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By Dick VanOLinda/The York Dispatch

HERSHEY – Jacob Thomas surprised himself at the PIAA State Cross Country Championships on Saturday.

The Susquehannock senior earned a medal with his ninth-place finish in the Boys’ Class AA race. Thomas covered the demanding 3.1-mile Parkview course in 16.51.

“It’s awesome (getting a medal),” Thomas said. “I didn’t think I was going to get one.” But we have a hard district course, and I just used it to my advantage.”

Thomas, Aaron Gebhart of New Oxford and Brady Wilt of Biglerville gained individuals medals in the season-ending event. York Suburban’s girls’ placed fifth in the Class AA team competition, and York Suburban’s boys’ took ninth in the Class AA.

Susquehannock’s girls’ team was 14th in Class AA, and Delone Catholic’s girls’ came in 15th in Class A.

“I ran a 16:54 in districts,’ Thomas said. “But this course is even harder than districts, so this time today, I’m really happy with it.”

Both the District 3 and state meets take place at Parkview but the layouts are different with the state course featuring more hills including a challenging uphill grade just before the runners enter the homestretch.

“I feel I attacked the course more at the start today,” Thomas said. “I went out strong for the first mile (he was sixth after one mile), but the second mile, a lot of people came up strong. I picked it up in the third mile and came in ninth.”

Adrenaline and emotion fueled Thomas’ journey over the former golf course.

“The whole time, I’m thinking, this is my last race, and that gives you that little extra edge.
I was really emotional. It’s kind of like the last time that I might finish a cross country race.”

Gebhart put up the fastest time by a York-Adams runner as he crossed the line in 16:25 for 14th place in Boys’ Class AAA.

“I’m really pleased,” the junior said. “That last hill at the end is really big. I shot up the hill, but at the top, I slowed down and two kids passed me. So, I just gave it all on the final stretch.”

Gebhart was really nervous at the beginning of the race.

“But I closed my eyes, took a couple of deep breaths and said, let’s go get it now. People said that was fastest they saw me run all year.”

Gebhart thinks the experience he gained this year at states will help him next year.

“What I did today gives me something to build on over the summer (training for the 20124 season). Hopefully, I’ll run better than ever next year.”

Wilt, a two-time District 3 champion, recorded the same time as Thomas (16:51) to take seventh place in Boys’ Class AA.

York Suburban sophomore Olivia Gettle just missed a medal finishing 26th (the top 25 individuals and the two teams with the lowest scores in each class are awarded medals).

Gettle was in the medal hunt for almost the entire race, but she fell with just 10 yards to go.

Gettle also fell in the last two District 3 meets.

“We made sure she was hydrated,” York Suburban girls’ coach Dan VanHouwe said. “Olivia puts forth the maximum effort every time out. I don’t think she knows her limitations, and I think that’s why she struggled sometimes down near the finish.”

Gettle was the leading runner for a team that won District 3 and York-Adams team championships. She also captured the York-Adams All-League run.

“We had a great season,” VanHouwe said. “One of the best seasons we’ve ever had. We have our top four (in Saturday’s meet) back (Gettle, Emma Leik, Danielle Cardone, Sarah Cardone), but it’s going ot be hard to say goodbye to our seniors (Lauren Shrader, Kimberly Hall and Savanah Wilt).”

The York Suburban boys’ also this year’s District 3 champion, will lose just one senior (Brad Clark) to graduation.

Following are the times and places for the York-Adams runners:

Boys’ Class AAAA – Gebhart (15:25, 14); J.D. Groff, Central (17:22, 93); Patrick Reilly, Dallastown (17:25, 100). Reilly closed his high school career as District 3 champion and a two-time York-Adams League Run winner.

Boys’ Class AA – Thomas (16:51, ninth); Donovan Mears, York Suburban (17:29, 39); Gabe Lloyd, Dover (17:34, 47); Brad Clark, York Suburban (17:55, 88); Theo Kkoussis, Kennard-Dale (17:58, 94); Ben Linne, Northeastern (18:13, 117); Peter Wagner, York Suburban (18:24, 128); Adam Barley, York Suburban (18:25, 134), Zach Lofties, York Suburban (18:37, 149); Matt Curry, York Suburban (18:55, 179); Danty Pagan, Dover, (18:58, 182); Quentin Schorr, York Suburban (19:07, 189).

Boys’ Class A – Wilt, Biglerville (16:51, seventh); Victor Solalinde, Biglerville (18:49, 123).

Girls’ Class AA – Gettle (20:00, 26); Rachel Banchiere, Susquehannock (20:21, 34); Kayla White, Kennard-Dale (20:34, 46); Leik (20:42, 54); Emily Fourhman, Susquehannock (20:47, 63); Danielle Cardone (21:08, 92); Sarah Cardone (21:14, 102); Shrader (21:35, 129); Hall (21:39, 135); Jackie Ditt, Susquehannock (21:57, 160); Rachelle Walker, York Suburban (22:11, 176); Katie Steines, Susquehannock (23:16, 210); Brigit Duffy, Susquehannock (23:38, 218); Jenna Bradford, Susquehannock (24:14, 227).

