Sensenig closes out season at State Meet

By on November 9, 2011

By: TODD RUTH Review Sports Editor, Staff Writer

In the State Cross Country race, it’s hard to fight the urge to go out fast.

Running against the best competition the State has to offer, it may be better to pace yourself but it’s human nature to go out hard in order to keep up with the elite.

For Ephrata senior Tyler Sensenig, he couldn’t help himself this past Saturday at the Parkview Course in Hershey. Sensenig, competing at States for the third time, was in an all-out sprint at the beginning before running out of gas down the stretch.

In the end, Sensenig, who had his hopes on a medal, finished 152nd with a time of 17:39.

"I just tried to get really good position early because I knew if I really wanted to medal that would probably be my best bet," Sensenig said Tuesday, recounting his strategy. "I went out real hard for the first 200 meters, like an all-out sprint for me. I shouldn’t have done that. I should have relaxed a little more and tried to pace a little better. Just sprinting and going all-out early pretty much killed me for the rest of the race. It just hit me real hard the second mile and I had a hard time recovering."

Sensenig was just two seconds off his pace of 17:37 which earned him 137th place last year. Conner Quinn of Hatboro Horsham won the title with a blistering time of 16:03. Daniel Jaskowak of Grove City (16:06) finished second three seconds off the pace while Boyertown’s Brett Kelly took the bronze with a time of 16:10.

Sensenig, meanwhile, was the fifth highest L-L runner to finish. John Ausel of Solanco was the top L-L finisher, placing 39th with a time of 16:45.

"I just don’t feel I stepped up to what I could have done," Sensenig said of his performance at States.

While Sensenig didn’t accomplish his goal of a State medal, he said he was satisfied with his senior year overall, which included a victory over Ausel when they squared off in their dual meet in early October.

"Actually I am pleased because I made some good accomplishments," he said. "I beat who I wanted to beat, and I was a lot more consistent than the past couple of years. It was a lot better."

Sensenig was named a first team all-star this season, placing seventh at the L-L League Meet and 17th at Districts. More SENSENIG, page B-5

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