PILING UP MORE POINTS

PILING UP THE POINTS — Bermudian Springs Kayla Pyles (left) clears a hurdle en route to winning the 300 meter event during Tuesday’s meet against Littlestown. The Eagles thumped the Thunderbolts in both the boys’ and girls’ competitions.

Littlestown made the trip up to Bermudian Springs, and the Bolts had no answer for Berm’s big three. Payton Rohrbaugh, Thomas Bross, and Kolt Byers dominated the meet as the Eagles ran roughshod over Littlestown 113-37. Kayla Pyles won four events for the Eagles to lead a sweep as the girls’ team romped over the Bolts 122-28.

The Bermudian boys came into the meet fresh off their second place finish to New Oxford in the Adams County Classic on Friday at Gettysburg. Tuesday’s weather — warm and breezy — was a nice contrast to the cold and rainy county invite. The improvement enabled the athletes to dish out some outstanding performances.

After Littlestown ran to the lead in the 4 x 800, Rohrbaugh came through with a big performance in the 110 hurdles. Rohrbaugh’s nemesis the last two years, Derek Herr of Littlestown, won both hurdles races at Gettysburg on Friday, and the rematches looked to be of the premier races. Herr got out to an early lead in the 110s, but Rohrbaugh ran him down midway through the race to win in 15.4 seconds, Herr wasn’t feeling well and backed down after Rohrbaugh passed him, and then Herr did not run the rest of the day.

“I’ve been looking forward to catching him since last year,” Rohrbaugh said. “It was kind of surreal during the race to think, ‘Oh, he’s not in front of me.’ It’s always nice to race against him. We have a competitive friendship – we love to race against each other, and it does feel good to win.”

The hurdles pulled the Eagles close, then the 100 sent them to the front to stay. Bross cruised to first in 11.5 seconds, matching his best time from last year. Luke Keller held off a fast-finishing Zac Eader to capture the 1,600, then Ryan Hart, who made up the stagger on the field by the backstretch, won the 400. The Bolts could never recover.

“Today was a mentally challenging day,” said Bross, who competed in the 200 at districts last year. “But it’s nice that it’s warm out. The 200 has been more my race, but last year the times I ended with in both sprints are the times that I am running now, so hopefully that will push my postseason times faster.”

Rohrbaugh made the 300 hurdles look like a walk in the park, but recorded an impressive 40.4 to win by nearly seven seconds. He also was on the winning 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 teams. Rohrbaugh ran a sizzling 51.1 leg in the 4 x 400 to lead the Eagles.

“This is like the invitationals, where I’m running around all day long,” Rohrbaugh said. “I was really happy with today, especially with the nice weather. Everything was going really fast, so it was challenging. It will be nice to get to the big meets to have some really good competition besides Derek. The guys in those meets will give me a run for my money.”

Bross also won the 200, and ran a leg on the winning 4 x 400. He is planning on going to college next year, though he does not know exactly where yet, but his ultimate goal is to join the Navy and train to be a Navy Seal. Somehow, it suits him.

In the field, Byers won the high jump (6 feet) and long jump (20-2 ½). In both of those jumps, he barely beat Littlestown’s Dante Elliott, but Elliott had beaten Byers in the triple jump. In all three jumps, only six inches total separated the two jumpers.

Ryan Lauver had a good day throwing, winning the shot put (46-1 ½) and the discus (125-4) for Bermudian, and Ryan Hart won the javelin (135-6).

Rohrbaugh, Bross, Byers, and Hart teamed up to run the fastest 4 x 100 in the area this year (44.8).

“It’s nice to have a great day,” said Bermudian head coach Chris King as he spoke of the weather. “It makes a big difference. It’s nice to see some of the times and distances really improve. We keep them busy, and we’re coming around. They know that a target is on them, having won the division the last two years. We have a lot of meets left of course, but we look pretty solid.”

In the girls’ meet, Pyles was the superstar, as she won the 100 hurdles (17.1), the 100 meters (13.5), the 300 hurdles (50.8), and the 200 meters (28.3). It was an impressive performance, given the fast pace of the meet, which only took two hours. Pyles is getting used to all the work, and the district champion hurdler has actually grown to like the open sprints.

