MC boys win first Section title since 1990
A year ago, the Manheim Central boys track and field team got close.
Seeking their first Section Two crown since 1990, the Barons couldn’t quite get past Garden Spot, dropping a 81-69 decision.
Last Wednesday, April 23, however, they finished the job.
Senior Steve Young claimed three golds in the jumps and sophomore Tyler Hoag added a pair of wins in the throwing events, as Manheim Central thumped the Spartans 93-57 in a battle of unbeatens in Manheim.
“That was a pretty exciting day for us (as coaches) and overall with the team,” said Barons’ skipper Shane Mack, a Garden Spot grad, “because that put us in the position to win the Section title without any help.”
Which is exactly what they did on Monday, crushing Lampeter-Strasburg 101-48 to complete a perfect 7-0 league season (9-0 overall) and bring home their first Section title in 24 years.
“The athletes worked hard,” Adams said. “That’s the big thing. They competed hard and they didn’t give up because maybe they weren’t first or second. They always fought for that extra point and place.”
Having lost several key seniors to graduation from the 2013 team, Adams and his staff didn’t know what to expect from the team coming into this season. With only 26 boys on the roster, depth was a concern. Still, their expectations remained high.
“We never lower our expectations,” Adams said. “Every year, our expectations are to be in that run for the Section title. As coaches, if the expectations are high, then our athletes will raise their expectations for themselves and the overall team as well.”
With the likes of athletes such as Wade Beamesderfer, Nathanael Erk, Austin Hart and Young, the Barons juggled their pieces and put them in events where they could best help the team on a given day.
“All of those athletes sacrificed individual results for the team,” Adams said. “That’s pretty neat to see those athletes make those sacrifices for the team.”
It was also pretty neat to see Central’s 4×800 foursome of Nate Lachman, Ian Lauver, Cole Sunderland and Nathanael Erk get the Barons started on a positive note last Wednesday, running to a first-place finish in 8:31.5.
“Every event in that meet was important, but I always think that first of every meet is important and when we win, I think it sets the tone for the meet,” Adams said. “I think the 4×8 was critical because what I figured in the meet was GS was going to run and be competitive in that event.”
Malik Parsons led the Spartans with firsts in the 100, 200, High Hurdles and 300 Hurdles, but the Barons were able to offset those points by outscoring GS 28-8 in the 400, 800, 1600 and 3200. Beamesderfer broke the tape in the 400 lead a Barons sweep in that event, Erk won the 800 in 2:11.3, Sunderland was victorious in the 1600 in 4:54.5 and Lachman took the 3200 in 10:27.2.
“One event that I think (GS) struggles in where we’re strong is the 400 meters,” Adams said. “The 400, 800, 1600 are very solid for us, and that’s where I figured we would get most of our points.”
The 4×400 relay of Tyler Steely, Beamesderfer, Sunderland and Erk added a win in 3:45.5.
They also got a lot of key points in the field events, courtesy of Young, Hart, Hoag and Ben Lynes. Young took top honors in the long (20-4), triple jump (41-0) and high jump (5-10), Hoag heaved first-place throws in the shot put (51-1) and javelin (172-6), and Hart won the discus (137-0).
“They came in focused and ready to compete &tstr; they did very well,” Adams said. “Tyler is still learning and he’s going to be an outstanding athlete for a couple more years for us.”
The Manheim Central girls bounced back from an 88-62 loss to GS last Wednesday to defeat Lampeter-Strasburg 100-50, improving their final Section Two record to 3-4 (3-6 overall).
In their meet against the Lady Spartans, Lauree Wiegand was a double individual winner in the long jump (5-7!-R) and triple jump (31-9!-W) to lead Manheim Central in the losing cause.
Kelli Barber chipped in with a win in the 400 (64.5), Halle Funk took the 800 (2:39.0) and both girls were members of the winning 4×400 relay (4:37.0). Danae Peter also added a victory in the 1600 in a time of 5:39.0.
In the Baron boys dominant win over L-S, Hart claimed four individual firsts in the 100 (16.0), High Hurdles (16.0), 300 Hurdles (43.0) and discus (143-3) to lead the way.
Beamesderfer was a double individual winner in the 200 (23.3) and 400 (52.9), while Hoag took home two wins in the shot put (49-7) and javelin (163-2).
Last Thursday, the Baron boys remained unbeaten with a 122-28 non-league drubbing of Annville-Cleona in Manheim. The Little Dutchmen won 90-60 in girls action to earn the split.
Led by four individual wins from Steve Young, the Barons took first place in 17 of 18 events. The senior star claimed the High Hurdles (11.7), long jump (21-2!-W), triple jump (40-6) and high jump (5-10).
Nathanael Erk also had a big day with individual wins in the 400 (52.7) and 800 (2:06.9), in addition to helping the 4×400 (3:37.1) and 4×800 (8:39.2) relays bring home firsts.
Tyler Hoag chipped in with three wins in the throwing events, finishing with gold in the shot put (49-3), discus (142-2) and javelin (175-5).
On the girls side, the Lady Barons’ only two victories came in the field events, where Sophia Iosue took the discus (107-1) and Brigitte Fittery had a first-place throw of 113-10 in the javelin.