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West York sprinter Abdul Junaid is seeded No. 1 in this weekend’s District 3-AAA 100 dash at Shippensburg University.

West York sprinter Abdul Junaid is seeded No. 1 in this weekend’s District 3-AAA 100 dash at Shippensburg University. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —

West York’s Abdul Junaid delivered an impressive performance by winning the 100-meter dash at this year’s Shippensburg Jack Roddick High School Invitational Track and Field Meet.

The West York senior put up a time of 11.10 seconds while competing against sprinters from around the state in the April event.

Junaid will return to the scene of his triumph (Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium) on Friday for the District 3 championships. He’ll enter the Class AAA 100 as the top-seeded sprinter after capturing the York-Adams title last Friday. Junaid’s time at the York-Adams Meet (:10.80) broke a more than 30-year-old school record.

“That Shippensburg meet was a warm-up for districts,” Junaid said. “Having raced there earlier this year, I got used to the blocks. Last year, I think it (districts) overwhelmed me.”

Junaid won’t be in awe this year. He’s going for the gold, aiming to climb to the top of the awards podium.

“I want to win districts,” he said. “Getting to states and getting a medal is my goal. I’ve gotten stronger since last year, and I think I have a better drive phase now, and that sets you up for a better finish.”

Junaid began his track-and-field career at West York in middle school, but it wasn’t until the last couple of years when he really started to gain attention.

“I wasn’t that good in middle school,” he said. “It’s been an uphill battle for me, but gradually, I kept getting better. My freshman year, Marcus Kinard was really a motivational person for me. But all of my teammates and coaches have been supportive.”

Dealing with hamstring issue: Along with his top seed in the 100, Junaid, who plans to attend Duquesne University next year, is seeded ninth in the 200 dash.

It’s not a certainty, though, that he’ll run in both events. Junaid has been getting treatment on a hamstring, which began bothering him two weeks ago. He pulled out of the 200 final at the York-Adams Meet.

“He’s the No. 1 seed in the 100 and the No. 9 seed in the 200, so it’s a no-brainer (if AbduI picks one event),” West York head coach Julia Haynes said. “We’ll see how he feels after the one (100).”

If Junaid enters just one event, it could still mean three races (preliminaries, semifinals and finals). If he competes in both the 100 and 200, he’ll have six races. Six races in two days — high school track’s survival of the swiftest.

“If you get caught up in the moment and do too much in one of the Friday races, you’ll be sore for Saturday’s final,” Junaid said. “You want to make sure you qualify (for the final), but you want to have something left for the final, too.”

Haynes, who won a District 3 gold medal while part of a West York relay team (with Abby Warner, Lori Mosser and Terri Hershberger), has enjoyed watching Junaid develop into a gold-medal contender.

“He really wasn’t on the radar freshman and sophomore years,” Haynes said. “But he was one of those kids who you knew had speed. He came out last year and he soared.”

Other York-Adams athletes to look for: Biglerville’s Danny Stoner, the defending champion in the boys’ AA pole vault, is seeded first with a school-record vault of 14 feet, 7 inches.

Other York-Adams athletes holding top seeds are: Spring Grove boys’ 400 relay team (Devin Wherley, Justin Johnson, Adam Warehime, Shay Feulmer and Logan Hall) in AAA, Grace Riedel of Delone Catholic, (girls’ AA pole vault) and Bree Smith of Littlestown (girls’ AA discus).

Brady Wilt won the the District 3-AA 3,200 run last year while competing for Biglerville. Wilt, who transferred to York Suburban for his senior year, is seeded seventh in the AAA 3,200 this year.

The top eight finishers in each District 3 event earn medals.

— Reach Dick VanO’Linda at


York High’s Deshaun Horton passes the baton in the 400 relay while training for Friday’s York-Adams League meet at Small Field on Thursday.

York High’s Deshaun Horton passes the baton in the 400 relay while training for Friday’s York-Adams League meet at Small Field on Thursday. Horton is the defending champion in the triple jump. (BILL KALINA —
Larell Anderson jumps a hurdle while training for Friday’s York-Adams League meet at Small Field on Thursday. Anderson finished third in the event

Larell Anderson jumps a hurdle while training for Friday’s York-Adams League meet at Small Field on Thursday. Anderson finished third in the event last year. (BILL KALINA —

York High’s Deshaun Horton began competing in the triple jump for the first time last year.

