Zamrin wins L-L title, Lefever boys’ runner-up

By on October 21, 2015

 

Cocalico sophomore Jamie Zamrin is all smiles after winning the L-L League crown Tuesday. (Photo by Steve Heydt)

Cocalico sophomore Jamie Zamrin is all smiles after winning the L-L League crown Tuesday. (Photo by Steve Heydt)

Cocalico sophomore Jamie Zamrin ran away from the field to capture the Lancaster-Lebanon League Cross Country Meet Tuesday afternoon at the Ephrata Middle School. Zamrin covered the 3.1 mile course in 19:19.9, nine seconds in front of runner-up Samantha Shields of Warwick.

In the boy’s race, McCaskey junior Nathan Henderson won his second consecutive title in 15:47.8. Ephrata had two top five finishers as junior Zach Lefever was second at 15:58.7 and senior Nate Becker was fourth in 16:14.

Zamrin was either first or second the entire race, in keeping with her pre-race strategy.

“I was trying to make sure that I got out fast,” explained Zamrin. “Then in the second and third mile, I worked hard to maintain my position.”

The only hitch in the run was her ability to follow directions.

“I got lost twice,” laughed the Lady Eagle. “I actually missed one of the flags completely. Fortunately, I was in the lead at the time. But, I loved my finish.”

On the 72 degree, sun-covered course, Zamrin commented, “I was really happy. These were great conditions. I was excited to run today.”

And excited with the result.

Despite Zamrin’s heroics, Cocalico finished 17th in the team standings as fellow soph Ashley Derr (76th, 22:52.3), sophomore Ashley Zimmerman (77th, 22:52.3) senior Bethany Wenger (130th, 25:57) and senior Vicci Janke (131st, 25:58) completed the top five.

Ephrata’s girls team fared better, finishing fourth among the 22 L-L teams, led by the ninth place finish of sophomore Sydney Morgan, who crossed the line in 19:43.6.

Lady Mounts Coach Mike Hershberger called it a “breakout performance.”

“I’m really happy with the time,” said Morgan. “It’s by far my personal best, which was more than 20:40. I was really happy to see friends and parents cheering throughout the course.”

Completing the Ephrata top five were junior Haley Schaller (15th, 20:10.3), sophomore Nadine Eichenlaub (21st, 20:24), senior Taylor Mahlandt (30th, 20:49.3) and junior Sarah Holtz. (66th, 22:22.7).

The rest of the L-L League boys’ runners had the daunting task of trying to beat Henderson, whose average margin of victory has been between 30 seconds and a minute throughout the regular season.

Lefever came the closest, with the 11 second deficit.

“My plan was to stick close to him as long as I could,” Lefever said. “My strength is at the 1,000 meter mark. I closed a little bit, but could never catch him. He’s a great opponent.”

Becker was happy about his final L-L race.

“I ran smart today, doing what I wanted to do,” he said. At this point, all the work is done. It’s all about having fun. Any award is just a bonus.”

Both Becker and Lefever, along with teammate Rhett Hart (10th, 16:42.2) were named medalists, as were all boys and girls finishing in the top 25.

The Ephrata boys finished fifth in the team competition as senior Dayne Wetzel (67th, 18:10.3) and junior Phillip Wenger (76th, 18:19.6) rounded out the scoring.

The Cocalico boys were led by the 13th place finish of freshman Evan Kreider (16:50.8) as the Eagles finished seventh in the team event.

“Coach (Ron Derr) said to take it easy at the start, then attack at the two-mile mark,” said Kreider. “I have good track speed, but I just didn’t have it at the end.”

The young leader was joined on the Cocalico scoresheet by sophomore Evan Trowbridge (30th, 17:22.2), senior Ken Wallace (49th, 17:57.5), fellow freshman Dylan Becker (53rd, 17:59.3) and junior Simon Stull (62nd, 18:08.4).

Up next for the local harriers is the District Three meet at Big Spring High School on Saturday, October 31. It is the first time Big Spring has hosted the competition after being held at the Parkview Course in Hershey for years.

Lefever said he looks forward to his next meeting with Henderson.

“I’m going to try to push (him) again,” he said.. “My goal is to finish in the top two.”

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