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Ferner breaks course record: At Littlestown, Kennard-Dale’s Maddie Ferner broke the course record with a time of 19 minutes, 48 seconds, breaking the old course mark of 20:34 set by Eastern York’s Maddie McLain last season. Dallastown took first in the team standings by defeating Littlestown, K-D, Northeastern and Fairfield. The Rams took second, followed by the Bobcats, Thunderbolts and Green Knights.

West York’s Weaver finishes first:



Being “very family oriented,” Kennard-Dale senior cross country standout Maddie Ferner didn’t expect to attend a college eight hours away from home.

That was before Ferner visited the University of Toledo in northwest Ohio.

“It just felt right there,” said Ferner, who made a verbal commitment last week to the NCAA Division I school. “At first, I wasn’t sure I wanted to go that far, but the girls on the team there were just like my teammates here, so welcoming, like a family.”


Maddie Ferner set a new Kennard-Dale course record on Tuesday afternoon in Fawn Grove.

The Rams’ standout finished in a time of 19 minutes, 52 seconds on her home course. She shattered the old course record of 20:28 set by Kady Schrann in 2009.


Eastern York’s Maddie McLain races at Codorus State Park recently during a York-Adams League cross country meet hosted by Delone Catholic. She set

Eastern York’s Maddie McLain races at Codorus State Park recently during a York-Adams League cross country meet hosted by Delone Catholic. She set the course record, breaking the mark previously held by York Catholic’s Kady Schrann. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —

There’s a chance you’ve heard this narrative before.

A distance runner from Eastern York is quickly rising to the top of local league.

She’s winning races and setting course records along the way.

Her last name is McLain.



Maldonado leads Rockets: At York Township, Jordan Maldonado’s first-place finish in 17 minutes, 11 seconds led Spring Grove to victories over York Tech, Kennard-Dale and Eastern. The Golden Knights came in second and the Rams took third, followed by Tech.

Dallastown captures three victories:



York Suburban coach Dan Vanhouwe congratulates Cecilia Lantz, left, Zette Pflaum, and Brooke Ruth after the girls’ team won a cross country meet at

York Suburban coach Dan Vanhouwe congratulates Cecilia Lantz, left, Zette Pflaum, and Brooke Ruth after the girls’ team won a cross country meet at Codorus State Park on Tuesday. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —

CODORUS – The Eastern York girls’ cross country team may have the most talented top three runners of any squad in the York-Adams League.

With Maddie McLain leading the way, the Knights are a threat to take down any opponent.

Well, any foe that isn’t York Suburban.


The York Dispatch


Wagner leads Trojans to victory: At Dover, Peter Wagner’s first-place finish in a time of 18:17.0 helped lead York Suburban to victories over Dover, Littlestown and York Tech. Also for Suburban, Donovan Mears came in second, Jarrett Raudensky took third and while Bryce Ohl came in fourth.

Miller paces Lions to triumph: At Fawn Grove, Alex Miller took first place overall in 18:17 to lead Red Lion to victories over Kennard-Dale, Delone Catholic and New Oxford. Also for Red Lion, Micah Bodisch took third, while Joel Gatchell came in fifth.

Wildcats capture four wins: At York College, Dallastown picked up victories over West York, Eastern York, Biglerville and South Western. Patrick Jacobson led the Wildcats with a second-place finish, while teammate Bryce Gable took third. West York’s Connor Schroll won the race in 18:36.

Rockets take first: At Spring Grove, the Rockets captured victories over York Catholic, Bermudian Springs and Northeastern to take first place in the team competition. Jordan Maldonado led the Rockets by taking second individually. Teammate Justin Culp took fourth. Bermudian’s Chad Long won the race in 18:36.


Suburban’s Gettle runs away from the field: At Dover, Olivia Gettle took first in 21:25 to lead York Suburban to victories over Dover, Littlestown and York Tech. Also for Suburban, Zezette Pflaum took second, while Brooke Ruth took fifth place.