A neophyte when the outdoor season opened in April, the Bearcats’ senior became a champion just one month later.

“It was a shock,” Horton said, describing his reaction after winning the gold medal in the event at the 2014 York-Adams Track and Field Championships. He also delivered the best performance in the long jump on the same night. “Everyone was six feet (tall) and I was the underdog (Horton is 5-6).”

Horton is quick to give credit to two former Bearcats, who helped him make the huge leap from beginner to gold medalist in such a short time. Jarred Posey, a 2012 York High graduate, supplied the inspiration, and Isaiah Ritter, a 2014 graduate, provided the instruction. Horton remembers watching Posey compete three years ago when he was in ninth grade.

“He was a great jumper, and I really wanted to be as good as he was. He came here during indoor season and helped me,” Horton said. “Isaiah Ritter, he taught me the triple jump.”

Horton’s best jump last year was 42 feet, 5 inches. This year, he’s gone more than two feet farther (44-6).

“My first phase (hop) got way better. I want to go at least 22 feet (in the long jump) and 44 feet (in the triple jump) at the league meet,” Horton said.

Horton knows he won’t be able to take anyone by surprise at this year’s meet, which begins at 3:45 p.m. Friday at Dallastown High School.

“It feels like I got a lot of pressure on my shoulders. I’m small (compared to the other jumpers), but I’ve been able to push myself mentally and achieve my goals,” Horton said.

Anderson: Horton, who will head to the Midwest for college (University of Northern Iowa), also runs the leadoff leg on the Bearcats’ 400 relay team. Teammate Larell Anderson handles the anchor leg on the same relay, along with being one of the league’s elite athletes in the 300 hurdles.

Dallastown’s Owen Ritter took the silver medal and Anderson grabbed the bronze medal in last year’s 300 hurdles. The gold medalist, Dallastown’s Adrian Jackson, graduated.

“I would like to hit (a time of) 39 flat (Friday) night, and I’m aiming for the county championship,” Anderson said. “I feel Moyer (Andrew Moyer of West York) and Ritter will be two of my top competitors.”

Anderson balances his athletic pursuit with academics and a host of extra-curricular activities. He plays the cello (first chair), has a part in this year’s play (Aida) and works a part-time job (currently eight hours).

“I get my studies done at night,” said Anderson, who plans to attend California University of Pennsylvania.

Defending champs: In addition to Horton, defending champions who are back in the boys’ portion of the championships are: Moyer (110 hurdles) and Ethan Gatchell of Red Lion (800).

On the girls’ side, South Western star Lynne Mooradian is back after sweeping the 100, 200 and 400 last year as a sophomore.

Another junior, York Suburban’s Olivia Gettle, will seek to win the 3,200 run for the third straight year. Gettle also captured the 1,600 run in 2014, but she’s not entered in the 1,600 this year. Red Lion standout Angelica Gonzalez captured the long jump title last year, but she won’t be jumping this year. Instead, Gonzalez, who earned an NCAA Division I scholarship to East Carolina University, will be on the track in the 200, 400 and 1,600 relay.

May Madness has arrived in York County.

Starting Thursday and ending Tuesday, the York-Adams League will hold championships in nearly every spring sport.

In just six days, scholastic athletes from around the region will produce memories that could last for six decades.

If you enjoy prep sports, it’s a perfect storm.

Lacrosse: It starts Thursday evening with boys’ and girls’ lacrosse championships at Susquehannock High School, with the girls’ match slated for 5:30 p.m. followed by the boys’ contest at 7 p.m.

The girls’ contest will pit Kennard-Dale (16-0) against Susquehannock (16-1). No surprise there. Those two teams finished first and second during the regular season, and they’re also ranked first and second in the District 3 power ratings.

The Rams will be itching to regain the league playoff title after falling to York Catholic in last year’s championship match. K-D had won the first three Y-A tournament titles.

K-D won the regular-season meeting between the two teams, 11-6, at Susquehannock. Look for a similar outcome this time around.

The boys’ final pits West York vs. Susquehannock. The two teams tied for the regular-season league crown at 10-1. Susquehannock enters at 13-2 overall, while West York is 13-3. Susquehannock, however, dominated the regular-season meeting, 14-6, back on April 9 in Glen Rock. This time, the score will likely be much closer, but the home-field edge should put Susquehannock over the top.

