy Park, the Central York Panthers captured first place in the team competition by defeating Northeastern (23-36) and York Catholic (19-44). Brandon Baxter led the Panthers individually by taking second. Also for Central, Sean Baxter came in fourth, while Logan Dillow took fifth. The Bobcats came in second by defeating York Catholic (23-33). James Herman led the Bobcats individually by taking first in 17:30. York Catholic's Joseph Rizzuto was third.
Wolf leads Rams to victory: At Glen Rock, Colin Wolf led the Kennard-Dale Rams to a first-place finish by taking first individually in 18:01. The Rams defeated Susquehannock (21-34), Dallastown (17-38), Delone Catholic (15-41) and New Oxford (15-46). Also for K-D, Dan Gibney took second, Garrett Quinan took third and Dylan Cummingham came in fifth. The Warriors came in second as a team by defeating Dallastown (21-36), New Oxford (15-50) and Delone (15-50). Matt O’Brien led the Warriors individually with a fourth-place finish. The Wildcats came in third as a team by defeating Delone (15-50) and New Oxford (15-49). The Squires came in fourth by defeating New Oxford (23-32).
Hirneisen leads Warriors to first-place finish: At Littlestown, Andrew Hirneisen led the Gettysburg Warriors to victories over Red Lion (15-49), Littlestown (15-50), Bermudian Springs (15-50) and West York (16-47) with a first-place individual finish in 17:08. Also for Gettysburg, Drew Cole took second, while Jacob Bardatoo came in third and Colin Arnold came in fourth. The Lions came in second as a team by defeating Littlestown (15-49), West York (23-34) and Bermudian (15-49). The Bulldogs came in third by defeating Bermudian (16-47) and Littlestown (18-44). Individually for the Bulldogs, Thomas Urrunaga took fifth. The Eagles came in fourth as a team by defeating Littlestown (24-34).
Rockets first at York Township Park: At York Township Park, Spring Grove earned victories over York Tech (19-38) and Dover (24-32). Dover, meanwhile, downed Tech (24-31). Dover's Tyler Rackley won the boys' meet in 17:26, followed by Spring Grove's Jonathan Wyrick, Spring Grove's Brady Pitzer, Tech's Sean Smith and Dover's Jensen Glatfelter.
OTHER GIRLS' CROSS COUNTRY
Carroll leads Bobcats to victory: At Rudy Park, Margaret Carroll led the Northeastern Bobcats to victories over York Catholic (15-49) and Central York (15-49) by taking first in 21:47. Also for the Bobcats, Bella Treglia came in second, Hannah Herr took third, Marissa Pritchett took fourth and Trinity Schraudner took fifth. The Irish came in second by defeating Central (26-29).
Schuler leads Wildcats to first-place finish: At Glen Rock, Emily Schuler led the Dallastown Wildcats to team victories over Susquehannock (16-50), Delone Catholic (15-46), Kennard-Dale (17-50) and New Oxford (15-50) by taking first individually in 21:29. Also for Dallastown, Allison Myers took second, while Lydia Tolerico took third and Nicole Register took fifth. The Squirettes came in second as a team by defeating Susquehannock (27-50), Kennard-Dale (24-50) and New Oxford (15-50). The Rams, Warriors and Colonials all forfeited against each because they didn't have enough runners to compete as a team. Individually for the Rams, Delaney Barts took fourth.
Lloyd leads Lions to victory: At Littlestown, Gwendolyn Lloyd led the Red Lion Lions to victories over Gettysburg (21-38), Littlestown (15-50), Bermudian Springs (15-50) and West York (15-50) with a first-place individual finish in 20:49. Also for Red Lion, Lily Hare took second, while Kiersten Lloyd took third. The Warriors came in second as a team by defeating Littlestown (16-46), West York (20-37) and Bermudian Springs (15-50). Individually for the Warriors, Anne Bair took fourth, while teammate Kelty Oaster came in fifth. The Bulldogs came in third as a team by defeating Littlestown (19-36) and Bermudian (19-36). The Eagles came in fourth by defeating Littlestown (25-30).
Hogans help Dover down Spring Grove, York Tech: At York Township Park, the Eagles grabbed wins over Spring Grove (17-40) and York Tech (forfeit). Spring Grove also beat Tech by forfeit. The girls' winner was Dover's Summer Hogan in 19:59. Dover's Emily Hogan was second, followed by teammate Hannah Hogan. Spring Grove's Sophia Dotterweich was fourth and Dover's Carley McDowell was fifth.