Lions use a team effort to excel: At Fawn Grove, Red Lion captured individual places from fourth through seventh to help secure victories over Kennard-Dale, New Oxford and Delone Catholic. Tristan Schluderberg came in fourth, Bryn Trout took fifth, Kate Gatchell came in sixth and Sharlie Taylor took seventh. K-D’s Madison Ferner was first individually in 21:32. K-D teammate Caitlin Salomon took second.

Three-way team tie for first at York College, McLain breaks record: At York College, Eastern, West York and South Western each went (3-1) in the team competition and ended up in a three-way tie. Maddie McLain led the Golden Knights individually by breaking a course record with a time of 20:14.5. Eastern’s Olivia McLain came in third, while Maddison Nalls took fifth. Bethany Weaver led the Bulldogs with a second-place finish.

Smeltzer leads Bobcats to victories: At Spring Grove, Kyleigh Smeltzer led the Northeastern Bobcats to victories over Spring Grove, Bermudian Springs and York Catholic by taking first place in 24:31. Teammates Michaela Bradley took second, while Rose Rush took third.


York Suburban’s Olivia Gettle missed last season’s postseason action with a hip injury. Gettle, who won the York-Adams meet as a sophomore in

York Suburban’s Olivia Gettle missed last season’s postseason action with a hip injury. Gettle, who won the York-Adams meet as a sophomore in 2013, is feeling better entering her senior season. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)

Wednesday was getting-to-know-your-course day for the York Suburban boys’ and girls’ cross country teams.

Most days, the Trojans’ training runs take them around neighborhoods in Spring Garden and Springettsbury townships.

However, on Wednesday, the teams didn’t stray far from the high school campus on Hollywood Drive.



Bryce Ohl (1041) and Peter Wagner (1039) from York Suburban High School run in the District 3-AA Boys’ Cross Country Championship in Hershey. The

Bryce Ohl (1041) and Peter Wagner (1039) from York Suburban High School run in the District 3-AA Boys’ Cross Country Championship in Hershey. The Trojans will attempt to win a state title this Saturday. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO FILE PHOTO —

Five years ago, on the first Saturday in November, five seniors from York Suburban completed an historic run in Hershey.

Nick Schrading, Matthew Barton, Jacob Jones, Jeremy Saur and Kyle Cote delivered the school’s first state cross country championship.

Schrading, Barton, Jones, Saur and Cote scored 76 points to win the Boys’ Class AA team crown.

Michael Johnescu and Brian Sanchez also ran for the Trojans that day on the demanding Parkview course.

Fast forward to the first Saturday in November of 2014, and another group of Suburban runners will be out on the 3.1-mile Parkview layout attempting to match the feat of the 2009 team.

This group of Trojans, like the 2009 runners, will enter the state meet after having won the District 3 crown.

“To win the state title would mean the world to me,” Suburban senior Brady Wilt said before he and his teammates took off on a training run late Wednesday afternoon. “In my three years at Biglerville (Wilt transferred to Suburban this year), it was mainly an individual thing. To come here and be part of a team like this, it would be a huge blessing for me and the team to bring the state championship home to York Suburban.”

Wilt, Donovan Mears, Bryce Ohl, Adam Barley, Peter Wagner, Zach Lofties, Quentin Schorr and Josh Kerr will represent the Trojans on Saturday.

“In 2009, that team was more of a thinking team, while the 2014 team is more carefree” said Suburban head boys’ coach Ron Herman, who’s in his 27th season.

Both teams put up impressive numbers at their respective district meets. The 2009 team recorded a school-record score of 37 points, and this year’s team finished with 41 points. The time spread between the first five Trojans to cross the line at districts in 2009 was 35 seconds, and this year, it was 40 seconds.

“If you follow times, it would suggest that it’s going to be between us and Scranton Prep on Saturday,” Herman said. “But I never count out Grove City or Pottsgrove. Scranton Prep has five seniors, so they all know the course.”

Parkview, a former golf course, is also used for the District 3 Meet. The district and state layouts are identical with one major exception: a make-or-break uphill portion in the final part of the state race.

