Spring forecast: Girls’ track and field

Red Lion’s Cassidy Barshinger, center, and Dallastown’s Tatiana Purnell, right, won’t have to chase Dallastown’s Sally Trout, left, this season in the 100-meter hurdles. (DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS — FILE)

Red Lion should be a heavy favorite in Division A of the YAIAA this season. With standout sprinter Angelica Gonzalez back — as only a sophomore — this might be just the beginning. However, Gonzalez is teamed with a few talented juniors, as well, which is why many league coaches picked them as league favorites.

Here’s a look at who and what to watch entering this season:

Team power rankings
1. Red Lion
2. Dallastown
3. South Western
4. York Suburban
5. Delone Catholic

Keep track of them
– Angelica Gonzalez, So., Red Lion: She’s the defending YAIAA champion in the 100 and 200 and owns school records in both events, plus the 400 relay.
– Paige Barefoot, Sr., Dallastown: Also a member of the Wildcats’ successful field hockey team, Barefoot was third in the 400 at last season’s YAIAA meet. She also was a District 3 qualifier in the 200, 400 and 1,600 relay.
– Cassidy Barshinger, Jr., Red Lion: Barshinger’s specialty is hurdles, where she finished second in the 300 event last season at the league meet.
– Zoie Cleary, Sr., Hanover: A distance runner, Cleary helped Hanover to second place behind Delone Catholic in Division C.
– Rachel Crane, Jr., Bermudian Springs: Crane set school records in the 800 and 1,600 last season.
– Lynne Eisenberg, Sr., Hanover: A distance runner, Eisenberg was third in the YAIAA’s 800. She’s versatile, too, helping the Nighthawks in the pole vault.
– Alesha Herman, Sr., Susquehannock: She was second only to Gonzalez in the 100 at last year’s YAIAA meet.
– Tatiana Purnell, So., Dallastown: As a freshman, Purnell was third in the 100 and 300 hurdles at the YAIAA championships. She was a district qualifier in both events and the 1,600 relay.
– Lauren Shrader, Jr., York Suburban: Shrader was fourth in the 300 hurdles at last season’s league championships.
– Karra Thomason, Jr., Bermudian Springs: Also a member of the Eagles’ basketball team, Thomason’s specialty last season was the 400.

Best in the field
– Jasmine Leighton, Sr., New Oxford: Leighton was fourth in the shot put at last year’s YAIAA championships.
– Amanda Myers, Jr., Red Lion: She is the defending YAIAA champion in the javelin throw with a toss of 128-4.
– Sarah Williamson, Sr., Northeastern: She was third in the league long jump last season and also is a hurdler.
– Isabela Ugarte, Sr., Delone Catholic: Another basketball player, Ugarte stands out in the long jump and triple jump.
– Cambria Wierman, Sr., Delone Catholic: Like Ugarte, she’s strong in the long jump (was fourth in the league last season) and high and triple jumps.

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4 Responses to Spring forecast: Girls’ track and field

  1. Gina shaw says:

    Hi Matt,

    Several of us at Southwestern are curious why you didn’t mention any of our girl power houses in track and field. Holly Arey had a good showing in a couple of events ,Erin Harman and Stephanie Shaw. Steph Shaw as a sophomore place 4th in the 100 hurdles,6 th in the 300 hurdles at YAIIA championships. She qualified for both events at districts and placed 9th in the 100 hurdles event at districts.
    I do not have the specific information of the other girls mentioned above but they both qualified for districts.

    Thank your for your time.

    Looking forward to an exciting season!

    Gina Shaw

    • Matt Goul says:

      Hi Gina,

      These spring forecasts were put together with information from preseason questionnaires I sent out to coaches. Ones I didn’t get I tried to gather from what we knew from last season (such as returning All-YAIAA athletes).


  2. Deb Mooradian says:

    Oh, South Western has a few aces up their sleeve!

  3. Matt Goul says:

    I totally believe it, Deb!

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