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GETTYSBURG — The York Suburban and Gettysburg girls’ track and field teams began Tuesday tied with Eastern York for first place in Division II of the York-Adams League.

The Trojans and Warriors are still deadlocked, but not for first place.

That’s because their dual meet on Tuesday afternoon ended in a rare 75-75 tie, leaving both teams with 4-0-1 records.

Eastern, meanwhile, improved its record to 5-0-0 and took over sole possession of first place by defeating Susquehannock, 116.67-33.33.

The Gettysburg boys remained undefeated with an impressive 108.5-41.5 victory over Suburban.

“It would have been nice to get a win, but we tied,” Suburban’s Olivia Gettle said. “Hopefully, we can win when we go against Eastern and West York.”

Gettle delivered two first-place finishes, winning the distance double, the 1,600 and 3,200.

“I ran Saturday in the Arctic Blast, and I have another race coming up this Saturday,” Gettle said. “I was trying to get my times today, but I paced myself a little bit.”

Gettle and the 3,200 relay team of Rachel Walker, Zette Pflaum, Sarah Cardone and Keelyee Walker earned the Trojans’ only first-place finishes on the track.

In the field, the Trojans won four events, outscoring the Warriors, 35-28. Gettysburg captured the track portion, 47-40.

Jordan Shoff (javelin), Morgan Taylor (shot put), Anna Wirschal (discus) and Grace Tyson (pole vault) were Suburban winners in the field. Shoff also recorded second-place finishes in the shot put and discus to supply her team with 11 points.

“We (the members of the Trojans’ field crew) push each other to do well,” Shoff said. “Having them beside me helps. We definitely knew that the meet was going to be close today. We tried our best.”

Suburban coach Dave Wickenheiser thought coming into the meet that his team could win by 14 points.

“That was if everything played out the way I thought it could, and unfortunately it didn’t work out that way. They (Gettysburg) got two of three relays, and that’s a 10-point swing right there. We had some good performances today, and so did they, but we came up short in a few events.”

Suburban’s Ty Avery ran an excellent race in the girls’ 300-meter hurdles and was leading with just 10 meters to go when she tripped on a hurdle and fell to the track. Gettysburg’s Sophia Kranias won the event and Suburban’s Grace Pindzola and Sofia Spadotto took second and third, respectively.

“Ty, for the first time running the event, looked really strong,” Wickenheiser said.

Gettysburg’s Zanna Abelle swept the sprints, 100, 200 and 400, and anchored the 1,600 relay team that clinched the tie by winning the last event.

Daniel Filler (1,600 and 3,200), Michael Heeschen (110 hurdles and 300 hurdles), Edny Celius (100 and 200) and Wade Laudeman (long jump and javelin) each posted two individual victories for the Gettysburg boys’ team. The Warriors secured first place in 15 of the 18 events. Brady Wilt (800), Bodhi Wilson (high jump) and the 3,200 relay team of Wilt, Donovan Mears, Peter Wagner and Matty Curry were the Suburban winners.

“Their boys’ team is super,” Wickenheiser said.


South Western 105, Central York 45: At Hanover, Tanner Fuhrman led the Mustangs to the easy victory with wins in the 100 dash, 200 dash and long jump. South Western also dominated in the field events, taking first in all seven. Brook Wilson was a bright spot for the Panthers, winning both the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.

Spring Grove 91, York High 54: At Spring Grove, Evan Greer and Justin Culp led the Rockets by each capturing two individual victories. Greer won the 110 hurdles and javelin, while Culp won the 1,600 and 800. For the Bearcats, Jacob Whitfield won the shot put and discus and Deshaun Horton won the long jump and triple jump.

York Tech 103, Hanover 45: At Hanover, Thaddeus Cwiklinski won three events (200, 400, 800) for the victorious Spartans. Brandon Montouth added to the winning cause by capturing the 110 and 300 hurdles. Hanover had a successful day in the field, winning the high jump, javelin, shot put and discus.

Susquehannock 76, Eastern 74: At Glen Rock, the Warriors received two individual wins apiece from Nicholas Tannura (100, 200) and Tyler Buckley (long jump, triple jump). For the Golden Knights, Mason Bair (800, high jump), Tyler White (1,600, 3,200) and Sawyer Richardson (110 and 300 hurdles) each picked up two individual wins.

Red Lion 89.5, New Oxford 60.5: At New Oxford, Ethan Gatchell won 800 and 400 to help lead the Lions to victory. Aaron Gebhart (3,200) and Kyle West (300 hurdles) were the lone winners on the track for the Colonials.

