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Panthers take first place: At Hanover, Central York picked up victories over South Western and York Tech. Mike Lundy led the Panthers with a second-place finish. Also for Central, Nick Swanson came in third, Justin Hartman took fourth and Alec Evanitus rounded out the top five. The Mustangs came in second. Ben Schott led the Mustangs with a first-place finish, setting a course record in 16:24.

Trojans score another sweep: At Spring Grove, New Oxford’s Aaron Gebhart won in 16:35, but York Suburban runners captured five of the next eight places to earn four victories. The Trojans kept their record perfect by defeating Spring Grove, Biglerville, Gettysburg and New Oxford. Brady Wilt led the Suburban pack with a second-place finish, 14 seconds behind Gebhart. Donovan Mears took fourth for Suburban. Daniel Filler of Gettysburg took third and Hunter Miller of Spring Grove was fifth. Spring Grove took second by winning three of the four meets.

Green leads Squires to first-place finish: At York College, Will Green’s first-place finish in 18:07 led Delone to victories over West York and Bermudian Springs. Teammate John Mall took fourth. West York came in second. Connor Schroll led the Bulldogs with a third-place finish.

Wildcats grab four wins: At Fairfield, Dallastown placed five runners among the first 11 finishers to earn victories over Fairfield, Littlestown, Northeastern and Kennard-Dale. Ben Linne of Northeastern put up the best time (17:30). Three Dallastown runners, Jonathan Buytenhuys, Patrick Jacobson and Justin Sweitzer finished 2-3-4. Northeastern’s Brody McElwain was fifth. Northeastern went 3-1 on the day.

Gatchell leads Lions to first-place finish: At York Catholic, Ethan Gatchell’s first-place finish in 17:33 helped lead Red Lion to victories over York Catholic, Eastern, Dover and Susquehannock. Teammate Alex Miller took third. Eastern came in second by defeating York Catholic, Susquehannock and Dover. Tyler White led the Golden Knights with a second-place finish, while teammate Mason Bair took fourth. Susquehannock came in third and Dover came in fourth. Gabe Lloyd led the Eagles with a fifth-place finish.


Hartman takes first-place finish: At Hanover, Paige Hartman’s first-place finish in 20:43 led Central York over South Western and York Tech. Also for Central, Bridget Palm came in second, Brooke Buzynski came in third, Evin Wilson took fourth and Hailey Pfeffercron came in fifth. South Western came in second as team.

York Suburban runners lead the way: At Spring Grove, York Suburban swept the first five places to earn 15-50 victories over Spring Grove, Biglerville, Gettysburg and New Oxford. Olivia Gettle led the Trojans in 20:39. Emma Leik, Danielle Cardone, Lena Strong and Cecillia Lantz completed the Suburban quintet.

Mowery sparks Squirettes: Kate Mowery’s first-place finish in 20:38 helped Delone to a victories over West York and Bermudian Springs. Teammate Leah Sneeringer took second. The Bulldogs came in second. Bethany Weaver led the Bulldogs with a third-place finish, while teammate Corinne Maloney took fifth.

Rams’ trio goes 1-2-3: At Fairfield, Kennard-Dale’s Kayla White, Maddie Ferner and Caitlin Salomon captured the top three places as the Rams posted victories over Dallastown, Fairfield, Northeastern and Littlestown. K-D edged Dallastown, 27-30, in the closest meet of the day. Elizabeth DiBiase was fourth for Dallastown, while Isabella Wise was fifth.

Lions sweep meet: At York Catholic, Red Lion picked up victories against York Catholic, Eastern, Susquehannock and Dover. Individually for the Lions, Tristan Schluderberg took second, Julia Kendrick came in third, Hailey Welchans took fourth and Kate Gatchell came in fifth. Dover came in second and York Catholic came in third. Susquehannock came in fourth. Eastern’s Maddie McLain finished first in 20:28.


