WRIGHTSVILLE — Before even attempting one vault, Eastern York boys' track and field coach Will James told junior Brady Glatfelter to "win, then height."
Going into the meet, breaking the school record in the pole vault for a third time this year was always part of Glatfelter's plan. However, on a larger scale, the Golden Knights were also looking to knock off Gettysburg and grab a share of the York-Adams League Division II title. It just so happened that the boys' meet came down to Glatfelter's vaults.
"This is what we dreamed of since seventh grade," Glatfelter said. "This is great to be a part of this. We were definitely underdogs coming into the season, I think, so it's great."It was never a question of whether Glatfelter would win the event, which he did by clearing 13 feet and giving Eastern the 79-70 decision over the Warriors on Wednesday. The only question was just how high he would go. Going into the day, he already had the school record of 13 feet, 6 inches, so next on the checklist was 14 feet. Unfortunately, while he had the height, he couldn't quite find the depth to avoid knocking the bar off when coming down, ending the night disappointed in himself, but overall happy for his team.
For Glatfelter, it was still a successful spring season, especially coming off an indoor season in which he suffered a stress fracture in his back from vaulting so often. He broke the school record twice this spring, despite being on a limited schedule early in the spring and doing much of his vaulting in cold, damp weather, which didn't do his back any favors.
"My mind was on other things," Glatfelter admitted about his attempt at the school record. "Winning the meet. I knew I definitely could've made that. I was tired, the cold weather, it was raining, so it definitely wasn't the best day to go again, but I know I can do it soon."
It was going to take a special type of team effort from the Golden Knights to end Gettysburg's bid at winning the division outright, and they got it from the very beginning. Eastern started the meet off by winning the 3,200 relay and then went on to sweep the three relays. The Knights then got a strong effort from senior Reajon Treasure, who helped the 1,600 relay team earn a win, and then got individual wins in the 200 and 400 sprints and finished a close second to Edny Celius in the 100 sprint.
"They knew they had to come out and have top events today," James said. "They had to give everything they had today. They had to have some (personal records), they had to run their races. We've had some good times and good distances over the season, but then it came down to today and they performed."
For the Warriors, Celius also won the 110 hurdles and Ravaughn Dillard dominated in the field events, winning the triple jump, high jump and long jump events.
With Eastern winning the meet, it finishes in a three-way tie for first place in Division II with York Suburban, which beat the Golden Knights, and Gettysburg, all at 6-1. It also prevented the Warriors from making it 2-for-2 in winning the division outright since coming into the league in the fall of 2014.
Underclassmen shine for girls: In the girls' meet, there really wasn't much drama about whether Eastern would win its second straight outright Division II title.
While the Eastern senior class has helped mold the Knights into a solid team, it was the individual efforts of a few underclassmen that helped them win the meet, 100-50, and win the division with an unbeaten record (7-0).
The day started with sophomores Maddie McClain, Hannah Myers and Madison Nalls teaming with senior Leanne Beyer to run away with the 3,200 relay. Myers and Nalls were also part of the victorious 1,600 relay, while Myers also tied for first in the 200 sprint with Genesis Mercedes of Gettysburg. McClain proved her long distance ability by sweeping the 1,600 and 3,200 runs, and junior Brittany Heistand swept the 100 and 300 hurdles.
"This is a great group of girls," girls' coach Joel Jacobs said. "We knew last year that there was a special thing going on with them. Real good senior leadership. Last year, the freshmen — they're sophomores now — took control of things in terms of performance, but it's nice that (the seniors) really make them feel a part of everything, like a family almost."
One of the seniors who had a strong meet was Arielle Stigelman, who won the 100 sprint and was also part of the victorious 400 relay.
The Warriors' only multi-event winner was Mercedes, who, along with tying for first in the 200, won the high jump.
York Tech boys win title at Sheppard Relays: The York Tech boys' team finished first on Wednesday at Hanover's Sonny Sheppard Relays, finishing with 32 points. Hanover was second with 30 points, followed by Bermudian Springs (22) and Delone Catholic (10). Tech won the 3,200 relay and 400 relay, finished second in the 800 relay and third in the 1,600 relay. Delone won the girls' title with 38 points, followed by Tech (34) and Hanover (24). The Squirettes won the 3,200 relay, 400 relay and 1,600 relay and took second in the 800 relay. Tech won the 800 relay and finished second in the other three relays.
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