The Elizabethtown Area High School cross country teams had to wait longer than most to get their seasons going. Their initial meet at Hempfield for Tuesday, Sept. 4, was postponed due to inclement weather, so the Bears officially began with an invitational, which was then followed by a regular Lancaster-Lebanon League meet.
Several Elizabethtown runners participated in the Penn-TrackXC Meet at Kutztown University on Saturday, Sept. 8. Both the boys and girls teams finished in the top 10 for their respective groups, with the former placing seventh in the varsity boys blue division, and the latter taking ninth in the varsity girls gold division.
None of the eight boys runners for the Bears placed in the top 10 individually.However, five ended up in the top 80, a niceaccomplishment considering there were 221 runners participating. The highest was junior Jesse Myers, who clocked in at 11th. Senior Nat McCloud and sophomore Garrick English each got into the top 50, finishing 34th and 42nd, respectively. Junior Alex Hartman (66th) and freshman Nathan Johnson (77th) rounded out the top 100 placements for Elizabethtown. Freshman Wyatt Mummau (141st), junior Dustin Sauder (168th) and sophomore Mick Nicodemus (177th) also ran.
The girls team was a lot more top heavy. The Lady Bears saw three of their runners finish in the top 15: sophomore Madeline Quinn (eighth), senior Cat Shontz (10th) and junior Katie Locker (15th). However, the rest of the team placed a lot lower. Freshman Sierra Kapcsos began her high school career by taking 129th. The remaining Elizabethtown runners were all seniors: Brooke Nicodemus (153rd), Jessie Lloyd (156th) and Julee Wells (158th).
The Bears had their first Section One meet of the season at Solanco on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Ephrata and Penn Manor each competed as well. Elizabethtown did the best of any team in attendance, picking up 3 wins on the girls side and 2 for the boys.
The former saw Locker (20.02), Shontz (20.03) and Quinn (20.17) all finish in the top three, with junior Kate Weissend (23.14) taking 10th and Kapcsos (23.37) getting 12th. The Lady Bears solidly bested all three of the opposing teams as well.
For the boys, Myers (18.01) place 4th, with McCloud and English (both 18.31) taking 7th and 8th, respectively. Hartman (18.59) finished in 12th. Elizabethtown able to beat out Ephrata and Solanco but were topped by Penn Manor.
The Bears will make up the previously postponed meet at Hempfield on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Before then, however, many of their runners will also take part in the Ben Bloser Invitational at Big Spring High School on Saturday, Sept. 15.