TRACK: Spring Grove girls still perfect in Division I
First place isn't a location where the Spring Grove girls' track team has landed in recent years.
The Rockets won their last York-Adams Division I championship in 1998, before many of the athletes on this year's young team were born.
The 2016 team, though, is making a serious bid to end the title drought.
Spring Grove improved its division record to a perfect 4-0 with a 116-25 victory over York High on Tuesday afternoon.
The Rockets also captured the boys' meet, 97-34.
The Spring Grove girls have two meets remaining, including a showdown at South Western next Tuesday.
"I knew we had the talent," Rockets' head coach Eric Baumgardner said. "We're young (just four seniors), but the junior class is solid, the freshman class is solid, and the sophomore class is starting to develop."
Baumgardner took over for Scott Govern, who left Spring Grove to become the athletic director at Hershey High School. Govern was the Rockets' athletic director and track and field coach.
"Scott set the plate for me," Baumgardner said. "We have good numbers, and the kids work hard. They want to be successful."
Zoe Stauffer, a junior, led the way for Spring Grove in the latest victory by winning three events: 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and long jump.
Overall, the Rockets captured 13 of the 17 events (the pole vault was not held).
Stauffer said that her team "came out of nowhere" this season.
"We had a really good freshman class come up, and now that we got the winning streak going, we're going to do our best to keep it going," she said. "The past few years, we had a few good people, but for your team to be good, you need first-, second- and third-place finishes."
Stauffer owns personal-best times of 15.37 seconds in the 100 hurdles and :49.9 in the 300 hurdles.
"The 100 hurdles is definitely my favorite of the two," she said. "The 300 is grueling, but we're working on it."
Stauffer has personal goals, but her main focus right now is helping the Rockets in their quest for a long-awaited championship.
"I can't wait to see where we are at the end of the year," she said. "No matter what happens, though, I'm just really proud of what we've done this year."
Stauffer's teammates, Madison Hagerman and Abby Marquette, delivered two first-place finishes apiece on Tuesday. Hagerman recorded the fastest times in the 400 and 800, and Marquette swept the 1,600 and 3,200.
Boys' meet: In the boys' meet, Tyrell Hartwill (100 and long jump) and Garrett Fissel (shot put and javelin) each earned two first-place finishes for Spring Grove, which took 15 of 17 events, including all six field events (the pole vault was not contested).
OTHER BOYS' TRACK
York Tech 106, Hanover 40: At Spry, the Spartans captured first in 15 of 18 events. Individually for Tech, Alec Almonte won the long jump and javelin, Evan Schlosser won the 3,200 and 1,600, Liam Landis won the shot put and discus and Bry'quan Sweeney won the 100 and 200. For the Nighthawks, Deandre Kerr won the triple jump and 110 and 300 hurdles.
Red Lion 94.5, New Oxford 54.5: At Red Lion, the Lions won two of the three relays and eight track events overall. Joel Gatchell was part of the 3,200 and 1,600 relay teams that won for Red Lion, as well as capturing first in the 400 run and finishing second in the 800.
Dover 77, Kennard-Dale 68; Kennard-Dale 95, West Shore Christian 49; Dover 83, West Shore Christian 33: At Dover, the Eagles went 2-0 in their tri-meet, while the Rams were victorious over WSC. Dover won all three relay events, with Dylan Spahr playing a part in the 400 and 1,600 events, while he also won the 100 sprint. K-D’s Chris Moore was victorious in the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and triple jump.
South Western 97, Central York 53: At Central York, Josh Zeroth won the shot put and javelin to lead the Mustangs. The Panthers captured both hurdles races, with Nicholas Ochiobi winning the 110 and Brandon Falkenstein winning the 300.
OTHER GIRLS' TRACK
Red Lion 87, New Oxford 63: At Red Lion, the Lions swept all of the relay events en route to their win. Rachel Winings was part of the 1,600 relay that captured first and also won the 400. She also had a couple second-place finishes. New Oxford got a big solo effort from Ayana Johnson, who won the 100 and 200 sprints and also captured first in the long jump and high jump.
York Tech 136, Hanover 14: At Spry, Lauren Corbitt led the Spartans by capturing individual victories in the triple jump, long jump and pole vault. Also for Tech, Katie MacDougall won the 800 and 3,200 and Genesis Garrett won the 100 and 400.
Dover 119, Kennard-Dale 16; Dover 103, West Shore Christian 22; West Shore Christian 61, Kennard-Dale 38: At Dover, the host Eagles swept the tri-meet, while West Shore Christian ended up defeating the Rams. Dover’s Peyton Mulder won both the 100 and 300 hurdles and was also part of the winning 1,600 relay. K-D got wins from Jessica Ollis in the 200 sprint and Jaden Gray captured the 800 run.
South Western 89, Central York 61: At Central York, while the Mustangs earned a trim 47-40 win on the track, it was their dominance in the field (42-21) that helped them create separation and cruise to victory. However, the Panthers did manage to capture some first-place finishes in field events. Nisa Still won the long jump, Kathryn Lundy won the triple jump and Erica Hinchcliff won the discus for Central.
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