Girls’ Class A – Kate Mowrey, Delone Catholic (21:05, 43); Alyssa Alberghini, Delone Catholic (22:32, 120); Andrea Resciniti, Delone Catholic (22:54, 132); Abbey Sweeny Delone Catholic (23:03, 140); Kristlyn Whitlock, Delone Catholic (24:03, 171); Amanda Falvey, York Catholic (24:23, 177); Megan Mall, Delone Catholic (24:25, 178); Jenna Salter, Delone Catholic (25:52, 197)

By DICK VANOLINDA 505-5407 / @ydsports

Dallastown’s Patrick Reilly, who won the District 3 title last week, will compete in the state cross country championship on Saturday. (JOHN PAVONCELLO —

The top high school runners in Pennsylvania will converge on Hershey Saturday for the PIAA Cross Country Championships.

Six races will take place at the former Parkview Golf Course, with the first one beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Medals will be awarded in Boys’ Class AAA, Girls’ Class AAA, Boys’ Class AA, Girls’ Class AA, Boys’ Class A and Girls’ Class A.

Dallastown’s Patrick Reilly, who won the District 3 title last week, will be in the Boys’ AAA race. Reilly recorded a time of 16 minutes flat over the 3.1-mile course to earn the district gold medal.

However, the course for the state meet is not identical to the district course. The state layout features more hills, including one right before the homestretch.

Reilly said following his victory at districts, that he hopes to finish in the top 10 at states. The Wildcats’ senior recorded a time of 16:54 in placing 53rd at states last year. He’s been running extremely well this year and will almost certainly better his 2012 time and move up on the list of finishers.

Two other York-Adams runners, Aaron Gebhart of New Oxford and J.D. Groff of Central York, qualified for states in Boys’ AAA.

The York-Adams League did not have any state qualifiers in Girls’ AAA.

In Class AA, the York Suburban girls’ and boys’ teams will head to states after winning District 3 titles.

Olivia Gettle, Emma Leik, Kimberly Hall, Lauren Shrader, Sarah Cardone, Danielle Cardone, Rachelle Walker and Savannah Wilt make up the girls’ team, and Donovan Mears, Brad Clark, Adam Barley, Peter Wagner, Zach Lofties, Matt Curry, Quentin Schorr and Matt LeCates comprise the boys’ team.

The girls, who placed fifth at states last season, have been ranked among the top five in the state all season. They’re in a challenging field that includes Villa Maria, Archbishop Wood, Dallas and Palmyra, the District 3 runner-up.

The York Suburban guys took 13th in states last year. Clark is only senior for the Trojans, who won the state team title in 2009.

The Susquehannock girls’ team will also be running at states this year. Rachel Banchiere, Emily Fourhman, Courtney Rodgers, Jackie Ditt, Katie Steines, Jenna Bradford, Brigit Duffy and Gabby Martuszewski took third in the district AA meet.

Along with the teams, Gabe Lloyd and Danty Pagan, both of Dover, Theo Kioussis of Kennard-Dale, Ben Linne of Northeastern and Jacob Thomas of Susquehannock qualified for states in Boys’ AA. Kayla White of Kennard-Dale put up a state-qualifying time in Girls’ AA.

Delone Catholic’s District 3 Class A champion girls’ team will be at states. Kate Mowrey, Alyssa Alberghini, Andrea Resciniti, Abbey Sweeny, Kristlyn Whitlock, Megan Mall, Jenna Salter and Carrie Kauffman run for the Squirettes. York Catholic’s Amanda Falvey also earned a spot at states in Class A.

Biglerville teammates Brady Wilt and Victor Solalinde will compete in Class A Boys. Wilt is a two-time District 3 champion.

Wagner in state tennis: Cross country isn’t the only sport that will conduct its state championships in Hershey this weekend.

The PIAA Girls’ Tennis Singles and Doubles tournaments are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Hershey Racquet Club.

Katie Wagner of Susquehannock, who became the first York-Adams girls’ player in 26 years to win back-to-back District 3 singles titles, is in the Class AAA bracket.

Wagner will take on District 9 champion Natalie Newcamp of DuBois in the opening round.

If Wagner wins, she’ll most likely face last year’s runner-up, Callie Frey of Mount Lebanon, in the quarterfinals.

The defending champion, Cristina Kaiser of Plymouth-Whitemarsh, is in this year’s girls’ AAA field.

– Reach Dick VanOlinda at

By DICK VANOLINDA 505-5407 / @ydsports

Dallastown’s Patrick Reilly won the District 3-AAA boys’ cross country championship on Wednesday at Hershey’s Parkview Course in 16 mintues flat. (JOHN PAVONCELLO —

HERSHEY — The race ended a half-hour earlier, but Patrick Reilly was still trying to process what just happened.

“It’s crazy, I’m still in shock,” the Dallastown senior said. “It hasn’t hit me yet, but it’s awesome.”

Reilly made those comments after receiving a medal, a gold one, at the District 3-AAA boys’ cross country championships.

He covered the Parkview course in 16 minutes flat to win by nine seconds over Zach Brehm of Carlisle. Aaron Gebhart of New Oxford placed third in 16:23.

“I wouldn’t say it was gold medal or bust today,” Reilly said. “But I definitely wanted to win. I think my main goal, though, was to improve my time a lot from last year.”

Reilly, the runner-up last year, knocked 43 seconds off his 2012 performance.

The Wildcats’ standout said his familiarity with the course helped him in his bid for a title.

“You know where to make your moves so you can prepare for them,” he said. “Also, I did a lot of hill workouts over the course of the season.”

Reilly made his move to the front on Wednesday around the two-mile mark.

“The first mile I went out with a lead group of guys,” he said. “After the first mile, it started to string out a little bit and Aaron Gebhart took the lead, and opened up a big gap. At the two-mile mark, I thought I would try to catch him, and then I opened up a lead. I was trying to pick up the pace toward the end so I wouldn’t get outkicked.”

