RUNNER OF THE YEAR
Kate Mowrey, Delone Catholic: Continuing the theme of fabulous freshman, here comes another one. Mowrey was the key cog in the Squirettes' machine, leading the pack most of the year.
In the postseason, Mowrey started things off by placing fifth overall at the YAIAA meet in 19:57. She was the top finisher from Division III, and she was just getting warmed up.
The frosh then won the District 3 Class A meet with a time of 20:54, which earned her a trip to states, along with the rest of her teammates.
At the state meet, Mowrey came in 52nd overall in 21:18, not a bad debut on the big stage.
Rachel Crane, Bermudian Springs: The junior was the top runner for Bermudian all season and she placed 21st at the YAIAA meet and 22nd at districts. She was a state qualifier for the first time.
Sarah Bischoff, Delone Catholic: The senior team captain provided leadership and strong running for Delone, placing 10th at counties in 20:14. She followed that with a fourth-place finish at districts in 21:39. Bischoff capped her high school career by coming in 61st at states in 21:28.
Kaitlyn Beckham, Fairfield: The senior team captain was the second finisher from Division III at the county meet, placing ninth overall in 20:10. Beckham was second at districts in 21:02 and qualified for states for the third time in her career. At the state meet, Beckham placed 36th in 21:06.
Amanda Falvey, York Catholic: The sophomore led the way for the Irish with a solid season. Falvey was 37th at the YAIAA meet and came in 10th at districts in 22:46.
Emma Harrelson, York County Tech: The junior had a strong dual-meet season, losing only to the big three all season. She came in 25th at the YAIAA meet in 21:05 and followed that up with a top 100 finish at districts.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Scotty Watt, Delone Catholic: The veteran coach capped his final year at the helm in style, winning the Coach of the Year award for both the girls and the boys in Division III.
Watt led the girls' squad to an undefeated regular season in the league and a 14-5 mark overall, then guided them to the first District 3 Class A championship in school history. With that title, his Squirettes earned a trip to the PIAA Championships.
Delone was blessed with the emergence of a fantastic freshman, Katie Mowrey, who erupted on the scene and carried the Squirettes. The rest of the squad was a nice blend of youth and experience.
Senior Sarah Bischoff and junior Andrea Resciniti were the steady leaders of the squad, which also was bolstered by another freshman, Alyssa Alberghini. Seniors Merecedes Nield and Julie Mall, along with sophomore Jenna Salter, rounded out the Squirettes' scoring.
St districts, Mowry and Bischoff finished 1-2 to pace Delone's winning effort, while Resciniti was sixth. The Squirettes finished 10 points in front of rival York Catholic.
At the state meet, the top two excelled again, pacing Delone to a 14th-place finish as a team. All in all, an impressive way to send Watt out the door.
Andrea Resciniti, Delone Catholic; Zoie Cleary, Hanover.
-- M.C. Besecker