York, PA - The Daily Record/Sunday News presents the 2012 YAIAA Division B Girls' Track and Field All-Stars:
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Lily Corsaro, York Suburban, Sr.: The talented Corsaro, who also excelled in cross country for the Trojans, capped a brilliant high school career with a standout performance on the track.
Corsaro ran a season-best 5:20 to win the 1,600 at the YAIAA championships, and then chalked up a time of 11:49 to win silver in the 3,200.
At districts, Corsaro placed seventh in the 3,200 with a time of 11:37, significantly improving on her league time. She then ran a 5:28 in the 1,600 to place 13th.
"There was a general feeling from every school: Isn't she going to graduate?" coach Dave Wickenheiser said with a laugh. "It does seem like she has been there forever. She was undefeated in the 1,600 and 3,200 all four years, and went 72-0 in her cross country career. She has been such a dominant force."
Other highlights were a season-best time of 11:34 in the 3,200 at the Jack Roddick Invitational in Shippensburg, where she placed sixth. Corsaro is headed to NYU, where she will compete in cross country and track, but her focus will be the 10,000.
Kara Funk, Dover, Sr.: The talented Funk chose the right time to shine, setting a pair of PRs at the YAIAA meet. Funk leaped 10-9 to win the pole vault, and then bounced to a 31-6 3/4 in the triple jump, which placed her 15th. At districts, Funk posted a 9-6 to take 13th.
Rebecah Delp, Eastern York, Sr.: The diverse Delp did her best in events involving jumping. Delp leaped 4-8 to take fifth in the high jump at the YAIAA meet and added a PR of 49.48 in the 300 hurdles to place eighth. Delp added a season best time of 16.56 in the 100 hurdles at districts, placing 19th in the prelims.
Jenna Roberts, Kennard-Dale, Sr.: Roberts also saved her best for last, posting a PR of 2:26 in the 800 at the YAIAA championships. Roberts placed fourth in the event.
Sarah Williamson, Northeastern, Jr.: The athletic Williamson picked the right time to shine, setting three PRs at the YAIAA meet. Her best finish was third in the long jump with a leap of 15-6 3/4. Williamson also came in ninth in the 300 hurdles with a 49.6, and clocked a 17.41 in the 100 hurdles.
Alesha Herman, Susquehannock, Jr.: The Warrior sprinted to success this season, placing second in the 100 at the YAIAA meet with a time of 12.69 and third in the 200 in 25.62. At districts, Herman improved on both times, setting PRs with a 12.49 in the 100 and 25.41 in the 200. Herman qualified for states in both events but did not escape the prelims.
Brianna Henderson, West York, Sr.: The jumper fared best in the triple jump, leaping to a 33-2 3/4 to place fifth at the YAIAA meet. Henderson also set a PR of 13-8 3/4 in the long jump at that meet and took 20th. At districts, Henderson set another PR, soaring to 33-11 3/4 in the triple, which was good for ninth.
Chelsea Frey, York Suburban, Sr.: Frey chose the YAIAA meet to post her PR in the 800, burning up the course in 2:25 to claim the gold. Another highlight was a PR of 1:04 in the 400 at the Dickinson College Invitational, where she won silver.
Bethany Miller, York Suburban, Sr.: Miller vaulted 9 feet to place sixth at the county meet, and added a leap of 4-8 to claim 12th in the high jump.
Lauren Shrader, York Suburban, So.: The hurdler raced to a fourth-place finish at the YAIAA meet, setting a PR of 48.5 in the 300 hurdles. Shrader also set a PR of 17.32 in the 100 hurdles at the YAIAA meet. At districts, Shrader ran a 48.61 to claim 17th in the 300 hurdles.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Dave Wickenheiser, York Suburban: It's three in a row for the longtime Trojans coach, as Wickenheiser led the squad to its third straight division title with a 6-0 mark. Suburban was never really threatened, as its closest meet was against Susquehannock, an 85-65 victory.
Wickenheiser has been coaching for 29 years, 26 as head coach, and said he was blessed with an amazing group of athletes. Of course, senior Lily Corsaro led the way, as she always got the Trojans off to a great start.
Another key performer was fellow senior Bethany Miller who showed incredible versatility. Miller typically won the high jump and pole vault at most meets, and also was capable in the hurdles and any of the jumping events.
"She wants to do the heptathlon for York College, where she was being recruited, so we were getting her ready for that," Wickenheiser said.
Three more seniors played huge roles in the Trojans' success. Chelsea Frey dominated the 400 all year, and finally relented to running the 800 at counties. She became the league champ in the event in only her second time ever competing in that distance.
Lisa Drusedum was a clutch performer in the 200 and 400, while Taylor Landis was the top long and triple jumper and Suburban's No. 2 high jumper.
"We do lose a lot of girls to graduation, and I have really relied heavily on them," Wickenheiser said. "So we will lose a lot of talent this year, but we get a lot of sprinters back and some nice hurdlers as well."