Reilly won the title four years after another Wildcats runner, Chuck Lockwood, captured the district gold medal.

“He (Lockwood) is definitely an inspiration for me,” Reilly said. “He set the bar really high at Dallastown. It’s awesome just to be mentioned up there with him. He’s definitely a role model for me.”

Reilly will aim to run close to his district time when he returns to Parkview for the state cross country meet on Saturday, Nov. 2. The course for the state meet is not the exact course that’s used for the district meet.

“I know the states’ course is a little more hilly,” Reilly said. “I would love to go for top 10 at states.”

Reilly wasn’t the only York-Adams runner to leave Hershey with a gold medal.

Biglerville junior Brady Wilt repeated as the Boys’ Class A champion with a time of 16:54. Wilt won comfortably over the runner-up, Blake Behney of Camp Hill, who finished in 17:19.

Reilly, Gebhart, J.D. Groff of Central York (16:30), Wilt and Jacob Thomas of Susquehannock (16:55) posted the five top times by York-Adams male runners.

Susquehannock’s Rachel Banchiere (19:55), York Suburban’s Olivia Gettle (20:17), York Suburban’s Emma Leik (20:22), Kennard-Dale’s Kayla White (20:24) and Susquehannock’s Emily Fourhman (20:30) recorded the five fastest times by York-Adams female runners.

– Reach Dick VanOlinda at

By DICK VanOLINDA/505-5047/@ydsports

York Suburban’s Olivia Gettle leads Northern York’s Kierra Zach during the District 3-AA girls’ cross country run. Gettle finished 14th, despite falling near the finish line, and helped the Trojans win the team title. (JOHN PAVONCELLO —

HERSHEY — The Double Hoist Plan began to take shape three months before the first cross country meet.

York Suburban’s runners logged countless miles in the heat of the summer preparing for the 2013 season.

The goal was the same for both the boys and the girls: capture the District 3-AA title.

On a chilly, windy Wednesday afternoon at Hershey’s Parkview Course, the Trojans, boys and girls, sat in the bleachers near the finish line holding two championship trophies while parents and friends snapped pictures.

The Double Hoist Plan came to a successful conclusion.

“It’s the first time that the boys and girls (from York Suburban) won districts in the same year,” Suburban girls’ coach Dan VanHouwe said. “This was our goal, to do a double hoist with the trophies.”

Pack power worked perfectly for both teams. The boys had just one runner in the top 10, and the girls didn’t have a single runner among the first 10.

The girls captured the district crown by scoring 91 points to 106 for runner-up Palmyra. Another York-Adams team, Susquehannock, took third with 119 points.

Olivia Gettle, Emma Leik, Kimberly Hall, Lauren Shrader, Sarah Cardone, Danielle Cardone and Rachelle Walker ran for the Trojans. Gettle was in second place with just 100 yards remaining when she fell, ironically, at the same place where she went down in the 2012 meet.

Just like last year’s meet, Gettle refused to stay down and willed herself to the finish line, where she collapsed in VanHouwe’s arms. Gettle placed 14th, and Leik also a sophomore, took 15th.

“I lost count after three, she went down (and got up) three times,” VanHouwe said. “Olivia was bound and determined to get herself to the finish line. We (VanHouwe and the team members) watched a video where a girl in California crawled across the finish line to win the state title. That inspired our girls.”

VanHouwe gave a special shout out to the team’s two seniors, Hall and Shrader.

“Kim was No. 3 (the team’s third finisher) today, and she’s usually No. 6, and Lauren was right behind her (one second difference),” VanHouwe said. “When Olivia went down, I wasn’t sure if we would win. The kids all ran well today.”

The Suburban boys, meanwhile, scored 130 points to best runner-up Manheim Central, which totaled 198.

Donovan Mears, Brad Clark, Adam Barley, Peter Wagner, Zach Lofties, Matt Curry and Quentin Schorr were the Trojans’ runners. Clark is the team’s only senior.

“Donovan Mears came out to get in shape for basketball, and he gets a medal (with a 10th-place finish),” Suburban boys’ coach Ron Herman said. “”I love a team like this. They ran as a certain pack every meet. They’re not a bunch of racehorses, they’re a lunch-pail team.”

Both VanHouwe and Herman praised Clark for his dedication on and off the course.

“He’s been a great leader,” VanHouwe said. “There are three rookies on the team, and he (Clark) led all year.”

In addition to Suburban’s two titles, Delone Catholic captured the Class A girls’ championship on a terrific day for York-Adams teams.

Kate Mowrey, Alyssa Alberghini, Andrea Resciniti, Abbey Sweeny, Kristlyn Whitlock, Megan Mall and Jenna Salter ran for the Squirettes, who finished with 53 points. Annville-Cleona was second with 71 points.

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COLUMN By DICK VANOLINDA 505-5407 / @ydsports

After an impressive showing at the District 3 Cross Country Meet last year, York-Adams runners are poised to deliver a repeat in 2013.

This year’s district meet is set for Wednesday at the Parkview course in Hershey. The first of six races will go off at noon.

Brady Wilt of Biglerville and Kate Mowrey of Delone Catholic will return after winning district titles in 2012 — Wilt in Boys’ Class A and Mowrey in Girls’ Class A.

The Delone Catholic girls also won team gold last season, and four runners who figured in the Squirettes’ scoring — Mowrey, Andrea Resciniti, Alyssa Alberghini and Jenna Salter — are back this year.

