Northeastern's Carroll, York Suburban's Adams repeat as York-Adams cross country champs

  • Northeastern's Margaret Carroll repeated as the York-Adams girls' cross country champ.
  • York Suburban's Cole Adams also repeated as the league boys' champion.
  • The Northeastern girls and Kennad-Dale boys earned the league team titles.
Northeastern's Margaret Carroll finishes first at 18:26.2 during the YAIAA Girls' Cross Country Championships at Gettysburg Area High School in Gettysburg, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Dawn J. Sagert photo

GETTYSBURG — There wasn’t a lot of suspense for the individual winners at the York-Adams League Cross Country Championships Saturday.

Things were a little more exciting, however, when it came to the second- to fifth-place runners and the team title in the boys‘ race.

Northeastern senior Margaret Carroll opened the day at Gettysburg High School by winning the girls’ race by just more than 28 seconds. She topped her course-record of 18 minutes, 28.6 seconds from a year ago with a time of 18:26.2. She and second-place finisher Winter Oaster of Gettysburg (18:54.4) were the only female runners under 19 minutes. Oaster is a freshman.

In the boys’ race, which started two hours after the girls’ race to clear the area to satisfy COVID-19 pandemic protocols, York Suburban junior Cole Adams, who joined Carroll as a repeat winner, also beat his mark from a year ago with a time of 16:03.6. That was a comfortable six seconds ahead of his nearest competition. He finished in 16:27.6 last year.

Northeastern coach Pete LoBianco pointed out that Carroll was actually pacing herself early to help out her Bobcat teammates, which enabled them to win the team girls' title.

"Her goal was to help the team out for the first mile, mile and a half … and then run her own race and go after the championship,” LoBianco said. “I told her right around the second mile that she could go and she created a gap pretty quickly.”

“It feels pretty good,” said Carroll of her win. “I just went out hard the last mile, and it worked.”

York Suburban's Cole Adams finishes first at 16:03.6 during the YAIAA Boys' Cross Country Championships at Gettysburg Area High School in Gettysburg, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Adams said he also turned it on about the two-mile mark of the 3.1-mile course.

“I was really pushing that last mile, trying to get a decent lead so I could come in comfortably at the end,” he said. “I liked how I controlled it the entire time, and they had to run what I wanted to run. When I felt good, I took off and was by myself and let the race play out.”

Tight team boys' race: While Adams was confident about his performance, the next four runners in the boys’ race couldn’t be too confident of where they finished, and, consequently, who would end up as the boys’ team champion. In the end, a photo finish showed Garrett Quinan of Kennard-Dale was second in 16:09.7, with a tenth of a second between each of the next three: Cole Perry of Northeastern, Grant Kern of York Suburban and Dan Gibney of Kennard-Dale.

Those finishes led to the Rams earning the boys’ team title with a score of 67, with York Suburban, which had won the last two team titles, finishing with 74.

“We expected a close race,” said Kennard-Dale coach Mike Twigg, whose team won the Division II title this year. “We knew it would come down to where our fifth guy came in. There was a lot of pressure on him, to have those four guys running out front, every race all year long. … In a lot of cross country races, it comes down to those fifth and sixth guys. They‘re very important to us.”

Caleb Scarborough was the fifth finisher for the Rams, placing 25th.

Rounding out the top five for the girls were York Suburban’s Brooke Sargen (19:02), Dallastown’s Helen Zardus (19:05.3) and Susquehannock’s Nicole Dauberman (19.11.9).

Dallastown, which had won the previous two girls’ team titles, had a score of 59, trailing Northeastern’s 34.

“We had five girls in the top 10,” LoBianco said. “That’s a good foundation for next week (at the District 3 Class 3-A meet at Big Spring). But all the teams are going to be super-tough and whoever gets through it will earn it.”

Looking ahead: Carroll and Adams are both prepared for next week.

“I’m just going to go to districts trying to get in the top 15,” said Carroll, who was third in the district a year ago and fifth at the PIAA meet. “It’s going to be tough, but I’m going to give it a try.”

“I’m glad where I am right now and anxious to see what I’ll be able to do next week,” said Adams, who was third at the District 3 Class 2-A meet last year and 14th at the state meet.

1. Cole Adams (YS) 16:03.6. 2. Garrett Quinan (KD) 16:09.7. 3. Cole Perry (NE) 19:09.8.4. Grant Kern (YS) 16:09.9. 5. Dan Gibney (KD) 16:10.0. 6. Collin Wolf (KD) 16:16.8. 7. Drew Cole (G) 16:26.5. 8. Matthew O’Brien (S) 16:29.0. 9. Jakob Rager (DT) 16:34.9. 10. Dylan Cunningham (KD) 16:36.8. 11. Shernan Singh (SW) 16:38.0. 12. James Herman (NE) 16:38.5. 13. Jacob Bordatto (G) 16:38.7. 14. Moseley Driscoll (YC) 16:40.3. 15. Shea Walsh (YS) 16:40.6. 16. Shernel Singh (SW) 16:54.9. 17. Sean Baxter (CY) 17:00.4. 18. Nathaniel Coggins (S) 17:07.3. 19. Christian Henry (CY) 17:12.0. 20. Evan Freil (SW) 17:14.8. 21. Jensen Glatfelter (DV) 17:14.9. 22. Tyler Rackley (RV) 17:17.4. 23. Sam Douds (G) 17:17.6. 24. Joseph Rizzuto (YC) 17:19.2. 25. Jacob Wingard (YS) 17:19.5.

1. Kennard-Dale 67. 2. York Suburban 74. 3. Gettysburg 109. 4. South Western 127. 5. Susquehannock 140. 6. Central York 156. 7. Dallastown 180. 8. York Catholic 192. 9. Northeastern 224. 10. Dover 265.

1. Margaret Carroll (NE) 18:26.2. 2. Winter Oaster (G) 18:54.4. 3. Brooke Sargen (YS) 19:02.0. 4. Helen Zardus (DT) 19:05.3. 5. Nicole Dauberman (S) 19:11.9. 6. Marissa Pritchett (NE) 19:15.2. 7. Lydia Tolerico (DT) 19:17.3. 8. Bella Treglia (NE) 19:26.6. 9. Hannah Herr (NE) 19:39.7. 10. Trinity Schraudner (NE) 19:46.2. 11. Summer Hogan (DV) 19:50.7. 12. Angelina Hammond (KD) 19:58.7. 13. Sophia Breschi (RL) 19:59.6. 14. Kathryn Fives (CY) 20:11.0. 15. Mae Treml (DT) 20:13.6. 16. Julia O’Brien (DC) 20:20.3. 17. Marrin Crist (G) 20:39.0. 18. Paige Watson (SW) 20:32.6. 19. Allison Hartman (DT) 20:41.3. 20. Nicole Register (DT) 20:50.2. 21. Hayley Green (CY) 20:56.5. 22. Grace Kauffman (RL) 21:01.2. 23. Charlee Kurtz (SG) 21:02.6. 24. Haylie Kurilla (NE) 21:03.1. 25. Sabreena Fahringer (S) 21:05.3.

1. Northeastern 34. 2. Dallastown 69. 3. Red Lion 115. 4. Gettysburg 130. 5. York Suburban 160. 6. York Catholic 163. 7. Central York 177. 8. Susquehannock 194. 9. Delone Catholic 201. 10. Eastern York 248.