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Hustling to the medal stand, nearly breathless after the 300-meter hurdles, Lynne Mooradian reached the midfield turf at Dallastown High School — her temporary home.

The South Western junior, who won four league gold medals last year, equaled that standard again Friday night during the YAIAA track and field championships. This haul was more difficult because of that 300 hurdles.

Mooradian picked up the event last summer during her indoctrination to the heptathlon, and she decided on competing in the hurdles instead of the 400 relay this year.

"It was just the order events," she said running the 400-meter dash and 300 hurdles back-to-back. "This was an entirely different level. This is states hard."

Mooradian defended her championship in the 100 (12.27 seconds), 200 (25.2) and 400 (57.33) — which she won by the length of a Winnebago. She set a league championship record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 44.93 and an advantage of about two Winnebagos.

While training for the heptathlon last summer, Mooradian thought: "Maybe I'd be good at the 300 hurdles."

Her coach Bruce Lee replied: "You're going to be good. You'll break the record."

He meant South Western's school record. Maybe not the YAIAA championship mark.

Mooradian thought the 400 run would hinder her hurdles performance.

"My body wasn't keeping up with my legs," she said. "It was crazy."

Before day's end, there was just no escape from the corral where athletes await to accept their awards. She left to check in for the 200, but heard her name called no more than two steps into the trip.

"Lynne Mooradian, please report to the awards area."

Mooradian asked an official if she could first go check in. He obliged. She came back.

"I'm so tired," Mooradian told teammate Madelyn Swanner while trudging back along the guardrails.

Mooradian's closest race might have been the 200, where she blistered around the corner of the track to hold off Angelica Gonzalez. A Red Lion senior who sat out most of the season, Gonzalez ran that event and the 1,600 relay that closed the night's races.

Dallastown won that relay behind the effort of Taylor Forrester (100 hurdles champ), Emma Kange, Haven Evans and Amari Johnson. The Wildcats rallied on the final leg with Johnson, who finished second to Mooradian in the 400.

Mooradian won by more than two seconds in what became a marathon day. She became so sore that two bags of ice were used as seat cushions while awaiting walks to the medal stand. For one of the climbs to first place, Mooradian needed the help of Swanner's shoulder to pull herself up.

"I'm going to sleep," Mooradian said. "A lot."

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SQUIRETTES' SURPRISE (AND RECORD) >> Grace Riedel keeps going up. Her 11 feet, 6 inch vault in the pole vault added to a Delone Catholic record she already owned.

It also just beat Central York's Alexis Baublitz, whose 11-3 vault broke her own school record for the Panthers.

Riedel's weapon of choice: a new vaulting pole that's 5 pounds heavier than her old one.

"It didn't bend as much," she said. "It helped swing me up."

Her only preparation with it came Monday at Northern York. Meanwhile, Delone's 400 relay team of Tiffany Small, Teresa Pecher, Amber Millken and freshman Emma Malinowski also took home gold.

Their time of 51.3 broke their old personal record by two seconds.

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NO MORE SOFTBALLS >> Nine girls were seeded ahead of Brianna Wanbaugh in the javelin, yet she emerged as champion with a new PR throw of 121 feet.

She entered with a top heave of 109-0, set just last Saturday during the White Rose Invitational. The reason for such a jump in her improvement is simple: No more softball.

Wanbaugh spent her freshman season juggling softball with track and field. She decided then to drop softball.

"I'm a total head case when it comes to throwing, but I finally pulled through in the end," the sophomore said.

Top-seeded Maura DeRemer, a freshman from Eastern York, placed second.

OUT OF THE BLOCKS >> Kennard-Dale junior Maddie Ferner and senior Kayle White finished one-two in the 3,200.

Ferner won the 1,600 and 3,200 two weeks ago at Dallastown during the Wildcat Invitational. She skipped the 1,600 on Friday to concentrate on improving her time in the 3,200.

She bettered her personal best by about 12 seconds and clocked in at 11:08.93.

Ferner is running the 3,200 for the first time this year. She missed last season while recovering from an ankle injury suffered in soccer.

Contact Matt Goul at 771-2045.

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