Record Day at YAIAA Track Championships

Two girls set some impressive records in track and field

Ella Bahn, a sophomore from Spring Grove, and Lily Carlson, a star from Bermudian Springs, both made impressive performances at the York-Adams League track and field championships at Dallastown High School. Bahn took home gold medals in the 100-meter hurdles and high jump, and then shattered the league record in the 800 meters with a time of 2:14.33. Lily Carlson set the record in the girls pole vault with a vault of 13' - 3".

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Spring Grove standout Ella Bahn and Bermudian Springs star Lily Carlson both did just that Wednesday in the York-Adams League track and field championships at Dallastown High School.

Bahn, a sophomore, claimed gold medals in both the 100-meter hurdles (14.45 seconds) and high jump (5-foot-7) before breaking the league record in the 800 meters with a time of 2:14.33.

“I know that it’s a little ambitious, but I want to get the county record” Bahn said prior to running the 800. She achieved the feat indeed, besting Dallastown’s Natalie Good by over five seconds to take home her third gold of the day.

Carlson, a junior, broke her own record in the pole vault with a jump of 13 feet, 3 inches, surpassing the 13-foot-1 vault she recorded at the league meet last spring. Despite settling for second behind Bahn in the 100 hurdles, Carlson also set a new school record in the event with a time of 15.19 seconds.

Last year as a freshman, Bahn won all four events that she entered at the league meet. While the young star didn't enter the 300 hurdles Wednesday — she won the 2023 PIAA Class 3A title in that event — she added a bronze medal with Spring Grove's 4x100 relay team. Bahn joined superstar sprinter Laila Campbell, a senior LSU signee, in the event, and she relished the opportunity to team up with one of the most gifted track stars in York County history.

The Rockets' relay team — which has made multiple injury replacements this season — placed third with a time of 49.07 seconds, just a tick behind winner York High (48.42) and second-place Central York (49.03). Campbell and Bahn went first and second to give Spring Grove an early lead, but the Bearcats and Panthers pulled ahead in the final stretch.

Bahn's record time in the 800 was somewhat bittersweet, as she won’t be participating in that event during next week's District 3 championships at Shippensburg University. Bahn had to give up one of her four championship-caliber events to find a spot in the relay.

“I’m bummed that I’m not doing (the 300 hurdles) here, but I’ll be doing it at districts,” Bahn said. “The (300 hurdles) and the 800 are right after one another, so this will be the last time I run the 800 this season.”

After failing ever so slightly in her first two attempts, Carlson nailed her final vault at 13-3 to achieve the mark she sought heading into the day.

“Going in, I was kind of expecting that I would run the hurdles before I would make my first attempt at 13 feet,” Carlson said. “That way, after my first attempt, I could make any adjustments, so there was definitely some strategy behind that.”

Carlson has amped up her work schedule significantly in the offseason. She works out with an expert on the vault while also adding in some weightlifting to improve her technique and strength.

“I’ve always vaulted twice a week,” Carlson said. “But starting last year I began lifting twice a week as well. I go to VaultWorks and train there and that’s been an amazing help. I’ve grown in my confidence with my jump and I think I’ve improved a lot since last year.

Host Dallastown cruised to the York-Adams League girls' team title, with the Wildcats' 99.5 points well ahead of Bermudian Springs (68) and Spring Grove (65). South Western took fourth with 56.5 points, Central York was fifth with 51 and York High and Dover followed with 49 and 48, respectively.

Dallastown's victories came from Neila Granger in the 1,600 (5:10.73), Makayla Palmer in the discus (122-3) and a strong quartet in the 4x400 relay (4:05.99 from Good, Olivia Craig, Addison Emenheiser and Granger). The Wildcat boys also won the 4x400 to close the night and secure a team championship of their own.

Bahn and Campbell were the only girls with multiple individual victories Wednesday, although Carlson and several others came close. Eastern York's Kaydence Strange won the 3,200 after taking second to Granger in the 1,600. Bermudian Springs' Alison Watts won the triple jump but settled for third in the long jump, won by Northeastern freshman Ava Metzler. And Palmer added a shot put bronze to her discus gold for the league champion Wildcats.

