Spring Grove freshman enjoys record-shattering performances at York-Adams League meet

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Spring Grove's Laila Campbell wins the girls' 200-meter dash event at 24.42 during York-Adams League Track and Field Championships at New Oxford High School in Oxford Township, Adams County, Thursday, May 13, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

It was only her first time competing in the event, but this week, Laila Campbell put on a show that will be long remembered in York-Adams League Track & Field Championships history.

The Spring Grove High School standout won the girls’ 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash. Not only did Campbell win, but she now holds the league meet records for the 100 dash and 200 dash after a fantastic finish to her freshman season in Y-A League competition.

“It felt awesome to receive that accomplishment,” said Campbell, who also excelled on the basketball court this past winter for the Rockets. "I'm just ready for districts. I want to (hit her personal record) and break the times I did today."

In Wednesday’s preliminary race, Campbell ran a 11.97-second 100-dash time, which is now the record after Angie Bowie’s 12.10 time stood since 1986. In Thursday's final, Campbell also ran a :12.10 to win the title. Dover’s Riley Mulder finished second and Red Lion’s Camree Patterson was third.

Campbell ran a :24.42 time in the 200 dash to claim the title, but that wasn’t even the fastest she was during the event.

Wednesday, during the preliminary qualifiers for Thursday’s final Campbell ran a :24.23 to set the new record, which had been held Angelica Gonzalez since 2012 at :24.79. Patterson finished second and Susquehannock’s Sabreena Fahringer came in third.

Spring Grove's Laila Campbell, third from right, would with the girls' 100-meter dash event at 12:18 during York-Adams League Track and Field Championships at New Oxford High School in Oxford Township, Adams County, Thursday, May 13, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

In the 400-meter dash, Campbell ran a :56.66 to win the event. Susquehannock’s Shelby Derkosh came in second and York Suburban’s Gabby delPielago finished third.

A busy Virata: Red Lion’s AJ Virata earned the title of busiest athlete at the meet on Thursday. The senior won the boys' 100 dash and the 200 dash and finished second in the high jump as an individual.

“I give 100% every race, so if I'm tired, I'm tired, (at least) I gave it my all," Virata said after the 100 dash.

Red Lion's AJ Virata wins the boys' 100-meter dash event during York-Adams League Track and Field Championships at New Oxford High School in Oxford Township, Adams County, Thursday, May 13, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

With his teammates (Randy Fizer, Jeff Nyamekye and LaDainain Strausbaugh), Virata also won the boys’ 400 relay, despite limited practice. Nyamekye and Fizer recently recovered from hamstring injuries and said this was the first time all four athletes have been fully healthy in a month and ran a :42.75.

West York finished second and Spring Grove took third. Virata also ran in the boys' 1,600-meter relay, but didn't place.

Strausbaugh finished third behind Virata in the 100 dash, with Dallastown’s Kristian Phennicie in between in second. Phennicie added another second-place finish behind Virata in the 200 dash and West York’s Nico Wright-Phillips finished third.

The Red Lion girls made it a 400 relay sweep for the school with a victory in :49.99. Jayla Godfrey, Patterson, Julia Rowe and Dajae Boardley-Wise won the event, while Susquehannock finished second and Central York took third.

Susquehannock’s Derkosh, Abigail Fisher, Mia Dills and Fahringer won the girls’ 1,600 relay with a time of 4:03.80. Gettysburg finished second and York Suburban came in third.

In the boys’ 1,600 relay, South Western's Connor Miller, Dustin Edwards, DeShawn Gaither and Chris Lesher won the race in 3:28.19. Suburban finished second and Spring Grove was third.

Carroll adds another title: One day after she broke the league record in the 3,200 run, Northeastern senior Margaret Carroll added another title in the girls’ 1,600. The Villanova commit won in 5:01:54, while Suburban’s Brooke Sargen and Northeastern’s Bella Treglia finished second and third, respectively.

Northeastern's Margaret Carroll wins the girls' 1600-meter run event at 5:01.54 during York-Adams League Track and Field Championships at New Oxford High School in Oxford Township, Adams County, Thursday, May 13, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Susquehannock’s Matthew O’Brien had enough of getting second place and decided to end his streak of silver medals with a win in the boys’ 1,600 run.

