Foster, Campbell post top five L-L finishes

By on October 17, 2018
Ephrata’s Mary Campbell heads toward the finish line during Tuesday’s L-L Championships at the Ephrata Middle School. She was fifth in the girls’ race with a time of 19:40.8. Photo by Kirk Neidermyer

Ephrata’s Mary Campbell heads toward the finish line during Tuesday’s L-L Championships at the Ephrata Middle School. She was fifth in the girls’ race with a time of 19:40.8. Photo by Kirk Neidermyer

Ephrata’s Andrew Foster heads toward the finish line during Tuesday’s L-L Championships at the Ephrata Middle School. Foster posted a time of 16:18.3 to finish third overall. Photo by Kirk Neidermyer

Ephrata’s Andrew Foster heads toward the finish line during Tuesday’s L-L Championships at the Ephrata Middle School. Foster posted a time of 16:18.3 to finish third overall. Photo by Kirk Neidermyer

The bar was raised for Ephrata cross country runner Andrew Foster last year when he finished second (by less than a second) in the Lancaster-Lebanon League meet. Foster was a junior at the time and the runner who beat him was a senior.

Tuesday, Foster was the senior when 170 boys lined up Tuesday behind the Ephrata Middle School for the three-mile league race. He took the bronze medal (16:18.3) behind CV senior Nathan Grucelski (16:15.2) and Manheim Township senior Evan Dorenkamp (16:17.0).

“I just didn’t have the race I wanted,” explained a disappointed Foster. “I expected the course to be muddier. The weather was perfect. I love running in this colder weather. I just didn’t put together the race I wanted to have.”

Warwick captured the team title, amassing 95 points. Cedar Crest was second with 109 and Manheim Township was third at 112.

Cocalico senior Evan Kreider (11th, 17:00.6) was the next local finisher, coming back after a four day illness.

“I just wanted to go out hard and see what I could do,” explained Kreider after the race. “Now I’m just going to rest up as much as I possibly can. I hope to come to Districts and win.”

Ephrata (245) finished sixth in the team competition. In addition to Foster, the Mounts counted junior Ray Truex (22nd, 17:12.0), junior Jackson Hart (59, 18:01.7), sophomore Nathan Kimmel (68, 18:13.5) and junior Micah Weaver (93, 18:58.2).

“We have a week-and-a-half until Districts, so we’ll do hard work outside yet this week,” said Ephrata coach Mike Hershberger. “After that, the hard work is pretty much done. We’ll have shorter, faster workouts.”

Cocalico (259) was right behind the Mounts in seventh place. In addition to Kreider, the Eagles counted senior Max McCormack (13th, 17:06.8), senior Dylan Becker (51, 17:54.2), sophomore Jake Walsh (84, 18:50.4) and freshman Owen Sensenig (100, 19:07.0).

“For some people, this (the League Meet) can be their Super Bowl,” explained Cocalico coach Ron Derr. “This year, a couple of our guys are looking more toward Districts. For them, this is still a piece of the training pie.”

Three Ephrata girls had top 25 finishes in Tuesday’s League Meet, leading the Lady Mounts to a fifth-place finish in the team competition with 194 points. Manheim Township captured the team crown with 105 points, followed by Elizabethtown (117) and Warwick (124).

The Bears had three of the top four individual finishers, but the Streaks depth won the day.

Junior Mary Campbell (5th place, 19:40.8) led Ephrata to the fifth place team standing.

“This year, we did more speed work in the middle of the season,” added Campbell. “My legs are very rested and I’m ready for Districts. Last year I was 11th. This year, I’m hoping to do better.”

In addition to Campbell, the Lady Mounts counted sophomore Alyssa Fedorshak (7th place, 19:53.6), freshman Lexi Roe (23, 20:43.7), senior Elizabeth Martin (77, 22:47.1) and junior Maxine Bodnari (82, 22:47.1).

“Probably the biggest surprise is Lexi Roe,” said Hershberger. “She was the number two Junior High girl, but now she’s one of the top freshman in the league.”

Cocalico did not have enough girls runners to collect a team score as the Lady Eagles are in a rebuilding season. Four girls did compete in the league meet, including junior Elyssa Sherman, senior Emma Sandherr, and seniors Abigail Wenger and Moriah Frey.

Those who qualified for the District Three run will compete on Saturday, October 27, at Big Springs High School. The PIAA meet is November 3 in Hershey.

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