Lefever earns bronze at Indoor State Meet

By on March 1, 2017
Ephrata senior Zach Lefever (far right) leads the pack early in the 3,000 meter run at the Indoor State championships this past weekend at Penn State University.

Ephrata senior Zach Lefever (far right) leads the pack early in the 3,000 meter run at the Indoor State championships this past weekend at Penn State University.

Ephrata senior Zach Lefever made his last 15 laps as an Ephrata High School winter track athlete count.

In what turned out to be a historic race at Penn State University this past Saturday, Lefever laid it all out on the line, putting himself out front with the leaders from the start, then hanging on the last three laps to claim a third-place finish.

His time of 8:40.58 not only lowered his own indoor school record, but it stamped his name as the only athlete from Ephrata High School to have won a state medal in cross country, winter track and Spring track & field.

“A pretty amazing feat” echoed John Keller, the head coach of the Ephrata track & field program. “Knowing what it takes just to get to the state meet in track & field, and then to lay claim to a medal in each, it is just a great accomplishment.

“To be able to look back and know that this is something that you have worked hard to achieve, and then went out and actually have done it, well it is pretty monumental”, continued Keller. “I can tell you there were several proud coaches at the venue on Saturday, each beaming with pride knowing the effort this accomplishment took and the dedication that Zach has put forth to make it happen.”

Lefever ran an 8:51.35 at Lehigh University on February 11, so to put things into perspective, he ran 11 seconds faster this past Saturday. J.P. McCaskey senior Nathan Henderson won the race (8:34.64) and Rusty Kujdych from Neshaminy placed second (8:37.05).

Lefever will now pin his ears back and try to finish his high school career back at Shippensburg University this spring, where he placed 6th a year ago in the 3200 meter run at the state meet.

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