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DICK VanO’LINDA, 505-5403/@ydsportsYork-Adams League cross country championships

GETTYSBURG — For Maddie McLain and Patrick Jacobson, it was their time to be in the spotlight.

McLain, the Eastern York High School standout who finished second to a senior, Maddie Ferner of Kennard-Dale, in last year’s York-Adams Girls’ All-League Cross Country Run, crossed the finish line first this year.

Jacobson, meanwhile, one of the favorites in the boys’ competition, delivered on his potential and won the race in his final opportunity. The Dallastown High School senior put up a time of 17 minutes, 1 second, five seconds ahead of Bermudian Springs junior Chad Long.


By DICK VanO’LINDA, 505-5403/@ydsportsPHOTOS: Gettysburg vs Eastern York track and field

Eastern York High School cross county standout Maddie McLain received a text from a former rival on Monday.

“Maddie Ferner (a Kennard-Dale graduate and last year’s York-Adams All-League Run winner), texted me and said, ‘so, you have (the All-League Run on Tuesday), are you ready?’ I was like, basically, ‘yes.’ She then said, ‘who’s your competition?’ I said, ‘well, there’s this freshman from Dallastown (Emily Schuler), and she’s exceptionally good.'”

Exceptional. That’s the perfect word to describe McLain’s season, too. She broke six course records and is coming off a second-place finish in last year’s All-League Run. She has to be considered the favorite for this year’s event at Gettysburg High School.


RYAN VANDERSLOOT, 505-5403/@yaiaascoresCross country at Spring Grove

SPRING GROVE — It doesn’t take much to motivate the York Suburban boys’ cross country team.

The Trojans’ runners are both a smart and competitive group that is almost always well aware of where it stands in relation to its goals.

That doesn’t mean, however, that head coach Ron Herman doesn’t give his team some reminders.

Such was the case Tuesday afternoon when the Trojans entered their final team meet of the regular season at Spring Grove High School with one more item to check off their list. With York-Adams League Division II rival Gettysburg tied with Suburban atop the division standings heading into the meet, the Trojans were determined to get the better of the Warriors in order to secure another division title.



Fairfield’s Lindsey Lytle set her second course record in the span of a week for the Green Knights in a cross country meet at Red Lion on Tuesday.

Lytle finished in a time of 20 minutes, 21 seconds. The previous record was 21:17.

York Suburban won the girls’ meet, thanks to four runners finishing fourth through seventh. The Lions took home second, behind Keirsten Lloyd’s runner-up finish. South Western, the Green Knights and Bermudian Springs rounded out the top five.


ELIJAH ARMOLD, 505/5403/@ydsportsCross Country at Northeastern

Coming into Tuesday’s girls’ cross country showdown vs. Eastern York, the York Suburban Trojans had an important question to answer.

According to coach Dan VanHouwe, that inquiry was: “What do we have?”

The Trojans quickly found out, when top runner Courtney Ohl was forced off the course because of illness.

Suburban responded with a team effort that utilized its depth, resulting in a crucial victory, a 27-32 decision over Eastern York at a meet at Northeastern High School.



The York Catholic girls and Northeastern boys were the team winners on Tuesday in a cross country quad meet at Spring Grove.

In the girls’ meet, Katelyn MacDougall led the Irish to victories over Northeastern (23-38), Spring Grove (21-38) and Bermudian (15-48) by taking first in 21 minutes, 23 seconds. Teammate Kayleigh Pokrivka took fifth. Northeastern came in second. Rose Rush led the Bobcats with a second-place finish, while teammate Micaela Bradley came in third. Spring Grove came in third and Bermudian was fourth. Morgan Lint led the Rockets with a fourth-place finish.


RYAN VANDERSLOOT, 505-5403/@ydsportsPHOTOS: Gettysburg vs Eastern York track and field

It’s been quite a while since the York Suburban girls’ cross country team hasn’t been atop the division standings at the end of a York-Adams Leagueseason.

To be exact, it happened seven years ago (2009), when West York took the Division II crown.

While the Trojans are always the favorite to continue their reign, they will face a stiff challenge this season. The York-Adams League regular season starts Thursday.


RYAN VANDERSLOOT, 505-5403/@yaiaascores


The Quarterback Club of York honored a number of York-Adams athletes on Monday night. Pictured, from left, are: QB Club of York president Roy Robbins, Nick Erickson (Spring Grove), Tessa Myers (Dallastown), Emma Leik (York Suburban), Jake Jansen (Dallastown), Thomas Merkle (York Suburban) and Kyle Krout (Hanover).(Photo: RYAN VANDERSLOOT PHOTO)

Most athletes have gone through a few down periods in their sports careers.

While it’s always preferable to taste victory, sometimes personal struggle is necessary in order to grow.

That theme was hit on several times Monday evening at San Carlos Restaurant in York when the Quarterback Club of York held its annual awards banquet.

Emma Leik, a standout cross country runner at York Suburban High School, has had to muster the ability to overcome a serious obstacle — a condition called compartment syndrome. Leik, who helped lead the Trojans to a District 3-AA title in 2014, was tested mentally and physically by the condition that was diagnosed just before her senior season.



York Suburban’s Olivia Gettle has been part of the Trojans’ standout cross country team for four seasons.

York Suburban’s Olivia Gettle has been part of the Trojans’ standout cross country team for four seasons. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)

A pack of runners took off from Fayfield Park Wednesday on a dreary afternoon.

The guys and the girls from the York Suburban cross country teams were beginning a 45-minute run, which would end back at the park in East York.



Kennard-Dale’s Maddie Ferner, left, leads Eastern York’s Maddie McLain just past the two-mile mark of the York-Adams League Girls’ Cross

Kennard-Dale’s Maddie Ferner, left, leads Eastern York’s Maddie McLain just past the two-mile mark of the York-Adams League Girls’ Cross Country All-League Run at Gettysburg High School on Tuesday. Ferner won the meet with a time of 19 minutes, 7.01 seconds. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —


GETTYSBURG — The two Maddies ran shoulder to shoulder for the first two miles of the York-Adams League Girls’ Cross Country All-League Run on Tuesday.

Maddie Ferner, a senior from Kennard-Dale, and Maddie McLain, a sophomore from Eastern York, raced stride for stride until Ferner gained some separation in the final mile.

Ferner, a senior, maintained the lead and won the race in a time of 19 minutes, 7.01 seconds, while McLain, a sophomore, finished second in 19:15.43.