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Last season ended with York Suburban winning its second state championship in six years, giving the program and YAIAA some momentum entering this fall.

Here is a look at who is back for the Trojans and the rest of the league:

Runners to watch

DAN FILLER, GETTYSBURG, SR. >> Last year's district champ in Class AA won on the Hershey course in 16:43.

WILL GREEN, DELONE CATHOLIC, SR. >> A state qualifier on the Class A level, Green ran a 17:48 at the District 3 championships. He improved that time by four seconds after returning to Parkview Cross Country Course for states the next week.

PATRICK JACOBSON, DALLASTOWN, JR. >> The Wildcats' lead runner at districts, he clocked in at 17:17 in Hershey.

JORDAN MALDONADO, SPRING GROVE, JR. >> The Rockets' leading runner finished last year's district meet in 17:43.

DONOVAN MEARS, YORK SUBURBAN, SR. >> A basketball player who picked up running the last few years, Mears timed in slightly less than 17 minutes at the District 3 championship.

ALEX MILLER, RED LION, SR. >> Ran the district meet in Hershey in 17:36.

Important dates

YAIAA CHAMPIONSHIP >> Oct. 13 at Gettysburg

DISTRICT 3 CHAMPIONSHIP >> Oct. 20 at Big Spring

PIAA CHAMPIONSHIP >> Oct. 31 at Hershey

Division I breakdown

DEFENDING CHAMP >> Dallastown

The Wildcats graduated four of their top runners, including Jonathan Buytenhuys and Justin Sweitzer. However, Jacobson emerged as a sophomore in 2014. Gable Bryce, now a sophomore, also emerged in the Dallastown pack a season ago.

ASCENDING >> Spring Grove, Red Lion

After finishing tied for second in the division with Central York, the Rockets will bring back leading runner Jordan Maldonado. Two more juniors, Justin Culp and Tristan Smyser, also are back. Central graduated its entire pack, including top runner Mike Lundy, who ran 17:39 at the district meet.

Red Lion finished .500 in the division but 16-4 overall. Along with Alex Miller, junior Bryan Haynie finished in the top 25 at last year's league meet.

SHOES TO FILL >> New Oxford, South Western

League runner of the year and District 3 Class AAA champion Aaron Gebhart has graduated. Junior Jarrod Sharder is the Colonials' top returning runner.

South Western has 20 boys out for the team, including five letterwinners that scored points in 2014. However, five also graduated from last year, including district medalist, and state qualifier Ben Schott, who holds the school record.

Division II breakdown

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DEFENDING CHAMP >> York Suburban

Coming off the 2014 state championship, the Trojans bring back Mears, but graduated Brady Wilt from last season's title squad. Coach Ron Herman's program has won three straight division titles and two straight District 3 crowns in Class AA.

In addition to Mears, the Trojans bring back sophomore Bryce Ohl, junior Peter Wagner and senior Quentin Schorr.

ASCENDING >> Gettysburg, Eastern York, Susquehannock

The Warriors, in their second year of YAIAA competition, will try to derail Suburban's three-year reign with top two returning runners Filler and sophomore Ryan Haskins (18:14 at districts).

Eastern split its division matches last season and returns seniors Mason Bair (18:15) and Brandon Dailey (18:28), plus junior Nathan Trowell-Lopez and sophomore Zachary Falk. That's four of the Golden Knights' top five runners, minus last year's leader Tyler White.

Susquehannock brings back its top six runners, including seniors Nathan Shelley and Joe McDonnell, who timed in at 18:44 or better at the district championship.

SHOES TO FILL >> Kennard-Dale

League standout Theo Kioussis (17:18 at districts) has graduated after leading the Rams' pack. Junior Merle Bernhard (18:11) will likely take that spot.

Division III breakdown

DEFENDING CHAMP >> Delone Catholic.

The Squirettes ran through Division III without a loss in 2014 and topped Bermudian Springs in their showdown to determine the champ. Their top two runners return in seniors Will Green (17:48 at district) and John Mall. Green finished fourth in the Class A district race and qualified for the state championship meet.

ASCENDING >> Fairfield

As a team, Fairfield finished with a .500 division record but returns all five of its runners from a district appearance.

SHOES TO FILL >> Bermudian Springs

After a 5-1 division finish, losing only to Delone Catholic, the Eagles bring back their top runner but lost their next three. Sophomore Chad Long (18:09 at district) will look for support.

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