The local running contingent will also include the winners of this year’s York-Adams League runs — Patrick Reilly of Dallastown, a senior, and Olivia Gettle of York Suburban, a sophomore.

Reilly, a two-time York-Adams champion, finished second in last season’s District 3-AAA meet, and the runner who finished ahead of him, Alec Kunzweiler of Cumberland Valley, was a senior last year. Reilly will attempt to follow in the footsteps of former Wildcats star Chuck Lockwood, who won the 2009 District 3-AAA run.

Gettle, meanwhile, placed third in the 2012 District 3-AA girls’ race.

She and her teammates are enjoying an outstanding season, and their eyes will be on the top team prize. The Trojans took second last year, and Gettle, Emma Leik, Lauren Shrader, Danielle Cardone, Kimberly Hall and Rachelle Walker are all back from that team. The Suburban girls’ teams previously captured district titles in 2004 and 2007.

The Suburban boys also placed second last year. Brad Clark, Zach Lofties and Adam Barley, members of this year’s team, also represented the Trojans in 2012.

Kayla White of Kennard-Dale, sixth in Class AA last year, will look to move up this year. So will two other top-10 finishers in 2012 — Ben Linne of Northeastern (10th in Boys’ AA) and Amanda Falvey of York Catholic (10th in Girls’ A).

Dallastown’s Patrick Reilly crosses the finish line in last week’s league championship. Reilly is favored to win the District 3 Cross Country Meet. (BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)

Rachel Banchiere of Susquehannock, Emily Clinton of New Oxford, Emma Harrelson of York Tech, Emily Fourhman of Susquehannock, Rachel Crane of New Oxford and Bethany Weaver of West York will pursue district medals after placing among the top 10 at the York-Adams All-League Run. Same goes for top-10 York-Adams finishers on the guys’ side — Aaron Gebhart of New Oxford, J.D. Groff of Central York, Jacob Thomas of Susquehannock, Taylor Gardner of Spring Grove, Ben Schott of South Western and Alex Miller of Red Lion.

Of course, the ultimate for a local high school runner is to win a district medal and qualify for the upcoming state meet. The state competition is set for Saturday, Nov. 2, also at the Parkview course.

Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at or at 505-5407.

Patrick Reilly of Dallastown leads New Oxford’s Aaron Gebhart halfway through the York-Adams League Cross Country Championships on Tuesday. Reilly won the race, while Gebhart finished at second place. (BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)

EAST MANCHESTER — Dallastown senior Patrick Reilly and York Suburban sophomore Olivia Gettle faced similar scenarios at Tuesday afternoon’s York-Adams League Cross Country Championships at John Rudy County Park.

Both felt the pressure of high expectations. They were expected to win their races — Reilly on the boys’ side and Gettle on the girls’ side. A year ago in the same races, Reilly took first place while Gettle finished second behind now graduated Central York runner Kelsey Ibarra.

Reilly and Gettle each ran just about the same race on Tuesday, too, pulling away from the second-place finisher about halfway through the 3.1-mile course and never looking back.

Reilly took first in the boys’ race in 15 minutes, 52.87 seconds, 16 seconds ahead of New Oxford junior Aaron Gebhart. Reilly knocked off 27 seconds from his first-place finish in last year’s league meet. He was four seconds shy of the course record of 15:48.26, set by Kennard Dale’s Jonathan Grey in 2005 and challenged by Dallastown’s Chuck Lockwood in 2009 (15:48.94).

“Last year when I won it was kind of a surprise. I definitely wanted to repeat that feeling this year,” Reilly said. “Last year there were probably five guys who were expected to contend for the win. This year there were two, so there’s definitely a lot more pressure this year.”

Gettle crossed the finish line in 19:25, 18 seconds ahead of Kennard-Dale junior Kayla White. She improved on her time last year of 19:42.

“I just put my trust in God,” Gettle said. “What He does, that’s what happens. I’m very thankful for that. I’m very thankful for my teammates for pushing me.”

Gettle isn’t kidding about being pushed by her teammates. She’s been training with some of the top Suburban boys’ runners this season, according to Trojans’ coach Dan Vanhouwe. Plus, Gettle was familiar with the course. Suburban typically practices at John Rudy on Saturdays throughout the fall season. But the difference in Gettle’s performance from last year to this year is her willpower, Vanhouwe said.

Olivia Gettle, a sophomore at York Suburban, won the girls’ title at Tuesday’s York-Adams League Cross Country Championships. (BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)

“I think she wants to be more determined,” Vanhouwe said. “Last year at the district race she finished third after falling twice and being dehydrated. The state meet she was afraid to run. This year she was determined to say ‘I’m better than that.’ She’s out to prove she’s ready to go.”

As for Reilly, he points to his offseason training for helping him improve this year.

“This summer I worked really hard. I upped my mileage. I really did the little things this year to improve as a runner,” he said.

Up next for both Reilly and Gettle is to improve on their performances in the district races, which will be held at the Parkview Course in Hershey on Wednesday, Oct. 23. Last year Reilly took second in the District 3-AAA boys’ race, while Gettle finished third in the District 3-AA girls’ race. They’ll be favorites to contend for top spots next week.

“So this year it’s a little more competitive up at the front,” Reilly said. “I’m looking to contend for the win, but definitely top three.”

