RUNNER OF THE YEAR
Kelsey Ibarra, Central York: The senior led the way all season for the Panthers, going undefeated during the league season and then winning the YAIAA championship in impressive fashion.
Ibarra won the gold medal by cruising through the 5K in 19:04, which was 38 seconds faster than the runner-up.
She did not slow down at all as she went on to finish fourth in the District 3 Class AAA meet in 19:09 which qualified her for states.
At the state meet, Ibarra excelled, placing 29th overall in 19:28, an impressive 6:17 mile pace.
Brooke Buzynski, Central York: The freshman came on strong in the second half of the year and played a key role in the Panthers' league title. Buzynski placed 13th at the YAIAA meet in 20:30 and followed that up with a 63rd-place finish at districts in 21:54.
Emily Loeffelholz, Central York: The junior was 11th at the YAIAA Championships, the exact same spot she finished a year ago, but improved her time by 25 seconds. She came in 52nd at districts in 21:40.
Emily Lawrence, New Oxford: The sophomore was the Colonials' top performer all season and placed 12th at the county meet in
Julia Kendrick, Red Lion: The sophomore followed up a strong rookie season by placing 14th at the YAIAA meet in 20:32, down from last year's seventh-place finish. She came in 63rd at districts in 21:51.
Amanda Wivell, Red Lion: The senior finished her career on a strong note for the Lions, placing sixth at the YAIAA championships in 20 minutes flat and coming in 18th at districts in 20:25. Wivell qualified for the state meet for the first time and came in 89th in 20:26.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Randy Mumford, Central York: What a season for the Panthers and their head coach. Central got over the hump in the regular season, beating rival Red Lion and finishing a perfect, 6-0 league season. That accomplishment earned Mumford this honor.
Mumford was blessed with a sensational senior, Kelsey Ibarra, the gold medalist at the YAIAA championships, to lead the way for his Panthers, who had a combination of leaders and up-and-coming runners.
Juniors Emily Loeffleholz and Madelyn Warntz gave the team more solid leadership, while freshman Brooke Buzynski burst onto the scene and has tons of potential.
Senior Lindsay Herbst, junior Madison Strine and freshman Amanda Loeffelholz rounded out the scoring.
The team placed 13th at the District 3 Class AAA meet with 359 points, led by Ibarra, and came in one slot ahead of Red Lion once again.
Andrea Dawson, Dover
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