RED LION — The Red Lion and South Western girls’ track-and-field coaches shuffled the deck on Monday.
Both ended up with a draw.
The Red Lion-South Western showdown ended in a 75-75 tie. As a result, the Lady Lions and Mustangs will share the York-Adams Division I title.
The South Western boys wrapped up a perfect league season and earned their first division title in five years by defeating Red Lion, 83-67.
The meets showcased some of the league’s best athletes, and in the girls’ case, some of the standouts took one for the team by competing in unfamiliar events.
South Western’s Erin Harman and Morgan Bixler finished one-two in the girls’ final event, the pole vault, to enable the Mustangs to forge the deadlock.
“Obviously, we wanted to win, but I’m happy with the tie,” Red Lion’s Cassidy Barshinger said. “It’s a big deal to close my (dual-meet) career as part of a championship team. We just missed it last year.”
Neither Barshinger nor Lady Lions’ star Angelica Gonzalez were healthy last year. Barshinger sustained a stress fracture during the winter leading up to her junior year, and Gonzalez was forced to miss the three big season-ending meets (York-Adams, District 3 and PIAA State) and a good part of the regular season because of a hamstring injury.
Both played key roles this season.
On Monday, Gonzalez displayed the form of a two years ago, when she was a freshman phenom, by winning four events — 100, 200, 400 and long jump.
“She’s a special athlete,” Red Lion girls’ coach Jason Smith said. “She’s finally healthy, and she’s hungry.”
Barshinger, meanwhile, won the 300 hurdles in a season-best time of 46.1 seconds, finished second to Gonzalez in the 200, placed third in the 100 hurdles and anchored the winning 1,600 relay. Kylie Strong, Meredith Kunce and Jess Lewis were the other members of the squad.
“That was only the second time I ran the 200 this year,” Barshinger said. “I’m not a two runner. I was pretty tired going into the four by 400 (1,600 relay), but the other three girls did what they had to do (gave Barshinger a lead). My teammates helped me a lot this year, and my coaches were always taking time to be with me.”
South Western sprint star Lynne Mooradian, meanwhile, competed in the high jump for the first time since middle school and ran in the 800. Mooradian had no difficulty making the adjustments, placing first in both events. The Mustangs’ sophomore was also second to Gonzalez in a tremendous 400 race. Gonzalez finished in 58.3 seconds and Mooradian in 58.8. Mooradian was third in the long jump.
Red Lion outscored South Western, 56-31 on the track, but the Mustangs responded with a 44-19 advantage in the field events.
“It was a very good dual meet,” said South Western coach Bruce Lee, whose team delivered the schools’ 22nd girls’ track-and-field championship. “Our idea (of moving some athletes into events they don’t usually enter) was to cover some holes we have in the distance team. The meet went down to the last event, and all the kids in the pole vault were doing their best (performances). That’s what it (a high school dual meet) is all about.”
Red Lion junior Kendall Lookingbill, who came out for track and field as a freshman but not as a sophomore, vaulted 9 feet, 3 inches to get the third-place point in the pole vault Red Lion needed to forge the tie. Tristan Schluderberg, a sophomore, captured first-place finishes for the 1,600 and 3,200 for the Lady Lions, while Harman (pole vault and triple jump) and Holly Arey (shot put and discus) earned two-first-place finishes for the Mustangs.
Brady Thayer had a huge day for the South Western boys, winning the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and long jump and handling the leadoff leg on the victorious 1,600 relay team. The Mustangs’ Isaiah Roach recorded the best jumps in the triple jump and high jump, and Roach’s teammate, Ben Schott recorded the fastest times in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.
Red Lion’s Quincy Palmer swept the 100 and 200 sprints and anchored the winning 400 relay team.
OTHER BOYS’ TRACK
West York 81, York Suburban 69: The host Bulldogs won 10 of 18 events to pick up the victory and improve to 4-2 in York-Adams competition. Andrew Moyer (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, pole vault), Abdul Junaid (100, 200) and Ross Campbell (400, 800) each had multiple first-place finishes to lead West York. Suburban’s Phillip Marshall won the high jump and long jump.
York Tech 77, Littlestown 73: At Spry, the meet came down to the final event on the track, and the Spartans captured first in the 3,200 relay behind the team of Jaewoo Kim, Ryan Knisely, Thad Cwiklinski and L.J. Zinda to secure the York-Adams Division III victory. Individually for the Spartans, Delmar Dickson won the 100 and 200 dashes. Tech improved to 5-0-0 in York-Adams Division III. York Tech travels to Biglerville (5-0-0) on Wednesday with the division title on the line.
OTHER GIRLS’ TRACK
York Suburban 100, West York 50: The visiting Trojans took first in 11 of the 18 events to stay undefeated in York-Adams competition. Olivia Gettle won the 1,600 and 3,200 to lead Suburban (6-0 Division II). Aryon Williams paced West York (3-3 league) by winning the 100 and 200 and running the final leg of the winning 400 relay.
York Tech 84, Littlestown 60: At Spry, D’Shanna Edwards led the Spartans to the York-Adams Division III victory by scoring individual victories in the shot put, discus and javelin. Adrianna Beattie won the 110 hurdles and pole vault, Kyrstin Evans won the high jump and triple jump and McCayla Welsh won the long jump and 300 hurdles. Tech improved to 4-1-0 in the division.
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