Reach John Walk at



At John Rudy Park

Top 20 finishers


1. Reilly (Dt), 15:52; 2. Gebhart (NO), 16:08; 3. Groff (CY), 16:29; 4. Wilt (Big), 16:33; 5. Thomas (S), 16:50, 6. Linne (Ne), 16:52; 7. Gardner (SG), 16:56; 8. Schott (SW), 16:58; 9. Clark (YS), 16:59; 10. A. Miller (RL), 17:00; 11. H. Miller (SG), SG), 17:03; 12. Pagan (D), 17:04; 13. Stayer (Dt), 17:06; 14. Lloyd (D), 17:12; 15. Mears (YS), 17:14; 16. Gatchell (RL), 17:16; 17. Peeling (SW), 17:17; 18. Lentz (Dt), 17:18; 19. Dutton (RL), 17:19; 20. Erickson (RL), 17:20.


1. Gettle (YS), 19:24; 2. White (KD), 19:42; 3. Banchiere (S), 19:43; 4. Leik (YS), 19:54; 5. Mowrey (DC), 20:14; 6. Clinton (NO), 20:20; 7. Harrelson (YT), 20:22; 8. Fourham (S), 20:24; 9. Crane (BS), 20:26; 10. Weaver (WY), 20:30; 11. Shrader (YS), 20:35; 12. Cardone (YS), 20:40; 13. Bateman (NO), 20:41; 14. Blum (Dt), 20:43; 15. Loeffholz (CY), 20:44; 16. Hall (YS), 20:46; 17. Beierschmitt (D), 20:49; 18. Cardone (YS), 21:01; 19. DiBiase (Dt), 21:04; 20. Pfefferkorn (CY), 21:09.

York Dispatch Staff Report

Patrick Reilly shattered the cross country course record at Northeastern Middle School by more than a minute on Tuesday afternoon.

Reilly finished in 16 minutes, 1 second. The previous course record was 17:06, set by Northeastern’s Ben Linne.

Linne, along with three other runners, also broke the old course record on Tuesday with a time of 16:37. Linne was followed by Dallastown’s Seth Stayer (16:51), York Suburban’s Brad Clark (17:00) and Suburban’s Donovan Mears (17:05).

Reilly helped Dallastown to a 3-0 day, while Suburban came in second at 2-1, followed by Northeastern (1-2) and York Tech (0-3).

Dallastown, which had previously clinched the York-Adams Division I title, finished off a perfect 6-0 Division I season by beating the Bobcats. The Suburban boys had previously won Division II at 5-0.

In girls’ action, Suburban won the outright Division II crown at 5-0 by beating Northeastern. The Trojans went 3-0 in Tuesday’s meet by also beating Dallastown and York Tech.

Dallastown finished 2-1, while Northeastern and Tech did not have enough runners to compete.

Suburban’s Olivia Gettle won the girls’ race, followed by Tech’s Emma Harrelson, Suburban’s Emma Leik, Suburban’s Danielle Cardone and Suburban’s Sarah Cardone.


COLONIALS CAPTURE THREE VICTORIES: At New Oxford, Aaron Gebhart and Jake Plank recorded a one-two finish to highlight the home team’s victories over Susquehannock, Fairfield and Eastern York. Susquehannock’s Jacob Thomas took third place, followed by Tyler White of Eastern and Hank Anderson of New Oxford. The Warriors bested Fairfield and Eastern. The Golden Knights downed Fairfield.

SPRING GROVE GOES 3-0 AT KENNARD-DALE: At Fawn Grove, the Rockets picked up wins over the host team, Bermudian Springs and York Catholic. K-D was second at 2-1, followed by Bermudian and York Catholic. Spring Grove’s Hunter Miller was the individual winner, followed by Spring Grove’s Taylor Gardner, K-D’s Theo Kioussis, K-D’s Jacob Wescott and York Catholic’s L.J. Zinda.

GROFF LEADS PAN THERS TO FIRST-PLACE FINISH: At New Oxford, J.D. Groff led Central York to a first-place team finish, defeating Biglerville, West York and Littlestown. Groff finished first individually. Also for Central, Bryce Lerew came in third, Lee Lerew took fourth and Nick Swanson came in fifth. Biglerville came in second as a team, defeating West York and Littlestown. Brady Wilt led the Canners with a second-place finish. West York took third by defeating Littlestown.

RED LION SCORES SWEEP: At Codorus State Park, Dover’s Danty Pagan covered the course in 17:16 to win the race, while Red Lion placed five runners among the first 12 finishers to gain team honors. The Lions defeated Delone Catholic, Dover and South Western. Red Lion’s Alex Miller finished second to Pagan, and Ethan Gatchell placed fourth. South Western’s Ben Schott and Sean Peeling were third and fifth, respectively.


SUSQUEHANNOCK’S PACK PREVAILS: At New Oxford, Susquehannock placed five runners among the first eight finishers to record three victories. The Warriors bested New Oxford, Fairfield and Eastern York. Susquehannock’s Rachel Banchiere and Emily Fourhman delivered a one-two finish. Susquehannock’s Jackie Ditt was fifth. New Oxford went 2-1, while Eastern was 1-2 and Fairfield was 0-3.

YORK CATHOLIC COMES OUT ON TOP: At Fawn Grove, York Catholic earned victories over the host team, Bermudian Springs and Spring Grove. K-D was second, followed by Bermudian and Spring Grove. K-D’s Kayla White won the race. She was followed by Bermudian’s Rachel Crane, York Catholic’s Amanda Falvey, York Catholic’s Lindsey China and K-D’s Samantha Levan.

