Shields, Graber finish 1-2 for WHS girls

By on October 1, 2014

Junior Samantha Shields and senior Amanda Graber proved to be a 1-2 punch on Tuesday afternoon for the Warwick girls cross country team.

Paced by their star two runners at the top of the pack, the Lady Warriors ran to a 2-1 finish on Tuesday at Donegal, defeating Manheim Central 15-55 and Northern Lebanon 15-46, while coming up just short against the host Indians 26-31.

With one meet left in the regular season, next Tuesday, Oct. 7 on their home turf, the Lady Warriors improved to 9-8 on the year.

Shields (20:32) and Graber (20:34) were separated by just two seconds before Donegal took the next three spots to take the inside track toward a 3-0 sweep.

Warwick’s Abby Steinour added a top-10 finish, placing 8th overall in 21:50, while Malon Bailey (12th, 23:05) and Alli Stauffer (13th, 23:09) rounded out the team’s top five.

Morgan McLucas was 20th in 24:55.

Manheim Central was led by Charis Dinger’s 6th-place finish in 21:33, but the Lady Barons finished 0-3 with 15-55 losses to Donegal, Warwick and Northern Lebanon.

Halle Funk (10th, 22:19), Alydia Gochnauer (15th, 23:52) and Kayla Eller (22nd, 25:04) also finished for the Central girls.

Turning to the boys, Warwick put its first five runners in the top 16 on Tuesday at Donegal.

Not bad, to be sure.

On this day, however, Manheim Central was a little bit better, taking five of the top eight en route to a 3-0 finish.

Barons’ lead runner Cole Sunderland gave Northern Lebanon’s Tyler McFeaters a scare, but ended up second overall in 17:17, just six seconds behind the Vikings’ runner (17:11).

With Manheim Central’s David Merkey and Nate Lachman taking third and fourth, respectively, both in 17:31, the Barons were well on their way to defeating the host Indians (18-46), Northern Lebanon (20-45), and Warwick (15-45).

David Dise (6th, 17:42) and Galen Fitzkee (8th, 17:44) completed the team’s top five, while Ian Lauver (11th, 18:07), Nathan Boyer (14th, 18:52) and Caleb Weaver (17th, 19:19) all added top-20 finishes for the Barons.

Warwick, meanwhile, was led by Matt Polonus, who finished 9th in 17:51 and led the way to a 2-1 finish for the Warriors with wins over Donegal (25-35) and Northern Lebanon (22-41).

Will Howland (10th, 18:00) and Karl Bruhn (12th, 18:34) followed close behind, and then James Latanishen (15th, 19:08) and Drayk Cassamajor (16th, 19:18) rounded the top five for the Warriors, who improved to 11-6.

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