There was no time to rest. Minutes after kick-starting Central York's 400 relay team to a victory at Friday's YAIAA Track and Field Championships, Jay Stone jogged over to the starting area for the 300 hurdles. He was seeded first in the event.
"Did you scratch Stone yet?" the Panthers sophomore asked.
No, Stone was told, he had made it in time. Barely.
With his spot in the race secure, Stone set about justifying his top seed. He darted to a comfortable lead, then crashed through the final hurdle of his heat -- those spent legs finally catching up with him -- en route to a first-place finish in 39.41 seconds.
That was the third of Stone's four gold medals at Dallastown High School on Friday. He also took first place in the 110 hurdles and ran the first leg of the Panthers' victorious 1600 relay team. He was the only boys' competitor to win two individual golds on the evening.
"I did want to come in with four golds," Stone said.
Stone has been one of the area's top hurdlers each of the past two seasons. He qualified first in the 300 hurdles last year, but settled for a third-place finish -- in part, Stone said, because he was gassed from running a race immediately before.
Faced with a similar dilemma Friday, Stone made due. When confronted with the last hurdle of the race -- his legs weakening -- Stone opted to simply knock down the hurdle with his foot rather than jump over it.
"I fell once (earlier in the season) because I jumped too late," Stone said, laughing, "so I might as well just jump too early and knock it over."
Earlier in the day, Stone set a personal record in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.77.
Not bad, considering Stone boasts less-than-ideal height for a hurdler. At 5-foot-7, he's shorter than almost all the athletes he races.
"When I started in the seventh grade, nobody thought I'd be any good," Stone said. "But I just don't ever want to let size get to me. Regardless of my height, I want to get over that hurdle and be the first one there."
Stone headlined a big night for Central's sprinters. In addition to those relay wins, Panthers senior Sam Koimene snatched first place in the 100 meter dash in 10.85 seconds. Tyler Lafountain, who ran on Central's 1,600 relay team, took first in the high jump (6 feet).
Vaulting into the record books: A 33-year old YAIAA meet record fell Friday, when Dallastown's Jared Allison cleared 15 feet, 6 inches to win the boys' pole vault competition. That was a full foot better than the previous record of 14-06, set by Kennard-Dale's Bill Butler in 1979.
Still, Allison wanted more. The senior took three cracks at 15-09, but could not get over.
"I really wanted to PR," said Allison, who won a state indoor championship this past winter.
Allison has now cleared 15-06 four times this spring, and hopes to reach 16 feet in the coming weeks.
Back to health: Earlier this week, William Penn triple jump specialist Jarred Posey wasn't sure if he would compete at the YAIAA championships. Posey has spent the last two weeks nursing a sore right hamstring he suffered during a practice.
"I couldn't even touch my toes," Posey said of injury.
But by the middle of this week, Posey said, the hamstring felt stronger. The Bearcats senior, who won a silver medal at the state championships last year, ended up jumping 47 feet, 1 1/4 inches to win the event. It was his best mark of the season.
"I wasn't too happy with it," Posey said. "I know I could have done better. But coming off an injury I think I did pretty well."
Surprise winner: Fairfield sophomore Devin Wilt surprised just about everyone -- including himself -- by taking first in the 1,600 meter run.
Wilt entered Friday with the ninth-best qualifying time in the event. As he steered around the final turn and kicked further into the lead, he figured somebody was coming up behind him.
"I had no clue," Wilt said.
No clue that he was 15 meters in front of his nearest competitor. He finished four seconds ahead of Dallastown's Adam Katora with a school record time of 4:34.23.
"I started waving my hands around," Wilt said of his reaction to the record. "I've been chasing it."
Notables: Red Lion's Ryan Knisely cruised to his second straight YAIAA championship in the 200 meters in 22.51 seconds. Knisely also earned a fourth-place finish in the 100 meter dash. ... Eastern York's Alec McKee barely missed out on a two-gold medal night. The senior took first in the discus with a heave of 149 feet, and grabbed second in the javelin behind Littlestown's Dustin Crouse (175-07). ... Red Lion's Caleb Gatchell won the 800 meters (1:59.01) and ran the anchor leg of the Lions' victorious 3,200 relay team, overtaking Dallastown on the final straightaway.
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3,200 relay -- 1. Red Lion (Nick McCabe, Josh Pardoe, Nate Pardoe, Caleb Gatchell), 8:11.48; 2. Dallastown; 3. Central York; 4. Susquehannock; 5. West York; 6. York County Tech.
110 hurdles -- 1. Jay Stone, Central York, 14.77; 2. Johnathan Dadeboe, Dallastown; 3. Mike Elicker, Bermudian Springs; 4. Jon Hutchinson, York Suburban; 5. Jeremiah Gilbert, York County Tech; 6. Brody Honeycutt, New Oxford.
