York County Tech clinches share of Division III
York County Tech coaches squeezed an entire Senior Day ceremony into the time it took to figure out whether or not the Spartans had pulled off a monumental upset on Tuesday afternoon.
Littlestown, the undefeated defending YAIAA Division III champions, won the 1600 relay in the final event of the day to pull the score to 75-75 and coaches weren't sure whether or not the tie would be broken.
As he said goodbye to his seniors for the final time this regular season, Spartans coach Bradley Snell finally broke the big news to his team: a new PIAA rule instituted this season mandates that dual meet ties are now broken by which team won the most events, meaning the York County Tech boys won the meet and earned a share of the division title for the first time since 2011.
The Spartans won 12 events, including two relays. Cole Shenberger won the long jump, 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles, Bry'Quan Sweeney won the 100 dash and 200 dash, David Porter won the 800 run, and Evan Schlosser won the 1,600 and 3,200 runs in the victory. Christian Gervasi, who Snell said hadn't scored a point in a dual meet all season, contributed a very important point by placing second in the 3,200.
“When I looked at our team this year, I thought the boys would go .500," Snell said. "What I saw that we have are Sweeney, Porter and Shenberger, who are stars, but you don’t usually win championships with stars. We had the most talented kid I’ve ever coached last year in Thad Cwiklinski, but we didn’t win a championship. I was surprised by our depth.”
Both coaches said they were missing two starters for Tuesday's meet.
York County Tech ends the season with a record of 5-1, while Littlestown and Biglerville both hold records of 4-1 heading into Thursday's dual meet at Littlestown. The winner of that meet will finish tied for first with the Spartans for first place.