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Lions capture first place: At Manchester, Red Lion defeated Gettysburg, West York, Northeastern and York Tech to take first place in the team competition. Ethan Gatchell led the Lions individually by taking second overall. Teammate Alex Miller came in third. Northeastern came in second. Ben Linne led the Bobcats with a fourth-place finish, while teammate Brody McElwain took fifth. The Warriors came in third. Daniel Filler led Gettysburg with a first-place finish in 16:44. West York came in fourth place with a victory over Tech.

Lundy leads Central sweep;: At John Rudy Park, Central’s Mike Lundy crossed the finish line first to help lead the Panthers to victories over Dover, Biglerville, Kennard-Dale and Bermudian Springs. Lundy covered the 3.1-mile course in 17:31. Dover’s Gabriel Lloyd was second, followed by Central’s Nick Swanson, K-D’s Donald Bernhard and Bermudian’s Chad Long. K-D placed second by winning three of four meets.

Rockets display pack power: At Susquehannock, Spring Grove runners captured five of the first seven places to earn victories over Susquehannock, Littlestown, South Western and Delone Catholic. South Western’s Ben Schott won the race in 16:59. The Spring Grove trio of Hunter Miller, Jordan Maldonado and Dante Pagan took second, third and fourth, respectively. Will Greene of Delone captured fifth. South Western earned three team victories and Susquehannock went 2-2 on the day.

Wilt and Mears lead Trojans to first place finish: At Dallastown, Brady Wilt and Donovan Mears led the way for York Suburban, finishing with identical times of 16:56. The Trojans grabbed victories over York Catholic and Dallastown. Also for Suburban, Peter Wagner took third, Adam Barley came in fourth and Bryce Ohl took fifth. Dallastown came in second by defeating York Catholic.

Gebhart highlights Colonials’ victories: At New Oxford, Aaron Gebhart put up a winning time of 16:26 to lead the Colonials past Eastern and Fairfield. Eastern’s Tyler White finished second with three New Oxford runners, Noah Baxter, Jarad Shrader and Devin Forbes rounding out the top five.


Schluderberg leads Lions to the first-place finish: At Manchester, Tristan Schluderberg’s first-place finish in 20:08 led Red Lion to victories over Gettysburg, West York, York Tech and Northeastern. Also for the Lions, Brynn Trout took second, Kate Gatchell came in third and Hailey Williams took fourth. West York came in second. Gettysburg came in third. Casey Little led the Warriors with a fifth-place finish.

Rams’ runners finish one-two-three: At John Rudy Park, Kennard-Dale’s Kayla White, Caitlin Salomon and Madison Ferner captured the first three places as the Rams recorded victories over Central, Dover, Biglerville and Bermudian Springs. White put up a winning time of 19:53. Salomon was two seconds behind her teammate, and Ferner came home in 20:08. K-D nipped Central, 29-30, with the Panthers’ Paige Hartman and Haley Pfefferkorn placing fourth and fifth, respectively. Central placed second in the team competition at 3-1.

Squirettes’ Mowrey shows the way: At Susquehannock, Kate Mowrey delivered a first-place finish as Delone Catholic secured victories over South Western, Susquehannock, Littlestown and Spring Grove. Mowrey completed the course in 20:03, 40 seconds ahead of teammate Leanne Sneeringer. Susquehannock’s Rachel Banchiere placed third. South Western’s Lauren Hall and Lynne Mooradian completed the top five. South Western won three of four meets, and Susquehannock went 2-2.

Gettle leads Trojans to victory: At Dallastown, York Suburban’s Olivia Gettle captured first-place in 19:53 to lead the Trojans to victories over Dallastown and York Catholic. Also for Suburban, Emma Leik took second, Danielle Cardone came in third and Cecilia Lantz took fifth. Dallastown came in second. Bella Wise led the Wildcats with a fourth-place finish.

