Zamrin zips to fifth-place finish

By on November 4, 2015

 

Cocalico sophomore Jamie Zamrin crests the final uphill stretch to claim fifth place in the District Three AAA girls’s race at Big Spring Saturday. (Photo by Mike Shull)

Cocalico sophomore Jamie Zamrin crests the final uphill stretch to claim fifth place in the District Three AAA girls’s race at Big Spring Saturday. (Photo by Mike Shull)

Heading into Saturday’s District Three Meet, Jamie Zamrin had a leg up on some of the competition, having competed at the Big Spring Invitational earlier this year.

That familiarity with the Big Spring course, which replaced Hershey’s Parkview course as the District site for the first time, paid dividends for the Cocalico sophomore as she navigated through.

“It’s a real rolling hills kind of course, so I felt like I was real comfortable knowing where the hills were, how to take each hill and what I was doing at the end,” Zamrin said following the race.

That experience helped the L-L League champion kick it in at the finish and run to an impressive fifth-place showing with a time of 18:46 in the AAA girls’ race. She not only was the top L-L League finisher but qualified for States for the second-straight year.

She will be joined at States by freshman Evan Kreider, who punched his ticket with a 29th place finish and a time of 16:42 in the AAA boys’ race.

“I wanted to break 19 minutes, so I was really happy,” Zamrin said. “And (to finish in) the top 10, that was good as well. I was also really excited to qualify for states. I was pretty confident about getting there and now I just want to go there and hopefully get a medal.”

Cumberland Valley’s Mady Clahane became the first four-time District champion when she crossed the line in 17:55, some 52 seconds ahead of Zamrin, who was near the lead at the one mile mark with a split of 5:49.

My first mile, I felt like I was out really, really fast,” Zamrin said. “I had to stay with those leaders. And then the second mile (12:07), I was really happy because I normally tend to slow down a lot in the second mile and that mile I was just keeping my pace. I was really excited about that.”

With a top 10 finish as a goal, Zamrin had enough left in the tank to sprint the final 100 meters or so to accomplish her mission.

“I was really, really happy,” she said of her finish. “I was really tired, so that sprint was just really lucky to have. I was just lucky to be able to give that much effort at the end. I don’t think I was in danger of falling out of the top 10. I was definitely in danger of falling out of the top five. But I was able to pass the Chambersburg girl at the end, so I was excited (to move up from sixth to fifth).”

Cocalico Coach Ron Derr said Zamrin executed her gameplan to a “T.”

“Jaime went into the race Saturday with two primary goals…break the 19:00 mark in a race, and then hopefully earn a top five district medal. Seeing an athlete like Jaime achieve her goals is a truly special moment for a coach. Her achievements this season are literally years, not days, weeks or months in the making. So far this season, the plan has really come together for her, and all the summer miles, camp training, strength training, continually learning race to race, and the plethora of other ways she prepares herself to race well have truly paid off with great returns. I have been extremely proud of how well Jaime has handled moving from being the young bright eyed freshman seeking to make a name for herself as a runner, to the sophomore who impacts every race in a special way.”

In addition to Zamrin, other Cocalico runners to finish Saturday’s race included: Ashley Derr, 173rd, 22:09; and Ashley Zimmerman, 198th, 22:42.

In the boys’ race, Kreider was fatigued but gutted it out to earn his 29th-place finish. According to Derr, the freshman didn’t feel initially that it was good enough to move on.

“At the conclusion of the race Evan was convinced his season was over, and his dream of racing in the state meet as a freshman wasn’t going to happen,” Derr explained. “He ran a smart and very gritty race, but he has been battling some fatigue from all the racing associated with his first year at the varsity level. When the official announcement was made he went from disbelief to almost shock that he had one more race to complete in what has been an extraordinary (season). Evan has really gone into the last few races (leagues and districts) feeling the pressure of the high goals he has set for himself.

“Districts are especially challenging because it is one and done if you do not race well on that day. It is the only way to earn a trip to the state meet. The amount of determination he possesses is amazing. With a little over half a mile to go he was in 33rd place so he had the daunting task of trying to catch as many top quality District Three runners as possible. He caught just enough to earn the final individual place which qualified for the state meet.”

Kreider’s placement helped the Eagles finish in a tie with Red Lion for 16th in the team standings with a score of 480. Other Eagles to participate Saturday included: Evan Trowbridge, 71st, 17:20; Dylan Becker, 126th, 17:45; Ken Wallace, 131st, 17:48; Simon Stull, 151st, 17:59; Dan Main, 193rd, 18:26; and Will Graybill, 265th, 19:51.

The PIAA State Meet will be held Saturday, November 7, at the Parkview Course in Hershey. The AAA girls’ race will be held at 11 a.m. while the boys will get started at 1:15 p.m.

Editor’s Note: Review staff member Bruce Morgan contributed to this story.

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