Boys’ volleyball: Also on Thursday night, the most highly anticipated boys’ volleyball match of the regular season will take place when Northeastern visits Central York at 7:30 p.m. in a battle of super powers. Both teams are unbeaten in York-Adams action, and both are defending state champions (Central in AAA and Northeastern in AA). The showdown will decide the league’s regular-season title.

Just five days later (7:30 p.m. Tuesday), there’s an excellent chance that the same two teams will meet again in the York-Adams Tournament title match at Dallastown. Of course, to set up yet another championship battle, both teams will first have to navigate their way through quarterfinal action on Monday and semifinal matches on Tuesday.

Since 2007, every York-Adams regular-season and tournament title has gone to either Central or Northeastern, with the exception of one year. York Suburban swept both crowns in 2012.

The Panthers (11-0) and Bobcats (13-0) have competed in several of the same tournaments this season. Given their finishes in those events, Northeastern would have to be rated a slight favorite over Central.

Baseball and softball: Baseball and softball also will crown their York-Adams champions over the next week. The semifinals in both sports are Friday. The softball championship game is slated for 5 p.m. Monday at New Oxford, while the baseball title game is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday at Spring Grove.

In baseball, Division I champion Spring Grove (14-6) will try to defend its title. It won’t be an easy task, however. The Rockets must face Division II champion West York (14-4) in Friday’s semifinals at 5 p.m. at New Oxford. The Bulldogs won the Y-A tournament title in both 2012 and 2013. The Bulldogs also won AAA state titles in each of those years. West York won the regular-season meeting vs. Spring Grove, 3-2, on March 31 at West York.

The other Friday semifinal — at 3:30 p.m. at Spring Grove — will pit Division III champion Eastern York (12-5) vs. Division IV champion Delone Catholic (13-7). The Squires are regulars in the league playoffs. They have appeared in every tournament since the event started in 2009, but they’ve never won the title. Eastern, meanwhile, is making its first tournament appearance. The Golden Knights captured a 5-0 victory against Delone at McSherrystown on April 17.

Look for the Spring Grove-West York winner to take home the title. With West York struggling a bit of late, losing four of its last six after a 12-0 start, the edge goes to Spring Grove.

In softball, Dallastown won’t be back to defend its tournament crown. The Wildcats lost a Division I showdown to Central (18-2) on Monday to give the Panthers the Division I crown.

Central, however, is no stranger to the league playoffs. The Panthers took the tournament title in 2012 and 2013. In fact, the Division I champion has ruled this event in recent years, winning every playoff title since 2010. Central will face Division II champion Dover (12-6) at 5 p.m. Friday at Susquehannock. Central won at Dover on April 16, 7-4.

The other softball semifinal will pair Division III champion Littlestown (15-3) vs. Division IV champion Delone Catholic (14-4) at Spring Grove. Littlestown triumphed at Delone on April 11, 7-2.

History says Division I champion Central is the team to beat.

Track and field: Finally, the top track and field athletes in York and Adams counties will take center stage on Friday night, when the league championships take place at Dallastown. Action starts at 4 p.m.

There are no team titles on the line at this event, but individuals will attempt to win medals and prove that they are the best athletes that York and Adams counties have to offer.

There are a few athletes to keep an eye on. South Western standout Lynne Mooradian is the defending champion in the 100, 200 and 400 dashes. But she could get a challenge from Red Lion’s Angelica Gonzalez, who has seen limited action this spring. Gonzalez was a freshman phenom in 2012 but has struggled with leg injuries since then. Hopefully, the East Carolina recruit will be healthy and compete in the league meet. Right now, she’s entered in the 200, 400 and 1,600 relay.

In addition, York Suburban’s Olivia Gettle is the defending champion in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.

Weather: Of course, with the exception of boys’ volleyball, the championship events will need some cooperation from Mother Nature to go off as scheduled. Right now, the forecast for Thursday and Friday looks promising. The outlook for Monday and Tuesday, however, is a bit more sketchy.

Let’s hope that the weather cooperates.

The area athletes deserve the opportunity to perform their best in the best conditions. They also deserve to have big crowds there to watch them.

May Madness has arrived in York County.

Local high school sports fans should sit back and enjoy it.

Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dispatch. He can be reached at


Spring Grove 74, Dover 64, Camp Hill 36: At Dover, Shay Feulmer won the 200 on the track and the long jump in the field, helping the Rockets take the tri-meet. Devin Wherley won the 400 and Justin Johnson took the 300 hurdles for Spring Grove. They were both also part of the victorious 400 relay team. Sean Orchard was a dual winner for Dover, capturing the shot put and discus.

