GETTYSBURG — The 3,200 relay was just the first track event of the day, but both coaches agreed it played a key role in the final outcome.
By securing first in the relay, Gettysburg got the boost it was looking for, and the Warriors went on to score an 83-67 victory over York Suburban in a match-up of two previously unbeaten boys' track-and-field teams. The result left Gettysburg as the only boys' team in York-Adams Division II without a loss. The Warriors have three league meets remaining.
Suburban won the girls' meet, 80-70.
"We had to win two of three relays to have a chance," Suburban head coach Dave Wickenheiser said. "When we didn't win the 32, I knew it was going to be difficult. When you lose that first race, it can be a downer."
Gettysburg head coach Brandon Guiher said winning the 3,200 relay was instrumental in his team's victory.
"We knew coming In that they (Suburban) were heavy on distance, but we ran a great time (8 minutes, 35.5 seconds)," Guiher said. "Certainly, we're pleased with this victory, today, but we still have three meets remaining (Northeastern, West York and Dover), and we're not taking anything for granted because when you do that, that's when you lose."
Gettysburg displayed terrific balance in Tuesday's meet, scoring 42 points in the field and 41 on the track. Suburban racked up 46 points on the track, but earned just 21 in the field.
"They put it to us in the sprints," Wickenheiser said.
Gettysburg went 1-2-3 in the 100 dash and 2-3 in the 200. The Warriors also swept the three relays.
Bodhi Wilson had an outstanding day for Suburban, sprinting to victory in the 200 and 400 and leaping 6 feet, 2 inches to take the high jump. Wilson's teammate, Ralph Casper, cranked out the longest throws in the shot put and discus.
Gettysburg's Edny Celius recorded the best time in the 100 and also won the long jump. The Warriors' Joe Pecaitis took the javelin and pole vault.
Girls' meet: In the girls' meet, Suburban's Ykendi Hood (100 and 200), Ty Avery (100 hurdles and 300 hurdles) and Madison James (long jump and high jump) each won two individual events. Hood and Avery were also part of the winning 400 relay team.
Avery and Hood have been best friends since seventh grade and teammates since last year..
"I recruited her (for track)," Avery said.
Hood didn't take long to accept her friend's offer to join the track team.
"Soccer was over, and I wanted to do a spring sport. It wasn't going to be lacrosse, so I thought it will be track," she said.
The two seniors haven't finalized college plans yet, but Indiana University of Pennsylvania is one of the schools on both of their lists.
"Ykendi and Ty, they're having terrific seasons, and Maddy (James), she's been outstanding," Wickenheiser said.
Suburban has two league dual meet remaining against Dover and Kennard-Dale.
"Gettysburg's in the driver's seat (for the boys' title)," Wickenheiser said. "Eastern's in the driver's seat in Division II girls. (Eastern owns a victory over Suburban)."
TRACK AND FIELD
York Tech 131, Hanover 18: At Hanover, Kole Shenberger led the Spartans by capturing first in the long jump, high jump, 110 and 300 hurdles. Also for Tech, Ryan Corbitt won the 800 and pole vault, while Jaire Alford won the 100 and 200. Tech captured first in all 18 events.
Dover 80, Kennard-Dale 61: At Dover, Shad Murphy led the Eagles by capturing first in the shot put, discus and javelin. Teammate Austin Lacks won the 110 and 300 hurdles. For the Rams, Donnell Williams won the 100, 200 and long jump.
Red Lion 125, York High 24: At Red Lion, the Lions captured first in 16 of the 18 events. Individually for Red Lion, Owen Stine won the discus and javelin, while Cameron George won the 400 and 800.
West York 93, Northeastern 47: At Northeastern, Hunter Beatty won the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles for West York. Teammate Luke Hoffman won the discus and 200. Brady McElwain won the 800 and 1,600 for the Bobcats.
Susquehannock 85.5, Eastern York 64.5: At Glen Rock, the Warriors dominated the field events, winning five of the seven events. Susquehannock’s Eli Wetzel grabbed first in the 100 and 200 sprints and also helped the 4x100 relay team to a win, while Wesley Juarez won the 110 hurdles and long jump. Eastern’s Zack Falk was strong in the distance events, capturing first in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs, while also helping the 4x800 and 4x400 relay teams to first-place results.
Dallastown 112, Central York 38: At Central York, the Wildcats captured first in nine of the 11 track events. Individually for the Wildcats, Justin Atwood won the 110 hurdles and 200, while Patrick Jacobson won the 1,600 and 800.
TRACK AND FIELD
York Tech 117, Hanover 10: At Hanover, the Spartans captured first in 15 events. Individually for the Spartans, Katie MacDougall won the 1,600 and 3,200, Kadie Kamara won the 100 and 200, McCayla Welsh won the 300 hurdles and long jump and Khali Shoff won the shot put and discus.
Dover 121, Kennard-Dale 15: At Dover, the Eagles captured 15 of 17 events. Individually for the Eagles, Rajah Fink won the shot put and javelin, Emily Hogan won the 1,600 and 800 and Peyton Mulder won the 110 and 300 hurdles. For the Rams, Jess Ollis won the 100 and 200.
Red Lion 130, York High 17: At Red Lion, the Lions captured first in 16 of the 18 events. Individually for the Lions, Kaylee Snyder won the 100, 200 and triple jump. Teammate Brianna Wanbaugh won the shot put and javelin.
West York 76, Northeastern 74: At Northeastern, Claudia Gross won the 300 hurdles and pole vault individually, while also participating on the victorious 400 relay team. Madeline Warrender won the 1,600 and 800, and also participated on the winning 3,200 and 1,600 relay teams for Northeastern. Lauren Williamson won the 100, 200 and long jump for the Bobcats.
Eastern York 103, Susquehannock 47: At Glen Rock, the Golden Knights won 15 events. Hannah Myers was victorious in the 100 and 400, Maddy McClain took first in the 1,600 and 3,200 and Ashley Kerr won the shot put and discus throws to pace Eastern.
Dallastown 97, Central York 53: At Central York, the Wildcats captured first in all three relays. Individually for Dallastown, Emily Schuler won the 1,600 and 3,200.
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