TRACK: Red Lion girls earn key win over Central York
RED LION — The turning point in the Red Lion-Central York girls' track-and-field meet came in an event that the Lady Lions' coach didn't think his team was going to win.
"I had us getting one point (in the 400). Instead we got a first and a third," coach Jason Smith said after his team edged Central, 76-74, in a match-up of two previously unbeaten York-Adams Division I teams.
The Red Lion boys completed the sweep of the dual meet and remained unbeaten at the same time by scoring a 99-51 victory.
Kaylee Snyder, a sophomore, won the 400 for Red Lion in a time of 1 minute, 1.9 seconds.
"I was very nervous at the beginning of the meet, but once it got going, I was OK," Snyder said. "The last 10 meters (of the 400) were hard, but I pushed on. I knew it would be over soon."
Snyder not only won the event, she eclipsed her previous best time.
"I dropped four seconds off my PR (personal record)," she said.
Snyder also captured the triple jump with a leap of 30 feet, 6 1/4 inches.
Her team, though, didn't secure the victory until the final event of the day — the 1,600 relay.
Meredith Kunce, Grace Treffinger, Rachel Winings and Kate Gatchell put up the fastest time in 4:20.1.
Gatchell is the fourth member of her family to run for Red Lion. Three brothers, Caleb, Ethan and Joel, preceded her..
"We finally got a girl," Smith said.
The first lap of the 1.600 relay was almost dead even before Treffinger took the lead for the Lady Lions around 150 meters into the second lap. Red Lion led the rest of the way.
"In the four by four (1600), we had three girls run 65 and one girl run 63.That's awesome," Smith said. "Our sprinters stepped up today, and our jumpers stepped up."
In addition, Brianna Wanbaugh supplied key victories in the field for Red Lion, winning the shot put and javelin. The senior added a third-place finish in the discus.
Sierra Starner (100 hurdles and 300 hurdles) and Haven Evans (100 and 200) earned two individual victories apiece for Central.
Boys' meet: In the boys' meet, Paul Jones had a huge day for Red Lion, winning three events: 200, 400 and triple jump.
"The 200, it was close in the last 10 or 15 meters," said Jones, a senior, who plans to play football and compete on the track-and-field team at Susquehanna University. "I thought Jerome (Jessup) might have gotten me."
Jones is hoping that his final season with the Lions is a championship one.
"We all work together," he said. "We started in early December with winter track, and we want to win the county championship."
Tim Buzynski posted two first-place finishes for Central, winning the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.
TRACK AND FIELD
Eastern York 91, Kennard-Dale 54: At Fawn Grove, Nathan Lopez won the 800 and 1,600 while also running on the victorious 1,600 relay for Eastern. Donnell Williams captured three events for the Rams, winning the 100, 200 and the long jump.
Spring Grove 88, New Oxford 62: At New Oxford, the Rockets captured first in nine of the 11 track events. Individually for the Rockets, Noah Hayes won the 200, triple jump and high jump. Teammate Anthony Hinson won the 300 hurdles and 110 hurdles.
Dover 77, West York 68: At Dover, the Eagles captured first in eight of the 11 track events. John Sengia led the Eagles individually by taking first in the 1,600 and 800. For the Bulldogs, Jamal Anderson won the high jump and long jump, while teammate Shane Kauffman won the 100 and 200.
Dallastown 89, South Western 61: At Dallastown, Jack Lehr set a new Dallastown record in the discus with a toss of 156 feet, 6 inches. Drew Hartlaub won the 100 for South Western.
York Suburban 104, Northeastern 46: At Northeastern, the Trojans were solid in the field, with Ralph Casper and Illanzo Feliciano capturing a pair of event wins. Casper won the shot put and discus, while Feliciano proved victorious in the triple and long jumps. Troy Conway won the 100 and 400 for Northeastern.
TRACK & FIELD
Eastern York 126, Kennard-Dale 23: At Fawn Grove, Taylor Currier won the triple and long jumps for the Golden Knights, while Brittany Heistand captured the 100 and 300 hurdle races. Hannah Myers won the 400 and was a part of the victorious 400 and 3,200 relays. Jessica Ollis won 100 and 200 for K-D.
Spring Grove 99, New Oxford 51: At New Oxford, the Rockets captured first in 14 of the 18 events. Zoe Stauffer led the Rockets individually by taking first in the long jump, 100 and 300 hurdles. Teammate Madyson Miller won the 100 and 200.
Dover 81, West York 65: At Dover, the Eagles were led individually by Peyton Mulder, who captured the 110 and 300 hurdles, Sienna Woodyard won the 100 and 200, while Rajah Fink won the shot put and javelin. For the Bulldogs, Tesia Thomas won the long jump and triple jump.
Dallastown 78, South Western 68: At Dallastown, the Wildcats captured first in nine of the 11 track events. Individually for Wildcats, Kiele Fullerton won the triple jump and long jump, Emily Schuler won the 1,600 and 3,200, while Riyana Owens won the 100 and 200.
York Suburban 97, Northeastern 53: At Manchester, the Trojans captured first place in six of the seven field events to secure the road victory. Individually for the Trojans, Madison James won the triple jump, high jump, while Ykendi Hood won the 100 and 200. For the Bobcats, Maddie Warrender won the 800 and 1,600.
Reach Dick VanO'Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org.