It was only fitting that, in the last York-Adams League Division I track-and-field meet of the season, the boys' title would come down to the rivalry meet between Dallastown and Red Lion.
While the heated rivalry between the two schools doesn't translate as much into track and field as it does for other sports, it still added a little bit extra to an already important event.
The Wildcat boys entered the day 5-0 in Division I, while the Lions sat at 4-1, hoping to at least secure a share of the crown. In the end, it was Dallastown that prevailed with an 89-61 victory to clinch the Division I title outright. The Red Lion girls secured an 84-66 win to tie the Wildcats for second in Division I with identical 4-2 division records.
"(The athletes) saw this as an opportunity to have one last meet as a team," Dallastown boys' coach Neil Gutekunst said. "Go hard. See what you can do. See what kind of performances you can get and, if we end up beating Red Lion in the process, that's a positive."
The Wildcat boys won 11 of the 18 events, including five of the seven field events. They got things going on the right foot with a victory in opening event, the 4x800 relay, with Dom Stayer, Ziyue Zhang, Kyle Hennigan and Logan O'Shea pacing the side. It was one of two relay wins on the evening for Dallastown, which also took first in the 4x100 relay.
The Wildcats also got big wins in the distance runs, with Patrick Jacobson taking first in the 800 and 1,600 runs, while Bryce Gable won the 3,200 event. In the field events, five different Dallastown athletes earned wins. Braden Caldwell won the long jump, Brian Thomas took first in the high jump, Jack Lehr won the discus throw, Tony Nelo won the shot put and Landon Firestone captured first in the javelin.
"We have a very strong distance crew and a very strong throwing squad and they performed wonderfully today," Gutekunst said. "We did well in the sprints and the jumps and got our points and that allowed everything to happen."
The Lions got big days from Jerome Jessup, Paul Jones and Greg Potter. Jessup took first in the 200 sprint and 300 hurdles and was part of the winning 4x100 relay team, Jones grabbed first in the 400 sprint and triple jump and Potter was, again, unbeatable in the pole vault, clearing a height of 13 feet, 6 inches, before failing at 14 feet.
Girls' meet: In the girls' meet, Red Lion made its mark in the field events.
The two teams were nearly even in the track events, with the Lions holding a slim 44-43 advantage in those 11 events. However, Red Lion dominated the field events, winning five of the seven and took 40 of 63 points to set itself apart from the Wildcats.
"I thought our sprinters really stepped up today," Lions' girls' coach Jason Smith said. "I know I think they were down one or two girls, but our sprinters really stepped up and did well. All around, I thought we had a pretty good day."
Kiersten Lloyd was Red Lion's top performer, taking first in the 800 and 1,600 runs, while also helping the 4x400 relay team take first. In the field events, Brianna Wanbaugh won both the javelin and shot put to make her mark on the meet.
For Dallastown, Kiele Fullerton won both the triple jump and long jump, while hurdle specialist Taylor Forrester swept both the 100 and 300 hurdles.
TRACK & FIELD
Gettysburg 83, West York 67: At West York, the Warriors were led individually by Laion Shelton capturing the triple jump and high jump, while teammate Joe Pecaitis won the pole vault and javelin. For the Bulldogs, Shane Kauffman won the 100 and 200, while Kyle Chambers won the 1,600 and 800.
Eastern York 75, Dover 74: At Wrightsville, Zachary Falk (1,600, 3,200), Nathan Lopez (400, 800) and Drake Brown (shot put, discus) won two events each for the Golden Knights. Lopez and Falk were also members of the victorious 3,200 and 1,600 relay teams. Luis Herazo (triple jump, long jump) and Dylan Spahr (100, 200) each won two events for Dover in the closely contested meet.
New Oxford 98, York High 43: At New Oxford, Owen Buhr led the Colonials by capturing the 110 and 300 hurdles. For the Bearcats, Khalid Dorsey won the 100 and 200.
Central York 75, Spring Grove 74: At Central, the Panthers captured two of the three relay events to secure the tight Division I victory. For the Rockets, Jordan Maldonado won the 1,600 and 3,200, Anthony Hinson won the 110 and 300 hurdles and Garrett Fissel won the shot put and javelin.
TRACK & FIELD
Eastern York 95, Dover 55: At Wrightsville, Taylor Currier won the pole vault, triple jump and long jump while helping the Golden Knights clinch at least a share of the York-Adams Division II title. Maddie McLain won the 1,600 and 3,200 races while also participating on the victorious 3,200 relay team for Eastern. The Knights (6-0 in Division II) can clinch the division crown outright with a victory Monday at West York. Peyton Mulder (100, 300 hurdles) and Sienna Woodyard (100, 200) won two events each for Dover.
Spring Grove 87, Central York 63: At Central York, the Rockets captured first in six of the seven field events to clinch the road victory. Individually for the Rockets, Zoe Stauffer won the 100 and 300 hurdles, while Madyson Miller won the 100 and 200. Spring Grove clinched the Division I title outright at 6-0.
New Oxford 123, York High 25: At New Oxford, the Colonials were led by Ella Flickinger capturing the 200 and long jump, while teammate Mikayla Wayne won the 100 and 300 hurdles.
Gettysburg 82, West York 68: At West York, Genesis Mercedes won the 200, 400 and long jump for the Warriors. Tesia Thomas won the pole vault, triple jump and long jump for West York, while also participating on the winning 400 relay team.
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