“I try to get out (at the start), but not too fast,” Wilt said. “My head is definitely focused on the team aspect. The state course is a lot more beneficial to us, throwing that last hill in there is where we get a lot of our competitors. We put it in high gear.”

Along with family and friends, the Trojans will have the backing of members of the 2009 team when they go for the gold.

“Most of them are going to be there on Saturday,” Herman said. “They’re behind this team 100 percent.”

Girls’ meet: The Suburban rooting contingent will also be 100 percent behind the Trojans’ girls’ team, which earned a place in states by winning the District 3-AA crown.

Cecilia Lantz, Emma Leik, Lena Strong, Brooke Ruth and Zette Pflum were the Suburban scorers at districts. Danielle Cardone, Sarah Cardone and Olivia Gettle are also entered in states.

Gettle, the 2013 York-Adams All-League Run winner and the team’s leading runner during the 2014 regular season, has been battling injuries (tendinitis, back) recently. She didn’t run in either the York-Adams or District 3 meets.

Will Gettle run at states?

“Olivia is day to day,” Suburban girls’ coach Dan VanHouwe said. “If the state run was (Wednesday), she would not run. If the run was (Thursday), she would not run. Saturday, we’ll see.”

The Trojans are aiming to finish among the top five teams.

“If we run the way we ran on Wednesday, we can do it, even without Olivia,” VanHouwe said. “That would be a huge success for the year.”

Asked which girls’ teams he expects to be among the leading ones at states, VanHouwe said: Villa Maria (District 10), Northwest Lehigh, Scranton Prep, Dallas and Danville.

If the Suburban girls’ team finishes in the top three, VanHouwe will have a different look next week: pink hair.

“If the boys win it, they’ll shave it (the hair) after two weeks,” he said.”

Kennard-Dale will also compete in the Girls’ AA meet. The Rams placed third in the district meet. The Delone Catholic girls’ team will go after the Class A state title after capturing the district championship.

State qualifiers: Following are the York-Adams runners who qualified for the state meet:

Girls’ Class A: Kate Mowrey, Delone Catholic. Leanne Sneeringer, Delone Catholic. Alyssa Alberghini, Delone Catholic. Abbey Sweeney, Delone Catholic. Lydia Dickmyer, Delone Catholic. Megan Mall, Delone Catholic. Jenna Salter, Delone Catholic. Katelyn MacDougall, York Catholic.

Girls’ Class AA: Cecliia Lantz, York Suburban. Emma Leik, York Suburban. Lena Strong, York Suburban. Brooke Ruth, York Suburban. Zette Pflum, York Suburban. Danielle Cardone, York Suburban. Sarah Cardone, York Suburban. Olivia Gettle, York Suburban. Kayla White, Kennard-Dale. Caitlin Salomon, Kennard-Dale. Maddie Ferner, Kennard-Dale. Ashley Moffit, Kennard-Dale. Jessica Ollis, Kennard-Dale. Emily Livezey, Kennard-Dale. Alyvia Simonds, Kennard-Dale. Lizzie Graham, Kennard-Dale. Maddie McLain, Eastern. Madison Nalls, Eastern. Bethany Weaver, West York.

Boys’ Class A: Will Greene, Delone Catholic.

Boys’ Class AA: Brady Wilt, York Suburban. Donovan Mears, York Suburban. Bryce Ohl, York Suburban. Adam Barley, York Suburban. Peter Wagner, York Suburban. Zach Lofties, York Suburban. Quentin Schorr, York Suburban. Josh Kerr, York Suburban. Tyler White, Eastern. Dan Filler, Gettysburg. Theo Kioussis, Kennard-Dale.

Boys’ Class AAA: Aaron Gebhart, New Oxford. Ben Linne, Northeastern. Ben Schott, South Western.

Girls’ tennis: Cross country isn’t the only sport in which state champions will be crowned this weekend in Hershey.

Evan Boone and Alyssa Miller of Kennard-Dale are entered in the Class AA Doubles portion of the State Girls’ Singles and Doubles Tennis Championships. The event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Hershey Racquet Club.

