The longest active York-Adams League winning streak in any sport came to an end on Wednesday afternoon.
Not since 2007 had the York Suburban girls' cross country team lost a dual meet, a streak of 168 races, according to Trojans' coach Dan VanHouwe.
On Wednesday, the team finally met its match.
The Dallastown girls' cross country team snapped that impressive streak, capturing first place in the meet held at Suburban, defeating the Trojans, 18-38. The Wildcats also defeated York Catholic, 19-41, while Suburban beat the Fighting Irish, 20-43.
"I told them that early in the race, just basically, make sure you stay within contact if they try to go out really hard, to not let them open up a gap on them, but to go out with them," Dallastown head coach Doug Moyer said. "We have a tight pack and my No. 2 through 6 runners run pretty close together and that's what they did."
Emily Schuler paced Dallastown to the meet win, capturing first place with a time of 19 minutes, 34 seconds. She was then followed by teammates Isabella Wise and Allison Myers, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to help the Wildcats record the low team score.
Katelyn MacDougall of York Catholic finished second, just seven seconds behind Schuler, while Christian School of York's Nicole Shelton took third. The Trojans' top runner was Cecilia Lantz, who finished sixth with a time of 21:11.
"We were talking about 'what-ifs' (earlier in the week)," VanHouwe said. "Dallastown is a very, very good team, so we said there is a very good possibility that we will lose and I said, 'so what?' We'll start a new streak tomorrow and we reiterated that today. ... We'll pick up the pieces tomorrow and start with practice and move forward."
While Dallastown snapped the impressive run of dual-meet wins for Suburban, don't call it an upset. Both teams entered the day leading their respective York-Adams League divisions at 5-0 (Dallastown in Division I and Suburban in Division II), so the Wildcats were more than capable of handing the Trojans a rare dual-meet defeat.
Suburban tops Dallastown in boys' meet: Behind an impressive five-man combination that finished in succession, the Trojans downed the Wildcats in the boys' meet, 20-40. Suburban also defeated York Catholic, 15-50, while Dallastown knocked off the Fighting Irish, 17-45.
Just as in the girls' meet, the two boys' teams entered leading their respective divisions at 5-0.
Patrick Jacobson won the boys' meet with a time of 17:11 for the Wildcats, however, the next five runners to cross the finish line were all Trojans. Jarrett Raudensky, Peter Wagner, Tanner Haynes, Josh Kerr and Bryce Ohl finished second through sixth for Suburban and each finished within 19 seconds of Jacobson's top spot.
"We always pride ourselves in closing the gap and running in a pack because it's hard to beat a pack," VanHouwe said. "...That makes us better because, as we run together, they're always encouraging each other. When somebody gets passed it's, 'come on, come with me,' and that usually spurs the other person on to keep moving."
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