Dover 89, Kennard-Dale 60: At Fawn Grove, brothers Shawn and Shane Orchard were big for the Eagles, winning two events, the 110 hurdles and the high jump. Dover also took first in two of the three relay events, the 4×100 and 4×400. For the Rams, wins in the shot put by Quincy Noland and the 1,600 run by Theodore Koussis highlighted their performance.

West York 95.5, Northeastern 54.5: At Northeastern, the duo of Abdul-Mumuni Junaid and Andrew Moyer paced the Bulldogs. Junaid won the 100 and 200 dashes, while Moyer excelled at the 110 and 300 hurdles, while also winning the pole vault. Noah Hake was part of three event wins for Northeastern, winning the 1,600 run and then was part of the 4×800 and 4×400 relay teams.


Central York 81.5, South Western 68.5: At Hanover, Kennedy Little paced the Panthers thanks to victories in the 100 and 200 dashes. Lynne Mooradian continued to dominate in any event she competes in, taking first in the 300 hurdles, long jump and triple jump for the Mustangs.

Spring Grove 117, York High 19: At Spring Grove, Abby Erlemeier led the Rockets by taking individual first-place finishes in the 100, 200 and high jump. Zoe Stauffer won the 100 and 300 hurdles, while Nathalie Elliott won the long jump and pole vault. The Rockets captured first place in 17 of the 18 events.

York Tech 106, Hanover 35: At Hanover, the Spartans were led by D’Shanna Edwards and Katie MacDougall. Edwards was solid in the field, winning the javelin, discus and shot put. MacDougall got it done on the track, winning the 1,600, 3,200 and was part of the victorious 3,200 relay. Renee Eisenberg won the 100 hurdles and the triple jump for Hanover.

Eastern 116 2/3, Susquehannock 33 1/3: At Glen Rock, the Golden Knights captured first in all 18 events. Individually for the Golden Knights, Hannah Myers (200, 400), Maura DeReamer (javelin, discus), Maddie McLain (1,600, 3,200) and Taylor Currier (triple jump, long jump) each won two events.

Dover 106, Kennard-Dale 34: At Fawn Grove, Emily Reynolds had a strong performance in the field events for the Eagles, winning both the triple jump and long jump. The Rams had their best showings in the long-distance running events, with Madison Ferner winning the 1,600 and Elizabeth Six winning the 3,200.

Red Lion 86, New Oxford 64: At New Oxford, Jayla Godfrey won the 100 and 300 hurdles and teammate Tristan Schluderberg won the 1,600 and 3,200 to pace Red Lion. The Colonials’ Ayanna Johnson turned in a balanced effort in a losing cause, winning the 100 and 200 on the track and the long and triple jumps in the field.

West York 91, Northeastern 59: At Northeastern, Katherine Tallman’s wins in the discus and javelin helped the Bulldogs win five of the seven field events and defeat the Bobcats. For Northeastern, Brittany Arentz won the 400 run and the long jump to win two of the six event victories for her team.

— Reach Dick VanO’Linda at

Dallastown cruised to pair of track and field victories at Spring Grove on Thursday.

The Dallastown boys won, 95-55, while the Wildcat girls triumphed, 105-41.

In the boys’ meet, Owen Ritter led the Wildcats, by taking first in the triple jump, 110 and 300 hurdles. For the Rockets, Justin Culp won the 1,600 and 800 runs, while Shay Feulmer won the long jump and 200.

In the girls’ meet, Taylor Forrester led the Wildcats by capturing first in the triple jump, 100 and 300 hurdles. Haven Evans won the 100 and 200, while Taylor Snyder won the shot put and discus.

You could say West York boys’ track and field athlete Andrew Moyer is a high flyer.

His best work on Tuesday in helping the Bulldogs capture an 82-67 victory against host Dover came with his feet well off the ground.

Moyer set a West York record in the pole vault, soaring to a mark of 12 feet, 10 inches to win the event. He was also victorious in the 100 and 300 hurdles.

Abdul Junaid was also a multiple winner for the Bulldogs, taking the 100 and 200 as well as participating on a victorious 400 relay team.

Gabe Lloyd produced a solid day on the track for the Eagles, winning the 800 and 1,600. He was also a member of the winning 3,200 relay team.

On the girls’ side, Bethany Weaver was a distance force in helping West York take the 90.5-59.5 win. Weaver captured the 1,600, 3,200 and ran on a successful 3,200 relay team.

