Track news: Central vaulter Baublitz starts hot
Central York pole vaulter Alexis Baublitz is picking up where she left off last season.
The senior opened the 2016 campaign with a league-leading vault of 11 feet in Central’s 77-69 loss to Dallastown. Head coach Chris Detwiler said he thinks that was just the start for Baublitz.
“I’m sure once the weather gets a little bit better in the outdoor season here she’ll clear some pretty high heights,” Detwiler said.
Baublitz has had a pretty eventful offseason. She spent time training with VaultWorX in Camp Hill during the summer and winter, and during this past indoor season she vaulted 12 feet, 3 inches to qualify for the Millrose Games in New York City.
“It was so much fun,” Baublitz said about the experience. “The vibe is so much fun and it’s crazy. Everyone there is just cheering you on.”
And if that wasn’t enough, Baublitz committed to vault in college at Division I West Virginia University. She verbally committed in late December and plans to major in dental hygiene.
Before she embarks on her college career, Baublitz is aiming to capture a state title this season.
Young Red Lion team growing
At 3-0, the Lions boys’ track and field team has started off the year strong. Red Lion picked up relatively easy wins against Spring Grove and William Penn, but head coach Todd Barshinger said he was impressed with his squad's win against Division II foe South Western.
“I didn’t have us winning against them,” he said. “We just started to make up points here and there. Things came together, and the guys just showed a lot of growth in that meet.”
The Lions are a young squad this season, with only seven seniors on the team. A majority of the roster, according to Barshinger, is made up of juniors and freshman. The Red Lion coach credited his senior leadership, specifically Paul Jones, for helping the team thus far.
“He’s really got these younger kids together and basically brought them along,” Barshinger said.
Red Lion's Potter breaks school record
Red Lion pole vaulter Greg Potter snapped a school record during the Lions’ win against South Western on Tuesday. His vault of 14 feet, three inches eclipsed the old record of 13 feet, nine inches.
“He’s been working hard,” Barshinger said.
Gettysburg’s Dillard off and running
Ravaughn Dillard was the only YAIAA track and field athlete to capture a state title last season, and this season the junior is already leading the league in the triple jump and long jump.
His long jump distance of 22-3 tied a school record and ranks 2 feet ahead of Spring Grove’s Adam Warehime, who has the second longest distance so far this season. Dillard’s triple jump distance of 46-1 is five feet better than second-place Devon Hodgen of Bermudian Springs.