LOEFFELHOLZ CAP TURES FIRST: At New Oxford, Emily Loeffelholz finished first to lead Central York to a first-place team finish. Central defeated Biglerville, Littlestown and West York. Also for Central, Madelyn Warntz took third, Haley Pfefferkorn took fourth and Brooke Buzynski took fifth. West York came in second by defeating Biglerville and Littlestown. Bethany Weaver led the Bulldogs with a second-place finish.

DOVER CAPTURES DI VISION CROWN: At Codorus State Park, Dover won the Division I championship by defeating Red Lion and South Western. The Eagles, who completed a perfect 6-0 league season, also bested Delone Catholic. Dover showed its depth by placing five runners among the first seven finishers. Delone’s Kate Mowrey won the race. Two Dover runners, Shea Bierschmitt and Andrea Dawson, were second and third, respectively, and Red Lion’s Tristan Schlauderbert was fourth. Dover’s Sarah Kistner was fifth.

By JOHN WALK 505-5406 / @yorksportsguy

Dallastown’s Patrick Reilly, front right, led from the start and won the individual gold at the Dallastown cross country meet Tuesday. (BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)

DALLASTOWN — Family, friends and teammates shared their congratulations with Patrick Reilly in the moments after he crossed the finish line at Dallastown.

The Wildcats’ senior appreciated the kind words.

In a cross country meet Tuesday afternoon against visiting Central York, Spring Grove and South Western, Reilly won the race by more than a minute. However, he came up just short of his goal of breaking the course record of 15 minutes, 50 seconds, set in 2009 by Chuck Lockwood, a Dallastown grad who is now in his senior year competing at NCAA Division I Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Reilly finished in 15:52. The disappointment could be seen on the face of the 5-foot, 11-inch, 145-pound runner in the immediate minutes following his finish, as he leaned over with his arms on a fence and his eyes staring at the ground. He kept the day’s events in proper perspective, though.

“Oh, I’m happy. This is an awesome day. Great turnout. The team did really well,” Reilly said. “I had my hopes up of getting that record. I’m disappointed, but I gave it my all and I’m happy with how it went.”

On Senior Day at Dallastown, the Wildcats had three of the top five runners, four of the top 10 and seven of the top 15 to claim victories against Central, Spring Grove and South Western. The Panthers came in second place, beating Spring Grove and South Western. Although the Wildcats (5-0 York-Adams League) still have one more league meet remaining next week at Northeastern, Dallastown’s performance Tuesday sealed the outright Division I crown for the first time since 2010 and just the second time since 1992.

“It’s awesome,” Reilly said. “Over the summer we had our sights set on being undefeated as a team. And we want to be one of the top four teams from our district.”

A week after setting a course record at Codorus State Park (16:39), Reilly set a personal course record at Dallastown, beating out his old time by five seconds. He was followed by teammate Seth Stayer, Central’s J.D. Groff, Spring Grove’s Hunter Miller and Dallastown’s Taylor Lentz.

Dallastown’s Patrick Reilly, shown here about to cross the finish line, won Tuesday’s meet by more than a minute. (BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)

“There was a lot of emotion today,” longtime Dallastown coach Mark Noll said of Senior Day. “The key, however, is to not let the emotions get you too overwhelmed and spend too much energy on the emotional preparation.”

While the season is still far from over, Noll said he’ll miss his senior group of 46 runners (19 girls, 27 boys), including Reilly, who said he’s considering running at NCAA D-I schools Pittsburgh, Lehigh or Lafayette next year.

“They dedicated their hearts to the sport and they’re good people all around,” Noll said of his seniors. “But you’re also hoping you’re sending them off to better things, too. It’s a bittersweet feeling.”

Girls: In the girls’ meet, Central’s Emily Loeffelholz had the first-place finish but Dallastown won the meet by beating all three opponents. Central came in second with wins over Spring Grove and South Western. Dallastown’s Megan Blum took second, followed by teammates Elizabeth DiBiase and Casey Kemp.


LINNE LEADS NORTH EASTERN SWEEP: At Northeastern Middle School, the Bobcats’ Ben Linne put up a winning time of 17:03 to help his team score victories over Susquehannock, Delone Catholic and York Catholic. Linne was one of five Northeastern runners to place in the top 10. Ryan Sevret was fourth for the Bobcats and Alex Seaforth was fifth. Susquehannock’s Jacob Thomas took runner-up honors and York Catholic’s L.J. Zinda placed third. The Warriors placed second in the quad meet.

PAGAN SPARKS EAGLES TO FIRST-PLACE FINISH: At York Township Park, Danty Pagan led the Eagles to the first-place team finish by capturing first in a time of 18:35. Gabe Lloyd came in second for the Eagles, while Beau Ambrose took third. The Eagles defeated York Tech, Fairfield and West York. The Bulldogs came in second by defeating Tech and Fairfield. Evin Mitchell led the Bulldogs with a fourth-place finish. The Green Knights came in third by defeating Tech and were led by Michael Ball’s fifth-place finish.

MILLER POWERS LIONS TO HOME VICTO RY: At Red Lion, Alex Miller’s first-place finish led the Lions to team victories over Kennard-Dale, Eastern and Littlestown. Also for Red Lion, Andrew Erickson took third and Ethan Gatchell took fifth. K-D came in second by defeating Littlestown and Eastern. Theo Kioussis led the Rams with a second-place finish, while Jacob Wescott took fourth. Eastern picked up one team victory by defeating Littlestown.