Peyton Mulder and Kayla Miller were dual winners for the Eagles. Mulder won the 300 hurdles, Miller the 400 and both were on a winning 1,600 relay team.


York Tech 111, Delone Catholic 38: At York, Thaddeus Cwiklinski was part of four event wins for the Spartans. Individually, he won the 400 dash and the 800 dash, while also running on the 4×800 relay team and the 4×400 team. Bryce Mondorff won the only two field events for Delone, capturing both the shot put and the discus.

Gettysburg 87, Susquehannock 63: The Adams-County squad pulled out a closely-fought meet against the Warriors. Michael Heeschen won the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles to pace Gettysburg to the victory. For Susquehannock, Jermaine Bandoo took first in the 100 dash and the 200 dash.

South Western 77, Dallastown 73: At Dallastown, Tanner Fuhrman won the 200 on the track and took first place in the long jump in the field to help the Mustangs. South Western dominated in the field, picking up 45 of its 77 points, an effort crucial to the win. Dallastown only amassed 18 points in the field after a solid effort on the track. The Wildcats were led by Jonathan Buitenhuys who won the 800 and 1,600.

Red Lion 106, Central York 44: At Red Lion, Judge Kunce swept the jumps (high, triple and long) as the Lions cruised. Micah Bodisch won the 1,600 and 3,200 for Red Lion.

York Suburban 95, Northeastern 54: At Suburban, Matt Curry and Brady Wilt each won individual events and were also part of the victorious Trojan 3,200 relay team. Curry won the 800, while Wilt captured the 1,600. Taemar Willis was the standout performer for the Bobcats. Willis won the 100 and 300 hurdles, high jump and was a member of the winning 400 relay team.

Eastern York 98, Kennard-Dale 51: At Fawn Grove, Scott Elliot’s triple in field events paced the Golden Knights. He took first in shot put, discus and javelin. Sam Schott had a nice day sprinting for K-D, taking first in the 100 dash and the 200 dash.

J.P. McCaskey 111, York High 29: At McCaskey, DeShaun Horton won the long and triple jumps for York. Also for the Bearcats, Ohadji Diggs won the 200 and Larell Anderson won the 300 hurdles.

Spring Grove 82 1/3, New Oxford 67 2/3: At New Oxford, Shay Feulmer won the 100 and 200 for the Rockets. Aaron Gebhart captured the 1,600 and 3,200 for New Oxford.


Delone Catholic 110, York Tech 40: At York, Kate Mowery took home first in three events to help the Squirettes. Individually, she won the 1,600 run and the 3,200 run, while also running the third leg in the 4×800 relay. For Tech, D’Shanna Edwards completed a triple, winning the javelin, shot put and discus.

Gettysburg 100.5, Susquehannock 49.5: At Glen Rock, Suzanna Abele won the 100 dash, 200 dash, 400 dash and was part of the 4×100 relay team that paced the Adams-County team to the win over the Warriors. Gettysburg also swept all seven of the field events. For Susquehannock, Rachel Banchiere won both distance runs, taking the 1,600 and the 3,200.

Dallastown 94, South Western 55: At Dallastown, Taylor Forrester got it done both on the track and in the field for the Wildcats. Forrester captured the 100 and 300 hurdles and was also victorious in the triple jump. Lynn Mooradian turned in another standout effort the Mustangs, winning the 100, 200 and 400.

Central York 78, Red Lion 72: At Red Lion, Erin Wilson was a dual winner for Central York, picking up wins in the 800 and 1,600. The Panthers did just enough on the track to create the necessary margin for victory, outscoring their hosts 56-31. Jayla Godfrey turned in quite the effort in the loss, winning 100 and 300 hurdles as well as long and triple jumps.

York Suburban 96, Northeastern 54: At Suburban, Olivia Gettle helped the Trojans cruise by winning the 800, 1,600 and running on the victorious 3,200 relay team. Jordan Shoff won two field events, javelin and discus, for Suburban. Hannah Schell won the 100 and 300 hurdles, while Kirsten Josey won the long jump and high jump for Northeastern.

Eastern York 123, Kennard-Dale 27: At Fawn Grove, the Golden Knights won 17 of the 18 events. Eastern swept all three relays and also swept the seven field events. Madison Ferner was the only event winner for K-D, running the 1,600 in 5:22.2.