“I actually really like the 200,” said Pyles. “It’s not that great running so close after the 300 hurdles, but maybe with the bigger invitationals they will be spread out more.”

Pyles has the school record in the 100 hurdles, and has her sights set on the 300 hurdle record and the 200 meter record. She is moving in the right direction and seems to have the right attitude.

The indoor season was valuable to Pyles, who got to race against the top-ranked hurdler in the state. Her coaches noticed that while she was taking eight steps to the first hurdle, the best in the state was only taking seven. That is a six-and-a-half foot difference to the first hurdle. So, Pyles is working on improving her steps to the first hurdle.

“She beat me by almost a whole second,” Pyles said. “So my coach is trying to get me to do it. I had to change my blocks, and do something completely different than I have ever done. It’s been a bit of a work in progress. I’ve been working on it and figuring out what to do with it. I think this might help me get better consistency through the race.”

Sophomore Rachel Spangler competed well in the jumps, winning the high jump (4-8) and the long jump (15-1). She also placed second behind Pyles in the 200. Rebecca Durbin swept the 1,600 and the 3,200, while also running a leg on the winning 4 x 800.

Littlestown was led by Jessica Dunbar, as she won the shot put (30-11) and the javelin (93-3). The Bolts’ only other winner was Amber Segessenman in the triple jump (31-7.5).

Both teams will be back in action on Thursday, as the Bolts host Hanover and the Eagles travel to Biglerville. Bermudian will then compete at the Arctic Blast Invitational at Northern High School on Saturday.

Girls

3200 relay- 1.Bermudian (Durbin, Bergman, Metzger, Hensil) 12:27.0; 100 hurdles- 1.Kayla Pyles BS 17.1, 2.Amber Segessenman L 19.6, 3.Lilly LaBure BS 21.2; 100- 1.Pyles BS 13.5, 2.Maddie Harbaugh BS 13.9, 3.Leah Stevens L 13.9; 1600- 1.Rebecca Durbin BS 6:01.1, 2.Kaitlyn McCollum BS 6:22.1, 3.Sonya Yingling L 6:50.4; 400 relay- 1.Bermudian Springs (Storms, Benzil, Harbaugh, Eaton) 55.8; 400- 1.Lillian Peters BS 1:07.3, 2.Leah Bealmear BS 1:08.6, 3.Nickey BS 1:15.2; 300 hurdles- 1.Pyles BS 50.8, 2.Segessenman L 53.0, 3.LeBure BS 53.4; 800- 1.Margaret Keogh BS 2:53.9, 2.Bergman BS 2:59.1, 3.Grace Metzger BS 3:01.5; 200- 1.Pyles BS 28.3, 2.Rachel Spangler BS 28.6, 3.Davina Cunningham BS 28.7; 3200- 1.Durbin BS 15:34.0, 2.McCollum BS 13:45.0, 3.Mia Hensil BS 14:09.0; 1600 relay- 1.Bermudian Springs (names and time not listed); High jump- 1.Spangler BS 4-8, 2.Hannah Wheeler BS 4-6, 3.Renner L 4-4; Long jump- 1.Spangler BS 15-1, 2.Avery Benzel BS 14-6.5, 3.Sammie Stormes BS 14-6.5; Triple jump- 1.Segessenman L 31-7.5, 2.Harbaugh BS 29-10, 3.Gullickson L 28-10.5; Pole vault- 1.Johana Pitner BS 8-10, 2.Melaina Shoop BS 8-7, 3.Nicky BS 7-0; Shot put- 1.Jessica Dunbar L 30-11, 2.Jennifer Garcia-Reyes BS 29-0, 3.Terisha Selby BS 26-7; Discus- 1.Garcia-Reyes BS 87-10, 2.Abigail Robinson BS 73-7, 3.Selby BS 70-3; Javelin- 1.Dunbar L 93-3, 2.Quintera L 82-9, 3.Campbell Grimes BS 78-4.

