It’s relatively rare to see a high school cross country team complete a perfect season. It’s almost unheard for the same three runners to finish in the top three at each regular season meet. But that’s now a reality for the Elizabethtown Area High School girls cross country team.
The Lady Bears took down both Conestoga Valley and Cedar Crest during a home meet on Tuesday, Oct. 9, improving to 10-0 on the season and winning the Section One title for the Lancaster-Lebanon League. It’s both the first section championship and the first undefeated season in the history of Elizabethtown’s cross country program.
The trio of senior Cat Shontz, junior Katie Locker and sophomore Madeline Quinn all finished in the top three once again, completing a clean streak for the season. For the first time this year, Locker did not place first, taking third in 19:04.5 instead. Quinn ended up in first at 18:42.6, with Shontz not far behind in second at 18:52.4. Elsewhere, freshman Sierra Kapcsos (21:55.2) took ninth, while senior Jessie Lloyd (22.53.0) was 15th.
Meanwhile, the boys team narrowly lost by one point for the second straight meet, falling to Cedar Crest and topping Conestoga Valley. Elizabethtown swept every spot between fourth and seventh: junior Jesse Myers (17:26.0), senior Nat McCloud (17:29.3), sophomore Garrick English (17:38.4) and junior Alex Hartman (17:38.7). Freshman Nathan Johnson (18:06.2) also finished 12th.
With the 1-1 result, the Bears have finished the season at 4-6, tied for seventh in Section One with Ephrata. Theaforementioned onepoint losses came against Cedar Crest and Manheim Township, who are both in the top five.
Following the conclusion of the regular season, both teams will be competing in the L-L League Championship Meet at Ephrata Middle School on Tuesday, Oct. 16.