New Oxford 91, Spring Grove 59: At New Oxford Ayanna Johnson led the way for New Oxford, winning the 100, triple jump and long jump. Abby Marquette won the 1,600 and 3,200 for Spring Grove.

Red Lion 7, Northeastern 0: At Manchester, the Lions received straight-sets singles victories from Sam Innerst, Alec Shue, Alex Ohme, Nick Stare and Dylan Reichard. Red Lion improved to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in York-Adams Division I.

South Western 7, Susquehannock 0: At Hanover, the Mustangs received singles victories from Gavin Kenny, Ben Sentz, Joe Harrison, Ben Harrison and Shane O’Reilly. South Western improved to 7-0 overall.


Red Lion’s Julia Kendrick leads Lauren Hall of South Western and teammate Triston Schulderberg in turn three of the final lap of the girls’

Red Lion’s Julia Kendrick leads Lauren Hall of South Western and teammate Triston Schulderberg in turn three of the final lap of the girls’ 1,600-meter race on Thursday. Kendrick won the race — one of her three individual victories on the day. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —

HANOVER — Julia Kendrick received a well-deserved celebratory dousing with water from some of her teammates following Red Lion’s dual track and field meet against South Western.

The senior won three races and finished second in a fourth to help the Lady Lions edge the Mustangs, 76-74, in a matchup of last year’s York-Adams Division I co-champions.

South Western captured the boys’ meet, 93-57.

Kendrick crossed the line first in the 400, 800 and 1,600 runs, and then completed her 6,000-meter day with a runner-up finish in the 3,200 run. Before Thursday, she never competed in the 3,200 during a dual meet.

“Coach (Jason Smith) asked me, ‘can you run the two mile (3200)?'” Kendrick said. “I said ‘I’ve never run the two mile before, but I can try.’ I’m exhausted, and my calves are killing me, but it was worth every second of it. I would do it again if I had to.”

Kendrick earned 18 points (three first-place finishes and one second-place finish) in her 15 exhausting laps around the South Western track. Her performances were crucial on a day that the Lady Lions were without their two best sprinters, Angelica Gonzalez and Jess Lewis, who are both injured.

“We knew it (the meet) would be close,” Kendrick said. “I couldn’t be prouder of my teammates. Johnnie (Tamney), who is usualy jumping all over the place and winning, came through in the 200 (Tamney placed first in the 200 and high jump and second in the long jump). Jayla (Godfrey) in the hurdles, and Meredith Kunce stepped up and got a third. That was huge.”

Godfrey recorded the best performance in the long jump and took second in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and triple jump, and Kunce was third in the 200 dash. Kendrick and Tamney are seniors, and another senior, Hailey Gunnet placed second in the shot put and javelin.

“Our seniors were 1-1-1 against them (South Western),” Smith said. “So, this was the rubber match. I’m really happy for our seniors.”

Smith compared the meet to “an intense chess match.”

“He (South Western coach Bruce Lee) was moving (Lynne) Mooradian around a couple of places, and I knew we had to take advantage of the events she wasn’t in.”

Smith said he felt that the Red Lion’s only shot to win the meet was to put Kendrick in the 3,200, the next-to-last event on the track.

“Julia did great, and that shows the kind of athlete she is. She’ll run whatever event you ask her to run. If I told her to run the 100, she would run the 100,” Smith said.

Mooradian, South Western’s junior star, won the 300 hurdles and triple jump, along with anchoring two winning relay teams (the 400 and 1,600).

The Mustangs’ Maddie Swanner bested the fields in the 100 hurdles and 100 dash.

Boys’ meet: Brady Thayer led the defending champion South Western boys to victory by sweeping the 110 and 300 hurdles and adding a third first-place finish in the long jump.

“I love Brady, I consider him one of my go-to guys,” said Lee, who also coaches the boys’ team. “We lost some special kids from last year, but we got some sophomores and juniors out and they’re contributing right away. We have a long road to go yet, but I’m happy we’re still undefeated.”

Ethan Gatchell led Red Lion by securing a trio of firsts in the 400, 800 and 1,600 runs. The Lions’ Quincy Palmer sprinted to victories in the 100 and 200.


York Suburban 94.5, Susquehannock 55.5: At Suburban, the Trojans captured first in nine of the 11 track events. Individually for Suburban, Brady Wilt won the 1,600 and 3,200, Bodhi Wilson won the 200 and 400 and Nelson Pineda won the 110 and 300 hurdles. For the Warriors, Tyler Buckley won the triple jump and long jump.


