RUNNER OF THE YEAR
Xavier Sauvageau, Littlestown: The junior had another stellar season, leading the Bolts from up front all season long. He posted 14 wins in meets and also showed his resiliency after a rough outing at the YAIAA meet.
"The YAIAA championship was probably his most disappointing race of the year," coach Dan Lawrence said. "He got a severe cramp with about a mile to go, (which) sent him from the top 10 back to around 35th."
Instead of feeling sorry for himself, Sauvageau bounced back and finished strong. He placed third at the District 3 Class AA meet with a time of 17:02, up from 12th a year ago. Then he came in 26th at the state meet in 17:09, up from 43rd last year.
"Xavier is the hard-working, quiet leader of our team," added Lawrence. "He also plays varsity soccer and balances both tremendously. ... He will be one to watch next year."
Tucker Ebersole, York Catholic: The junior transferred from Dallastown and helped lead the Spartans early in the year when teammate James Vadas was injured. Ebersole finished in the top 30 at the YAIAA meet and districts.
Travis Gudz, York County Tech: The senior, a four-year varsity runner, enjoyed a solid campaign and led his team to the division title. Gudz made his mark during the regular season, posting a season-best time of 17:52 at Gettysburg.
Nick Poole, Delone Catholic: The junior had a solid season, running as the top Squire, and only lost to Sauvageau during the regular season. Poole was 15th at the YAIAA meet in 17:36, and then placed seventh in Class AA at districts (17:29). He finished the year by placing 68th at states.
James Vadas, York Catholic: The senior was 18th at the YAIAA meet in 17:41, then placed 14th at districts (AA) in 17:46. The two-time all-star improved his showings significantly from a year ago, when he was 36th and 22nd, respectively. He capped off his year with a 62nd-place finish at states.
Brady Wilt, Biglerville: The freshman stormed onto the scene and was the top Division III finisher at the YAIAA meet, placing eighth in 17:18. He went on to an eighth-place finish at districts in Class AA (17:31) and placed 64th at states.
Bradley Snell, York County Tech: The congenial coach led the Spartans to an overall record of 14-11 but an undefeated 6-0 mark in the division. It was his second title (the 2004 team went 14-1) but the first time Snell has won this award in his nine years of coaching.
Ask Snell how he did it, however, and he is hard-pressed to find answers.
"Everyone in the division was so close, I don't know how we did it," Snell said. "This team was just unbelievable, and I was as surprised as everybody else."
Snell relied on a team that was balanced and had no true star this season. Gudz was the top runner, and the lone all-star, but he placed 44th at the YAIAA championships.
"On paper there was no way we should have beaten teams like York Catholic and Littlestown," Snell said. "Yet there was an intangible here. The quote we used a lot was this: 'A man shows what he is by what he does with what he has.'"
After Gudz, seniors Kyle Sipe and Max Wagner were typically the next two finishers, and junior Dylan Hartlaub was fourth. The 5-6-7 positions fluctuated between three seniors: Christian Marks, Ned Einsig and Billy Beck.
"It was my best season as a coach, and I just enjoyed myself so much," Snell said. "With so many seniors, how could you not?"
-- M.C. Helsabeck