GETTYSBURG — The 2017 York-Adams League Cross Country Championships delivered separate story lines on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 17.
There was a start-to-finish duel in the girls' race, and teammates going one-two in the boys' competition.
For the second straight year, Eastern York's Maddie McLain held off Dallastown's Emily Schuler to again take the girls' gold medal. Meanwhile, in the boys' race, Bryce Ohl crossed the finish line six seconds ahead of York Suburban teammate Jarrett Raudensky.
McLain set the pace from the outset, with Schuler always right behind the Golden Knights' star. The senior and the sophomore separated themselves from the pack as they worked their way around the 3.1-mile, Gettysburg High School course. McLain finished in a time of 18 minutes, 15.8 seconds, with Schuler right behind at 18:16.8.
"When we hit the two-,mile mark, I knew that I would have to use every muscle in my body to win this race," said McLain, who plans to compete in NCAA Division I college cross country next year at Butler University. "She deserved it (the victory) as much as I did."
McLain and Schuler are rivals on the course and friends off it.
"Over the summer, we really got close," McLain said. "We didn't talk during the race today, but everyone was cheering and pushing us on."
McLain and Schuler finished a minute ahead of the third-place finisher, Northeastern's Maddie Warrender.
"Running is a huge family for me," McLain said. "Winning is just an add on to that."
Eastern head coach Joel Jacobs said it was great to see McLain's experience as a senior show through in her final York-Adams meet.
"I think that confidence is what pulled her through," he said. "She and Emily, it's been a nice rivalry the last two years."
Two Northeastern runners, Warrender and Margaret Carroll, placed third and fourth, respectively, and Dallastown's Allison Myers took fifth.
Dallastown won the team competition with 47 points.
York Suburban recorded the same point total to take the boys' team competition.
Ohl goes from 12th to champion: Ohl, a senior, finished 12th in last year's race. He made a huge jump this year by closing the York-Adams part of his career with a gold-medal performance. He posted a time of 16:24.5 while. Raudensky, a junior, finished in 16:30.3.
"It means a lot (to win)," Ohl said. "I didn't win it by myself. The whole team won it. We push each other."
Ohl, who will go on two-year mission beginning next year, felt going into the race that he had a shot at winning.
"But so did Jarrett. He was right up there with me," Ohl said. "Mile one was pretty rough because everyone was in a pack. It started to clear by mile two, and mile three came down to whoever can hold the pace the most."
Ohl is the first Suburban runner to win the boys' individual championship since Sean Nagorney captured the gold medal 20 years ago.
"We always run as a pack, that's our mentality," Suburban boys' head coach Ron Herman said. "This year, we had two guys who are really outstanding. We felt this is our year."
Bryce Gable of Dallastown placed third in the boys' race while Central teammates, Timmy Buzynski and Jacob Montgomery were fourth and fifth.
Medals were awarded to the top 25 finishers in each race.
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