October 15, 2018
Red Lion – Dallastown – Northeastern. The girls championship will provide some clarity going into districts about which of these teams has the best chance at securing one of the 4 team qualifying spots. Dallastown was one of our pre-season favorites to secure one of the state spots; however, team depth has provided a challenge. Red Lion and Northeastern have both entered into the championship discussion based on their season results to date. Northeastern was admittedly off of our radar until recently. Last season they failed to have 5 runners complete the district course; thus not securing a team score. They can now make the argument that they are the team to beat at Tuesday’s Championship meet. Red Lion is currently ranked #8 in AAA; Dallastown is #9; Northeastern is looking to make their debut in the top 10 based on results from this meet.
Red Lion will be looking to put 4 athletes in the top 25. Junior Kiersten Lloyd will battle for an individual title. She currently has run the 2nd fastest time among YAIAA competitors this year when she ran 19:16 at the Carlisle Invitational. Red Lion brings a closely bunched #2-4 into the championships. To win the team title they will be looking to put their #5-7 runners ahead of Dallastown’s #5.
Dallastown has impressive talent up front. They could put their top 4 runners inside the top 10 at YAIAAs. How soon their number 5 runner crosses the finish line could determine their championship fate. Emily Schuler (jr) leads Dallastown and has her eyes set on post-season success. She has a season best time on 18:43 from the Carlisle Invitational. She is the #1 ranked runner coming into this meet. She is joined in the top ten by teammates Lydia Tolerico (fr, 19:51, #6), Allison Meyers (jr, 20:21, #8), and Carly Gable (sr, 20:23, #9).
Northeastern is our surprise team of the year. They didn’t have a team score at District’s last year, but have put together the deepest team this year in the YAIAA. Their top 7 runners are all ranked in the top 40 based on season best times. Like Red Lion and Dallastown, they will be aiming to place 4 runners in the top 25. They could place all 7 runners in front of their competitors #5. They are led by freshmen Bella Treglia (19:36 5k Season Best) and Marissa Pritchett (20:11) who are ranked #3 and #7 respectively.
The battle between AA foes Gettysburg and York Suburban will be fun to watch. Gettysburg is currently ranked #2 in AA while Suburban is ranked #4. Only 3 teams in AA will qualify for states at the district meet on October 27th. Both teams could place their top 5 within the top 50 on Tuesday.
3. Red Lion
5. York Suburban
The individual race will be centered around Dallastown star Emily Schuler. The junior has been the most impressive throughout the season and is one of the state’s best. Red Lion’s Kiersten Lloyd should give Schuler a good race, but look for Schuler to win after narrowly missing out on the individual title last year (2nd by 1 second to Maddie McLain, now running for Butler University).
The current top ten based on season best times are,
1. Emily Schuler (jr, Dallastown) 18:43
2. Kiersten Lloyd (jr, Red Lion) 19:16
3. Bella Treglia (fr, Northeastern) 19:36
4. Hannah Hogan (fr, Dover) 19:48
5. Olivia McLain (sr, Eastern York) 19:50
6. Lydia Tolerico (fr, Dallastown) 19:51
7. Marissa Pritchett (fr, Northeastern) 20:11
8. Allison Meyers (jr, Dallastown) 20:21
9. Carly Gable (sr, Dallastown) 20:23
10. Courtney Ohl (jr, York Suburban) 20:37
Best wishes to all runners and coaches!