Bermudian Springs 97, York Tech 53: At York Springs, Colton Dull led the Eagles by taking first in the javelin, long jump and triple jump. For the Spartans, Bry’quan Sweeney won the 100 and 200, while teammate Thaddeus Cwiklinski won the 400 and 800.


Spring Grove 78, Dover 63, Camp Hill 33: At Dover, Abby Erlemeier’s big day helped launch the Rockets to victory. Erlemeier won the 100 and 200 on the track before capturing the high jump in the field. Natalie Elliott won the long jump and pole vault for Spring Grove. For Dover, Kayla Miller won the 800, Peyton Mulder won the 300 hurdles and Abby Patterson took the 400. The three would also team with Marissa Coley to win the 1,600 relay.

York Tech 80, Bermudian Springs 70: At York Springs, D’Shanna Edwards led the Spartans by capturing first in the shot put, javelin and discus. Also for Tech, McCayla Welsh won the 300 hurdles and long jump, Kyrstin Evans won the high jump and triple jump and Katie MacDougall won the 1,600 and 3,200.


Red Lion’s Hailey Gunnet throws the shot during the Lions’ meet against Dallastown on Tuesday. Gunnet won the shot put and javelin and

Red Lion’s Hailey Gunnet throws the shot during the Lions’ meet against Dallastown on Tuesday. Gunnet won the shot put and javelin and finishing third in the discus. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —

RED LION — The Red Lion girls’ track and field team exceeded its coach’s expectations on Tuesday and earned a share of the York-Adams Division I title.

The Lady Lions handed arch-rival Dallastown its first defeat, 88-62. The result, combined with Central York’s victory over New Oxford, left Red Lion, Dallastown and Central in a three-way tie for the crown.

Red Lion also bested Dallastown in the boys’ meet, 80-70.

“I had us scoring 37 points in the field (going into the meet),” Red Lion girls’ coach Jason Smith said.

Instead, the Lady Lions racked up 52 points in the field events, outscoring the visitors, 52-11, to offset Dallastown’s 51-36 advantage on the track.

Red Lion swept the shot put and discus and went one-two in the long jump, high jump and pole vault.

Hailey Gunnet led the Lady Lions in the final home meet of her career by winning the shot put and javelin and finishing third in the discus.

“She (Gunnet) has been my rock the last four years, and I’m going to lose her,” Smith said.

Gunnet, who plans to attend York College and major in nursing, said there was a lot of stress going into the meet against an unbeaten arch-rival.

“We knew we had to put our hearts into it,” she said. “It was my last time going with the full team and trying to get a win. Beating Dallastown, our rivals who live next door, on Senior Night, that’s incredible.”

Smith compared this year’s team to another championship Red Lion club.

“This year’s team reminds me of the team we had in 2012. They’re solid,” he said.

Jayla Godfrey joined Gunnet in winning two events for the Lady Lions. The junior captured the 300 hurdles and long jump.

Red Lion’s Angelica Gonzalez, who missed most of the season after suffering a hamstring injury over the winter, won the 200 dash and finished second to Dallasown’s Amari Johnson in the 400 in her first dual-meet appearance of the season.

The senior, who earned an NCAA Division I college scholarship to East Carolina, burst on the high school track-and-field scene as a freshman by winning a silver medal and a bronze medal at the state meet as a freshman. Since the brilliant start to her career, Gonzalez has battled injuries every season.

“The first dual meet for me was my last one,” she said. “It meant a lot to be back on Senior Night. I knew I could run, and I knew I wasn’t going to get hurt. Twenty-six one (her winning time in the 200) is nothing amazing, but it wasn’t the time that meant a lot. It was the place, and the feeling I got from winning for my team.”

Another senior, Quincy Palmer, sprinted to victories in the 100 and 200 dashes to help the Red Llon boys turn back Dallastown’s challenge. Palmer also handled the anchor leg on the winning 400 relay team.

Judge Kunce added first-place performances for the Lions in the long jump and triple jump.

Owen Ritter (110 hurdles and 300 hurdles) and Justin Tracy (400 and high jump) each recorded two first-place finishes for Dallastown.


