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WHS girls go 2-2 at Cedar Crest
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor, Staff Writer
Without top five runners Brittney Bomberger (sickness) and Rachel Mueller (ankle) in their top eight, the Warwick girls cross country team wasn’t at full strength on Tuesday.
That, however, didn’t stop the Lady Warriors from turning in a solid performance at a quad meet at Cedar Crest High School.
While placing three runners in the top 10, Warwick finished 2-2 with wins over Manheim Central (20-41) and Conestoga Valley (27-30) and a close loss to Ephrata (27-30). They also dropped an 18-41 loss to the Lady Falcons.
"The girls that we have this year, they’re a really tight bunch, they’re working their very hardest, and I can’t expect any more of them," Warwick first-year coach Jenny Sassaman said. "If you’re running your 100 percent hardest and you’re 100 percent best, then I’m happy and that’s what it is."
That hard work has vaulted the Warwick girls to a 9-6 record this season, while the boys remain undefeated at 11-0. The Warrior boys were hoping to keep their record unblemished, but Tuesday’s meet was postponed due to inclement weather and rescheduled for yesterday (Wednesday) after deadline.
"They’re undefeated so far and we hope to keep it that way (Wednesday)," Sassaman said.
The Manheim Central girls, meanwhile, captured top individual honors in Cornwall with Danae Peters placing first overall in 20:15. But they finished 0-4 in the meet with losses to Warwick, Cedar Crest (20-47), Ephrata (20-45) and Conestoga Valley (20-45).
Taking first for Warwick, and fifth overall, was Kristi Reidenbaugh, who continued her solid season with a time of 22:01.
"She’s solid," Sassaman said. "She doesn’t blink at taking directions. I’m really pleased with how she’s done this year."
Ruth Ann Long and Amy Wood were close behind for Warwick in 9th and 10th place overall in 22:18 and 22:30, respectively. Still only a sophomore, Sassaman said that Wood has taken big strides from junior high.
"The big story this year has been Amy Wood," Sassaman said. "She’s definitely had a little bit of, ‘I’m a sophomore, therefore I’m going to stay way back here’ the first few meets. But she really listened and I just keep telling her, ‘Don’t stay back. Get up.’"
Monika Roschel (24:06) and Melanie Stauffer (25:15) rounded out the Warwick girls’ top five in 25th and 36th place, respectively. Others in the team’s top eight were Megan Wood (38th, 25:21), Amy Kochel (40th, 25:52) and Megan Eyer (25:56).
"We were running with a hurting, sick squad," Sassaman said, "but the girls that ran today, they tried their darndest. And the Cedar Crest course is not for the faint of heart. I call it the infamous Cedar Crest X, where you have 150 meters at the beginning and then you make a left turn and go up into the hills."
Others in the top six for the Manheim Central girls were Jordan Mitchell (32nd, 24:59), Alex Agesen (34th, 25:05), Sydney Strickler (54th, 26:58), Sarah Vu (63rd, 29:32) and Lexi Nolt (66th, 30:49). More RUNNERS, page B-5