Boys

3200 relay- 1.Littlestown (Riedell, Gazmen, Yingling, Eader) 9:45.6; 110 hurdles- 1.Payton Rohrbaugh BS 15.4, 2.Derek Herr L 16.2, 3.Gage Staub BS 18.3; 100- 1.Thomas Bross BS 11.5, 2.Cameron Brenneman BS 12.0, 3.Brayden Staub L 12.3; 1600- 1.Luke Keller BS 5:23.0, 2.Zac Eader L 5:24.0, 3.Derek Yingling L 5:41.0; 400 relay- 1.Bermudian Springs (Rohrbaugh, Bross, Hart, Byers) 44.8; 400- 1.Ryan Hart BS 56.1, 2.Brenneman BS 57.3, 3.Davis BS 58.2; 300 hurdles- 1.Rohrbaugh BS 40.4, 2.Staub BS 47.1, 3.Dameon Nelson BS 47.9; 800- 1.Dalton Gross BS 2:22.0, 2.Taylor BS 2:31.7, 3.Harner BS 2:37.9; 200- 1.Bross BS 23.3, 2.Hart BS 23.8, 3.Parker L 24.6; 3200- 1.Yingling L 12:30.0, 2.Hector Pasqual BS 12:33.0, 3.Taylor BS 13:21.0; 1600 relay- 1.Bermudian (Hart, Rohrbaugh, Bross, Brenneman) 3:48.0; High jump- 1.Kolt Byers BS 6-0, 2.Dante Elliot L 6-0, 3.Dan Gazman L 5-10; Long jump- 1.Byers BS 20-2.5, 2.Elliot L 19-11.5, 3.Staub BS 18-6.5; Triple jump- 1.Elliot L 41-10, 2.Byers BS 41-7, 3.Staub BS 37-4 2.; Pole vault- 1.Charles Sebright BS 10-6, 2.Korey Smith BS 10-0, 3.Ethan Beachy BS 9-0; Shot put- 1.Ryan Lauver BS 46-1.5, 2.Dylan Morey L 42-1.5, 3.Joe Cooper BS 41-9; Discus- 1.Lauver BS 125-4, 2.Cooper BS 107-8, 3.Morey L 107-3; Javelin- 1.Hart BS 135-6, 2.Campana B S 111-0, 3.Dowdy L 109-10.

Littlestown made the trip up to Bermudian Springs on Tuesday, and the Bolts had no answer for Berm’s big three. Payton Rohrbaugh, Thomas Bross, and Kolt Byers dominated the meet as the Eagles ran roughshod over Littlestown 113-37. Kayla Pyles won four events for the Eagles to lead a sweep in the meet as the girls’ team romped over the Bolts 122-28.

The Bermudian boys came into the meet fresh off their second place finish (to New Oxford) in the Adams County Classic on Friday at Gettysburg. While the weather Friday was cold and rainy, Tuesday’s weather was a nice contrast with warm and breezy conditions. The improvement in the weather enabled the athletes to dish out some outstanding performances.

After Littlestown ran to the lead after the 4 x 800, Rohrbaugh came through with a big performance in the 110 hurdles. Rohrbaugh’s nemesis the last two years has been Derek Herr of Littlestown. Herr won both hurdles races at Gettysburg on Friday, and the hurdles looked to be of the premier races on Tuesday. Herr got out to an early lead in the 110s, but Rohrbaugh ran him down midway through the race to win in 15.4 seconds, Herr wasn’t feeling well, and backed down after Rohrbaugh passed him, and then Herr did not run the rest of the day.

“I’ve been looking forward to catching him since last year,” Rohrbaugh said. “It was kind of surreal during the race to think, ‘Oh, he’s not in front of me.’ It’s always nice to race against him. We have a competitive friendship – we love to race against each other, and it does feel good to win.”

The hurdles pulled the Eagles close, then the 100 sent them to the front to stay. Bross cruised to first in the 100 meters in 11.5, matching his best time from last year. Luke Keller held off a fast-finishing Zac Eader to capture the 1600, then Ryan Hart, who made up the stagger on the field by the backstretch, won the 400. The Bolts could never recover.

“Today was a mentally challenging day,” said Bross, who competed in the 200 at districts last year. “But it’s nice that it’s warm out. The 200 has been more my race, but last year the times I ended with in both sprints are the times that I am running now, so hopefully that will push my post-season times faster.”

