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MC boys place 12th at State Cross Country
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor, Staff Writer
The forte for the Manheim Central boys this fall has been their pack.
Last Saturday, they got another test at the PIAA State Double-A Cross Country Championships in Hershey and passed with high marks.
With 63 seconds separating their top five finishers, the Barons placed 12th out of 19 teams on Hershey’s hilly Parkview Cross Country course with 303 points. Senior Mason Hepner led the way with a 65th-place finish in 17:35.
Only one other District Three team finished ahead of the Barons, as Annville-Cleona placed third overall with 151 points. York Suburban, which beat MC at Districts, was 13th with 309 points.
"That’s pretty exciting," Central coach Shane Adams said the Barons’ 12th-place finish. "They ran well. It’s been how many years since we’ve had a team here … 27, 30 years. It’s been a long, long time. Hopefully, we can do it again next year."
Overall, Hepner was the fifth overall L-L finisher behind Annville-Cleona’s trio of Shawn Wolfe (26th, 17:01), Ben Mason (32nd, 17:14) and Mark Bachman (48th, 17:24), and Lancaster Mennonite’s Gabe Imhof (59th, 17:31).
Senior Josh Lachman was 20 seconds behind Hepner in 107th place overall in 17:55.
Asked what he addressed with his runners prior to the race, Adams said, "I said, ‘It’s an opportunity. Seize every opportunity because sometimes you only get one or two opportunities to do this. Take advantage of it.’"
Sophomore Nate Lachman was third for the Central boys in 117th place in 18:00, followed by junior Kyle Kegarise (154th, 18:18), senior Jordan Shimer (175th, 18:38) and sophomore David Dise (223rd, 19:36).
"That (was a good pack) they ran today," Adams said. "To come here and to finish 12th is a pretty great accomplishment, not only for them but for the school and our program."
Junior Danae Peters, who has been bronchitis in recent weeks, also had a great accomplishment for Manheim Central, competing in the State Triple-A girls championships for the second year in a row.
While placing 107th overall out of 217 finishers, Peters was the top L-L League runner to cross the finish line with her time of 20:37. Penn Manor junior Greta Lindsley, the District runner-up in 19:01, was injured and did not finish the race.
For Peters, her time at States was four seconds ahead of her pace at the District Championships when she finished 23rd in 20:41 on the same Parkview course.
"(Danae)’s been very consistent on a tough course," Adams said of Peters, who finished 62nd at States last year in 19:58. "She knows what it takes to get here and now she knows what it takes to maybe keep improving each year." More MC RUNNERS, page B-6