YORK — The York Comprehensive High School boys track team had a dominant performance in defeating Union and Clover in a three-way meet last week in Cougar Country.
Head coach Joey Moore has been pleased with the team’s performance level, emphasizing the need to practice hard and remain focused, regardless of the opponent the remainder of the season leading up to the Region 3-AAAA Meet to be held in York.
The Cougars had their way against Union and Clover with an 85.5 team point total. Union placed second, narrowly defeating Clover 45.5 to 45, a mere five tenths of a percentage point.
The Cougars had multiple first-place finishers in various events, including Kaiyon Schrouder in the shot put and discus.
Matt Ransom placed first in the 400 meters and teammate Tre Manderek was first in the 400 hurdles.
Rainey Moore had a big day, garnering first place finishes in the 110 hurdles and long jump.
Tyrice Hayes took first-place honors in the high jump and Jesse Dillhyon won the pole vault competition.
Not to be outdone, the Cougars’ 4x100 relay team, comprised of Tay Neely, Lamin Yanseneh, Josh McCoy and Tyrice Hayes, placed first, as did the 4x400 relay team that includes Matt Ransom, Robert Cunningham, Cole Rumfelt and Derrick Crowder.
The Lady Cougars had a competitive showing in the three-way meet, posting 59 points to Union’s 75 for second place.
“More importantly though, in head-to-head scoring with region opponent Clover, we posted our first win an impressive 86-31 score,” said coach David Griffin.
Hayes, a third-year senior track participant, ran the final leg of the Cougars’ 4x100 relay team’s winning effort.
“I turned it on in the final stretch, which the straight away allows you to do,” noted Hayes. “I get mentally prepared for all of the events I participate in. Your mindset can make a difference.”
Amari Williams, a fifth-year senior girls team track participant at YCHS, finished a close second in the 100 meters in the meet with Union and Clover.
Williams, who competes in the 100 meters, 100 meter hurdles and 4x100 relay team, has earned several first-place finishes in her career.
“I love competing in track,” Williams said. “I prepare hard and run in the offseason. It takes a lot of self-motivation and commitment to be successful.”
The YCHS track team will host South Pointe March 27, with a 5 p.m. start on tap for the region meet.
The Bob Jenkins Herald York County Track Meet will be April 18 in York, followed by the Region 3-AAAA Meet April 25.