York Suburban 117, Susquehannock 32: At Suburban, the Trojans captured first in 15 of the 18 events. Individually for Suburban, Maddie James won the triple jump, long jump and high jump. Grace Pindzola won the 100 and 300 hurdles, while Olivia Gettle won the 1,600 and 3,200. For the Warriors, Sara Minacci won the 100 and 200.

— Reach Dick VanO’Linda at


West York 111, Kennard-Dale 24: At West York, the Bulldogs won 15 of the 16 events competed. Abdul Junaid took first in the 100 and 200 dashes, while Connor Schroll won both the 1,600 and 3,200 runs. In the field events, Jared Henderson won the triple jump and the long jump. The Rams’ only event win came in the 800 run by Merrill Berhardt.

Biglerville 86, York Tech 63: At Spry, Danny Stoner led the Canners to the York-Adams Division III victory by capturing first place in the pole vault, long jump, 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles. For the Spartans, Thaddeus Cwiklinski won the 800 and 400 runs, while Bry’quan Sweeney won the 100 and 200 dashes.

Gettysburg 110, Dover 40: At Gettysburg, Dan Filler was part of four event wins for the Warriors. He anchored the 4×800 relay team, then took first in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 runs. For the Eagles, all of their events were won by the Orchards, Shawn and Shane. They took first in the 300 hurdles, shot put and high jump.


West York 96, Kennard-Dale 39: At West York, the Bulldogs won both of the relay events run in the meet. Angie Hawkins was part of three event wins for West York, claiming first in the 4×800 relay, 100 dash and the high jump. Jessica Ollis recorded two first-place finishes for the Rams, winning the 200 and 400 dashes.

York Tech 100, Biglerville 48: At Spry, D’Shanna Edwards led the Spartans to the York-Adams Division III victory by taking first in the javelin, shot put, and discus. Teammate Kyrstin Evans won the triple jump and high jump.

Gettysburg 86.5, Dover 59.5: At Gettysburg, Zanna Abele won three events for the Warriors, taking first in the 100, 200 and 400 dashes. The Eagles saw their best success come in the relays, winning two of the three, the 4×800 and the 4×400.

Eastern York swept to a pair of track and field victories over Northeastern on Monday in Wrightsville.

The Eastern boys won, 91-56, while the Eastern girls were victorious, 112-38.

In the boys’ meet, the Golden Knights were dominant on the track, outscoring the Bobcats 66-21. By comparison, Northeastern was stronger in the field by a 35-25 margin. Helping Eastern’s efforts in the races was Tyler White, who won the 1,600 (4:48) and 3,200 (10:29.5). He was also a part of the victorious 3,200 relay team. The Bobcats got victories in the long (18-0.75) and triple jumps (39-5.5) from Fred Mulbah.

In the girls’ meet, Maddie McLain helped the Golden Knights by collecting victories in the 3,200 (12:04.4) and 1,600 (5:38.2). She was also a member of the winning 3,200 relay team. Kirstin Josey won the high (4-11) and triple (31-0) jumps for Northeastern.

Red Lion track and field standout Angelica Gonzalez has made her college choice official.

The sprinter has signed a National Letter of Intent with NCAA Division I East Carolina University.

Gonzalez had previously given a verbal commitment to the Pirates.

During her freshman season, Gonzalez set York-Adams League records and finished second in the District 3 100- and 200-meter dashes. She won the York-Adams long jump title as a junior.

She battled hamstring problems during her sophomore and junior seasons.

Another York County athlete, Central York grad Jay Stone, is a freshman sprinter/hurdler of the East Carolina men’s track and field team.



In case you haven’t heard by now (you probably have), the Central York and Northeastern boys’ volleyball teams departed State College on Saturday with PIAA state gold medals.

That concluded runs by the most successful sports programs to come out of the York-Adams League this spring season, following a pair of District 3 titles between the teams, and Central beating Northeastern in the league tournament title game. The Panthers and Bobcats also finished one-two in the regular-season league standings.

It also brought an end to the spring sports season.

Well, for York-Adams League teams, anyway. The state tournaments for baseball and softball wrap up this week.

So, what better time than now to have a brief look back on what league teams did across all spring sports? To make things a bit easier, I thought it might be a good idea on doing a recap by the numbers. On second thought, maybe this wrap-up will make your brain hurt, if you, like me, would opt for banging your head against a wall instead of doing math.