Boone and Miller, the District 3 runner-up team, will take on Emilia Jakubek and Tatiana Klacko of Scranton Prep in the opening round at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Jakubek and Klacko are the District 2 champions.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at



York Suburban runners Emma Leik and Brady Wilt lead Trojans to team wins. (John A. Pavoncello photos –

HERSHEY — The York Suburban girls’ cross country runners lined up for the start of the District 3-AA race on Wednesday minus the team’s fastest runner.

The Trojans were without Olivia Gettle, who is battling injuries. They refused, though, to let Gettle’s absence prevent them from reaching their goal.

The Suburban runners ran the extremely challenging Parkview course for the team, and they ran for Gettle.

“Olivia is battling back issues, but we told the girls they could do it without her,” Trojans girls’ head coach Dan VanHouwe said. “They needed to step up for her.”

The Trojans accomplished the mission by scoring 116 points to repeat as champions.

The Suburban boys’ team, meanwhile, blitzed the AA field with 41 points, 109 better than runner-up Wyomissing.

For the second straight year, both the Suburban girls’ and boys’ teams hoisted championship trophies.

The Delone Catholic girls won this year’s Class A team crown, and on the individual side, Aaron Gebhart of New Oxford delivered the best performance by a York-Adams runner by winning the gold medal in the Boys’ Class AAA race.

“This year, we double doubled,” VanHouwe said. “There’s already talk of a triple-triple. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but it’s out there.”

Cecilia Lantz, a freshman, was the first Suburban girls’ runner to cross the line. She finished 17th. Emma Leik was right behind Lantz, while Lena Strong, Brooke Ruth and Zette Pflum were the other Suburban scorers. Lantz’s performance surprised VanHouwe.

“She said she needed a week to resolve all her issues,” the Trojans’ coach said. “She was so fearful. There was no fear today.”

Suburban boys: After the Suburban girls completed their mission, the guys’ team put on another dominating performance.

Suburban placed six runners among the first 15 finishers. The spread from the first to the sixth Suburban runner was just 44 seconds. Brady Wilt led the way for the Trojans by coming in fourth. He was followed by Donovan Mears (sixth), Bryce Ohl (ninth), Adam Barley (13th), Peter Wagner (14th) and Zach Lofties (15th).

“I can’t tell you how great it is to coach these guys,” Suburban boys’ coach Ron Herman said. “It’s an honor.”

Suburban entered the event as a strong favorite based on its performances during the regular season and in invitationals.

“The only enemies were the other runners and a little overconfidence,” Herman said. “You still have to get out there and run.”

The way that the 2014 team runs reminds Herman, who’s in his 27th season, of another group of Suburban runners.

“The 2009 team, this team resembles that team,” Herman said.

The 2009 team won the AA state title.

“Cross country is like poker,” Herman said. “You need five good cards, and I have five good cards.”

Wilt joined Herman’s hand this year after transferring from Biglerville to Suburban.

“It wasn’t the best conditions today (rain fell during the AA races),” Wilt said. “Some of the runners were slipping up the hills. I was a little disappointed with my time (16 minutes, 50 seconds), but to have a boys’ team title with these guys washes all that away.”

Gebhart, White: Gebhart ran a 16:11 for the 3.1-mile course, shaving 12 seconds off his time in last year’s district meet.

“I got third last year (in districts),” he said. “This (winning the title) was the goal. I got out slow, but I picked up the pace, and I had a good last mile.”

Kayla White, of Kennard-Dale, who won this year’s York-Adams Girls’ All-League Run, took third in Class AA with a time of 19:52. White’s teammates, Caitlin Salomon and Maddie Ferner, who took second and third in the York-Adams event, were fifth and sixth, respectively, in Wednesday’s district meet. K-D also secured third in the team standings, qualifying for states.

“I definitely didn’t realize that (earning a trip to states) until right now,” White said following the awards ceremony. “I was so excited. I knew all three of us (White, Salomon and Ferner) made it, but I was like, ‘Oh, we’re all going to states.'”

The state championships are set for Saturday, Nov. 1, also at the Parkview course.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at

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