Susquehannock grabs Division II golf win: The Susquehannock golf team grabbed a York-Adams Division II team victory on Tuesday at Briarwood East. The Warriors finished with a 320 total, which was 16 shots clear of second-place Kennard-Dale. Dover was third at 339, followed by York Suburban at 341, West York at 346, Gettysburg at 370 and Eastern York at 385. Dover's Trevor Snyder and Suburban's Will Stewart tied for individual medalist honors at 2-under-par 70. Also breaking 80 were Susquehannock's Andrew Roberts (72), K-D's Jimmy Hook (73), Suburban's Athen Sacher (76), Gettysburg's Connor Peterman (78) and Susquehannock's Ryan Thomas (79).
Central York 2, Red Lion 0: At Central York, Belmin Sejmenovic led the Panthers to the victory by scoring both goals. Gavin Farling added one assist, while Matt Smyser made two stops in goal to record the shutout.
West York 5, Kennard-Dale 0: At Fawn Grove, the Bulldogs rolled behind three goals from Jason Bruder. Jack Friedah and Noah Murray also scored West York goals.
Gettysburg 1, York Suburban 1 (2-OT): At Gettysburg, Leon Bellenham scored with 12 seconds left in regulation to help the Trojans salvage a tie. Neither team could score in the two overtime periods. Alex Cole scored for Gettysburg.
York Catholic 5, Delone Catholic 0: At McSherrystown, Colin Smith had three goals in a span of 2 minutes 18 seconds to lead the Fighting Irish, while Ben Bullen had three assists. Pasen Maynard and Jon Yinger had the other YC scores, while Tyler Anthony added an assist.
Manheim Central 1, Northeastern 0: At Manchester, the Bobcats were outshot, 5-3, while Manheim Central had a 12-5 edge in corners.
Dallastown 4, New Oxford 0: At New Oxford, the Wildcats improved to 5-0 on the season. They are No. 1 in the latest District 3 Class 4-A power ratings. Laken Fry scored twice for Dallastown. Annabelle Wunderlich and Katy Jones also scored. Wunderlich also had two assists.
Eastern York 2, Dover 1: At Wrightsville, Makenna Sutherland scored both goals for Eastern. Brooke Lehman had an assist. Tracey Malone scored for Dover.
South Western 4, Spring Grove 1: At Hanover, Bella Gilberto and Kyla Brossoit led the Mustangs to the victory by each scoring one goal and adding one assist.
Delone Catholic 3, York Catholic 1: At York, the Squirettes won behind two goals from Madison O'Brien and one from Katt Chroniger. Abigael Vingsen had two assists. Bernie Schnitz scored for York Catholic. Angela DeBolt made 13 saves for the Irish.
Gettysburg 3, York Suburban 0: Gettysburg, Alivia Colgan, Reese Gourley and Aurelia Santoyo scored for the Warriors.
York Catholic 3, Littlestown 0: At York Catholic, the Irish won the home match, 25-12, 25-9, 25-16. Hope Leavy-Gaskins led the Irish individually with 10 kills, seven digs and three aces. Also for YC, Madeline Walker had 26 assists, four aces and three digs, Julia Yanick had 16 digs and Shannon Toomey and Grace Shelley each had seven kills. For the Thunderbolts, Peytan Gullickson had six digs and nine assists, while Kelsie Mack had eight digs.
York Suburban 3, Eastern York 0: At Wrightsville, the Trojans cruised, 25-18, 25-12, 25-15. Caitlin Springer (35 assists, nine digs), Eliana Rodgers (16 kills), Lauren Guyer (15 assists) and Natalie Saxton (eight kills) led Suburban. Eastern was led by Sarah Moore (17 digs) and Alexandria Willich (17 assists).
South Western 3, Red Lion 0: At Hanover, the Mustangs won, 25-20, 25-10, 25-18. Ali St. Rose led the Mustangs with 13 kills and 13 digs. Also for the Mustangs, Emma Filipovits had 12 kills and 16 digs, while Jacy Crouse had 20 assists and four digs. For the Lions, Brooke Axe had six kills, while Katie Thompson had nine digs and three kills and Riley Good had seven digs and five assists.
Spring Grove 3, Northeastern 0: The Rockets rolled to a 27-25, 25-21, 25-9 triumph. Maddie Ruhland (12 assists, six aces, three digs), Kaylyn Zeigler (seven kills, three digs, seven assists), Hailey Wolfe (seven kills, nine digs, three aces) and Falyn McGlynn (12 digs) led Spring Grove. Northeastern was led by Jade Shellenberger (11 assists) and Alex Bartram (seven digs).
Hanover 3, York Tech 0: At Spry, Hanover was led to a 25-18, 25-8, 25-10 win by Savannah Disney (14 assists, four kills, seven aces, four digs) and Nancy Hernandez (seven kills, five assists, seven aces).
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