Eastern’s McLain wins again: At New Oxford, Eastern’s freshman star, Maddie McLain, recorded another first-place finish with a winning time of 19:38. McLain’s teammate, Madison Nalls, came in second, with a trio of New Oxford runners, Raleigh Bateman, Emily Lawrence and Hannah Zehall completing the top five. The Colonials bested the Golden Knights, 26-32. Both New Oxford and Eastern earned 15-50 victories over Fairfield.

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Wilt breaks course record to lead Trojans: At Hanover, Brady Wilt broke the course record in 16:25 to lead York Suburban over Bermudian, Fairfield, host South Western and Red Lion. Also for Suburban, Donovan Mears took fourth, while Adam Barley came in fifth. Red Lion came in second. Ethan Gatchell led the Lions with a third-place finish. South Western came in third. Ben Schott paced the Mustangs with a second-place finish in 16:28, which also broke the old course record.

Panthers win by hair: At New Oxford, Central York took first in the team competition by defeating York Catholic, West York, Littlestown New Oxford. The win over the Colonials came by a 27-28 margin. Michael Lundy led the Panthers individually with a second-place finish. Teammate Nick Swanson took fourth. New Oxford came in second. Aaron Gebhart led the Colonials with a first-place finish in 16:25. West York came in third.

Rockets triumph: At Eastern York, Spring Grove placed three runners in the top five to finish first as a team. Hunter Miller took second for the Rockets, followed by Jordan Maldonado in third and Justin Culp in fifth. Eastern York’s Tyler White won the race, Kennard-Dale’s Merl Bernhard was fourth. Eastern was second as a team, followed by Kennard-Dale and York Tech.

Linne leads Bobcats: At Manchester, Ben Linne’s first-place finish in 17:44 led the Northeastern over Susquehannock and Biglerville. Also for Northeastern, Brody McElwain took second, Jacob McKenzie took third and Tim Streb came in fifth. Susquehannock came in second. Nathan Shelley led the Warriors with a fourth-place finish.

Wildcats capture three: At Gettysburg, Dallastown took first by defeating Dover, Gettysburg and Delone Catholic. Jonathan Buytenhuys led the Wildcats by taking second. Also for the Wildcats, Patrick Jacobson took third, while Justin Sweitzer captured fourth. Gettysburg came in second. Daniel Filler led the Warriors with a first-place finish in 16:47. Dover came in third.


Gettle powers Trojans to sweep: At Hanover, Olivia Gettle’s first-place finish led the Trojans to victories over South Western, Red Lion, Bermudian and Fairfield. Also for Suburban, Emma Like took third, while Danielle Cardone took fourth. Red Lion came in second. Trista Schuderberg led the Lions with a second-place finish, while teammate Katie Gatchell took fifth. South Western came in third and Bermudian was fourth.

Hartman sparks Panthers: At New Oxford, Paige Hartman led Central York over York Catholic, West York, Littlestown and New Oxford by taking first in 21:07. Teammate Haley Pfefferkorn took second. The Irish took second. Katelyn MacDougall led the Irish with a third-place finish, while Lindsey China took fourth and Amanda Falvey was fifth. New Oxford took third and West York was fourth.

White leads Kennard-Dale: At Eastern York, Kayla White finished first individually to lead Kennard-Dale to the team triumph. Maddie Ferrer took third for K-D, while Caitlin Salomon was fourth. Eastern’s Maddie McLain was second and her teammate, Maddison Nalls, was fifth. Eastern took second as a team, followed by Spring Grove and York Tech.

Warriors take first-place finish: At Manchester, Susquehannock captured third through ninth places to defeat Northeastern and Susquehannock. Rachel Banchiere took third, Courtney Rodgers came in fourth and Jackie Ditt took fifth. The Bobcats and Canners did not have enough runners and forfeited against each other. Individually for the Bobcats, Kyleigh Smeltzer took first.

Eagles soar to victory: At Gettysburg, Dover swept the meet by defeating Gettysburg, Delone and Dallastown. The win over the Wildcats was a nail-biter (29-30). Alysha Sweitzer led the Eagles with a third-place finish. Also for Dover, Alyssa Lawton took fourth, while Sarah Kistner came in fifth. Dallastown came in second as a team, while Delone came in third. Delone’s Kate Mowrey finished first in 20:12.

