Zamrin ‘states’ case with top 10 finish

By on November 9, 2016

Eighth-place finish is CHS girls’ highest since Vicki Boyer in ‘88

Cocalico’s Jamie Zamrin (right) makes her move on a runner down the stretch of Saturday’s State Meet in Hershey.

Cocalico’s Jamie Zamrin (right) makes her move on a runner down the stretch of Saturday’s State Meet in Hershey.

The end of the new race course at Hershey’s Parkview Course was definitely to Jamie Zamrin’s liking.

Her plan Saturday at the State Cross Country Championships was to put herself in position heading into the third mile, and then let it all hang out at the end.

Despite a fast early pace, the Cocalico junior was in perfect position heading down the stretch, sitting in 12th place. She then kicked it into high gear, passed several runners and closed with Cocalico’s first top 10 girls’ finish since Vicki Boyer placed 10th back in 1988.

Officially, Zamrin, who won a State medal a year ago, finishing 24th overall, placed eighth overall Saturday with a time of 18:42.

“I’m just really excited,” Zamrin said. ‘”You really don’t know who is going to be here and what’s going to happen, so to get top 10…I’m really happy with (8th). I’m real excited.”

Saturday’s race capped an incredible year for the junior, who won her second-straight L-L League Meet, captured her first District Three title before Saturday’s top 10 placement in the State.

“This year has been so fantastic for her,” Cocalico Coach Ron Derr said. “It’s sometimes tough for girls to improve from one year to the next because a young batch comes in and sometimes with girls you just never know how things are going to go from one season to the next. (But) she has worked so hard and has such dogged determination…she deserves everything. None of this is by accident. She has worked so hard and is so determined to go through her progression. She was in the 80s here her freshman year and was 24th last year and now to break top 10…she is one of the elite in Pennsylvania now.”

Zamrin ran a 5:39 split for her first mile and was sitting in 13th place at that point. She advanced to 12th after the second mile and still had plenty of gas left in the tank to close strong.

“I’m what they call a ‘hunter in the race,’ so I like to watch girls, pick off people and just slowly pass people,” she said of her strategy, following her run. “For me, even in big races, if I know I’m not going to be number one, it’s just about staying in line and just slowly gap on people.”

According to Derr, she ran a near-perfect race.

“She felt if she could just keep herself in it, and then really attack at the last stretch…she executed that perfectly,” he said. “It’s easy to say but it’s tough to do after you run through that hills section…It takes a lot out of you. She fought through it and was able to run down a few and just had a great race.”

She shaved 28 seconds off her time of a year ago (19:10) to cap off an amazing junior season.

“This year has really been my break-out year,” Zamrin said. “In past years, it was like, ‘she’s pretty good,’ but I’ve never been one that people know about. So this year I was just real excited. This year I just felt really confident I could go out and be at my best in every meet.”

Aislinn Devlin of Downingtown West out-sprinted North Allegheny’s Clara Savchik at the finish to win in a time of 17:44. Savchik finished two seconds off the pace.

The rest of the top 10 included: Anna Juul of Unionville (18:11); Alison Willingmyre of Wilson (18:23; Annie Glodek of Perkiomen Valley (18:32); Katie Dammer of Abington Heights (18:34); Lauren Finikiotis of Oakland Catholic (18:36); Zamrin; Ariana Gardizy of North Penn (18:47); and Abby Yourkavitch of Chambersburg (18:48).

While Zamrin was the lone participant from Cocalico, Ephrata had a pair of runners compete in the girls AAA field.

Ephrata freshman Mary Campbell closed out her first race at States with a time of 20:14 to place 82nd overall. Her teammate, junior Nadine Eichenlaub also made her first States appearance and came in six seconds later at 20:30 to place 105th overall among the field of 213 finishers.

“The girls ran about as expected,” Ephrata Coach Mike Hershberger said of Campbell and Eichenlaub. “It was both their first experience here so it was a little bit about just feeling out the race because I expect both of them to be back next year. That was a very good run from where they were. I wasn’t really looking at overall places, I was looking at places within the Lancaster-Lebanon League and they both finished really well. Mary split the Township girls and Nadine was right around Lindsey Lord from Penn Manor, and that’s what she was shooting for. They were exactly where they wanted to be. They did well.

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