TRACK: York Suburban excels in a sweep of Susquehannock
GLEN ROCK — Three first-place finishes, one second-place finish and two personal records.
York Suburban senior Nick Pitoniak had himself a day Tuesday at Susquehannock's track-and-field complex.
Pitoniak won the 200 and 400 dashes and the high jump and placed second to teammate Talon Peffley in the 100. The Trojans captured 16 of 18 events overall en route to a 108-42 victory.
The Suburban's girls' team was just as impressive as the guys. It also recorded 16 firsts in defeating the Warriors, 113-37.
The Suburban teams are unbeaten in York-Adams Division II.
"Both the boys and girls did really well today," Pitoniak said. "In the beginning of the season, we weren't quite sure how good we were, but we've been practicing hard, and every day, we're getting faster."
Pitoniak established personal records in the 200 and 400 with times of 24.1 seconds and 52.8 seconds, respectively.
"I just tried to push as hard as I could," he said. "My coaches helped out a lot, and I couldn't be happier."
Suburban head coach Dave Wickenheiser said that Pitoniak improved tremendously from last year.
"I think his best time last year in the 400 was like a :55.5," Wickenheiser said. "He really worked hard over the fall and winter in terms of lifting. We have the weight room open from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., and he comes in on almost a daily basis to lift."
Wickenheiser was pleased how both of his teams performed.
"The kids were ready to run today," he said. "We've had a great month of training, and our kids are getting better and better."
On the girls' side, Madison James, who's a junior, led the way for the Trojans by sweeping the three jumping events, high, long and triple.
"Madison, we have her in a fourth event, the javelin, and even though she's only been throwing the javelin for 2 1/2 weeks, she's up to 87 feet," Wickenheiser said. "She's, by far, our best athlete on the team. I know she's interested in being a heptathlete in college so we'll start working on the hurdles with her."
Kendi Hood (100 and 200), Zette Pflaum (1,600 and 3,200) and Morgan Taylor (shot put and javelin) each recorded two first-place finishes for the Suburban girls.
Suburban's Ralph Casper recorded the longest throws in the shot put and discus in the boys' meet.
Susquehannock was missing some athletes who could have helped make the boys' meet closer.
Warriors' coach Steve Stough, though, gave credit to Suburban.
"With that distance crew they have, if they put some sprinters together with them (the distance guys), they'll be unbeatable," Stough said.
OTHER BOYS' TRACK
Biglerville 76, York Tech 70: At Biglerville, Daniel Wood led the Canners by winning the 1,600, 800 and 3,200. For the Spartans, Brandon Montouth won the 110 and 300 hurdles, while Bry'Quan Sweeney won the 100 and 200.
Gettysburg 110, Dover 40: At Dover, the Warriors’ Ravaugh Dillard won both the long jump and triple jump for Gettysburg. For the Eagles, Gabe Lloyd won the 1,600 and Rahmeire Bradshaw won the shot put.
Red Lion 77, South Western 73: At Red Lion, Paul Jones won the 200, long jump and triple jump and was part of the winning 1,600 relay for the Lions. Joel Gatchell was also on the 1,600 relay and the winning 3,200 relay, and also took the 800 and 400. Josh Zeroth won the shot put, discus and javelin for South Western.
Dallastown 92, Spring Grove 58: At Dallastown, the Wildcats’ Justin Atwood won the 300 hurdles, 110 hurdles and was on the winning 1,600 relay. For the Rockets, Justin Culp won the 1,600, 800 and was part of the winning 3,200 relay.
West York 107, Kennard-Dale 41: At Fawn Grove, the Bulldogs swept the relay events. Damor Hughes was part of West York’s victorious 3,200 and 1,600 relays and also won the 400. For K-D, Chris Moore won the 110 and 300 hurdles and the triple jump.
Eastern 104, Northeastern 44: At Manchester, Reajon Treasure and Brandon Dailey led the Golden Knights. Treasure won the 100 and 200, while Dailey captured the 1,600 and 3,200.
OTHER GIRLS' TRACK
Gettysburg 95, Dover 53: At Dover, Emily Spangler and Olivia Young each won two events for the Warriors. Spangler took the 800 and 1,600, while Young captured the long and triple jumps. For Dover, Peyton Mulder swept the 100 and 300 hurdles. Sienna Woodyard won the 200 and Rajah Fink was victorious in the shot put for the Eagles.
South Western 92, Red Lion 58: At Red Lion, Lynne Mooradian helped carry the Mustangs by winning the 100, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and participating on the winning 400 relay. For Red Lion, Tristan Schluderberg won the 800 and 1,600.
York Tech 94, Biglerville 51: At Biglerville, D'Shanna Edwards led the Spartans by winning the shot put, discus and javelin. Teammate Lauren Corbitt won the high jump and triple jump.
Spring Grove 78, Dallastown 72: At Dallastown, Madyson Miller won the 200 and 400 and was on the victorious 1,600 relay for Spring Grove. Dallastown’s Lily Cook was successful in the field, winning the javelin and discus.
West York 125, Kennard-Dale 17: At Fawn Grove, the Bulldogs won 16 of 18 events. Katie Tallman won the pole vault, javelin, shot put and discus for West York. K-D’s only two event wins came from Maddie Ferner in the 1,600 run and Jessica Ellis in the 200.
Eastern 111, Northeastern 39: At Manchester, Hannah Myers and Maura DeReemer led the Golden Knights. Myers won the 400 and 200, while DeReemer captured the javelin and discus.
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