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Dallastown captures four victories: The Wildcats placed five runners among the first 11 finishers to best New Oxford, Susquehannock, York Tech and host Bermudian Springs. New Oxford’s Aaron Gebhart won the race in 15:51. Three Dallastown runners, Jon Buytenhuys, Patrick Jacobson and Justin Sweitzer, followed Gebhart across the finish line.

Trojans run away with it: York Suburban won Tuesday’s cross country race at John Rudy Park against Central York, Eastern York, Northeastern and Delone Catholic. The Trojans had runners take the top two spots and six of the top nine. Brady Wilt had the winning time of 16:57, followed by teammate Donovan Merrs (17:08). The top five was rounded out by Eastern’s Tyler White (17:14), Northeastern’s Ben Linne (17:19) and Suburban’s Peter Wagner (17:23).

Gatchell leads Lions to victory: At Red Lion, Ethan Gatchell finished first in 18:12 to help lead the Lions to victories over Biglerville and Littlestown. Also for the Lions, Alex Miller came in second, Micah Bodisch took third, Joel Gatchell came in fourth and Brian Haynie took fifth.

Miller claims first for Rockets: Spring Grove’s Hunter Miller was the first to cross the finish line in 18:02 to lead the Rockets to victory over Dover, Fairfield and West York on the York College course. Spring Grove placed five racers in the top 10. Rockets’ runners Jordan Maldonado (18:36) and Danty Pagan (18:40) took second and third, followed by West York’s Connor Schroll (18:42) and Spring Grove’s Tristan Smyser (19:30).

Schott takes first place to lead Mustangs: At Fawn Grove, Ben Schott led the Mustangs to victories over York Catholic, Gettysburg and Kennard-Dale, taking first in 17:17. Gettysburg came in second by defeating York Catholic and Kennard-Dale, while the Rams came in third by defeating York Catholic. Merle Bernhard led the Rams with a third-place finish, while teammate Theo Kioussis took fourth.


Dallastown displays pack power: The Wildcats’ Liz DiBiasi, Bella Wise, Alexis DeSanti and Sarah Groetz captured the first four places to power Dallastown past New Oxford, Susquehannock, York Tech and the home team, Bermudian Springs. DiBiasi recorded a winning time of 21:18. New Oxford runners Emily Lawrence, Raleigh Bateman and Hannah Zutell took the next three places.

Trojans nab top spot: York Suburban won Tuesday’s cross country race at John Rudy Park against Central York, Eastern York, Northeastern and Delone. But it was Eastern’s Maddie McLain who took the top spot in 19:27, followed by Delone Catholic’s Kate Mowrey (19:36), Suburban’s Olivia Gettle (19:51), Delone’s Leanne Sneeringer (20:17) and Central’s Paige Hartman (20:39). Suburban placed six runners in the top 13.

Lions’ Schluderberg takes first overall: At Red Lion, Tristan Schluderberg’s first-place finish in 22:00 helped lead the Lions to victories over Biglerville and Littlestown. Also for the Lions, Kate Gatchell came in second, Ann Mitzel took fourth and Julia Kendrich took fifth.

Eagles soar at York College: Dover defeated Fairfield, Spring Grove and West York at Tuesday’s meet on the York College course. They did so by placing three runners in the top five and five runners in the top eight. Leading the way for the Eagles was Alysha Sweitzer, who took first in 22:04. The top five was rounded out by West York’s Bethany Weaver (22:18), Dover’s Sarah Kistner (22:44), West York’s Corinne Maloney (23:38) and Dover’s Marissa Coley (24:41).

White leads Rams to home victory: At Fawn Grove, Kayla White’s first-place finish in 20:34 led the home team to victories over York Catholic, Gettysburg and South Western. Also for K-D, Caitlyn Salomon took second and Maddie Ferner came in third. The Irish came in second by defeating Gettysburg and South Western. Lindsey China led the Irish with a fourth-place finish, while teammate Katie MacDougall rounded out the top five.


