Runner of the Year
Aaron Gebhart, New Oxford, sr.: Gebhart capped his career by scoring a pair of championships this postseason, starting with the YAIAA title, which he won by nearly 25 seconds.
He ran a 16:11 at John Rudy Park that day, the same time he ran the following week on the challenging Hershey course, which earned him the District 3 Class AAA championship. He then finished his season and high school career by placing 54th at states with a 16:52.
During the YAIAA campaign, Gebhart broke 16 minutes during a meet at Bermudian Springs and set a course record at Dover.
Dan Filler, Gettysburg, jr.: The Warriors junior placed second in the District 3 Class AA competition after taking fourth at the league meet. He was a dominant force that helped Gettysburg finish second in Division II behind the state champion York Suburban squad. Filler went on to finish 20th at the PIAA meet.
Donovan Mears, York Suburban, jr.: Mears was one of seven outstanding runners who made up the Trojans' state championship team that also won back-to-back district titles. Mears, who also plays on the Trojans' basketball team, was 31st at the PIAA meet, fifth at districts and third at the YAIAA championships.
Ben Schott, South Western, sr.: The Mustang capped his career by placing fifth at the YAIAA championships, 20th at the Class AAA district meet and 78th at the state championships.
Brady Wilt, York Suburban, sr.: The transfer from Biglerville fit right in with his star-laden team. A week after winning a bronze medal at districts, Wilt finished 16th at the PIAA championships. He was second behind Gebhart at the YAIAA meet.
Coach of the Year
Ron Herman, York Suburban: Who else could it be? He led a Trojans squad that blazed to a second straight District 3 Class AA title and then went on to place four runners in the top 50 at the PIAA meet to run away with the state title.
Always the master of having his athletes run in packs, Herman had seven runners — Brady Wilt, Donovan Mears, Peter Wagner, Bryce Ohl, Zach Lofties, Adam Barley and Quentin Schorr — finish only 1:10 apart at districts. The same seven were a mere 1:12 apart at states, helping Herman capture his second PIAA title since 2009.
Dallastown: Patrick Jacobson. Kennard-Dale: Tyler White, Theo Kioussis. Red Lion: Ethan Gatchell. York Suburban: Peter Wagner, Bryce Ohl, Zach Lofties, Adam Barley.
-- Steve Navaroli