Christopher Scharf won the meet and paced the Elizabethtown boys cross country team as they defeated Ephrata 22-34, but lost to Cedar Crest 28-33.
Katie Locker was Elizabethtown’s top finisher in the girls cross country meet and led the Bears to a 22-33 win over Cedar Crest, but a 27-28 loss to Ephrata.
Scharf won the boys race with a time 16:35 as he bested Andrew Foster of Ephrata (16:45). Charles Scharf (17:15) was the third finisher in the meet. Jesse Myers (17:51) earned sixth and Nat McCloud (19:30) finished 17th.
Locker’s time of 20:23 in the girls meet was good enough for a third place finish. Mary Campbell (19:52) and Alyssa Fedorshak (20:03) of Ephrata finished in front of her.
Kate Weissend finished eight seconds behind Locker and gave the Bears two of the top four finishers in the race. When expanding a bit further, Elizabethtown also had four of the top seven times in the meet on Tuesday, Oct. 10. Cat Shontz (20:52) finished sixth and Madeline Quinn (20:54) finished seventh.
The split at the final meet of the regular season meant that the boys team finished with an 8-2 overall record. The Bears were 6-2 in Lancaster-Lebanon League meets and finished third in Section One.
The boys team had four runners that ran in all five meets this season and Christopher Scharf ended with the best finish (first), best time (15:50) and best average time (16:35).
Charles Scharf’s best finish was second place with a best time of 16:27 and an average finish of 17:04. McCloud’s best meet saw him finish third and his best time was 16:38 with an average time of 17:46. Myers was the final Bear to run in all five meets with a best finish of fourth place, best time of 16:41 and average time of 17:27.
The girls team finished with an identical 8-2, 6-2 record, but that record resulted in a tie for fourth place with Hempfield in Section One.
Locker was the girls top runner with a first place best finish, best time of 18:45 and average time of 19:37. Quinn was on Locker’s heels for much of the season and the numbers bear that out. Her best finish was second, her best time was 18:51 and her average time was 13 seconds off Locker’s pace at 19:50.
Shontz and Weissend had a best finish of third and fourth, respectively. Shontz’s best time was 19:13 and her average was 20:05. Weissend, meanwhile, had a best time of 19:42 and an average of 20:23.