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Athlete of the Year

Ravaughn Dillard

Ravaughn Dillard, Gettysburg, so.: Dillard entered this season with aspirations of catching his cousin's school record in the triple jump. He reached it on his final attempt of the season, securing a state championship in the process.

Dillard said afterward that next year, he intends to smash Gettysburg's triple jump record of 47 feet, 11 inches - which he currently shares with cousin Darnell Johnson, a 2005 Gettysburg graduate.

Like his cousin, who won a 2004 PIAA triple jump title with that leap as a junior, Dillard has time to further excel at his craft. He didn't try track and field until his freshman year.

"I never thought I'd be this good, but I'm really proud," Dillard said after the PIAA championships in May.

The 6-foot-3 Dillard improved his personal record by more than 3 feet after entering the season with a high of 44-8 3/4. He first exceeded 47 feet in a gold-medal winning effort at the YAIAA championships.

A week later, he placed fourth at the District 3 championships. To put that field in perspective, three from District 3 finished atop the podium at the state meet.

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First-team all-stars

Larell Anderson

Thad Cwiklinski

Ethan Gatchell

Wade Laudeman

Andrew Moyer

Nathan Sharrah

Kobe Wansel

Scott Guiher

Tyler Buckley

Shay Feulmer

Abdul Junaid

Dustyn Lauver

Owen Ritter

Danny Stoner

Brady Wilt

Larell Anderson, William Penn, sr.: Anderson won YAIAA gold in the 300 hurdles and as part of the Bearcats' 400 relay team, for which he ran the final leg. A state qualifier in the 300 hurdles, his top time was at the league meet in 39.38. Anderson intends to run the 400 hurdles at California University of Pennsylvania.

Tyler Buckley, Susquehannock, sr.: Before graduating, Buckley left Susquehannock with a pair of school records in the long jump (19-8) and triple jump (46-0). He finished ninth in the triple jump at the PIAA meet, just missing a medal.

Thad Cwiklinski, York County Tech, sr.: A York Catholic senior running for the Spartans as part of their co-op, Cwiklinski broke Tech's school record in the 400 at the White Rose Invitational. His state qualifying time of 49.54 trimmed even more off that record.

Shay Feulmer, Spring Grove, sr.: A football standout for the Rockets, Feulmer qualified for the PIAA championships in the 100. He also anchored a 400 relay that entered the District 3 championships with the top seed.

Ethan Gatchell, Red Lion, sr.: A PIAA qualifier and YAIAA champ in the 800, Gatchell also ran for the Lions' 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams. His best 800 run came at the state meet in a school record-setting 1:53.73, good for seventh place and a spot on the medal stand.

Abdul Junaid, West York, sr.: The YAIAA champion in the 100-meter dash, Junaid broke West York's school record with a 10.8-second run while hurt. Also the anchor on the Bulldogs' 400 relay team, Junaid qualified for the District 3 championships in the 200 and was the top seed in the 100.

Wade Laudeman, Gettysburg, sr.: The league javelin champion, Laudeman entered this season needing almost 5 feet to break the school record. He passed that, throwing 180-4 at Northern York's Arctic Blast to break the old Gettysburg record of 177-4.

Dustyn Lauver, Bermudian Springs, sr.: The YAIAA discus champion (144-11), Lauver also placed fifth in the league for shot put. At the district meet, his best discus throw of 137-7 placed him 10th among Class AA competitors.

Andrew Moyer, West York, sr.: Moyer set school records in the pole vault and triple jump. He won a YAIAA title in the 110 hurdles and tried the high jump this season. All of those events should help Moyer in the future: He plans to try the decathlon at Kutztown.

Owen Ritter, Dallastown, sr.: A state qualifier in the 110 hurdles, Ritter clocked in with a qualifying time of 14.95 at the District 3 championships for his season best. He placed in the top three for both the 110 and 300 hurdles at the league meet.

Nathan Sharrah, Gettysburg, sr.: Sharrah's journey culminated at the PIAA championships, where he cleared 14 feet in the pole vault. That was Sharrah's top vault, which tied him for ninth. He tied for fourth a week earlier at the district meet and placed second in the league to Biglerville's Danny Stoner.

Danny Stoner, Biglerville, sr.: The league pole vault champ broke Dave Gorman's 1972 school record with a 14-7 vault at the YAIAA championships. Stoner came within an inch of that mark to earn silver at the PIAA championships in Class AA.

Kobe Wansel, Gettysburg, sr.: A three-time state qualifier in the triple jump, Wansel made his return to Shippensburg with Dillard. He placed seventh in the district and second in the league. Wansel also participated in the long jump.

Brady Wilt, York Suburban, sr.: Last year's District 3 Class AA champ in the 3,200, Wilt transferred from Biglerville and enjoyed an eventful senior season at a larger school. On the heels of a PIAA team cross country championship in the fall, Wilt and Co. added league gold in the 3,200 relay this spring. Individually, Wilt also won a YAIAA title in the 1,600. He qualified for a district return in the 3,200, placing 18th in the larger Class AAA.

Coach of the Year

Brandon Guiher, Gettysburg: The fourth-year leader guided the Warriors' maiden voyage through the YAIAA with an unblemished dual-meet record in Division II. Guiher had two league champions (Dillard and Laudeman) and a PIAA gold medalist in Dillard on the boys' side.

Gettysburg's 7-0 mark as a team this season pushed Guiher's career record to 26-2.

Honorable mention

Tavian Dorsey, Delone Catholic

Aaron Gebhart, New Oxford

Deshaun Horton, William Penn

Theo Kioussis, Kennard-Dale

Phillip Marshall, York Suburban

Tony Nelo, Dallastown

Shane Orchard, Dover

Quincy Palmer, Red Lion

Bry'quan Sweeney, York County Tech

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