DALLASTOWN -- Family, friends and teammates shared their congratulations with Patrick Reilly in the moments after he crossed the finish line at Dallastown.
The Wildcats' senior appreciated the kind words.
In a cross country meet Tuesday afternoon against visiting Central York, Spring Grove and South Western, Reilly won the race by more than a minute. However, he came up just short of his goal of breaking the course record of 15 minutes, 50 seconds, set in 2009 by Chuck Lockwood, a Dallastown grad who is now in his senior year competing at NCAA Division I Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
Reilly finished in 15:52. The disappointment could be seen on the face of the 5-foot, 11-inch, 145-pound runner in the immediate minutes following his finish, as he leaned over with his arms on a fence and his eyes staring at the ground. He kept the day's events in proper perspective, though.
"Oh, I'm happy. This is an awesome day. Great turnout. The team did really well," Reilly said. "I had my hopes up of getting that record. I'm disappointed, but I gave it my all and I'm happy with how it went."
On Senior Day at Dallastown, the Wildcats had three of the top five runners, four of the top 10 and seven of the top 15 to claim victories against Central, Spring Grove and South Western. The Panthers came in second place, beating Spring Grove and South Western. Although the Wildcats (5-0 York-Adams League) still have one more league meet remaining next week at Northeastern, Dallastown's performance Tuesday sealed the outright Division I crown for the first time since 2010 and just the second time since 1992.
"It's awesome," Reilly said. "Over the summer we had our sights set on being undefeated as a team. And we want to be one of the top four teams from our district."
A week after setting a course record at Codorus State Park (16:39), Reilly set a personal course record at Dallastown, beating out his old time by five seconds. He was followed by teammate Seth Stayer, Central's J.D. Groff, Spring Grove's Hunter Miller and Dallastown's Taylor Lentz.
"There was a lot of emotion today," longtime Dallastown coach Mark Noll said of Senior Day. "The key, however, is to not let the emotions get you too overwhelmed and spend too much energy on the emotional preparation."
While the season is still far from over, Noll said he'll miss his senior group of 46 runners (19 girls, 27 boys), including Reilly, who said he's considering running at NCAA D-I schools Pittsburgh, Lehigh or Lafayette next year.
"They dedicated their hearts to the sport and they're good people all around," Noll said of his seniors. "But you're also hoping you're sending them off to better things, too. It's a bittersweet feeling."
Girls: In the girls' meet, Central's Emily Loeffelholz had the first-place finish but Dallastown won the meet by beating all three opponents. Central came in second with wins over Spring Grove and South Western. Dallastown's Megan Blum took second, followed by teammates Elizabeth DiBiase and Casey Kemp.
OTHER BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY
LINNE LEADS NORTH EASTERN SWEEP: At Northeastern Middle School, the Bobcats' Ben Linne put up a winning time of 17:03 to help his team score victories over Susquehannock, Delone Catholic and York Catholic. Linne was one of five Northeastern runners to place in the top 10. Ryan Sevret was fourth for the Bobcats and Alex Seaforth was fifth. Susquehannock's Jacob Thomas took runner-up honors and York Catholic's L.J. Zinda placed third. The Warriors placed second in the quad meet.
PAGAN SPARKS EAGLES TO FIRST-PLACE FINISH: At York Township Park, Danty Pagan led the Eagles to the first-place team finish by capturing first in a time of 18:35. Gabe Lloyd came in second for the Eagles, while Beau Ambrose took third. The Eagles defeated York Tech, Fairfield and West York. The Bulldogs came in second by defeating Tech and Fairfield. Evin Mitchell led the Bulldogs with a fourth-place finish. The Green Knights came in third by defeating Tech and were led by Michael Ball's fifth-place finish.
MILLER POWERS LIONS TO HOME VICTO RY: At Red Lion, Alex Miller's first-place finish led the Lions to team victories over Kennard-Dale, Eastern and Littlestown. Also for Red Lion, Andrew Erickson took third and Ethan Gatchell took fifth. K-D came in second by defeating Littlestown and Eastern. Theo Kioussis led the Rams with a second-place finish, while Jacob Wescott took fourth. Eastern picked up one team victory by defeating Littlestown.
TROJANS TRI UMPHANT: At New Oxford, Brad Clark's fourth-place finish led the Trojans to the first-place team finish. Donavan Mears took fifth for Suburban. The Trojans defeated New Oxford, Biglerville and Bermudian Springs. New Oxford came in second by defeating Bermudian and Biglerville. Aaron Gebhart led the Colonials with a first-place finish. Also for New Oxford, Jacob Plank took second. Biglerville took third by defeating Bermudian, with Brady Wilt leading the Canners with a third-place finish.
OTHER GIRLS' CROSS COUNTRY
SUSQUEHANNOCK'S DEPTH IS DECISIVE: At Northeastern Middle School, four Susquehannock runners placed among the first five finishers as the Warriors bested York Catholic, Delone Catholic and Northeastern. The Warriors' Rachel Bachiere crossed the finish line first and Delone Catholic's Kate Mowery was second. Three Susquehannock runners (Emily Fourhman, Courtney Rodgers and Jackie Ditt) followed Mowery. Delone edged York Catholic and defeated Northeastern for second place in the team competition. York Catholic downed Northeastern.
EAGLES USE PACK RUNNING TO CAPTURE MEET: At York Township Park, the Eagles captured team victories over York Tech, West York and Fairfield by taking five of the top eight places. Shea Beierschmitt took third, Andrea Dawson took fourth and Alysha Sweitzer took fifth. West York took second place by defeating Tech and Fairfield. Bethany Weaver led the Bulldogs with a second-place finish. The Spartans came in third by defeating Fairfield. Emma Harrelson led the Spartans by taking first.
LIONS TAKE FIRST PLACE AT HOME: At Red Lion, the Lions defeated Eastern, Kennard-Dale and Littlestown to take first place overall. Tristan Schluderberg led the Lions by taking second. Also for the Lions, Macy Owens took third, Rachel Jenks took fourth and Julia Kendrick took fifth. The Rams came in second by defeating Eastern and Littlestown. Kayla White led the Rams with a first-place finish. Eastern came in third by defeating Littlestown.
GETTLE PACES TRO JANS: At New Oxford, Olivia Gettle led the Trojans to the first-place finish by taking first in the individual competition. Teammate Emma Leik took third. The Trojans defeated New Oxford, Bermudian Springs and Biglerville. The Colonials defeated Bermudian and Biglerville to take second. Emily Clinton led the Colonials with a second-place finish, while teammates Devin Bateman and Emily Lawrence took fourth and fifth, respectively.
-- Reach John Walk at email@example.com.