Christopher Scharf (above) won the boys cross country meet with a time of 17:41 to lead the Elizabethtown boys past McCaskey 21-35 on Tuesday, Sept. 23.
Charles Scharf (17:42) was second in the boys meet and was followed by Nat McCloud (17:43.1) and Jesse Myers (17:43.5). Those were the four fastest times in the boys meet.
“The Scharfs are seniors and they’ve been out for six years. Of all the kids I’ve had over the years, they’ve been working harder throughout the year consistently. Summer trainings, swimming, cross training, lifting weights and doing stuff in the winter. After all these years it is really nice to see that it is paying off for them,” coach Mark Gallagher said. “They’ve done really well previous years, but now they’re taking it to a higher level.”
Gallagher also said that both Scharfs, McCloud and Myers planned to finish in the top four before the meet even began.
“Today they figured that they’d get the top four. The guys knew their strategy ahead of time and they figured that was something that they could possibly do,” Gallagher said.
Katie Locker was three seconds behind the winner of the girls race with her time of 19:40, but Elizabethtown finished with three of the top four times and the girls defeat McCaskey 26-30.
Madeline Quinn (19:59) and Cat Shontz (20:07) were the third and fourth finishers, respectively. McCaskey’s Lianna Tirado (19:37) won the race and her teammate Issy Fife was the second McCaskey finisher.
“We knew that the McCaskey girls had two of the top runners in the league. Fife, a few years ago, was actually league champion. Tirado was the 2-mile league champ in track last year and beat Katie in the mile a couple times as well,” Gallagher said. “It comes down to, maybe, how do people handle the heat? It was a tough race for everybody.”
Gallagher said that while the Bears have upcoming regular season meets, they are beginning to shift their focus to postseason meets.
“Usually with football games they usually say that the most important game is the one that is coming up. Well, in our mind, the most important coming up in really not the next couple weeks. It’s actually the league meet,” Gallagher said. “To really take it to the highest level we’re looking at going to leagues, districts and then hopefully states.”