TRACK: Spring Grove girls end championship drought
- The Spring Grove girls' track-and-field team ended a 19-year championship drought on Wednesday.
- The Rockets have sewn up at least a share of the York-Adams Division I crown.
- Spring Grove can clinch the outright title with a win over Central York next week.
SPRING GROVE — As she stood on the track following the final home meet of her career, Spring Grove's Zoe Stauffer recalled some special times.
"I'll remember being part of the team, and helping to turn the program around," Stauffer said. "My freshman year, we won one meet. It's humbling to see how well the team is doing, and certainly coach (Eric) Baumgardner has been a part of the turnaround."
This year's group of Rockets earned the school's first York-Adams crown in 19 years.
Spring Grove defeated Red Lion, 100-50, and York High, 126-24, on Wednesday in a unique double-dual format to clinch at least a tie for the York-Adams Division I title. The Rockets can win the championship outright by defeating Central York next Tuesday.
In the boys' meets, Red Lion bested Spring Grove, 83-66, and Spring Grove downed York High, 99-37.
Stauffer and Madyson Miller each earned two first-place finishes for the Rockets in Tuesday's meets. Both also were part of the winning 400 relay team.
Stauffer won the 100 hurdles and long jump, and Miller swept the 100 and 200 dashes.
"I had PRs (personal records) in my events, so I was happy," Stauffer said. "Also, I qualified for districts in the long jump."
Stauffer, who will attend Christopher Newport University beginning next fall, also praised her sophomore teammate.
"Mady (Miller) is awesome." Stauffer said. "When she first got here, we noticed right away that she had a lot off talent, but she had to work on some form. I'm glad they have her for the next two years."
Baumgardner will be glad, too, that Miller will return next year. However, he'll miss the group of seniors who helped end a title drought.
"We're having a good year, and we're getting better every week, that's our goal," the Rockets' head coach said. "Last year, our last meet was against South Western, but this year we opened up with South Western (the defending champion). We had a very different approach this year, and we had to go 100 miles per hour right from the beginning. But, we've met the challenges."
Baumgardner is hoping his team will close the York-Adams season by meeting one more challenge. .
"We have to go to Central, and you can't take anyone for granted in Division I," he said.
Meanwhile, the Red Lion boys will take on arch-rival Dallastown in their dual-meet finale.
Jerome Jessup and Owen Stine led the way for the Lions in the victory over Spring Grove. Jessup captured the 300 hurdles and 200 dash, and Stine recorded the longest throws in the javelin and discus.
Penn Relays: York-Adams track-and-field programs will be well represented at the prestigious Penn Relays, which begin Thursday at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field.
Following are the local teams and athletes and the events in which they will compete: High School Girls' 4 x 100 Small Schools: Eastern York, South Western, Spring Grove, York Suburban; High School Girls' 4 x100 Large Schools: Central York, Red Lion. High School Girls' 4 x 400: York Suburban, South Western, Red Lion, Spring Grove, Eastern York, Central York, Gettysburg. High School Girls' Discus: Madisen Kling, Red Lion. High School Javelin: Madison Smith, New Oxford. High School Boys' 4 x 100 Small Schools: South Western, Spring Grove; High School Boys' 4 x 100 Large Schools: Central York, York High, Red Lion. High School Boys' Discus: Luke Hoffman, West York. High School Boys' 4 x 400: York Suburban, South Western, Spring Grove, Eastern York. Pole vault: Brady Glatfelter, Eastern.
TRACK & FIELD
Dallastown 126, New Oxford 23: At Dallastown, the Wildcats captured first in 16 of the 18 events. Individually for the Wildcats, Braden Caldwell won the triple jump and long jump, Patrick Jacobson won the 1,600 and 800 and Brian Thomas won the 200 and high jump.
Gettysburg 115, Northeastern 35: At Gettysburg, the Warriors won 14 of 18 events to secure the victory. For the Bobcats, Taemar Willis captured individual wins in the 110 hurdles and high jump.
York Suburban 98, Dover 51: At Dover, the Trojans captured first in all seven field events. Individually for the Trojans, Aiden Fryar won the long jump and pole vault, while Ralph Casper won the shot put and discus. For the Eagles, Dylan Spahr won the 100, 400 and 200.
TRACK & FIELD
Dallastown 105, New Oxford 40: At Dallastown, the Wildcats captured first in 10 of the 11 track events. Individually for the Wildcats, Kiele Fullerton won the triple jump and long jump, while Taylor Forrester won the 100 and 300 hurdles.
Gettysburg 100, Northeastern 49: At Gettysburg, the Warriors captured first in all three relays. Hannah Baddick led the Warriors by capturing the triple jump and long jump.
York Suburban 85, Dover 65: At Dover, Madison James led the Trojans by capturing wins in the high jump, triple jump and javelin. Also for Suburban, Kendi Hood won the 200 and 100, while Zette Pflaum won the 1,600 and 3,200. For the Eagles, Peyton Mulder won the 100 and 300 hurdles.
each Dick VanO'Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org.