CROSS COUNTRY: Dallastown runners beat heat, opposition
DALLASTOWN — Emily Schuler's dazzling York-Adams League debut highlighted a perfect afternoon for Dallastown's cross country teams on Thursday.
Both the Wildcats' girls and boys were a perfect 3-0 in a quadrangular meet against Central York, Red Lion and Spring Grove.
Schuler covered her home course in 19 minutes, 36.33 seconds to capture the girls' race. She finished almost two minutes ahead of Red Lion's Kiersten Lloyd, who placed second.
Dallastown's Allison Myers, like Schuler a freshman, took third. Three more Wildcats — Sarah Groetz, Isabella Wise and Lydia Fimmano — finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. Groetz, Wise and Fimmano are all juniors.
Central's Paige Hartman, Dallastown's Carly Gable, Central's Kaylee Scheidegg and Red Lion's Leah Taylor rounded out the top 10.
"I wanted to break 20 (minutes) today," Schuler said.
She accomplished her goal on a brutally hot, 94-degree afternoon.
"It was really tough running today," Schuler said. "It was hot, and I got a bit disoriented around Lions' Park. But, you have to tell yourself you're going to finish."
A smiling Schuler was also thrilled with the efforts of her teammates. .
"All summer long, we got together for training and bonding," she said. "We think we can be competitive in districts. I'm really happy the way our team ran today."
The performance of Schuler and her teammates impressed Dallastown head coach Doug Moyer. Moyer is in his first season after serving for eight seasons as an assistant to longtime coach Mark Noll.
"They ran really well," Moyer said. "They worked hard over the summer, and the ladies are looking really strong."
The girls' program, barring injuries, should remain strong in the future.
Boys' meet: The Wildcats' guys, meanwhile, are looking strong, too, although they were pushed on Thursday by two of their opponents. Dallastown defeated Central, 27-30, and Spring Grove, 25-31, along with scoring an 18-43 decision over Red Lion. The Wildcats' girls, meanwhile, prevailed by scores of 15-46, 19-46 and 15-47.
Dallastown senior Patrick Jacobson crossed the line first in the boys' race with a time of 17:14, 15 seconds ahead of Spring Grove's Jordan Maldonado. Dallastown's Bryce Gable was third in 17:39.
"Jordan, he's an excellent runner, he always pushes me," Jacobson said. "At the end of the second mile and the beginning of the third mile, there's a little hill, and I kind of pulled ahead at that point."
Jacobson and his teammates followed their coach's advice to not go out too fast.
"Coach told us to restrain ourselves in the first mile because it's really easy to go into oxygen debt," he said. "It was really hot out there. We trained over the summer, but we ran in the morning, so we couldn't prepare for this weather today."
Central's Timmy Buzynski placed fourth in the boys' race, followed by Spring Grove's Tristan Smyser, Central's Cole Harris, Central's Austin McQuaide, Central's Jacob Montgomery, Dallastown's Daniel Stayer and Red Llon's Cameron George.
Gettysburg takes first: At Sam Lewis Park, the Gettysburg Warriors ran to first place, followed by Eastern York, Bermudian Springs and Littlestown. The Eagles had two of the top three finishers in Chad Long and Tony Petrosky going first and third, while Gettysburg’s Bradley Filler finished second. The Golden Knights’ Zach Falk finished fourth, while Jay Geesaman of the Warriors took fifth.
Bobcats go 1-2 to take first: At South Western, Northeastern teammates Noah Hake and Ben Kelly finished first and second to help their team take first in the four-team meet. Dalton Miles and Jon Timmons, both of South Western finished third and fourth, while New Oxford’s Austin Plotica took fifth. The Colonials finished second, while the Mustangs took third and Dover finished fourth.
Wagner leads Trojans to victory: At Reservoir Hill, Peter Wagner captured first in a time of 19:09.8 to lead the Trojans to team victories over West York, Kennard-Dale and Susquehannock. Also for Suburban, Bryce Ohl took second, Joshua Kerr took third, Tanner Haynes came in fourth and Jarrett Raudensky came in fifth. The Rams came in second as a team, followed by Susquehannock and West York.
McLain sisters lead Eastern York to win: At Sam Lewis Park, Eastern'sMaddie McLain and Olivia McLain finished first and second, respectively, to lead the Golden Knights to the win. Eastern also had five of the top-six finishers in the event, with Madison Nalls, Katie Myers and Brianne Shetter finishing fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. Megan Yingling of Gettysburg finished third. Bermudian Springs finished second as a team, while Gettysburg finished third and Littlestown was fourth.
Colonials finish first: At South Western, Raleigh Bateman ran the course in 22 minutes, 18 seconds, good enough for second place, but was the fastest time to help New Oxford to the meet win. Northeastern’s Maddie Warrender finished first, while South Western’s Sarah Forry took third, Micaela Bradley of the Bobcats took fourth and Emily Hogan of Dover finished fifth. Northeastern finished second as a team, followed by the Mustangs in third and the Eagles in fourth.
Pflaum leads Trojans to victories: Zette Pflaum's first-place finish led the Trojans to team victories over West York, Susquehannock and Kennard-Dale. Also for Suburban, Courtney Ohl took second, Cecillia Lantz took third and Lena Strong took fourth. The Bulldogs came in second as a team, followed by Kennard-Dale and Susquehannock.
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