Eastern York 92, Gettysburg 58: At Gettysburg, in a battle for the Y-A Division II crown, the Golden Knights downed the host Warriors to win the outright title. Eastern finished the year 7-0-0 in the league, while Gettysburg finished 5-1-1. Maddie McLain had a strong day for the Golden Knights, winning the 1,600 and 3,200 runs. For the Warriors, Zanna Abele won three events, the 100 dash, 200 dash and 400 run.

York Tech 98, Littlestown 51: At Littlestown, the Spartans only lost two events while earning the victory. Katie MacDougall won the 1,600 and 3,200 runs, while McCayla Welsh took first in the 300 hurdles and long jump.

New Oxford 97, York High 38: At York, the Colonials won every event on the track except for the 400 relay. Kirsten Jenkins won the shot put and discus for New Oxford.

Central York 93, Spring Grove 57: At Central, Erin Wilson and Aerial Kendrick led the Panthers. Wilson won the 400 and 800 runs, while Kendrick won the shot put and discus. For the Rockets, Abby Erlemeier won the 200, high jump and long jump.

Dover 71, Susquehannock 70: At Susquehannock, the Eagles had a 33-21 edge in the field. Rajah Fink (javelin), Faith Jackson (shot put), Emily Reimer (discus) and Grace Leathers (long jump) each picked up field wins for Dover. Rachel Banchiere’s victories in the 1,600 and 3,200 helped the Warriors to a 49-38 edge on the track. Jayla Saunders (100, 200) was also a dual winner for Susquehannock.

Northeastern 98, Kennard-Dale 43: At Manchester, the Bobcats captured all three relays. Individually for the Bobcats, Hannah Schell won the 100 and 300 hurdles, while Alivia Crerand won the javelin and shot put. For the Rams, Jessica Ollis won the 100, 200 and 400.

York Suburban 93.5, West York 56.5: At York Suburban, the Trojans rode their dominance in the field to victory, with wins in all seven events. Jordan Shoff (javelin, discus) and Maddie James (triple jump, long jump) were dual winners for Suburban. On the track, the victors were led by Olivia Gettle, who won the 1,600 and 3,200. West York’s Janna Alleyne won the 100 and 300 hurdles.


West York 77, York Suburban 73: At Suburban, Andrew Moyer and Abdul Juniad helped lead the Bulldogs. Moyer was victorious in the 110 and 300 hurdles as well as the triple jump. Juniad won the 100 and 200 dashes and was also part of the winning 400 relay. Phillip Marshall won the high jump and long jump for Suburban. His winning leap of 21-11.5 set a new school record in the long jump. Brady Wilt won the 1,600 and 3,200 for the Trojans and was also a member of the victorious 3,200 relay.

Littlestown 112, York Tech 38: At Littlestown, the Thunderbolts swept all seven field events en route to the easy win. In the track events, Kyle Langrill won both the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles. For Tech, Bry’Quan Sweeney won the 100 and 200 dashes.

New Oxford 75, York High 66: At York, the Colonials were able to take home the victory thanks to a 51-36 showing on the track. Ben Rivera won the 100 hurdles for New Oxford. York High won five of six field events. Deshaun Horton (long jump, triple jump) and Jacob Whitfield (shot put, discus) were dual winners for the Bearcats.

Central York 77 2/3, Spring Grove 72 1/3: At Central, Dylan Lutz captured first in the high jump and pole vault to lead the Panthers. The Panthers also took two out of the three relay events. For the Rockets, Devin Wherley won the 100 and 200 dashes.

Dover 85, Susquehannock 65: At Susquehannock, dual victories from Shane and Sean Orchard helped the Eagles soar to victory. Shane was victorious in the 110 and 300 hurdles, while Sean got it done in the field, winning the shot put and discus. Nathan Shelley (1,600 and 3,200) and Nick Tannura (100, 200) were dual winners on the track for the Warriors. Tyler Buckley captured the long and triple jump for Susquehannock.

Northeastern 82, Kennard-Dale 67: At Manchester, Payton Wolgamuth led the Bobcats by taking first in the javelin, shot put and discus. Teammate Taemar Willis won the 110 hurdles and high jump. The Bobcats as a team captured the 400 and 1,600 relays. For the Rams, Sam Schott won the 100, 200 and long jump, while Theo Kioussis won the 1,600 and 3,200 and Chris Moore won the 300 hurdles and triple jump.

Gettysburg 95, Eastern York 55: At Gettysburg, the Warriors swept the three relays. Dan Filler won the 1,600 and 3,200 runs, while also running on the 4×800 relay. Individually for Eastern, Derek Zurin won the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and the high jump.

