"I eat Ramen - Ramen noodles; that's the secret," he joked. "That's an athlete's (meal) right there."
Regardless of what the Raiders' ultra-talented senior grubbed for lunch Friday, he still found room for dinner at the Lancaster-Lebanon League Track and Field Championships held at Hempfield's Georgelis Law Firm Stadium.
Litschi devoured the field in the long jump, leaping his way to the county's lone gold medal on Day 1 with a distance of 21-3 ¼ feet. Seeded first in the event, he easily outdueled Lancaster Mennonite's Charlie Hargrove for the top spot (20-10).
In total, eight champions - four boys and four girls - were crowned Friday. The two-day meet resumes today at 10 a.m. in Landisville with 28 more boys' and girls' titles on the line.
While Litschi locked up a gold, he was not the only local student-athlete to visit the medal stand. Cedar Crest distance runner Bryce Ebersole took second place in the 3,200-meter run. Ebersole clocked a 9:51.65 in the second heat, finishing behind Warwick's Ben Mueller and Solanco's John Ausel. However, Ausel, the pre-race favorite, was disqualified for elbowing Mueller, allowing Ebersole to silver.
In addition, Falcon teammate Garrett Levengood continued his record-breaking senior season with a third-place effort in the javelin. Levengood, who tied Cedar Crest's single-season scoring record this spring, unleashed a throw of 171-06.
"I actually did a lot better than I was seeded," said sixth-ranked Levengood, who holds a PR of 173-9. "And, I expect to do a lot better next week (at the District Three meet).
Plus, Northern Lebanon's Brian Boltz tied for fifth place in the high jump.
On the girls' side, Lebanon's Erin Winters and Annville-Cleona's Samantha Becker finished as top-five pole vaulters with heights of 10-6. Winters cleared the bar on her first attempt to take home a bronze, while Becker walked away in fifth place.
Also, Cedar Crest's Lisa Bou garnered a fifth place in the triple jump, and Shanna Sweigart came in eighth in the discus.
The county's medal count should continue to climb today, as well.
For the girls', Annville-Cleona's Tricia Light and Elco's Margo Keller will both run in the 100 hurdles finals after qualifying Friday. Light, the county meet champion, clocked a 16.5 for the fourth seed, and Keller made the cut in eighth with a 17 flat.
Meanwhile, Litschi will take the track today in the boys' 110 hurdles (14.86) seeded second to Conestoga Valley's Robert Cardina (14.32). He will also compete in the 300 hurdles and triple jump, where he is ranked No. 1 and will be looking to defend his 2011 title.
"You got to go for gold," added Litschi, who has a 110 PR of 14.2. "I hit three hurdles (in the trials). I won't hit any Saturday, and he'll be right next to me, so we'll go at it."
Northern Lebanon's Joe Vedilago, named the Outstanding Athlete at the Lebanon County meet last week, also qualified for the finals in two events Friday. Vedilago, a junior, will start the 200 dash ranked second (22.32), and fifth in the 100 dash (11.08). He will be joined by Annville-Cleona's Ben Mason in the 200 finals (22.77) and Cedar Crest's Denzel Pierre in the 100 finals (11.16).
Much like Litschi in the hurdles, Vedilago expects to improve his times today.
"In the 100, the kid next to me in lane 3, we bumped and hit each other," said Vedilago, shooting for his 100 dash PR of 10.9. "We both could've gone faster. At least we get another chance."
Other local favorites for today include Cedar Crest's Shaun Ditzler in the 800 run, Annville-Cleona's Shawn Wolfe in the 1,600 run and Boltz in the pole vault.
The District Three meet will be held next weekend, followed by the state meet on May 25-26. Both districts and states will be held at Shippensburg's Seth Grove Stadium.