York Suburban’s Brady Wilt finished first during Thursday’s cross country meet at York Township Park. John A. Pavoncello -

York Suburban’s Brady Wilt finished first during Thursday’s cross country meet at York Township Park. John A. Pavoncello –

SPRY — It’s not always the case in sports that adding a dominant performer to a team will automatically make the team better.

So when York Suburban boys’ cross country coach Ron Herman found out that District 3-A champ Brady Wilt from Biglerville would be joining the team this season, his first thought wasn’t what you might expect.

“I thought that (adding Brady) was going to be something that (the coaching staff) would have to work on pretty hard,” Herman said. “But no way.”

Wilt immediately blended into a program that has become a trailblazer among in the York-Adams League, if not the district or state. There was no internal bickering about anyone losing his spot or jealousy in regards to the newcomer.

That was clearly evident Thursday afternoon at York Township Park, where the Trojans competed in a quad-meet against Dover, Littlestown and York Tech in their York-Adams League opener. Wilt crossed the finish line first with a time of 18 minutes, 28 seconds to lead Suburban to three sweeping 15-50 victories.

After Wilt crossed the line, he was quickly followed by teammates Donovan Mears (second), Adam Barley (third), Peter Wagner (fourth), Bryce Ohl (fifth) and Zach Lofties (sixth). Wilt cheered on his peers as they dominated from nearly start to finish over the 5K course.

“It was definitely an emotional race to start out with,” said Wilt, who, like his teammates, wore an orange Suburban headband during the race. “Loads of excitement and loads of joy. I have a great group of guys that I’m running with.”

As has been customary over the last handful of years, the Suburban boys dominated the 52-runner field. The Trojans took the first six spots in the meet, with all six within 50 seconds of one another. They also placed nine in the top 10 and 16 in the top 20.

Even without Wilt, the Trojans would already be considered front runners for postseason accolades. Add in Wilt, who finished fourth in the York-Adams League meet a season ago, to the mix and Herman just feels blessed.

“I noticed right away that he’s the kind of kid that you dream to coach,” Herman said. “He’s very coachable. He understands what it takes to not just be good, but be great. And he understands goals and team goals, which are very prominent on our team.”

While Herman could take much of the credit for bringing his team together, he instead opted to dish a heavy dose of that onto Wilt’s teammates for making the addition extremely smooth.

“I have to give our other kids credit,” he said. “They really welcomed him as best as they could and in a situation that’s a little bit unusual, with him being a senior and coming in as our top runner now. So there’s a team dynamic that you kind of have to work with a bit. So I have to give the team and Brady credit … it just fell together perfectly. We (coaches) didn’t have to do too much to blend things together.”

Littlestown’s Michael Bittinger broke up the Suburban pack by finishing seventh with a time of 19:29. Peter Behr led Dover to victories over York Tech and Littlestown with an 11th-place finish (20:30), while Luis Perez was Tech’s top finisher in 17th place (22:06).

Gettle defeats allergies and the field in girls’ victory: While Wilt led a dominating performance for the Suburban boys’ team, Olivia Gettle did the same for the girls’ side. Despite discovering that she’s allergic to a number of things, Gettle was able to win the girls’ race by nearly two minutes (21:22) over teammate Emma Leik (23:06).

Suburban runners finished 1-2-3 and held off a tenacious Dover squad to claim a 21-38 triumph in the closest battle of the day.

“Olivia just looks great,” Suburban girls’ coach Dan Vanhouwe said. “She’s running well and she’s learning how to run better.”

Part of the learning curve for the defending York-Adams League champion is discovering how to cope with her newest nemesis — allergies.

“We just found out that she has allergies,” Vanhouwe said. “And she’s allergic to a lot of things. So we’re going through that process and how to learn to run through allergy seasons.”