Here is the full list of girls’ winners at the York-Adams League track and field championships:

100 — Laila Campbell, senior, Spring Grove, 12.11

200 — Laila Campbell, senior, Spring Grove, 24.48

400 — Halana Brubaker, sophomore, Eastern York, 59.31

800 — Ella Bahn, sophomore, Spring Grove, 2:14.33

1600 — Neila Granger, freshman, Dallastown, 5:10.73

3200 — Kaydence Strange, senior, Eastern York, 11:36.43

100 hurdles — Ella Bahn, sophomore, Spring Grove, 14.45

300 hurdles — Eva Mvula, junior, Dover, 49.16

4x100 relay — York High (Bailey, Smith, Rodriguez, Kirkland), 48.42

4x400 relay — Dallastown (Good, Craig, Emenheiser, Granger), 4:05.99

4x800 relay — York Suburban (Deal, Butera, Hill, Pineda), 9:54.04

Long jump — Ava Metzler, freshman, Northeastern, 17-4.25

Triple jump — Alison Watts, senior, Bermudian Springs, 36-8.75

High jump — Ella Bahn, sophomore, Spring Grove, 5-7

Pole vault — Lily Carlson, junior, Bermudian Springs, 13-3

Shot put — Melanie Thoman, sophomore, Dover, 34-3

Javelin — Haylee Smith, junior, Biglerville, 113-5

Discus — Makayla Palmer, senior, Dallastown, 122-3

As originally reported in the York Dispatch

LaDainian Strausbaugh’s high school athletic career has featured two broken collarbones, a torn labrum, a bevy of ups and downs on the football field and a relay gold medal at the state track meet as a freshman.

Now a senior, Strausbaugh is officially — at long last — the fastest sprinter in the York-Adams League.

The 5-foot-8, 150-pound speedster captured first place in both the 100 and 200 meters at the league track and field championships Wednesday at Dallastown High School. Strausbaugh pulled away from the field with a time of 10.84 seconds in the 100 in the late afternoon and 21.96 in the 200 as the sun set.

“I expected to close (my York County career) the way I did just because I put a lot of work in,” he said. “I went through a lot of trials and tribulations, a lot of adversity throughout the years. I was due.”

Strausbaugh — the son of Simmie Strausbaugh, who also starred in football and track in Red Lion — knew he’d be the sprinter to beat at this year’s league meet. He finished second in the 100 and third in the 200 while winning the 400 as a junior. But five of the eight 100-meter finalists in 2023 were seniors and a sixth, Juelz Goff, left high school early to join the Pitt football program. An extra year of work and a focus on the shorter sprints ultimately made the difference.

“I knew what it was,” Strausbaugh said. “I was battling it out with (older sprinters) for God knows how long. I was always chasing those guys, and once I started to be able to beat them, I knew once they were gone, it was gonna be kind of hard to find an equal inside of York.”

Red Lion picked up two other gold medals on the track Wednesday, both courtesy of junior Daniel Naylor. After winning the Y-A boys’ cross country title in the fall, Naylor broke loose down the stretch to win the 1,600 meters in 4:20.87, nearly nine seconds clear of Dover’s Caleb Hogan (also the cross country runner-up). Two hours later, Naylor returned to the track and captured the 800 meters in 2:00.78, crossing the line almost three seconds in front.

“It was a quick turnaround — we only had about an hour and a half, but you just have to get your legs ready,” Naylor said. “You know it’s gonna be painful, but luckily you’ve got the shorter race second, so you’ve just gotta go out there and give it what you’ve got on tired legs.”

The duo’s quartet of victories wasn’t quite enough to lift the Lions to the boys’ team title on Wednesday, as host Dallastown registered 83 points to hold off Central York (81) and Red Lion (78.6). The Division I trio separated itself from the pack, with York Tech (64) and South Western (54.6) completing the top five. Dallastown also won the Y-A girls’ title with room to spare over Bermudian Springs and Spring Grove.