— Reach Dick VanO’Linda at


Eastern York’s Maddie McLain, left, and Maddie Nalls hug Katie Myer, center, after the 1,600-yard run against visiting York Suburban. McLain won the

Eastern York’s Maddie McLain, left, and Maddie Nalls hug Katie Myer, center, after the 1,600-yard run against visiting York Suburban. McLain won the event and Myer finished third. (BILL KALINA —

WRIGHTSVILLE — In 22 seasons as head coach of the Eastern York girls’ track and field team, Joel Jacobs has worked with quite a few talented young athletes.

This year’s group of varsity newcomers, though, may be the best yet.

“The talent with this young group is incredible,” Jacobs said after Eastern defeated York Suburban, 91-59, in a match-up of unbeaten York-Adams Division II teams. The Golden Knights also won the boys’ meet, 79-71.

“This is probably the best team we’ve ever had. We had a group in 2000 that was pretty good, but to be this good, this young, probably not.”

The Golden Knights’ freshmen phenoms delivered another set of winning performances on Wednesday.

Maddie McLain captured the 1,600 and 3,200 runs, Hannah Myers won the 200 and 400 dashes and Maddie Nalls recorded the best time in the 800.

“Also, we have a really good freshman thrower (Maura DeRemer), who probably scored in all of her throws today,” Jacobs said. “We have a lot of young kids, but we also have some key seniors who have decided they want to pull this group together.”

Eastern almost determined the outcome of the meet in the track events by compiling 67 points (76 are needed to guarantee a victory).

“I told the girls in the meeting last night that’s what we needed to do (dominate on the track),” Jacobs said. “I knew in the field events they had us in some of those events.”

On the track, McLain dueled with Suburban standout Olivia Gettle for the four laps of the 1,600 before winning by two seconds.

“I look to her (Gettle) for competition, I knew it was going to be tough,” McLain said. “I love competition because it makes you run faster. I didn’t run faster today, but I ran OK, and I was happy with it.”

The runners were forced to battle both cold and wind.

“I was trying to get warm,” McLain said. “The wind held me back, and my legs really hurt.”

McLain was happy that she was able to help her team win the Senior Night match-up with the Trojans, who have won four of the past five Division II titles. Eastern’s victory was its first over Suburban since 2009.

“The seniors said we wanted this for four years, we know we can do it,” McLain said. “We all cheer for each other.”

McLain draws inspiration when she’s running from her aunt, Donna McLain, a multi-state champion in track and state champion in cross country during her career at Eastern.

“She came here tonight,” Maddie McLain said. “I thought I have to run my best. She set really good goals, and I really appreciate it because if she didn’t, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Eastern improved its record to 6-0-0. The Golden Knights can clinch the title outright next Tuesday with a victory at Gettysburg. The Warriors, who will enter with a 5-0-1 record, are also in the hunt for the division crown.

Jordan Shoff placed first in two events (discus and javelin) for Suburban’s girls in Tuesday’s meet.

In the boys’ meet, Eastern won 10 of 18 events, including two of three relays.

The Golden Knights’ Nathan Lopez took firsts in the 400 dash and triple jump.

Philip Marshall had an outstanding day for Suburban, winning four events (100 dash, 200 dash, high jump and long jump). The Trojans’ Brady Wilt completed a distance double by capturing the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.

— Reach Dick VanO’Linda at




Like most standout athletes, West York’s Andrew Moyer is always pushing for more.

In an effort to round out his track and field resume for the next level, the reigning York-Adams League 110 hurdles champion placed an emphasis on improving his skills in another discipline this year — the pole vault.

Moyer possesses an athletic versatility he plans to utilize as a college decathlete next year at Kutztown University. He combines that athleticism with a constant desire to improve, and the result has been a strong senior season as the Bulldogs’ captain.

It’s one that he hopes will culminate in taking his third-place league finish in the pole vault last season to greater heights, as well as success at the district level.

According to West York head coach Julia Haynes, the ascension of Moyer’s pole vault skills had less to do with him grasping the basics, but more with a matter of timing. She was long confident in his technical abilities, having seen consistent improvement over his career.

“(Pole vaulting) is a lot of timing,” Haynes said. “Once he figured out the timing, got him on a little better pole, he was golden.”

Golden, indeed.