O’Brien was edged out by Suburban’s Cole Adams in the 3,200 run on Wednesday and wasn’t going to watch another win slip away. Kennard-Dale’s Dan Gibney battled him late for the title, but O’Brien finished just ahead of him for his long-awaited win. O’Brien finished in 4:31:57 and Gibney came in at 4:31:67. K-D’s Collin Wolf came in third.

After the race ended, O'Brien repeated several times to everyone around him how much it meant to him to get the gold after coming so close to winning.

“It's awesome," O'Brien said. "I'm just so happy I got up there." 

Littlestown’s Dante Elliot established himself as the league’s premier leaper. Elliot won the boys’ long jump, triple jump and high jump titles at the event.

In the high jump, Virata finished second, while Susquehannock’s Dameon Carter was third. Northeastern’s Kaden Hamilton finished second in the triple jump, followed by Bermudian Springs’ Ricky Pacana. Hamilton also took second in the long jump with Red Lion’s James McBride in third.

Northeastern's Kaden Hamilton competes in the boys' long jump event during York-Adams League Track and Field Championships at New Oxford High School in Oxford Township, Adams County, Thursday, May 13, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Suburban’s Olivia Kay claimed the girls’ 100 hurdles title at :15.25. Susquehannock teammates Ryleigh Marks and Julia Bittner finished second and third, respectively. 

York Suburban's Olivia Kay wins the girls' 100-meter hurdle event at 15.25 during York-Adams League Track and Field Championships at New Oxford High School in Oxford Township, Adams County, Thursday, May 13, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

In the boys’ 110 hurdles, New Oxford’s Nate Clyde won the event on his home track with a :14.94 time. Northeastern’s Mike Alicea came in second, while South Western’s Dustin Edwards was third.

New Oxford's Nate Clyde wins the boys' 110-meter hurdle event at 14.94 during York-Adams League Track and Field Championships at New Oxford High School in Oxford Township, Adams County, Thursday, May 13, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Suburban’s Logan Zeiders took the boys’ 400 dash in :48.72. South Western’s DeShawn Gaither finished second and Fairfield’s Marcus Pruy was third.

Zeiders’ teammate, Jacob Wingard, gave the Trojans another title with a win in the 800 dash. Wingard finished in 2:00.75, ahead of Gettysburg’s Drew Cole in second and South Western's Miller was third.

After winning Y-A Division II Player of the Year in basketball this year, Gettysburg’s Anne Bair added another title on Thursday. Bair won the girls’ 800 dash in 2:22:87, while Suburban’s Sarah Stark finished second and Northeastern’s Trinity Schraudner was third.

Wingard, Adams, Shea Walsh and Ryan Butler started the Trojans’ strong performance on the track with a win in the boys’ 3,200 relay. Susquehannock finished second and Gettysburg came in third.

Miren McKinney Aaliyah Matthew, Hannah Skelly and Kacie Hoppel opened the event with a win in the 3,200 girls' relay for Dover. Red Lion finished second and Northeastern came in third.

The boys’ discus throw competition came down to a trio of the league’s top football players. South Western’s Charles Gaither won the event with a 171-foot, 7-inch throw, while Kennard-Dale’s Gabe Hulslander finished second and Biglerville’s Kalen Sharrah came in third.

Hulslander followed up the discus silver with a win in the boys’ shot put event. The K-D senior had a 50-3 toss to secure the victory, while Gaither finished second and Central York’s Danny Pham was third.

Eastern York’s Weston McLain won the boys’ javelin throw event with a 183-5 toss. West York’s Joseph DeJesus was second and Red Lion’s Reed Christine was third.

Dover's Tyler Renfrew competes in the pole vault event during York-Adams League Track and Field Championships at New Oxford High School in Oxford Township, Adams County, Thursday, May 13, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The boys’ pole vault title was won by Dover’s Tyler Renfrew with a 12-foot leap. Delone Catholic’s Wyatt DiDio finished second and Dallastown’s Samuel Ryan secured third.

Reach Rob Rose at rrose@yorkdispatch.com