100 -- 1. Sam Koimene, Central York, 10.95; 2. Austin Torres, York Suburban; 3. Alex Cooley, Eastern York; 4. Ryan Knisely, Red Lion; 5. Jaime Nixon-Alark, York Suburban; 6. Brandon Study, Littlestown.
1,600 -- 1. Devin Wilt, Fairfield, 4:34.23; 2. Adam Katora, Dallastown; 3. Drew Belnick, Central York; 4. Ben Linne, Northeastern; 5. Josh Moyer, Dallastown; 6. Kevin Chambers, West York.
400 relay -- 1. Central York (Sam Koimene, Angelo Koimene, Marquis Fells, Jay Stone), 43.13; 2. York Suburban; 3. South Western; 4. Delone Catholic; 5. Biglerville; 6. Eastern York.
400 -- 1. Logan Bowman, South Western, 51.06; 2. Cody Lehr, York County Tech; 3. Tommy Dondero, New Oxford; 4. Marcus Kinard, West York; 5. Brady Altland, Dallastown; 6. Jordan Wissler, York Suburban.
300 hurdles -- 1. Jay Stone, Central York, 39.41; 2. Jon Hutchinson, York Suburban; 3. Adrian Jackson, Dallastown; 4. Andrew Menges, Red Lion; 5. Jason Cavanaugh, Spring Grove; 6. Larry Griffin, Littlestown.
800 -- 1. Caleb Gatchell, Red Lion, 1:59.01; 2. Grant Shaffer, Susquehannock; 3. Brook Wilson, Central York; 4. Brandon Krise, South Western; 5. Zekial Alejandrez, Littlestown; 6. Ben Johnston, Dallastown.
200 -- 1. Ryan Knisely, Red Lion, 22.51; 2. Brandon Study, Littlestown; 3. Angelo Koimene, Central York; 4. Kadeem Jackson, William Penn; 5. Marquis Fells, Central York; 6. Nick Braun, Delone Catholic.
3,200 -- 1. Ryan Hertzog, South Western, 9:47.33; 2. Patrick Reilly, Dallastown; 3. Aaron Gebhart, New Oxford; 4. John Roan, Fairfield; 5. Patrick Morrison, Susquehannock; 6. Kevin Procopio, Susquehannock.
1,600 relay -- 1. Central York (Jay Stone, Angelo Koimene, Tyler Lafountain, Marquis Fells), 3:29.13; 2. Dallastown; 3. York Suburban; 4. Red Lion; 5. Littlestown; 6. South Western.
Shot put -- 1. Noe Aguilar, Biglerville, 50-9; 2. Anderson Novalin, William Penn; 3. Jon Salcedo, York Suburban; 4. Jeremy Loughlin, South Western; 5. Mike Lopresti, Dover; 6. Matt Felton, Hanover.
Discus -- 1. Alec McKee, Eastern York, 149-0; 2. Troy Hewitt, Jr., Fairfield; 3. Caleb Hertzler, Eastern York; 4. Ben Gates, Dallastown; 5. Noe Aguilar, Biglerville; 6. Ben Creggar, Spring Grove.
Triple jump -- 1. Jarred Posey, William Penn, 47-1 1/4; 2. Jake Kautz, Eastern York; 3. Jabarri Brown, William Penn; 4. David Kirkland, Red Lion; 5. Jason Milton, Red Lion; 6. Dillon Langenfeld, South Western.
Long jump -- 1. Dillon Langenfeld, South Western, 20-6; 2. Jeremiah Gilbert, York County Tech; 3. Mannie McDowell, York Suburban; 4. Wit Norrie, Red Lion; 5. Seth Haight, Red Lion; 6. Jacob Miller, Spring Grove.
High jump -- 1. Tyler Lafountain, Central York, 6-0; 2. Thomas Patterson, Dallastown; 3. (tie) Alvin Fullwood, South Western; Jabarri Brown, William Penn; 5. Ryan Markle, Bermudian Springs; 6. Devon Bohlen, Red Lion.
Pole vault -- 1. Jared Allison, Dallastown, 15-6 (new meet record; previous mark, Bill Butler, Kennard-Dale, 1979, 14-6); 2. Tyler Crawford, Red Lion; 3. Steven Schaffer, Hanover; 4. Nate Swartzbaugh, Dover; 5. Dylan Moynihan, Kennard-Dale; 6. Donald Smith, Red Lion.
Javelin -- 1. Dustin Crouse, Littlestown, 175-7; 2. Alec McKee, Eastern York; 3. Anthony Vitacco, Northeastern; 4. Mike Lopresti, Dover; 5. Preston Altland, Northeastern; 6. Adam Weigle, Red Lion.