Peters, Urban claim L-L League silver
BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor
, Staff Writer
Warwick cross country coach Jenny Sassaman described Michael Urban’s race on Tuesday as "perfect."
Manheim Central skipper Shane Adams was tickled at how Danae Peters ran for his team.
Both Urban and Peters placed second overall in the Lancaster-Lebanon League boys and girls championship races, respectively, to lead the way for the Warriors and Barons at Ephrata Middle School on the first leg of the post-season.
Cedar Crest senior Daniel Neiswender got a challenge from Urban, but ultimately held on in 16:27, with the Warwick senior taking runner-up in 16:42.
"(Michael) went when he needed to go and I’m very pleased," Sassaman said. "He did everything he could. That’s where I wanted him to be. That’s where I expected him to be. He was in it to win it."
In the girls race, Penn Manor’s three-time L-L champ Greta Lindsley was the favorite to win it, and she did so in a time of 19:15. But Peters, as consistent as they get, placed in the runner-up spot in 19:42, five seconds ahead of Elizabethtown’s Kara Mueser (19:47).
"I’m pleased," Adams said. "This is the highest I think she’s finished in our League Meet and she’s had a career, so why not go out on top? I projected her to be top five. Actually, I really did think she would finish second to Greta, but I try not to put a lot of pressure on her. I just tell her to go out and race and enjoy it."
In the girls team race, Warwick placed fourth overall with 174 points and Manheim Central was sixth (197). Hempfield, with three girls in the top nine, took the team crown with 74 points.
On the boys side, the Warriors, without No. 4 runner Karl Bruhn, and Barons placed sixth and seventh with 210 and 211 points, respectively. Cedar Crest had three in the top eight and won the title with 54 points.
"I’m so pleased – we really overachieved today," Sassaman said. "We really did. I keep reminding a lot of our underclassmen, ‘We are going to get miles under your legs next year.’ The Cedar Crest guys were impressive today, but they are where we were two years ago. And I’m seeing it. It’s all about summer miles. But I’m very happy for everyone today."
For Manheim Central, the girls entered Tuesday’s L-L Championships with their first Section title under their belt after going 10-0 league (18-3 overall), while the boys finished as tri-champs at 9-1 league (16-5 overall).
"I thought the girls probably could have been top five the way we were running all season," Adams said. "The boys, you never know sometimes … I think it’s one of the best places we have finished in a few years. It’s an exciting time for us with cross country. I think the program is moving in the right direction."
Amanda Graber (20:29) and Sam Shields (20:45) also won L-L medals for the Warwick girls, placing 12th and 15th, respectively, and Rachel Mueller (21st, 21:03) missed a medal by just one spot. Rounding out the Lady Warriors finishers were Amy Wood (51st, 22:15), Malon Bailey (84th, 23:22), Monika Roschel (85th, 23:22) and Alli Stauffer (91st, 23:35).
"Graber brought it," Sassaman said. "She was like, ‘I want to medal, I want to do it.’ She did this last year, she’s doing it this year and she’s going to get better. Sam, as a sophomore, is just progressing along exactly where she should be … Rachel’s come so far and I just feel for her (just missing a medal)."
Behind Urban for the Warrior boys were Will Howland (36th, 17:52), Jordan Garner (45th, 18:04), Matt Polonus (47th, 18:07), James Latanishen (81st, 18:48), Ryan Williams (106th, 19:17) and Banner Samuelson (113th, 19:24).
The MC boys, meanwhile, had three in the top 31, with Kyle Kegarise taking 23rd in 17:30, followed by Cole Sunderland, a freshman, in 30th in 17:42 and Nate Lachman taking 31st in 17:44.
"That’s pretty good – we’ll take that," Adams remarked.
Rounding out Central boys finishers were David Dise (48th, 18:09), Galen Fitzkee (80th, 18:46), Nathan Boyer (127th, 19:55) and Caleb Weaver (130th, 20:05).
Completing the Lady Barons’ finishers behind Peters were Halle Funk (35th, 21:45), Jordan Mitchell (39th, 21:54), Allison Dombach (55th, 22:32), Charis Dinger (66th, 22:58), Alydia Gochnauer (103rd, 24:22) and Alex Agesen (112th, 25:07).
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