When it comes to track and field, winning division titles is pretty much the only thing that Eastern York standout Hannah Myers knows.
The Golden Knights won the York-Adams League Division II title during both her freshman and sophomore campaigns.
Now, as a junior, Myers and her teammates want to make sure it stays that way this season.
“Everyone wants another championship,” she said. “It’s pretty exciting.”
While winning is never a sure thing, the Knights are feeling pretty good about their chances. Nearly the entire roster returns this spring after Eastern swept the Division II schedule with a perfect 7-0 mark.
“We’re pretty confident,” Myers said. “But we also realize that we have a target on our backs.”
Myers, who usually competes individually in the 200- and 400-yard dashes, knows that target is probably already set heading into the first meet of the season Tuesday at Gettysburg. The Warriors, who fell 100-50 to the Knights in the final regular-season meet last year, finished 5-2 in the division a season ago.
If last season is any indicator, the Division II race may well be wrapped up in early April. Following the season-opening meet with Gettysburg, the much-anticipated showdown with rival York Suburban (6-1 in 2016) is just a week later on April 4.
“Suburban is always a rival,” Myers said. “It’s always a fun meet for everyone. It’s the one that coach (Joel) Jacobs and all of the coaches are talking about from the first practice.”
Basketball is her sport of choice: While Myers has run track the previous two seasons at Eastern, her sport of choice will always be basketball. She helped the Knights double their win total (from seven to 14) this past season while leading the team in scoring at 17 points per game.
Myers, however, isn’t the only one on the Eastern track team in that position. Madison Nalls, who runs on both the 1,600 and 3,200 relays along with Myers, is an NCAA Division I-caliber swimmer. She recently finished second at the PIAA Class 2-A swim meet in the 200 free and fourth in the 500 free.
“Madison is another one where her main sport conflicts with track,” Myers said. “Sometimes she maybe can’t make a practice or may have to miss a meet to swim. So it’s a lot, but it’s nice that track is such a short season and everyone kind of knows that.”
For Myers participating in both track and basketball is a bit of a time-management challenge. Fortunately for her, the track season offers less interference than perhaps another spring sport.
“It’s a little bit harder because I do play AAU,” she said. “But it’s not too terrible. I try to put basketball first, but when track season rolls around I try to keep an even balance between the two. I’ll miss a basketball practice for a meet, and it’s good that all of my coaches are really helpful with that.”
Being around her friends: One of the biggest draws to being a part of the track team for Myers has nothing to do with results. Given the amount of time she spends between school and basketball, track allows her some time to be around some of her best friends.
“It’s nice because I usually don’t get to see them all of the time,” she said of teammates such as Nalls, standout distance runner Maddie McLain and others. “So it’s nice when we get to practice together.”
Myers, who had to carry her basketball team for much of the season, can be a bit more relaxed during track season. That’s because the pressures of success are shared more in track than in basketball.
“It’s a really fun sport if you have the right people around you,” Myers said. “I have a nice little competitive nature, but this is nice because there’s a little less pressure.”
Notes: South Western rolled to the Division I girls' title last year, edging Spring Grove. The Delone Catholic girls took Division III ahead of second-place York Tech.
Dallastown won the Division I boys' title a season ago, nipping rival Red Lion, while Gettysburg and Eastern shared the Division II boys' crown and Littlestown and York Tech shared the Division III boys' championship.
Here are some boys' competitors to watch this season: Patrick Jacobson, senior, Dallastown, 1,600; Justin Atwood, junior, Dallastown, 110 hurdles, 400 relay; Luke Hoffman, senior, West York, discus; Greg Potter, senior, Red Lion, pole vault; and Bodhi Wilson, junior, York Suburban, high jump, 400.
Here are some girls' competitors to keep an eye on: Natalie Elliott, senior, Spring Grove, pole vault; Madisen Kling, junior, Red Lion, discus; Madi Smith, senior, New Oxford, javelin; Sammy Trone, junior, South Western, 400, 1600 relay; Ashley Kerr, senior, Eastern York, shot put, discus; Maddie McLain, junior, Eastern York, 3,200, 1,600; Madison Nalls, junior, Eastern York, 3,200 relay, 1,600 relay; and Hannah Myers, junior, Eastern York, 3,200 relay, 1,600 relay, 200, 400.
Reach Ryan Vandersloot at email@example.com.