While the Trojan girls’ team didn’t dominate the field exactly like the boys’ team, Vanhouwe was pleased with its performance on a hot, humid day.

“The Dover girls really came out today,” he said. “But we came here with the expectation of doing well and I think we did that.”

Alysha Sweitzer led Dover to a pair of victories over Tech and Littlestown with a fourth-place finish (23:25). Littlestown downed the Spartans 15-50. Ashley Hedibridle led her team with a 26th-place finish (28:35).


Bobcats take top prize: Northeastern beat York Catholic, Bermudian Springs and Spring Grove on the Irish course, with Spring Grove taking second and Bermudian defeating York Catholic for third. Bobcats’ runner Ben Linne finished first in 18:04, followed six seconds later by Spring Grove’s Hunter Miller. The top-five was rounded out by Brody McElwain (Northeastern), Jacob McKenzie (Northeastern) and Jordan Maldonado (Spring Grove).

Panthers sweep meet: At Fairfield, the Panthers defeated Fairfield, Susquehannock and Gettysburg to take first. Individually for the Panthers, Nick Swanson took second, Mike Lundy came in third, Alec Evanitus took fourth and Alec Gascot came in fifth. Gettysburg took second by defeating Fairfield and Susquehannock. Daniel Filler paced Gettysburg with a first-place finish. Susquehannock came in third, while Fairfield came in fourth.

Red Lion nabs first: The Lions edged Kennard-Dale, New Oxford and Delone Catholic to take first at Codorus State Park, with New Oxford finishing second and Kennard-Dale eclipsing Delone for third. New Oxford’s Aaron Gebhart was first over the finish line in 17:08. Red Lion’s Ethan Gatchell (17:52) and Alex Miller (17:57) were second and third, respectively. The top-five was rounded out by Delone’s Will Greene (18:27) and Red Lion’s Micah Bodisch (18:36).

Wildcats take first place finish: At Biglerville, the Wildcats defeated Eastern, West York, South Western and Biglerville to capture first in the team competition. Individually for Dallastown, Jonathan Buytenhuys took second, Patrick Jacobson took fourth and Taylor Lentz took fifth. South Western came in second and Eastern came in third. Individually for the Golden Knights, Tyler White took third. West York came in fourth by defeating Biglerville.


Irish run away with it: York Catholic beat Bermudian Springs, Northeastern and Spring Grove on its home course, with Bermudian taking second and Spring Grove edging Northeastern for third. Irish runners Katie MacDougall and Lindsey China took first and second, respectively, with times of 23:14 and 23:23. The top-five was rounded out by Kyleigh Smeltzer (Northeastern), Makalyn Shepp (Bermudian) and Kaitlyn Rau (Northeastern).

Hartman leads Panthers to victory: At Fairfield, Paige Hartman led the Panthers to victories over Gettysburg, Susquehannock and Fairfield by taking first in 21:44. Teammates Haley Pfefferkorn came in second, Bridget Palm took third and Jackie Ball came in fourth. Susquehannock took second with wins over Fairfield and Gettysburg. Gettysburg came in third with a win over Fairfield.

Rams squeak by for top spot: Kennard-Dale beat New Oxford, edged Red Lion by a point and won on a tie-breaker with Delone Catholic to win at Codorus State Park. Red Lion followed in second and Delone beat New Oxford for third. Kate Mowrey of Delone had the winning time of 20:41. The top-five was filled out by K-D’s Kayla White (20:57), Delone’s Leanne Sneeringer (21:05) and K-D’s Caitlin Salomon (21:12) and Madison Ferner (21:45).

Wildcats capture first: At Biglerville, the Wildcats took first by defeating South Western, Eastern, West York and Biglerville. Individually for the Wildcats, Liz DiBiase took third, while teammate Bella Wise came in fifth. South Western came in second and Eastern came in third. Maddie McLain led the Golden Knights by taking first in 19:52. West York came in fourth. Bethany Weaver led the Bulldogs with a second-place finish.

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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.

– Reach Dick VanOlinda at

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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.


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