Moyer’s timing really clicked over an impressive stretch recently when he broke the Bulldogs’ record on three consecutive occasions.

His run on the record book began when he first took down Andrew Allen’s nine-year-old mark of 12-feet, 9-inches by clearing 12-10 April 7 against Dover.

A leap of 13-0 came April 11 at the Black Knight Invitational at Hempfield. The current record, 13-3, was posted April 14 on the road against Northeastern.

Not bad for an athlete in a high-flying discipline who admits to having a fear of heights.

Pushed to try pole vault his freshman year by older brother Alex, sibling rivalry provided Andrew with the initial spark needed to quickly push the fear aside.

Moyer credits gaining weight and strength in the offseason to his improvements in his craft.

A great debut: Another great illustration of Moyer’s athletic talents came Tuesday, his 18th birthday, during his Senior Day performance against Susquehannock.

Having had a desire to compete in the triple jump for a number of years, Moyer appealed to Haynes for the opportunity to give it a go against the Warriors in his last home meet.

He was long held out of the event for fear the steps and timing of the triple jump stride might interfere with the precise footwork needed in pole vault.

With a spot open after a regular was unable to participate because of illness, and Moyer having expressed his willingness to participate, Haynes entered Moyer in the event.

On his final attempt, Moyer leapt to a new school record of 43-7.75. He bested Tyler Reisinger’s 2008 mark of 43-4. Reisinger is currently a junior high coach with West York.

“I said I wanted to do it on Senior Night and she said: ‘OK, I’ll throw you in,'” Moyer said. “I was thinking 40 (feet), because I’m an athlete. But I wasn’t thinking record, no,” he said when asked if he thought he’d perform at the level he did.

Giving the Bulldogs bite: Haynes is quick to laud Moyer’s ability to perform all over a meet as a huge asset to the team.

Aside from being a frequent victor in his mainstay hurdle races (110, 300) and pole vault, Moyer has filled in at high jump, long jump and now triple jump throughout his career. He’s even offered to run relays if needed, although he’s skeptical of his own speed.

“I couldn’t ask for a better leader,” Haynes said. “Kids look to him for an example. He works hard, takes everything in stride. Excellent athlete, I know I can get points from him in whatever.”

As for the remainder of this season, Moyer hasn’t forgotten about that hurdles crown, one he fully intends on keeping. But, he also wouldn’t mind adding another title to his resume. However, he faces tough competition in reigning pole vault champ Danny Stoner of Biglerville.

“If I can,” Moyer said, when asked if he’d like to add the league title. “But Danny Stoner is tough, he’s a good vaulter.”

Moyer is confident in his abilities. He’s gone higher in practice. But he’s also quick to point out that was only in practice, and that he needs to “do it when it counts.”

Down the road: Having shown himself adroit at hurdles, jumps and pole vault, Moyer admits the throws will be the toughest test for him when he tries the decathlon with the Golden Bears.

“I’ve never touched a discus, shot or javelin,” he said. “That’s going to be a beast to conquer.”

Haynes says plans are to one day have a series of record boards near the track to recognize the best Bulldogs.

Haynes, a standout athlete in her own right during her time at West York (1982 grad), then playfully added another mark for Moyer to chase, stating: “I teased him, I said: ‘You’ve got to get your name on there three times,’ he said ‘Why?’ I said ‘Because my name will be on three times.'”

— Reach Elijah Armold at; @EADispatch on Twitter

The Susquehannock boys’ track and field team was able to stave off an impressive performance from West York’s Andrew Moyer to claim a 76.17-73.83 victory by winning each of the three relays. Those relay wins provided the guests with a crucial 15-0 edge.

Moyer was the standout individual performer, taking victories in the 110 and 300 hurdles as well as winning the pole vault for the Bulldogs. Having already set the school record in the pole vault earlier this season, Moyer added his name to the books in another event Tuesday. In his first attempt at the triple jump in a varsity meet, Moyer would finish second with a new school-record leap of 43 feet, 7 inches. The Warriors’ Tyler Buckley would best Moyer’s mark to win the event, however. It was one of two events won by Buckley. He was Susquehannock’s lone dual winner. His other win came in the long jump.

Abdul Juniad won the 100 and 200 for West York.

In girls’ action, Aryon Williams (100, 200), Olivia Sollberger (pole vault, triple jump) and Katie Tallman (javelin, discus) each won two events each to help West York rout Susquehannock, 105-44.