TROJANS TRIUMPHANT: At New Oxford, Brad Clark’s fourth-place finish led the Trojans to the first-place team finish. Donavan Mears took fifth for Suburban. The Trojans defeated New Oxford, Biglerville and Bermudian Springs. New Oxford came in second by defeating Bermudian and Biglerville. Aaron Gebhart led the Colonials with a first-place finish. Also for New Oxford, Jacob Plank took second. Biglerville took third by defeating Bermudian, with Brady Wilt leading the Canners with a third-place finish.


SUSQUEHANNOCK’S DEPTH IS DECISIVE: At Northeastern Middle School, four Susquehannock runners placed among the first five finishers as the Warriors bested York Catholic, Delone Catholic and Northeastern. The Warriors’ Rachel Bachiere crossed the finish line first and Delone Catholic’s Kate Mowery was second. Three Susquehannock runners (Emily Fourhman, Courtney Rodgers and Jackie Ditt) followed Mowery. Delone edged York Catholic and defeated Northeastern for second place in the team competition. York Catholic downed Northeastern.

EAGLES USE PACK RUNNING TO CAPTURE MEET: At York Township Park, the Eagles captured team victories over York Tech, West York and Fairfield by taking five of the top eight places. Shea Beierschmitt took third, Andrea Dawson took fourth and Alysha Sweitzer took fifth. West York took second place by defeating Tech and Fairfield. Bethany Weaver led the Bulldogs with a second-place finish. The Spartans came in third by defeating Fairfield. Emma Harrelson led the Spartans by taking first.

LIONS TAKE FIRST PLACE AT HOME: At Red Lion, the Lions defeated Eastern, Kennard-Dale and Littlestown to take first place overall. Tristan Schluderberg led the Lions by taking second. Also for the Lions, Macy Owens took third, Rachel Jenks took fourth and Julia Kendrick took fifth. The Rams came in second by defeating Eastern and Littlestown. Kayla White led the Rams with a first-place finish. Eastern came in third by defeating Littlestown.

GETTLE PACES TROJANS: At New Oxford, Olivia Gettle led the Trojans to the first-place finish by taking first in the individual competition. Teammate Emma Leik took third. The Trojans defeated New Oxford, Bermudian Springs and Biglerville. The Colonials defeated Bermudian and Biglerville to take second. Emily Clinton led the Colonials with a second-place finish, while teammates Devin Bateman and Emily Lawrence took fourth and fifth, respectively.

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York Dispatch Staff Report 

Patrick Reilly set a new Codorus State Park course record to lead the Dallastown Wildcats to a boys’ cross country triumph.

Reilly finished in 16 minutes, 39 seconds. The Wildcats beat Delone Catholic, Eastern York and Biglerville. Dallastown’s Taylor Lentz took third, followed by teammates Jonathan Buytenhuys and Seth Stayer. Biglerville beat Delone and Eastern to finish second. Brady Wilt led the Canners with a second-place finish. Delone defeated Eastern.

In the girls’ meet at Codorus, the Wildcats again finished first. Megan Blum led the Wildcats by taking second, followed by teammates Casey Kemp, Elizabeth DiBiase and Alexis Desanti. Delone came in second. Kate Mowrey led the Squirettes with a first-place finish. Eastern came in third by defeating Biglerville.


NEW OXFORD’S GEBHART SETS COURSE RECORD: At Reservoir Hill, New Oxford’s Aaron Gebhart set a course record in 16:45. He helped the Colonials finish 3-0. South Western took second at 2-1, followed by West York at 1-2 and York Catholic at 0-3. Jacob Plank took second for New Oxford. South Western’s Ben Schlott, Kirk Mummert and Sean Peeling rounded out the top five.

NORTHEASTERN TAKES FIRST: At Dover, the Bobcats captured first by defeating Dover, Bermudian Springs and Littlestown. Benjamin Linne led the Bobcats with a second-place finish. Teammates Alexander Seaforth and Ryan Sevret took fourth and fifth, respectively. Host Dover came in second. Dante Pagan led the Eagles with a first-place finish, while teammate Gabe Lloyd took third. Bermudian came in third by defeating Littlestown.

GROFF LEADS PANTHERS TO VICTORIES: At Fawn Grove, J.D. Groff led the Panthers to victories over York Tech, Susquehannock and Kennard-Dale by taking first individually. Teammates Bryce Lerew and Lee Lerew took third and fifth, respectively. The Rams came in second as a team behind a second-place individual finish from Theo Kioussis. Susquehannock came in third. Jacob Thomas led the Warriors with a fourth-place finish.

TROJANS SHINE ON HOME COURSE: At Suburban, the Trojans placed five runners among the first 13 finishers to record victories over Spring Grove, Red Lion and Fairfield. Hunter Miller of Spring Grove won the race in 17:38, edging out Red Lion’s Alex Miller by one second. Suburban’s Brad Clark placed third. Taylor Gardner of Spring Grove took fourth and Donovan Mears of Suburban placed fifth. Spring Grove defeated Red Lion and Fairfield. Red Lion downed Fairfield.


WEST YORK’S WEAVER TRIUMPHS: At Reservoir Hill, West York’s Bethany Weaver won the race on her home course. She was followed by New Oxford’s Emily Clinton, York Catholic’s Amanda Falvey, New Oxford’s Emily Lawrence and New Oxford’s Devin Bateman. The Colonials went 3-0 as a team, followed by York Catholic (2-1), South Western (1-2) and West York (0-3).

