Ephrata girls third at L-L Meet
By: TODD RUTH Review Sports Editor email@example.com, Staff Writer
The Ephrata girls cross country team showed throughout the season it is one of the top dual meet squads in the L-L League.
And Tuesday afternoon at the L-L League Meet held at Ephrata Middle School, the Lady Mounts proved they can perform when the entire league is competing.
Led by freshman Jordan Carvell, who ran a personal best time of 20:13 to finish 14th overall, the Lady Mounts placed third out of the 22 teams that competed in the race.
Carvell’s time not only led the Lady Mounts, it broke the old Ephrata freshman record of 20:22 set by Brittney Dukeman in 1999.
Vanessa Hurst followed with a personal best 20:26 to place 18th, while Sondra MacNeal (27th, 20:49) and Andrea Castillo (33rd, 21:10) continued their good seasons. Madison Fox rounded out the top five for Ephrata, running a personal best time of 21:19 to edge out Solanco’s fifth runner, Carly Allport, by two seconds. Her finish enabled the Lady Mounts to sneak past the Mares, who were undefeated in the regular season, by one point in the overall team standings.
Hempfield captured the overall title for the Black Knights with 96 points. Garden Spot was second with 103, followed by the Lady Mounts (131) and Solanco in fourth (132).
"The girls ran extremely well as a team," Ephrata Coach Mike Hershberger said. "Our targets were Solanco, Warwick and Garden Spot, which ran very well and is a very strong team. The entire team improved a great deal since last year and I am very proud of how they matured as runners and teammates."
Castillo said Ephrata’s runners fed off each other.
"The team is not like any other team– we are a family that works together and pushes and encourages each other and we are all really close," she said. "And the coaches are always there to support us and believe in us, even when we don’t."
Carvell also felt like the team rallied around the quote, "team work makes the dream work," which was on the back of the T-shirts they wore all season.
"Everyone ran very well today, and I am proud to be part of this team," she said. "The team ran their best and we worked very hard."
On the boys’ side, Ephrata finished 13th out of the 22 league teams on Tuesday. Samuel Wolde led the way, finishing 21st in a time of 17:20.
The rest of the top five for Ephrata included: Tyler Gallagher, 69th, 18:21; Ibsen Powers, 76th, 18:33; Eric Trella, 82nd, 18:43; and Nate Becker, 93rd, 19:03.
"The boys lost an outstanding runner from last year in Tyler Sensenig," Hershberger said. "The boys were surprised when Tyler appeared to give them their pep talk moments before the league meet. Sam had an incredible year and the boys came together as a team."
Cocalico, meanwhile, also turned in a solid effort Tuesday. The Eagle girls team placed 15th overall with 374 points, while the boys team was 21st with 605 points.
On the girls’ side, Amanda Drexel was the top finisher for the Lady Eagles, placing 37th in a time of 21:15. Katie Grobengieser (75th, 22:37), along with Megan Glover (80th, 22:53), were second and third respectively while Megan Gingrich (85th, 23:02) and Maegan Weinhold (97th, 23:39) rounded out the top five.
The Cocalico boys’ squad was led by Jake Renninger, who finished in 102nd place with a time of 19:16. The rest of the top five for Cocalico included: Dalton Zerkowski (115th, 19:33); Harry Major (127th, 19:54); Andrew Walsh (130th, 20:05); and Aaron Longstaff (131st, 20:06).
"I was very pleased with the effort of our teams today," Cocalico Coach Ron Derr said. "On the girls’ side, both Megan Glover and Katie Grobengieser were able to qualify for the district race while running season best times. And as a boys’ team we had several personal best times led by sophomore Jake Renninger."
The boys’ race was won by Annville-Cleona senior Shawn Wolfe, who finished in a time of 16L22. Penn Manor runners Harrison Schettler (16:36) and Jonathan Bitner (16:47) took second and third respectively, while Garden Spot’s James Martin (16:47) was fourth and McCaskey’s Dalton Trump (16:52) was fifth.
On the girls’ side, Penn Manor junior Greta Lindsley captured her third-straight L-L crown, dusting the rest of the field in a time of 18:30.
Manheim Township’s Emily McBride was a distance second in 19:45, while Lancaster Catholic’s Shannon Cruz was third in a time of 19:50. Kim Campbell (19:52) of Hempfield, and Manheim Township freshman Maryn Bernhardt (19:55) rounded out the top five.
The District Three Cross Country Championships will be held at the Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The AAA girls race is set to begin at 1:15 p.m., followed by the boys race at 4:15 p.m. More RUNNERS, page B-2