Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Lehighton Cross Country Girls Sweep East Stroudsburg North and South

Chris Bosco turns to Daulton Radler and
says, "This is how champions tie their shoes."

Daulton Radler says, "Just watch my back." 
Emily Oldt says, "Yup!" as she laughs.

The Right Stuff?  Some days they never cease to show me they do.
 The Lehighton girls put in a good day on the course today, extending their record to 3-9, by beating both
East Stroudsburg North and East Stroudsburg South in a Mountain Valley match-up near Bushkill Falls today.

Freshman Jeni Beers came in second overall, just ten seconds behind Pocono Mountain East's best runner, Senior Abby Ross.  Jeni had a time of 20:32 her career best time.  Junior Emily Oldt came in 4th overall and second for Lehighton with a career best 21:59, followed by Freshman Cassie Rehnert with 23:03.  Senior Alyssa Schleicher has been turning in good times with some strong running form, helping to anchor the crucial last 2 spots that allowed Lehighton to hold off ESS with a time of 26:36.  Freshman and newcomer to the sport Erica Koutch continues to improve with a 26:58.  Lehighton is looking forward to 3 more years from these talented freshman girls.

Coach Marushak going over passing strategy.  Cassie Rehnert,
Josh Gornick and EMily Oldt say is it enough to take
6 spots in the last mile?

The different ways pre-race jitters can look is evident here.
All those jitters are gone at the sound of "Go!"
Emily Oldt's sneaky, sly form hides her speed.
Daulton is not going to let them stay there.
Eyes up Chris Bosco...good form.

Jeni Beers shows how she uses her arms to pump it up over tough hills. 
The rest show their jealousy with their smiles.

The boys were without all their teammates today and did not have enough to qualify for a team.  They dropped both matches to ESN and ESS.  But that didnt stop them from turning in some season and career best times. 

Daulton Radler had a 19:03, Ryan Coulter 19:57, Chris Bosco 21:06 and Josh Gornick 25:11.

All these atheletes should return and be solid once again for Lehighton.

Determination on Josh Gornick's face.

The methodical steps of a seasoned
senior runner.  Nice run Alyssa!

Erica shows a bounce in her step.

Sophie Coombe was able to knock 30 seconds
off her Middle School race time at this same
course from just 3 weeks ago. 

Ryan had no idea just how fast he could run today.
 As the Mountain Valley League Meet approaches next Tuesday 10/18/11 at Bethlehem Muncipal Golf Course, our harriers seem to be peaking at just the right time for perhaps a medal there and possibly a District berth to the state championships...Keep your eyes on the prize!

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