York, PA - The Daily Record/Sunday News presents the 2012 YAIAA Division A Boys' Track and Field All-Stars:
CO-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Jay Stone, Central York, So.: It was quite a sophomore season for Stone, a sprinter/hurdler extraordinaire for the Panthers.
Stone won two individual gold medals at the YAIAA championships in the 110 and 300 hurdles and also was on Central's two winning relay teams. The haul continued at the District 3 meet, where he added a pair of golds in both hurdle races, Central's first gold at districts in 10 years.
"Getting district gold is pretty difficult, and it's pretty outstanding that he got two," coach Chris Detwiler said. "That doesn't happen very often. In fact, I think he was the only double gold winner at districts. Plus, he's only a sophomore, so that is pretty awesome."
At states, Stone placed seventh in the 300 hurdles, and ninth in the high hurdles, missing the finals by .02 of a second. Stone also broke a school record in the 300 hurdles this season.
Jarred Posey, William Penn, Sr.: The triple jumper specialist won gold at the YAIAA meet with a leap of 47-1 1/4, and followed that up with a jump of 43-7 1/4 at districts that was good for fourth place.
Posey, who committed to compete for Penn State in February and earned a partial scholarship, turned in his best performance at the state meet, where he earned a silver medal in Class AAA.
Posey's career-best effort is 48 feet, 2 3/4 inches, which he posted at the indoor state championships in February.
Posey also competed in the long jump and fared well at the majority of the league meets.
Sam Koimene, Central York, Sr.: Koimene battled an injury at the end of the year, but still won the 100-meter dash at the league meet. The nagging injury cost him at districts and states, but he still qualified for states in the 400 relay. Koimene tied the school record in the 100 meters with a time of at 10.6.
Jared Allison, Dallastown, Sr.: A stellar season of pole vaulting ended with a silver medal at states as Allison set a PR of 16 feet, 3 inches. Allison earlier leaped 15-6 at the YAIAA championships, breaking a 33-year-old meet record. Allison also placed second at districts with a jump of 14-9.
Jonathan Dadeboe, Dallastown, Jr.: The hurdler placed second at the YAIAA meet with a time of 14.99, and then added a silver medal at districts with a PR of 14.88. Dadeboe ran a 15.79 at states but did not escape the preliminaries.
Ryan Knisely, Red Lion, Sr.: A stellar sprinting career for Knisely ended with a triumph in the 200 at the YAIAA meet, where he also placed fourth in the 100 and as part of the 1,600 relay team. At districts, Knisely was seventh in the 200 and eighth in the 100.
Ryan Hertzog, South Western, Jr.: The long-distance runner set a PR at the YAIAA meet with a time of 9:47.33 in the 3,200 and captured the gold medal in the process. Hertzog ran a 10:06.48 at districts and placed 18th.
Logan Bowman, South Western, So.: Bowman blazed to first place in the 400 at the league meet with a time of 51.06. He then beat that time at districts, clocking a 50.75, to take 11th place.
Dillon Langenfeld, South Western, Sr.: The jumper set a PR of 20-6 in the long jump at the YAIAA championships to claim the gold. He also set a PR of 42-0 in the triple jump, good for sixth place. At districts, Langenfeld went 19-81/2 in the long jump and came in 16th.
Anderson Novalin, William Penn, Jr.: The thrower had a fine day at the YAIAA meet, tossing the shot put 50-5 to claim second place. He added a 10th-place finish in the discus with a heave of 126-10. At districts, Novalin set a PR of 50-81/2 in the shot put and placed seventh, and threw the discus 137-11 and came in 15th.
CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR
Todd Barshinger, Red Lion: In his third year as head coach, Barshinger led the Lions to a 6-0 mark. It's been quite a good start at the helm for Barshinger, who was undefeated two years ago and only lost once last year.
Barshinger, a biology teacher at the high school, took 26 qualifiers to the YAIAA meet, where the Lions had three first-place individual winners. Then Red Lion took eight individuals to districts, along with its two relay teams.
Senior Ryan Knisely led the way for the Lions, but balance was key. Another top individual performer was junior Caleb Gatchell, who won the 800 at the YAIAA meet, and was on the winning 3,200 relay team.
Tony Jones, William Penn: The longtime coach has had a lot to deal with this season, as the future of the Bearcats track and field team was in jeopardy because budget cuts in the school district.
Still, Jones had the good fortune to coach skillful athletes such as co-athlete of the year Jarred Posey.