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2013 XC Districts
The team competed in the district 3 AAA race on October 23. After eight league meets and two invitationals, the team wrapped up their final competition.
Beginning their training in the summer and continuing through the fall they were well prepared to face all of the teams in the district. “Summer training let me have a great base for the race and throughout the reason,” says sophomore Nathan Becker In order to qualify for districts females need to get a time under 23 minutes, while males have get less than 19 minutes.
“The Ephrata runners improved throughout the season. Both the boys and the girls teams improved their overall place from their 2013 finish,” says head Coach Mike Hershberger.
The girls team improved from 19th last year to 13 this year, while the boys finished 31st last year and 28th this year.
Ephrata’s first female finisher, junior Andrea Castillo, finished in 32nd place achieving a time of 20:30. The course didn’t seem as challenging as other years and I felt more relaxed this year than last,” she says.
“Andrea emerged from a strong Ephrata girl’s pack this year to become a very strong runner,” says Hershberger
Following behind her, also scoring points were sophomore Jordan Carvell, senior Vanessa Hurst, freshman Haley Schaller, and junior Madison Fox.
Sophomore Nathan Becker accomplished coming in as Ephrata’s first male runner. He attained coming in 78th place with a time of 17:50. “For the boys, Nate Becker had an outstanding season,” says Hershberger.
The five scoring athletes coming in after were freshman Zach Lefever, sophomore Rhett Hart, senior Tyler Gallagher, and sophomore Josiah Nimon.
Also giving a valiant effort were juniors Erica Voigt and Taylor Zvitkovitz on the girls side, and on the boys side was sophomore Sam Anyona.
The vigorous competition consists of 3.1 miles on a course full of hills at “The Happiest Place on Earth.” “It was a tough course that you had to be mentally prepared to run for,” says Becker.
The athletes participating in the competition were fortunate to have such pleasant conditions. “It was weather we had been looking for the whole season and it was absolutely perfect running weather for the course,” says Castillo.
All of the runners competing are fighting for a spot at the state race.
In order to land a spot at states as an individual it is required that they place in the top 30 finishers at districts, and in order to go as a team they need to get fourth place as a team.
While most of t he runner s finish their season here, the auspicious athletes that are running at states get to continue their season for just a little bit longer.
“The competition and spectators better be ready for the purple pack attack to attack the hills next year,” says Castillo.