A late cloudburst Tuesday night had already dampened the scene, but it didn't make the ceremonial dousing of Dallastown head coach Mike Schuler any less enjoyable.
The Wildcat boys' track and field team, thanks to a strong performance on the track, defeated rival Red Lion 96-54 on Senior Night to clinch the school's first York-Adams League Division I title since 2011. Both teams entered Tuesday's meet at 5-0 in the division.
A strength of this year's club, according to Schuler, is its sprint depth. The Wildcats' speed Tuesday helped them earn a first-place finish in every running event but the 3,200 relay.
"It's a good, hard-working group," Schuler said. "They all seem to push each other. The sprinting was there early (in the year), we knew we were pretty quick. And everything is sort of pulling together now."
That strength was on display Tuesday, with the Wildcats' Edgar Centeno winning the 100 and Kalen Patterson winning the 200 and taking second in the 100. Senior standout Justin Tracy won the 400 for Dallastown.
Another way the Widlcats' speed prowess manifests itself is in its successful sprint relay teams. The pride for this year's club is its 400 relay squad, which recently set a school record of 42.58 seconds during an April 26 dual meet against York High. That's the top time posted by a York-Adams squad in dual meets this year. The Wildcats also hold that distinction in the 1,600 relay.
Those teams were just as successful Tuesday, with Tracy, Patterson and Centeno teaming with Brian Thomas to win the 400. Tracy ran the first leg of that race and then was the anchor for Patterson, Justin Atwood and Mike Diaz in the victorious 1,600 effort.
Centeno not only had his speed on display Tuesday, but also his leaping ability, capturing the long and triple jumps.
Potter a bright spot for Lions: Greg Potter admits recent success has him feeling confident as he looks to return to Dallastown on May 13 in an effort to capture a York-Adams pole vault title at the league meet.
Potter continued to post the area's best marks in the event with Tuesday's vault of 14 feet, 6 inches, the best he has posted in a dual meet this season.
Last week, Potter finished second in the boys' pole vault at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia on Saturday with a mark of 14-5.25. He feels his best efforts are yet to come. He's looking to perform well on the league and district levels.
"It boosted it a lot," Potter said of his confidence following his Penn Relays performance. "I wasn't expecting a lot and just had a really good day. My goal right now is to clear 15 (feet) again and make sure I'm feeling good about myself going forward. According to indoor, I've jumped 14-10, and in practice I've made 15, so it's a happy medium (14-6 Tuesday)."
Wildcats earn sweep: The Wildcat girls made it a Senior Night sweep with their 77 1/3 to 72 2/3 win against the Lions. Dallastown finishes with a 4-2 mark, good enough for third place finish behind South Western (6-0) and Spring Grove (5-1). The Lions finished fourth at 3-3.
Leading the way for the Wildcats was Savannah Garrett, a winner in both the long and triple jumps. Lydia Trout made the most of her Senior Night by winning the 800 and participating on the victorious 3,200 and 1,600 relay teams.
Red Lion was led by its only dual winner, Tristian Schluderberg, who won the 1,600 and 3,200.
TRACK AND FIELD
York Tech 75, Littlestown 75 (York Tech wins via tiebreaker): At Spry, the Spartans won the tiebreaker based on more first-place finishes to defeat the Thunderbolts in a showdown meet. Bry’Quan Sweeney won the 100 and 200 sprints for Tech, while Kole Shenberger won the 110 and 300 hurdles and the long jump. Tech finished at 5-1 in York-Adams Division III and earned at least a share of the D-III title. Littlestown fell to 4-1 in the division.
Susquehannock 109, Dover 41: At Dover, Wes Juarez led the Warriors capturing first in the 110 hurdles, long jump and triple jump. Teammate Joey McDonnell won the 1,600 and 3,200 runs. For the Eagles, Dylan Spahr won the 100 and 400.
Spring Grove 85, Central York 65: At Spring Grove, Adam Warehime led the Rockets by capturing first in the high jump and long jump.
York Suburban 85, West York 65: At West York, Bodi Wilson led the Trojans by capturing first in the 200, high jump and long jump. For the Bulldogs, Ay'Jaun Marshall won the 110 and 300 hurdles, while Luke Hoffman broke the school record in the discus by throwing 164 feet, 3 inches. He previously held the record before breaking it yesterday. Suburban finished 6-1 in York-Adams Division II.
New Oxford 114.5, York High 31.5: At New Oxford, the Colonials rolled to victory. No other details were reported.
TRACK AND FIELD
Spring Grove 87.5, Central York 62.5: At Spring Grove, the Rockets received two individual wins apiece from: Ashton Ball (javelin, shot put) and Zoe Stauffer (100 and 300 hurdles). For the Panthers, Haven Evans won the 100 and 200. The Rockets finished 5-1 in York-Adams Division I.
Dover 80, Susquehannock 70: At Dover, Peyton Mulder and Rajah Fink led the Eagles by each capturing two individual wins. Mulder won the 100 and 300 hurdles, while Fink won the shot put and javelin. For the Warriors, Rachel Banchiere won the 1,600 and 3,200 runs. Dover captured first in all three relays.
York Suburban 84, West York 66: At West York, Madison James led the Trojans by capturing first in the triple jump, high jump and long jump. For the Bulldogs, Katie Tallman won the javelin and discus, while Aryon Williams won the 100 and 200. Suburban finished 6-1 in York-Adams Division II.
York Tech 106, Littlestown 44: At Spry, Katie MacDougall won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 runs for Tech, and was also part of the victorious 3,200 relay.
New Oxford 118, York High 32: At New Oxford, the Colonials had no trouble with the Bearcats. No other details were reported.
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