The competition took place on the first Saturday in April, not the last Saturday in May.

The venue was Harry Chapman Stadium at Cumberland Valley High School, not Seth Grove Stadium at Shippensburg University.

The performances, though, turned in by Central York hurdler Jay Stone on Saturday at the Bruce Dallas Invitational were PIAA state-meet caliber.

The Central junior earned gold medals in the both the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles with times of 14.56 seconds and 38.58 seconds, respectively.

Stone's time in the 110 hurdles was 13 hundredths of a second better than his best showing of last season. The junior's effort in the 300 hurdles just missed his personal best of 2012 (:38.55).

The big three season-closing meets (York-Adams, District 3 and PIAA) are still a ways off, but Stone is definitely showing that he intends to climb up on the awards podium at all of those events.

Stone wasn't the only York-Adams athlete to win an event at the Bruce Dallas meet that attracted 28 girls' teams and 26 boys' teams.

Spring Grove junior Katie Kovacevic captured the girls' shot put with a throw of 36 feet, 8 inches. Jocelen Ruth of Kutztown was a close second with a toss of 36-61/2.

Central placed seventh in the boys' team standings with 28 points. Spring Grove was 11th in the girls' team standings with 17 points.

The Central and Spring Grove boys' and girls' teams will clash on Tuesday when the teams return to the dual-meet part of their schedules.

Lions, Wildcats set for showdown: Meanwhile, Dallastown will make the short trip to neighboring school and arch-rival Red Lion for a pair of meets that will have a major impact on the York-Adams Division I standings.

Red Lion swept both crowns last year.

On the boys' side, Red Lion's runners have recorded the fastest time so far this season in the 3,200 relay, while Dallastown's runners posted the best time in the 1,600 relay.

The Wildcats' Jonathan Dadeboe is one of the league's top hurdlers with times of :15.3 in the 110 hurdles and :40.4 in the 300 hurdles. The Wildcats' Patrick Reilly holds the best performance in the 3,200 run (9:48.7) and teammate Ben Gates is No. 1 in the discus with a throw of 151-5.

Red Lion will count on the Gatchells (Caleb and Ethan) and Pardoes (Josh and Nate) and Nick McCabe on the track and Devon Bohlen (5-10 in the high jump), and Donald Smith and Brian Weaver (12-0 and 11-6, respectively in the pole vault) in the field.

Dallastown's girls have turned in the best performance in the 1,600 relay.

Red Lion's Amanda Myers has the longest throw in the javelin (123-5), and Johnnie Tamney is tied with four other athletes for the best high jump (4-10). The Lions' Angelica Gonzalez went 33-101/2 in the triple jump this season.

Of course, Gonzalez is the youngster who had a phenomenal freshman season last year when she finished second in the state in the 200 dash and third in the 100 dash.

Dallastown and Red Lion will enter the meets with perfect 2-0-0 boys' and girls' records.

Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvanolin or 505-5407.