State qualifiers: We’ll go in reverse order here, from the state tournament all the way back to division title winners. First up, we have state qualifiers. Boys’ volleyball led the way with three (the aforementioned Central York and Northeastern, along with York Suburban), followed by a pair of baseball teams (York Catholic and Northeastern, the latter reaching the state quarterfinals) and one softball team (Delone Catholic, which reached the quarterfinals as well).

Districts: The Central York and Northeastern boys’ volleyball teams each won District 3 gold. The York Catholic baseball and Delone Catholic softball teams were district runners-up. As far as district qualifiers, the sport of softball led the way with 10, followed by baseball (eight), volleyball (six), boys’ lacrosse (five), girls’ lacrosse (four) and boys’ tennis (three).

League: Dallastown won league tournaments in softball and boys’ lacrosse. The remaining three league tournaments had different winners: Central York in boys’ volleyball, Spring Grove in baseball and York Catholic in girls’ lacrosse.

Across all sports, six schools won multiple division titles in the York-Adams League, led by South Western (girls’ lacrosse, boys’ tennis, girls’ track) and Delone Catholic (baseball, softball, boys’ track) each winning three. Central York (boys’ volleyball, softball), West York (baseball, boys’ lacrosse), Susquehannock (baseball, softball) and Kennard-Dale (softball, girls’ lacrosse) each won a pair of division crowns. Spring Grove (baseball), Dallastown (boys’ lacrosse), York Catholic (boys’ tennis), Red Lion (boys’ track), York Suburban (boys’ track), Dover (girls’ track) and Biglerville (girls’ track) each had one division title.

Now for a quick recap.

Oh, never mind. I have to go find the nearest wall. Then figure out what to do until Aug. 11, the start date of fall sports practice.

— Reach John Walk at



Donnie Crabill has no fear of flying.

The Central York High School senior, who plans to pilot a jet some day, never hesitates to propel himself nearly 13 feet into the air.

Crabill vaulted 12 feet, 6 inches in his best high school performance.

“It (the pole vault) can be a scary event, but I like being in the air,” he said. “And, it gives people sitting (on the ground and in the stands) something to watch.”

Crabill displayed his pole-vaulting prowess during the past two regular seasons, but it’s not the event that he’ll compete in at the PIAA State Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Shippensburg University.

Crabill will compete in the javelin. He recorded the winning throw at the York-Adams League Championships this year and earned a silver medal last weekend at the District 3-AAA Meet with a personal-best performance of 181 feet, 11 inches.

Not bad for someone who didn’t begin competing in track and field until his junior year.

“I used to play baseball, but, by my junior year, I wasn’t playing baseball anymore, and I needed to do something to stay in shape,” said Crabill, a linebacker on Central’s championship football team (York-Adams Division I) last fall. “I was a pitcher, so I thought it would be cool to throw a spear.”

Crabill knows how far he would like to throw the javelin in the state meet.

“I want to break into the 190s definitely,” he said. “That (Shippensburg) is my favorite place to throw.”

If Crabill manages to break into the 190s, he could leave Shippensburg with a medal. The five highest-seeded throwers going into the meet have recorded throws of 190 feet or better. Eight medals are awarded in each individual event.

“That (a medal) is my goal,” Crabill said.

Wilson to run in 800 meters: Crabill and Brook Wilson, a junior, will represent Central at districts. Wilson will compete in the 800 meters following a personal-best time of 1 minutes, 57.47 seconds at districts. The time earned him a fourth-place finish.

Wilson is looking to get in under 157 at states.

“Brook and I are pretty close,” Crabill said. “We played football together, too. I saw him coming off (the track) after the 400 last week, and he was feeling pretty bad. Then I go up in the stands and watch him run a 1:58 (1:57.47).”

Wilson is looking forward to being at the biggest meet of the season with Crabill.

“It’s a great feeling to know that us two made it to states,” he said.

Air Force Academy next: Wilson will carry the experience he gains competing against the best in the state into his final high school season next spring. Crabill will close out his high school career on Saturday. After he and his classmates graduate on May 30, Crabill will leave for the Air Force Academy on June 18.

“When I was in ninth grade, I decided I wanted to go to an academy,” he said. “I want to be a pilot, and I feel the Air Force Academy (in Colorado Springs, Colo.) is the best environment for pilots with its wide-open spaces.”

Crabill found out in March that he had been accepted to the academy.

“I found out about it in the auditorium with an e-mail,” he said. “That was probably one of the happiest days of my life.”

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at


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