York Tech 109, Fairfield 41: At Tech, the Spartans were led by Bry’quan Sweeney (100, 200), Kole Shenberger (110, 300 hurdles) and Thaddeus Cwiklinski (400, 800), who were each dual winners on the track. Alec Almonte performed well in the field for the winners, capturing the javelin, as well as the triple and long jumps. Shenberger was also a success in the field, winning the high jump.

Dover 85, Northeastern 64: At Dover, the Eagles’ Shawn Orchard displayed his versatility by winning the 110 hurdles, shot put and discus. Orchard’s teammate, Gabe Lloyd, supplied two individual firsts (800 and 1,600) and helped his team win two other events, the 1,600 and 3,200 relays. Northeastern’s Taemar Willis captured the 300 hurdles and high jump.

South Western 90, Spring Grove 60: At Spring Grove, South Western’s superiority in the field events enabled the Mustangs to remain unbeaten in York-Adams Division I. The visitors outscored the Rockets, 48-15 in the field, winning all seven of the events. Brady Thayer won the long jump and swept the 110 and 300 hurdles for South Western. Spring Grove’s Justin Culp turned in the fastest times in the 800 and 1,600 runs.

New Oxford 87, Central 63: At New Oxford, the Colonials swept the long jump and shot put en route to a 43-20 advantage in the field events. New Oxford edged the Panthers by a single point on the track (44-43). Kyle Thomas led the Colonials in the York-Adams Division I meet by winning the 100 and 400 dashes and anchoring the winning 1,600 relay team.

Gettysburg 109, Kennard-Dale 39: At Fawn Grove, the Warriors swept all three relay events to pace themselves to an easy victory. Dalton Lyons was the only multi-event individual winner for Gettysburg, taking first in the shot put and javelin. Theodore Koussis continued his strong season in the 800 and 1,600 runs, taking first in both events, earning two of K-D’s five wins in the meet.

Dallastown 98, York High 43: At Dallastown, the Wildcats got a balanced effort from the entire team, with no athlete winning more than one individual event. Dallastown did sweep the hurdle events, with Owen Ritter winning the 110-meter event and Lester McMillan taking the 300-meter event. Deshaun Horton won both the long jump and triple jump for York, the only two field events it won in the meet.


Dover 78, Northeastern 71: At Dover, the Eagles used a 47-40 advantage in the track events, including a sweep of all three relays, to win the York-Adams Division II meet. Dover had six different winners in individual events. Kirstin Josey delivered 15 points for Northeastern in the field by capturing the jumps, long, triple and high. Ashley Meyer (100 and pole vault) and Maddie Warrender (800 and 1,600) earned two first-place finishes apiece for the Bobcats.

South Western 89, Spring Grove 60: at Spring Grove, Lynne Mooradian cleaned up on the track for the Mustangs, winning the 100 dash, 200 dash and 300 hurdles along with running the anchor leg on the victorious 400 relay team. South Western’s Hannah Glover cranked out the longest throws in the shot put and discus.

Fairfield 87, York Tech 63: At Tech, Moriah Logue was a force for Fairfield, winning the 200, 400, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. D’Shanna Edwards was tough in the field for the Spartans, winning the javelin, shot put and discus. Kyrstin Evans won the high and triple jumps for Tech.

Gettysburg 121, Kennard-Dale 23: At Fawn Grove, the Warriors won 15 of the 17 contested events to easily knock off the Rams. Olivia Young won both the long jump and the triple jump to pace Gettysburg. K-D’s only two event wins came from Jessica Ollis in the 100 sprint and from Maddie Ferner in the 3,200 run.

Central 90, New Oxford 60: At New Oxford, Central’s Erin Wilson and Kennedy Little recorded two first-place finishes apiece. Wilson captured the distance double, 1,600 and 3,200, and Little sprinted to victory in the 200 and 400 dashes. Wilson also handled the anchor leg on the 3,200 relay team. Ayanna Johnson secured a trio of firsts for New Oxford (100, long jump and triple jump) while the Colonials’ Maddie Smith uncorked the longest throws in the discus and javelin.

Dallastown 123, York High 21: At Dallastown, the Wildcats won 16 of the 18 events to cruise over the Bearcats. Taylor Forrester had a strong day for Dallastown, winning the 100 hurdles and the long jump. York’s only wins came in the 4×100 relay and from Emoni Perkiss in the shot put.

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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.


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