Dover coach John Sporer knows that York Suburban always fields one of the top girls’ cross country teams in the area.
Sporer, however, was interested to see how his young squad matched up against the perennially powerful Trojans this year.
The longtime Eagles coach got his answer Tuesday, Oct. 3, when his team took on Littlestown, York Tech and Suburban in a pivotal York-Adams League Division II clash.
While Sporer was happy with his team’s overall performance, it was clear that his Dover girls came up a bit short compared to the Trojans. Suburban cruised to a 15-48 triumph over the previously unbeaten Eagles in the only contested clash on the girls' side.
The home team made it a clean sweep. The Trojans rolled to three impressive victories on the boys' side. Suburban downed Dover 16-46 while claiming identical 15-50 victories over the Spartans and the Thunderbolts.
Both Suburban teams now stand at 3-0 in division action.
“Suburban won pretty easily,” said Sporer, who is in his 20th season leading the Dover cross country squads. “But we’re about a year out, or so. We have three sophomores and two juniors. So we’re a year out. I figured that Suburban was going to win just because they have a number of front-runners and we’re not so top-heavy.”
Kaylee Renfrew led Dover, whose top five runners were separated by just two minutes. Renfrew finished with a time of 22 minutes and 33 seconds, which was good for seventh.
The beauty of the Suburban team showed up at the top of the results. Courtney Ohl (21:12), Zette Pflaum (21:13) and Emma Trout (21:21) finished 1-2-3 with a mere nine seconds separating Ohl (first) from Trout (third). Brooke Ruth and Hannah Dougherty finished fifth and sixth, respectively, for the Trojans.
Looking for improvement: Sporer is hoping to field a team with similar characteristics in the not-too-distant future.
“We’re working really hard,” Sporer said. “We just have to keep improving.”
Improving was also a theme that Suburban coach Dan VanHouwe discussed with his team. Suburban’s top three runners are right up there with any other program in the league, but he’s looking for his fourth, fifth and sixth girls to try to join the pack.
“I’m trying to get them all motivated,” VanHouwe said. “But it’s really neat to see the improvement from meet to meet. The kids are just bonding together as a team and that’s the neatest part for me.”
Julia Atkins of York Tech broke up the Suburban run at the top of the list with a fourth-place finish. Atkins, who was just one of two girls from Tech to participate, finished with a time of 21:47.
Boys' meet: Just like the Suburban girls, the Trojans boys dominated. Led by Jarrett Raudensky’s time of 17:49 seconds, the home team claimed seven of the top eight spots. The difference between Raudensky and Tanner Haynes, who finished eighth, was a mere 26 seconds.
Colin Shreve led the Dover boys, who downed both Littlestown and Tech, with a time of 17:58 seconds. That time placed Shreve fifth.
Bryce Ohl took second for Suburban, followed by Scott Curry and Josh Kerr.
Colonials capture first-place finish: At Red Lion, the Colonials defeated Red Lion, Kennard-Dale and Delone Catholic. The Lions took second. Cameron George led the Lions with a fourth-place finish, while teammate Mason Meads took fifth. Delone Catholic came in third. Adler Brininger led the Squires with a first-place finish in 18:13. Teammate Gabe Hall took third. For the Rams, Collin Wolf took second.
Rockets shine at York Catholic: At York Catholic, the Rockets captured first by beating York Catholic, Bermudian Springs and Northeastern. Individually for the Rockets, Jake Werehime took third. The Bobcats took second. Noah Hake led the Bobcats individually by taking first in 17:49. Teammate Josh McKenzie took fifth. The Irish took third. Evan Schlosser led the Irish by taking fourth. For the Eagles, Chad Long took second.
Lions capture first place overall: At Red Lion, the Lions defeated New Oxford, Kennard-Dale and Delone Catholic. Individually for the Lions, Lilly Hare took second, while Kate Gatchell took third. Delone came in second. Leanne Sneeringer led the Squirettes with a first-place finish in 20:36. The Colonials took third. Individually for the Colonials, Tori Richter took fourth, while teammate Sarah Pfisterer took fifth.
York Catholic excels: At York Catholic, the Irish captured first by picking up victories against Bermudian Springs, Northeastern and Spring Grove. Katie MacDougal led the Irish by taking third. Teammate Rachel Kordaz came in fifth. The Bobcats took second. Margaret Carroll led the Bobcats with a first-place finish in 20:43. Maddie Warrender took second overall, while Trinity Schraudner took fourth.
Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org. This story was updated to correct the winner of the girls' race in the story highlights section.