In her team's biggest meet of the season, Hannah Myers delivered a huge performance.
The Eastern York High School sophomore won two individual events and helped on two winning relay teams as the Golden Knights defeated York Suburban, 91-59, in a clash of York-Adams Division II unbeaten girls' track and field teams. With the victory, Eastern clinched at least a tie for its second straight division title and can win it outright by defeating Gettysburg next Tuesday.
Suburban nipped Eastern, 96-94, in the boys' meet to hand the Golden Knights their first defeat.
"This meet, we talked about it back at our first meet," Myers said. "When we came into the program as freshmen, there was already a great track team, and we were excited to be part of it. We worked really hard this year to uphold our reputation as defending champions."
Myers helped make a another championship possible by winning the 200 and 400 along with running a leg on the 3,200 and 1,600 relays. She trailed at the beginning of the final leg of the 1,600 relay, but made up the ground and won convincingly in the final event of the day on the track.
"I really like having the pressure of having to perform in the meet," Myers said. "I knew if we would win the relay, we would win the meet."
Eastern head coach Joel Jacobs said that Myers probably had the meet of the season in terms of performance.
"Her anchor leg on the 1,600 relay, that was awesome, and she ran a 2;33 split in the 3200 relay," Jacobs said. "We did some really good things today. We swept the 200, and I never thought that we would have done that. I had a freshman girl come out and run a four-second PR (personal record) in the 400, which helped. plus the four-by-four (1,600 relay) team ran an 11-second PR, and the four-by-eight (3,200 relay) team ran a 30-second PR."
In addition, Eastern's Maddie McLain swept the 1,600 and 3,200 runs (her sister, Olivia was second in both races), and Taylor Currier captured the long jump and triple jump for the Golden Knights. Altogether, Eastern placed first in 12 of 18 events.
"We knew they were going to be tough," Suburban head coach Dave Wickenheiser said. "They really don't have a weakness. Joel has a really nice program going."
Boys' meet: Wickenheiser's guys' team has a really nice thing going this season. The Trojans lost just one division dual meet, and that was by two points to unbeaten Gettysburg.
Suburban senior Phillip Marshall celebrated Senior Day by winning three individual events (100, 200 and long jump) along with running the anchor leg on the winning 400 relay.
"Phillip was a difference-maker," Wickenheiser said. "We knew that the (boys') meet was going to be tough."
Eastern won the track portion, 45-42, but Suburban responded by taking the field events, 34-29.
The Trojans' Ralph Casper, Hunter Klein and Kaden Coleman went one-two-three in the discus.
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