Central York’s lone victory on Wednesday came from senior Jonah Arnold in the pole vault (13 feet,10 inches, well clear of teammate Brennan Pringle’s 13-0). York Tech, whose track program also includes athletes from York Catholic and York Country Day, picked up a win in the 4x800 relay, while Spartan senior Pearce Alleyne took gold in the shot put.

New Oxford, which won the Division II championship during the regular season, picked up three gold medals. Senior Brennan Holmes won the league’s 400-meter title in 48.90, the fastest time by a District 3 Class 3A runner this year. Sophomore Brayden Billman, meanwhile, took both the high jump (6-2) and triple jump (43-8) to join Strausbaugh and Naylor as Wednesday’s only two-time individual boys’ gold medalists.

Wednesday’s schedule was thrown slightly off its rhythm following a controversial boys’ 110-meter hurdles final. Spring Grove’s Kayleb Allen missed a hurdle and fell to the ground, interfering with two runners. Kennard-Dale’s Brody Eller and York High’s Robert Salazar Rosell actually returned to the track two hours after the initial race and competed side-by-side by themselves; Eller crossed the line six thousandths of a second ahead of his counterpart (15.373 to 15.379) but both clocked in behind South Western’s Jackson Hersh, who ran a 15.24 in the initial final.

All three boys’ throwing events came down to the wire. Alleyne’s shot put victory came by just 10 inches over Bermudian Springs’ Aaron Weigle (49-4.5 to 48-6.5); Weigle had previously knocked off Alleyne in the discus (159-9 to 155-2). Dover’s Chris Drake won the javelin with a heave of 159-6, sneaking past the 156-5 of Spring Grove’s Cowan Ruhland.

The league meet, of course, is far from the endgame. Strausbaugh, Naylor and the rest of Wednesday’s gold medalists have set their sights all year on the District 3 championships next weekend at Shippensburg University, as well as the state meet at the same venue a week later. Even after winning a county title, the league’s best are looking ahead.

“We came in here and took care of business. That was the plan the whole time,” Naylor said of himself and Strausbaugh. “I know we both didn’t feel completely ourselves, but we knew what we had to do and we executed it. It’s really exciting to have a good group — we’ve got a really well-rounded team overall.”

Strausbaugh qualified for states in the 100 and 200 a year ago but didn’t make it out of the prelims in either race. Those shortcomings have stuck with him and served as motivation. He’s about to take one more shot.

“I lost at states pretty hard,” he said, “and I wanted to come back and just do my thing.”

Here is the full list of boys’ winners at the York-Adams League track and field championships:

100 — LaDainian Strausbaugh, senior, Red Lion, 10.84

200 — LaDainian Strausbaugh, senior, Red Lion, 21.96

400 — Brennan Holmes, senior, New Oxford, 48.90

800 — Daniel Naylor, junior, Red Lion, 2:00.78

1600 — Daniel Naylor, junior, Red Lion, 4:20.87

3200 — Peyton Small, senior, Littlestown, 9:46.40

110 hurdles — Jackson Hersh, senior, South Western, 15.24

300 hurdles — Robert Salazar Rosell, junior, York High, 40.21

4x100 relay — Dallastown (Annan, Scott, Rodriguez, Cromartie) 42.75

4x400 relay — Dallastown (Scott, Carney, Rodriguez, Annan), 3:26.18

4x800 relay — York Tech (Bradley, Marine, Mathena, Driscoll)  8:20.82

Long jump — Michael Scott, junior, Dallastown, 22-6

Triple jump — Brayden Billman, sophomore, New Oxford, 43-8

High jump — Brayden Billman, sophomore, New Oxford, 6-2

Pole vault — Jonah Arnold, senior, Central York, 13-10

Shot put — Pearce Alleyne, senior, York Tech, 49-4.5

Javelin — Chris Drake, senior, Dover, 159-6

Discus —  Aaron Weigle, senior, Bermudian Springs, 159-9

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