YORK — The York Comprehensive High School track and field facilities are no longer a secret.
York’s facilities have been referred to by some coaches as college-level accommodations, which is why YCHS was the scene of last week’s prestigious Bob Jenkins Herald York County Track Meet and will host Thursday’s Region 3-AAAA meet at 5 p.m.
“We were glad to be the host for (both meets),” said York head track coach Joey Moore. “I’m sure it has a lot to do with the great track facilities we have at our school.”
Clover head track coach Jeremy Smith said several individuals competed well. The CHS boys 4x800 relay team finished second in the prestigious event, with the 4x100 team placing fifth.
Key’Shawn Pressley finished seventh in the 100 meters and fifth in the 200. Austin Highfill placed eighth in the 1,600 meters, and the Clover boys’ 4x400 relay team finished sixth.
The CHS girls were led by the 4x800 relay team, which finished fifth. Emily Sparrow finished sixth in the 3,200-meter run, and Amanda Priestly placed seventh in discus.
YCHS Athletic Director Steve Boyd said evidence of the York facility’s popularity is the number of teams that choose to compete there.
“Our track team had only one meet away from home this season,” said Boyd. “Teams want to compete at our place.”
Boyd said YCHS has two runways for participating teams.
“It takes a lot of organization and preparations to host the county and region meets,” he said. “Our coaches put a lot of time and effort into organizing the events. The YCHS ROTC puts in service hours to help run the meets we host.”
First-year Clover High School head track coach Jeremy Smith said last week’s region meet in York served a useful purpose for CHS participants.
“With the same teams plus Lancaster competing in Thursday’s region meet, the county meet was an opportunity to see what the competition will be like,” Smith said during last week’s county meet.
“The region meet will be our main focus, with the top four qualifiers in each event advancing to the upper state.”
“All of our kids have worked hard this season,” Smith said. “Our sprinters are having a great year.”
Pressley, one of the Blue Eagles’ premier sprinters, said the county meet helped prepare him for the region event.
“The region meet is big for us,” said Pressley, who competes in the 100 and 200 meters. “It’s a chance to advance to the upper state competition. It’s what we’ve worked for all season.”
York’s Kyron Schrouder, who competes in the long jump and high jump, is excited about the Cougars hosting the region meet. “I feel it gives us an advantage,” Schrouder said after the county meet in York. “We compete here more than the other teams.”
“We look forward to hosting the region meet, and encourage fans to come out and support the track teams,” said Boyd.
Results of last week’s meet:
1. Northwestern, 205.5.
2. York, 103.
3. Fort Mill, 89.
4. South Pointe, 82.5.
5. Nation Ford, 69.5.
6. Rock Hill, 49.
7. Clover, 27.
1. Northwestern, 204.5.
2. South Pointe, 117.
3. Rock Hill, 114.
4. Fort Mill, 92.5.
5. Nation Ford, 34.
6. York, 20.
7. Clover, 7.
Top performers for York boys were: Jessy Dillyhon, county champion in the pole vault; Tay Neely, Lamin Yanseneh, Robert Cunningham and Derick Crowder, second place in the 4x100-meter relay; Rainey Moore, second 110 hurdles; Kyron Schrouder, third in long jump; Tyrice Hayes, fourth in long jump, third in triple jump and second in high jump; Kaiyon Schrouder, third in shot and discus; Matt Ransom, fourth in the 400 meters; and Lamin Yanseneh, second in triple jump.