Olivia Gettle, York Suburban: It seems like every season there is a freshman that takes the league by storm in at least one division, and this year, with so many talented ninth-graders competing, Gettle was that runner of the year.

Gettle won the majority of the races in Division II during the league season and did not slow down in the postseason. She finished second at the YAIAA meet in 19:42, trailing only Ibarra, the senior star from Central.

A the District 3 meet Gettle took the lead in the race, but fell two times after moving to the front. Those slips cost her and she had to settle for a third-place finish. Her time was 20:08, and she just missed second place by 4 seconds and only trailed the winner by 9 seconds.


At the state meet, Gettle raced at a 6:29-mile pace and clocked a 20:07, good for 29th-place overall.
   Caitlin Salomon, Kennard-Dale: Surprise! Another freshman who excelled in her first year. Salomon followed White around cross country courses all season and posted a 16th at the YAIAA championships. She then ran to a 29th-place finish at districts in 21:27.
   Kayla White, Kennard-Dale: The sophomore set the pace all season for the Rams and claimed third at the YAIAA meet in 19:46. White followed that up with a sixth-place finish at districts in 20:16. Last year, she was ninth at the YAIAA meet in 20:28, then placed 69th at districts in 21:11, so that was a significant improvement. White capped her year by placing 21st at the state meet in 19:55.
   Rachel Banchiere, Susquehannock: Yet another freshman excelled in this division, but this one was a Warrior. Banchiere paced the team all season and placed eighth at the YAIAA meet in 20:08. Unfortunately, she struggled at districts and was not in the top six for team points, but that did not diminish a superb debut season.
   Samantha Gehly, York Suburban: The senior was an excellent leader for Suburban's youngsters and contributed with her feet as well. Gehly finished seventh at the YAIAA meet in 20:06 and then came in 11th at the district meet in 20:22, right behind Leik, and a huge improvement from last year's 60th-place showing. Gehly was 38th at the state meet in 20:19, improving her position 84 spots from a year ago.
   Emma Leik, York Suburban: Here's another freshman that had a solid debut season for the Trojans. Leik placed fourth at the YAIAA meet in 19:56 and came in eighth at districts in 20:20. Leik placed 31st at the state meet in 20:12.
   Dan VanHouwe, York Suburban: It's nothing new for Suburban to roll through the regular season, and the Trojans did it again in 2012, going undefeated and leading VanHouwe to claim this award yet again.

Suburban's seniors, just like last year's group, have never lost in the YAIAA, capping perfect careers. That is a ridiculous five years straight, for those who are counting.

The rich get richer, which must really frustrate Suburban's rivals, because the team was given a huge boost with the emergence of two scintillating freshmen, Olivia Gettle and Emma Leik. With senior Samantha Gehly providing the leadership, the sky was the limit for the Trojans.

After winning the league title, the team set its sights on districts where Gettle (third), Leik (eighth) and Gehly (11th) led the way. Suburban finished second, trailing only powerhouse Palmyra.

Of course, you don't go undefeated without depth, and Suburban had that as well. Juniors Lauren Shrader and Kimberly Hall were key contributors all year, while sophomores Danielle Cardone and Rachelle Walker have VanHouwe excited about the future.

York Suburban finished the year by placing fifth at states, a year after placing 16th, setting the stage for even bigger things in 2013.
   Haley Cole, Kennard-Dale; Kimberly Hall, York Suburban; Tabitha Jermyn, West York; Bethany Weaver, West York.
-- M.C. Besecker