Rohrbaugh made the 300 hurdles look like a walk in the park, but recorded an impressive 40.4 to win by nearly seven seconds. He also was on the winning 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 teams. Rohrbaugh ran a sizzling 51.1 leg in the 4 x 400 to lead the Eagles.

“This is like the invitationals, where I’m running around all day long,” Rohrbaugh said. “I was really happy with today, especially with the nice weather. Everything was going really fast today, so it was challenging. It will be nice to get to the big meets to have some really good competition besides Derek. The guys in those meets will give me a run for my money.”

Bross also won the 200, and ran a leg on the winning 4 x 400. He is planning on going to college next year, though he does not know exactly where yet, but his ultimate goal is to join the Navy and train to be a Navy Seal. Somehow, it suits him.

In the field, Byers won the high jump (6-feet) and long jump (20-2 ½). In both of those jumps, he barely beat Littlestown’s Dante Elliott, but Elliott had beaten Byers in the triple jump. In all three jumps, only six inches total separated the two jumpers.

Ryan Lauver had a good day throwing, winning the shot put (46-1 ½) and the discus (125-4) for Bermudian, and Ryan Hart won the javelin (135-6).

Rohrbaugh, Bross, Byers, and Hart teamed up to run the fastest 4 x 100 in the area this year (44.8).

“It’s nice to have a great day,” said Bermudian head coach Chris King as he spoke of the weather. “It makes a big difference. It’s nice to see some of the times and distances really improve. We keep them busy, and we’re coming around. They know that a target is on them, having won the division the last two years. We have a lot of meets left of course, but we look pretty solid.”

In the girls’ meet, Pyles was the superstar, as she won the 100 hurdles (17.1), the 100 meters (13.5), the 300 hurdles (50.8), and the 200 meters (28.3). It was an impressive performance, given the fast pace of the meet, which only took two hours. Pyles is getting used to all the work, and the district champion hurdler has actually grown to like the open sprints.

“I actually really like the 200,” said Pyles. “It’s not that great running so close after the 300 hurdles, but maybe with the bigger invitationals they will be spread out more.”

Pyles has the school record in the 100 hurdles, and has her sights set on the 300 hurdle record and the 200 meter record. She is moving in the right direction and seems to have the right attitude.

The indoor season was valuable to Pyles, who got to race against the top-ranked hurdler in the state. Her coaches noticed that while she was taking eight steps to the first hurdle, the best in the state was only taking seven. That is a six and a half foot difference to the first hurdle. So, Pyles is working on improving her steps to the first hurdle.

“She beat me by almost a whole second,” Pyles said. “So my coach is trying to get me to do it. I had to change my blocks, and do something completely different than I have ever done. It’s been a bit of a work in progress. I’ve been working on it and figuring out what to do with it. I think this might help me get better consistency through the race.”

Sophomore Rachel Spangler competed well in the jumps, winning the high jump (4-8) and the long jump (15-1). She also place second behind Pyles in the 200 meters. Rebecca Durbin swept the 1600 and the 3200, while also running a leg on the winning 4 x 800.

Littlestown was led by Jessica Dunbar, as she won the shot put (30-11) and the javelin (93-3). The Bolts’ only other winner was Amber Segessenman in the triple jump (31-7 ½).

Both teams will be back in action on Thursday, as the Bolts host Hanover and the Eagles travel to Biglerville. Bermudian will then compete at the Arctic Blast Invitational at Northern High School on Saturday.

