WRIGHTSVILLE — The Eastern York girls’ track-and-field team is in the midst of one of the more memorable runs in recent York-Adams League history.
From the seniors all the way down to the freshmen, no one on the Golden Knights' squad has experienced defeat in a dual meet during the Y-A Division II schedule.
While that streak was not in grave danger Wednesday afternoon against visiting West York, the Eastern girls know that their biggest challenge of the season is on the horizon.
The Knights claimed 13 of the 18 events against the Bulldogs en route to an impressive 95-55 triumph on the girls' side. On the boys' side, West York prevailed, 83-66.
“It was a nice night,” Eastern girls’ coach Joel Jacobs said.
Nalls excels: Madison Nalls was terrific in both events in which she participated. The University of Pittsburgh swimming recruit won the 800-meter run by nearly eight full seconds. Nalls also helped the 1,600 relay team overcome an early deficit by flying around the track en route to victory.
“I didn’t even start training (for track) until about a month ago,” Nalls said. “But I try, for the team. This is a lot of fun … it’s like a family.”
Jacobs, who enjoys having multi-sport athletes on his squad, raved about the performance of Nalls and his other stalwarts.
“She has a cardiovascular system that is just amazing,” Jacobs said of Nalls. “And once her legs start to get there, she’ll be tough to beat. And kids like her, who play other sports, those are the type of kids that I like to have on my team.”
Maddie McLain, a cross country standout, and Hannah Myers, a basketball star, each collected two individual event victories. McLain won the 1,600 and 3,200 runs, while Myers claimed the 200 and 400 runs.
Nalls credits much of the team’s success to its positive competitiveness, something that many of them have learned from participating in multiple sports.
“We just try to stay positive and keep a good attitude,” she said. “I know us seniors try to be good role models for the underclassmen. I try to be an inspiration to them and help them however I can.”
Senior Day: While the Knights enjoyed better-than-expected weather despite other outdoor varsity sports getting postponed Wednesday, the thrill of competing and winning on the team’s Senior Day was also a bonus for Nalls and her teammates. Keeping emotions in check, however, was a bit of a challenge at times.
“We had to treat this meet just like any other,” she said. “You can’t take anything for granted, but I think we were all trying to get our best times and try for some PRs (personal records).”
Dover up next: PRs may not be the focus come Tuesday, when the Knights travel to Dover for a battle of Y-A D-II unbeatens. Dover is the only team that could prevent Eastern from winning another D-II crown. Having won the division crown all three years she’s been with the team, Nalls knows that every opponent is hoping to be the one to knock Eastern off its perch.
Dover, she figures, will be no exception.
“I think we’ll be OK, but we don’t want to be too confident,” she said. “I think if we stay positive and keep doing what we’re doing, we’ll be good. That really seems to be working.”
Eastern now stands at 6-0 in D-II girls' action, while Dover is 5-0.
Boys' meet: DeMonte Martin (110 and 300 hurdles) and Pierre Allard (1,600 and 3,200 meters) both claimed two individual events for the Eastern boys.
Joe Dejesus (400, javelin) and Shane Kauffman (100 and 200 dashes) won a pair of events for the Bulldogs.
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