RUNNER OF THE YEAR
Chris Diaz, York Suburban: The senior leader stepped up and was the top runner all season for Suburban. Diaz won every Division II league meet of the year.
At the YAIAA meet, Diaz got to test himself against the best in the league, and he finished ninth overall in 17:11.
At the District 3 Class AA championships, Diaz was again the key for the runner-up Trojans, placing eighth overall in 17:34.
At states, Diaz continued to run well, placing 62nd overall in 17:32.
Sawyer Bisker, Kennard-Dale: The junior paced the Rams all season and fared well in league meets. Bisker came in 26th at the YAIAA meet in 17:39 and placed 42nd at districts in 18:28.
Ben Linne, Northeastern: The sophomore had a solid season for the Bobcats and overcame a rough day at the YAIAA meet (where he came in 62nd) to bounce back at districts. Linn finished 10th at districts and qualified for the state meet, where he placed 77th in 17:42.
Jacob Thomas, Susquehannock: The junior was the top runner for the Warriors and had a solid 12th-place finish at the YAIAA meet with a time of 17:16. Thomas then came in 21st at districts in 17:59.
Kirk Beaver, York Suburban: The senior enjoyed a solid regular season for the Trojans and began the postseason by coming in 20th at the league meet in 17:26. Beaver was 29th at districts in 18:08 and was Suburban's second finisher at states, placing 93rd in 17:50.
Brad Clark, York Suburban: The junior, a key part of the Trojans' powerhouse, didn't have his best day at the YAIAA meet, placing 27th in 17:40. Clark rebounded, however, and was Suburban's second finisher at district, placing 18th in 17:47. At states, he was 161st in 18:16.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Ron Herman, York Suburban: It was another excellent season for the Trojans, and it ended with a perfect league mark, a 17-2 regular-season record and this award for Herman.
After dominating the league, Suburban headed to districts and placed second to Annville-Cleona by 27 points. That earned the Trojans a trip to states, where they raced to as respectable 13th-place showing.
The team was blessed with plenty of senior leadership, led by Chris Diaz. His classmates, Kirk Beaver, Andrew Toman and Will Koch, added depth, while sophomores Zach Lofties and Adam Barley also had solid seasons.
At the state meet, Diaz led the way once again, but with all of these seniors on their way out, Herman will have a job ahead as he rebuilds, or simply reloads, for 2013.
Danty Pagan, Dover; Tyler White, Eastern York
-- M.C. Besecker