The YAIAA Track and Field Championships were suspended Friday evening because of a combination of rain, lightening and thunder.
The loudest clap of thunder may have come approximately an hour before when Littlestown Thunderbolts senior Josh Hicks lit up the Dallastown track and turned heads by defeating a who's who of local sprinters in the 100-meter dash.
A year ago, no one involved with track and field in York County had heard of the name Josh Hicks. Especially not the seven other racers he lined up with at the YAIAA meet Friday.
Now, everyone knows about the Littlestown senior as he proved to be the fastest man in the league, winning the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.99.
"In the prelims, I got a really good start," Hicks said. "The finals, I kind of messed up on that and finally caught up with him at the end somehow. Usually before we start, when they say set, I breathe in. When he said set today, I breathed out and that just threw off everything."
The reason that no one had heard of Hicks was because this is the first season that he has ran track.
"This was the last sport that I could do of my high school career and I just wanted to end it with a bang, and it turns out it was a good choice," Hicks said.
The little-known Hicks defeated an accomplished list of sprinters including, York Suburban's Jaime Nixon-Alark, William Penn's Isaiah Ritter and Eastern York's Alex Cooley.
"I don't really think about who else is in the field," Hicks said. "I just worry about me. I am not trying to sound selfish or anything, I just go out there and do my best. If I focus on the other guys, it will distract me and end up hurting me."
When he started running track this season, Hicks was running in the 11.6 range. With no formal track coaching prior to this season, he credits his drop in time to hard work and spending a lot of time training with a parachute.
"It is all natural," Hicks said of his speed. "I practice and I try hard. I try to always better myself. It pays off in the long run. In the beginning of the season I ran an 11.6, but it's just work. Work gets you there. The parachute helped a ton though."
Despite his victory, Hicks was not satisfied.
"I'm not happy," he said. "I think I could have ran a 10.6 or 10.8 if I would have had a better start. It happens and I just have to focus on districts."
All of the success Hicks is experiencing is still new and still a shock.
"This is my first year of track, so to me, I didn't really expect this," he said. "I kind of think the same thing before every race. I am from Littlestown, Littlestown! You just have to go out and represent your school."
Hicks did not lose a home meet all season long and was undefeated until an invitational at Dallastown earlier in the season when he lost to a runner from Harrisburg.
"At the beginning of the year, me and my coaches butted heads a lot," Hicks said. "I wasn't exactly humble about winning. Losing at Dallastown humbled me out a lot. Ever since then I have had quiet confidence."
Hicks' only other loss came at the Arctic Blast when he came in third.
With the league gold medal around his neck, Hicks now has his eyes set on districts.
"Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I will set some more personal records in districts and then go to states," he said.