The Elizabethtown girls cross country team finished second at the Lancaster-Lebanon League championship on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Ephrata Middle School. The boys team finished in seventh place.
Katie Locker finished second in the girls race and was the Bears’ top finisher as a result. The sophomore finished in 18:40.6 and trailed Cocalico senior Jamie Zamrin, who finished in 18:29.7 to win the meet.
Zamrin set the meet record with her time, which was previously set by Greta Lindsley of Penn Manor in 2012 (18:30).
Junior Cat Shontz finished four spots behind Locker with her time of 19:09.8. Freshman Madeline Quinn finished in eighth place (19:24.4) and gave Elizabethtown three of the top eight finishers in the race. Only Manheim Township was close to that type of finish as they had the third, fifth and ninth place finishers.
Other Bears that competed in the league championship included sophomore Kate Weissend (19th — 19:56.9), sophomore Malayna Van Winkle (71st — 22:36.3), sophomore Camille Donahue (104th — 23:55.4), junior Brooke Nicodemus (110th — 24:06.0) and junior Jessie Lloyd (118th — 25:06.6)
Elizabethtown’s second place finish (100) was behind the Blue Streaks of Manheim Township (44). They edged out Hempfield (102) for the silver medal spot before a dropoff to Ephrata (133).
Senior Christopher Scharf was the Bears’ top finisher with his time of 16:20. That time was also good enough for a fourth place finish. Hempfield’s Christian Groff beat Ephrata’s Andrew Foster by 0.2 seconds to win the meet.
Elizabethtown’s second finisher was senior Charles Scharf in 18th place with a time of 16:59.4. Sophomore Jesse Myers (46th — 17:30.1), junior Nat McCloud (60th — 17:51.6), sophomore Aiden Weaver (87th — 18:17.2), senior Jason Trimble (104th — 18:41.9) and senior Dylan Quinn (156th — 21:32) were other Bears that competed in the meet.
The boys compiled 209 points en route to their seventh place finish. Hempfield won the meet with 72 points as a team.
Elizabethtown cross country will turn its attention to the District Three meet, which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, at Big Spring.