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RUNNER OF THE YEAR
Xavier Sauvageau, Littlestown: The senior had another stellar season, leading the Thunderbolts from up front all season long. He posted 14 wins in league meets during the regular season as the team went 4-1 in the league.
Sauvageau's toughest race might have come at the YAIAA meet, where he came in "only" fifth in 16:35, a sub-par outing from his point of view.
At districts, Sauvageau improved his time from a year ago, clocking a 16:56, which was good for fourth place. He led the Bolts to a 24th-place finish as a team.
At states, Sauvageau continued his ascent up the ladder. Two years ago, he came in 43rd, last year he came in 26th and in his senior season he placed eighth overall in 16:39, an impressive 30 seconds faster than his junior year.
Brady Wilt, Biglerville: The sophomore, who stormed onto the scene last year as a frosh, kept making growth in his second season. Wilt was sixth at the YAIAA meet, up from eighth, in 16:54. At districts, Wilt was crowned champion in the Class A race in 17:24. He capped a sizzling season by coming in 12th at states, up from 64th a year ago, with a time of 16:49.
Nick Poole, Delone Catholic: The senior was the top dog for the Squires, leading the way all season, and he enjoyed a fine postseason as well. Poole kicked things off by placing seventh at the YAIAA meet in 16:54, up from 15th a year ago. At districts, Poole placed second to Wilt with a time of 17:42, up from seventh, and at states, the Squire was 67th in 17:50.
Devin Barlow, Fairfield: The senior missed the YAIAA meet, but made up for it when he stepped it up at districts, placing seventh in 18:31. Barlow had to sweat it out at the end, but he did earn a trip to the state meet, the final qualifier. At states, Barlow came in 85th in 18:04.
John Roan, Fairfield: The senior enjoyed a solid regular season and started the postseason with a 47th-place finish at the YAIAA meet in 18:16. Roan excelled at districts, placing sixth in 18:24, and then came in 84th at states in 18:03.
Joe DiPiazza, York Catholic: The senior was the leader of the Irish squad, and his postseason began when he placed 43rd at Counties in 18:10. DiPiazza came in 11th at districts in 18:56, just missing a trip to states.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Scotty Watt, Delone Catholic: It was a clean sweep for Watt, also named the Coach of the Year for the Division III girls. What better way to cap his final year of coaching high school cross country?
The boys' squad was led by senior Nick Poole, but a mixture of youth and experience led the team through a solid season. The year culminated with a Division II title, and a 6-0 league mark, the first crown for Delone since 2010.
Freshman John Mall was often the second finisher at meets for the Squires, but juniors Chris Overdorff and Brandon Trish were right there with him. A pair of sophomores, Luke Woolford and Jack Hagarman, also played key roles, and senior Kody Hartlaub rounded out the typical Delone point scorers.
The team credited Watt's "summer camp" as one of the keys to its success, as it helped the runners bond while establishing a strong foundation. It paid off in the postseason.
At the District 3 Class A meet, Poole led the way as the Squires came in second place overall, just 12 points behind champion Veritas Academy. Unfortunately, only the winning team qualified for the state meet.
Tucker Ebersole, York Catholic
-- M.C. Besecker