DAWSON LEADS DOVER TO FIRST-PLACE FINISH: At Dover, Andrea Dawson led Dover to the first-place team finish by taking first individually. Shea Beierschmitt took second for Dover, while Alysha Sweitzer took fourth. For Northeastern, Kyleigh Smeltzer came in fifth. For Bermudian, Rachel Crane took third. In the team scoring, Northeastern, Bermudian and Littlestown each forfeited against each other.

PANTHERS TRIUMPH: At Fawn Grove, the Panthers captured victories over Kennard-Dale, Susquehannock and York Tech. Individually for the Panthers, Emily Loeffelholz took second. The Warriors came in second as a team. Individually for the Warriors, Rachel Banchiere won the race, while Emily Fourhman took fourth. The Rams came in third. Kayla White led the Rams individually with a third-place finish. Emma Harrelson led the Spartans individually with a fifth-place finish.

SUBURBAN DISPLAYS ITS DEPTH: At Suburban, Trojan runners captured the first seven places, with Olivia Gettle winning the race. She was followed by Emma Leik, Danielle Cardone, Kimmy Hall and Lauren Shrader. Suburban earned wins over Fairfield, Spring Grove and Red Lion. The Lions took second as a team, followed by Spring Grove and Fairfield.

York Dispatch Staff Report

The York Suburban cross country teams enjoyed a successful day on Tuesday.

The Trojan boys and girls each went 4-0 with victories over Eastern York, York Catholic, Dover and Central York.

In the process, both Suburban teams clinched at least a share of York-Adams Division II titles. The Suburban boys won the division title outright at 5-0. The Trojan girls are 4-0 in the division and have clinched at least a tie for the crown.

In the boys’ meet, Brad Clark led the Trojans by capturing fourth, while Adam Barley took fifth. Central came in second, beating Dover, York Catholic and Eastern. J.D. Groff led the Panthers by taking first. Dover came in third, defeating York Catholic and Eastern. Danty Pagan led the Eagles by taking second, while teammate Gabe Lloyd took third. Eastern came in fourth, defeating York Catholic.

In the girls’ meet, Olivia Gettle led the Trojans with a first-place finish. Teammate Emma Leik took second. Dover came in second with victories over York Catholic, Central and Eastern. Shea Beierschmitt led the Eagles with a fourth-place finish, while teammate Andrea Dawson took fifth. Central came in third with victories over York Catholic and Eastern. Emily Loeffelholz led the Panthers with a third-place finish. York Catholic came in fourth by beating Eastern.


SPRING GROVE GOES 3-0: At Littlestown, the Rockets went 3-0, earning wins over Delone Catholic, York Tech and New Oxford. Hunter Miller, Taylor Gardner and Mason Bentzel finished third, fourth and fifth to pace Spring Grove. New Oxford went 2-1, beating Tech and Delone. The Squires finished 1-2, topping Tech. New Oxford’s Aaron Gebhart won the race in 16:11, a course record, while his teammate Jacob Plank took second.

REILLY LEADS WILD CATS: At Glen Rock, Patrick Reilly’s first-place finish in 16:18 led the Wildcats to victories over West York, Bermudian Springs, Red Lion and Susquehannock. Dallastown’s Seth Stayer took third. Red Lion came in second with wins over Bermudian, West York and Susquehannock. Ethan Gatchell led the Lions with a second-place finish, while Zach Dutton came in fourth. Susquehannock came in third with victories over West York and Bermudian Springs. Jacob Thomas led the Warriors with a fifth-place finish. West York came in fourth, defeating Bermudian.

WILT REWRITES COURSE RECORD: At Fairfield, Brady Wilt of Biglerville put up a winning time of 17:07 to break the course record by 24 seconds. Littlestown’s Xavier Sauvageau set the former mark in October of 2012. South Western teammates Kirk Mummert and Sean Peeling finished second and third, respectively, Kennard-Dale’s Dillon Wescott was fourth and South Western’s Ben Schott was fifth. South Western finished 4-0 in the team competition. Biglerville was 3-1 and Northeastern was 2-2.


NEW OXFORD FINISHES FIRST: At Littlestown, New Oxford earned wins over Delone Catholic, York Tech and Spring Grove. Delone took second, beating Tech and Spring Grove, while the Rockets beat Tech to finish third. Delone’s Kate Mowrey finished first individually with a course-record time of 20:40. Emily Clinton and Emily Lawrence took second and third for the Colonials, while teammate Devon Bateman was fifth. Tech’s Emma Harrelson was fourth.

BANCHIERE POWERS WARRIORS: At Glen Rock, Rachel Banchiere led the Warriors to victories over Red Lion, Bermudian Springs, West York and Dallastown with a first-place individual finish. Teammate Emily Fourhman took second. Dallastown came in second by defeating Red Lion, Bermudian Springs and West York. Megan Blum led the Wildcats with a fourth-place finish, while Elizabeth DiBiase came in fifth. Red Lion came in third by defeating Bermudian and West York. West York came in fourth by defeating Bermudian. Bethany Weaver led the Bulldogs with a third-place finish.

K-D’S WHITE, SALOMON FINISH 1-2: At Fairfield, Kennard-Dale’s Kayla White and Caitlin Salomon took first and second, respectively, to help the Rams defeat Fairfield, South Western, Northeastern and Biglerville. South Western’s Lynn Mooradian was third followed by Biglerville’s Bailey Ruhey and Northeastern’s Kyleigh Smeltzer.