Tuesday duel meet between Dallastown and Central York offered a glimpse of a few potential district and state contenders.
Two names stood out among the rest: Dallastown’s Chuck Lockwood and Central York Khaddisha Arnold.
Lockwood, a distance specialist who won the District 3 cross country title this fall, easily took first in the 800 and 1600 meters. The senior didn’t even run in his best event: the 3,200 meters.
Still, Wildcats coach Tim Barshinger said Lockwood will focus on that distance during the postseason.
“Chuck knows where the money is,” Barshinger said. “He’s more of an aerobic athlete.”
Lockwood took eighth place at states last year in the 3,200 meters, and had the second-best time among non-seniors at the event. Lockwood ran a personal best in last year’s event, finishing in 9:23.04 (he ran a 9:25.65 this past weekend at the Shippensburg Invitational).
“We’re excited for the end of the season for Chuck because he’s still working very hard,” Barshinger said. “He ran 10 miles yesterday. This is a workout for him.”
Arnold is also coming off a state medal performance last season — she took seventh in the 100 meters with a time of 12.41.
The sophomore ran a 12.3 on Tuesday to take first place. She also finished first in the 200 meters (a new event for her this year) and was a part of the Panthers’ victorious 400 and 1600 relay teams. The former qualified for districts Tuesday with a time of 49.7.
“It’s a natural gift,” Central coach Chris Detwiler said of his sophomore standout.
Arnold has a personal record of 12.15 in the 100 meters, which would put her about a tenth of a second behind the time posted by last year’s state champion. Arnold’s time Tuesday was one of her better ones this season.
“This is like our first warm-weather meet, and I was kind of happy I got it back to a 12.3,” Arnold said.
Dallastown thrower Margo Britton also could figure into the state picture. She took first in the shot put at the Shippensburg Invitational with a throw of 38 feet, 6 inches, breaking her own school record set earlier this year (38-1).