York, PA - Although a chunk of the YAIAA track and field championships was pushed to 5 p.m. Monday, a group from Red Lion made sure to take care of their business long before thunderstorms hammered the area around Dallastown High School.
The Lions 3,200 relay team of Clare Kocman, Anna Haynie, Amanda Ross and Julia Kendrick won the league championship with their time of 9:58.76. It was the fourth straight year Red Lion took the event title.
And that was the most important thing for the foursome.
Ross, a senior, said the group had to live up to its "first-place tradition."
"Coming in, we had big shoes to fill. We wanted to live up to the past four years," the sophomore Kendrick said.
Dover finished second in the event, but the race was never all that close as Kocman, a senior, got things started on the opening leg and forged a lead that would not be compromised.
"Today was one of our better races. We knew coming in we were seeded first," Haynie said.
The Lions were the only group that entered the YAIAA finals with a seed time below 10 minutes and lived up to that.
In addition to Kendrick and the junior Haynie returning next year, Red Lion has depth in the relay. In fact, Ross didn't hesitate to say YAIAA titles are possible in the future, as well.
"It's not just the four of us," Kocman said. "We can make two very nice four by 800 teams."
That relay wasn't the only repeat league champ for the Lions. Amanda Myers defended her 2012 javelin title with a toss of 122 feet, one inch.
"It was a decent throw. Not my best, but I am happy for it," she said.
Myers' teammates had just stepped down from the awards stand when she stepped to the top, next to Mary Gingrow of Delone Catholic and Northeastern's Madison Reichard, who placed second and third, respectively. When they yelled her name, Myers smiled.
"That was really cool. It was awesome for the school," she said.
Now everyone looks forward to next week's District 3 Class AAA championships.
"I was up there last year, so I know what it's like," Myers said. "I feel like it will help just being more familiar with it."
The voice of motivation for Gettle: Although only a freshman, York Suburban's Olivia Gettle wisely learned what she needed to get going: Listen for the voice of Trojans distance coach Dan Vanhouwe.
"He lets me know when it's time to go," Gettle said. "He motivates me. I can always hear him. His voice is very distinctive."
Gettle heard Vanhouwe on Friday, which came in handy with Kennard-Dale's Maddie Ferner keeping up with her through more than three of the four laps of the 1,600 run.
"I knew she was right there the whole time. That keeps me going through the pain," Gettle said. "I knew based on the seeds it was going to be close. I just tried my best and left it all out here."
Down the stretch, Gettle separated herself from Ferner, who is also a freshman, finishing in 5:19.34 for the victory.
Other girls' winners: Also winning before the meet was suspended were Steph Shaw of South Western, who won the 100 hurdles. Mustangs teammates Lynne Mooradian and Erin Harman won the 100 dash and pole vault, respectively. Central York's Jordan Nittinger was victorious in the 400 dash. Top-seeded Sarah Hunt of Fairfield, the reigning Class AA district champion, scored the league long jump title with a leap of 17 feet.
Friday's Girls' Results
Meet suspended due to rain; will resume 5/13
3,200 relay -- 1. RL, (Clare Kocman, Anna Haynie, Alaina Ross, Julia Kendrick), 9:58.76; 2. Dover; 3. West York; 4. Delone Catholic; 5. Dallastown; 6. Fairfield; 7. Central York; 8. York Suburban. 100 hurdles -- 1. SW, Steph Shaw, 15.15; 2. Dt, Tatianna Purnell; 3. SG, Abigal Richards; 4. Ne, Cheyenne Davis; 5. BeS, Elana Keller; 6. BeS, Madelyn Keller; 7. WY, Jahna Shrader; 8. YS, Luren Shrader. 100 -- 1. SW, Lynne Mooradian, 12.35; 2. Sus, Alesha Herman; t3. SW, Makenzie Wall; t3. SW, Amore Coleman; 5. CY, Kennedy Little; 6. WP, Kelleann Graham; 7. Big, Amanda Wallace; 8. WP, Cheyanne Brown. 1,600 -- 1. YS, Olivia Gettle, 5:19.34; 2. KD, Maddie Ferner; 3. Sus, Rachel Banchiere; 4. RL, Amanda Wivell; 5. YS, Samantha Gehly; 6. CY, Briana Hackos; 7. BeS, Rachel Crane; 8. WY, Bethany Weaver. 400 -- 1. CY, Jordan Nittinger, 1:00.70; 2. Dt, Emma Kange; 3. CY, DeJanee Fells; 4. F, Kelly Quealy; 5. NO, Karissa Floyd; 6. CY, Jessica Cable; 7. RL, Jessica Lewis; 8. Han, Lynne Eisenberg. Long jump -- 1. F, Sarah Hunt 17-00; 2. DC, Isabella Ugarte; 3. CY, Kendra Snyder; 4. BeS, Elana Keller; 5. Big, Amanda Wallace; 6. SW, Erin Harman; 7. WP, Jasmine Berry; 8. Ne, Sarah Williamson. Pole vault -- 1. SW, Erin Harman, 11-3; 2. DC, Grace Reidel; 3. SG, Brynn Warrington; 4. RL, Amanda Young; 5. Han, Lynne Eisenberg; 6. Sus, Mikala Mayoryk; 7. DC, Kathy Hernandez; 8. Sus, Kara Funk. Javelin -- 1. RL, Amanda Myers, 122-01; 2. DC, Mary Gingrow; 3. Ne, Madison Reichard; 4. Dt, Lillian Cook; 5. NO, Emily Groft; 6. SW, Holly Arey; 7. DC, Allie Mondorf; 8. RL, Hailey Gunnet.