Girls Meet

Bermudian Springs , Littlestown

3200 relay- 1.Bermudian (Durbin, Bergman, Metzger, Hensil) 12:27.0; 100 hurdles- 1.Kayla Pyles BS 17.1, 2.Amber Segessenman L 19.6, 3.Lilly LaBure BS 21.2; 100- 1.Pyles BS 13.5, 2.Maddie Harbaugh BS 13.9, 3.Leah Stevens L 13.9; 1600- 1.Rebecca Durbin BS 6:01.1, 2.Kaitlyn McCollum BS 6:22.1, 3.Sonya Yingling L 6:50.4; 400 relay- 1.Bermudian Springs (Storms, Benzil, Harbaugh, Eaton) 55.8; 400- 1.Lillian Peters BS 1:07.3, 2.Leah Bealmear BS 1:08.6, 3.Nickey BS 1:15.2; 300 hurdles- 1.Pyles BS 50.8, 2.Segessenman L 53.0, 3.LeBure BS 53.4; 800- 1.Margaret Keogh BS 2:53.9, 2.Bergman BS 2:59.1, 3.Grace Metzger BS 3:01.5; 200- 1.Pyles BS 28.3, 2.Rachel Spangler BS 28.6, 3.Davina Cunningham BS 28.7; 3200- 1.Durbin BS 15:34.0, 2.McCollum BS 13:45.0, 3.Mia Hensil BS 14:09.0; 1600 relay- 1.Bermudian Springs (names and time not listed); High jump- 1.Spangler BS 4-8, 2.Hannah Wheeler BS 4-6, 3.Renner L 4-4; Long jump- 1.Spangler BS 15-1, 2.Avery Benzel BS 14-6.5, 3.Sammie Stormes BS 14-6.5; Triple jump- 1.Segessenman L 31-7.5, 2.Harbaugh BS 29-10, 3.Gullickson L 28-10.5; Pole vault- 1.Johana Pitner BS 8-10, 2.Melaina Shoop BS 8-7, 3.Nicky BS 7-0; Shot put- 1.Jessica Dunbar L 30-11, 2.Jennifer Garcia-Reyes BS 29-0, 3.Terisha Selby BS 26-7; Discus- 1.Garcia-Reyes BS 87-10, 2.Abigail Robinson BS 73-7, 3.Selby BS 70-3; Javelin- 1.Dunbar L 93-3, 2.Quintera L 82-9, 3.Campbell Grimes BS 78-4.

Boys Meet

Bermudian Springs , Littlestown

3200 relay- 1.Littlestown (Riedell, Gazmen, Yingling, Eader) 9:45.6; 110 hurdles- 1.Payton Rohrbaugh BS 15.4, 2.Derek Herr L 16.2, 3.Gage Staub BS 18.3; 100- 1.Thomas Bross BS 11.5, 2.Cameron Brenneman BS 12.0, 3.Brayden Staub L 12.3; 1600- 1.Luke Keller BS 5:23.0, 2.Zac Eader L 5:24.0, 3.Derek Yingling L 5:41.0; 400 relay- 1.Bermudian Springs (Rohrbaugh, Bross, Hart, Byers) 44.8; 400- 1.Ryan Hart BS 56.1, 2.Brenneman BS 57.3, 3.Davis BS 58.2; 300 hurdles- 1.Rohrbaugh BS 40.4, 2.Staub BS 47.1, 3.Dameon Nelson BS 47.9; 800- 1.Dalton Gross BS 2:22.0, 2.Taylor BS 2:31.7, 3.Harner BS 2:37.9; 200- 1.Bross BS 23.3, 2.Hart BS 23.8, 3.Parker L 24.6; 3200- 1.Yingling L 12:30.0, 2.Hector Pasqual BS 12:33.0, 3.Taylor BS 13:21.0; 1600 relay- 1.Bermudian (Hart, Rohrbaugh, Bross, Brenneman) 3:48.0; High jump- 1.Kolt Byers BS 6-0, 2.Dante Elliot L 6-0, 3.Dan Gazman L 5-10; Long jump- 1.Byers BS 20-2.5, 2.Elliot L 19-11.5, 3.Staub BS 18-6.5; Triple jump- 1.Elliot L 41-10, 2.Byers BS 41-7, 3.Staub BS 37-4 2.; Pole vault- 1.Charles Sebright BS 10-6, 2.Korey Smith BS 10-0, 3.Ethan Beachy BS 9-0; Shot put- 1.Ryan Lauver BS 46-1.5, 2.Dylan Morey L 42-1.5, 3.Joe Cooper BS 41-9; Discus- 1.Lauver BS 125-4, 2.Cooper BS 107-8, 3.Morey L 107-3; Javelin- 1.Hart BS 135-6, 2.Campana B S 111-0, 3.Dowdy L 109-10.

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