Katie Locker, Madeline Quinn, Christopher Scharf and Charles Scharf each set Elizabethtown Area High School and course records on Tuesday, Oct. 3.
After finishing second and watching the course record set in front of her, Locker finished in 19:18 with three of her teammates behind her. Quinn would have set the record herself with a time of 19:21 if it were not for Locker.
“It’s unbelievable. The thing is, you’ve got a freshman and a sophomore. There is next year to look forward to and then there is their senior year. Even with Cat [Shontz], she’s only a junior and Kate [Weissend] is only a sophomore,” coach Mark Gallagher said.
Shontz (19:47) was a third Bear to finish in under 20 minutes. To round out the top four, Weissend finished in 20:14 to give Elizabethtown the top four times in the meet.
“The biggest thing we work for is consistency in training, doing the little things and keeping healthy. They’re very hard-working, but what sets them apart is the consistency day in and day out of trying to do everything right, whether it’s lifting, cross training with swimming, biking or exercises. They do stuff in the offseason, which a lot of kids don’t bother to do,” Gallagher said.
The girls defeated Solanco 18-39 and Penn Manor 22-25 to push their record to 7-1 on the season. This was the final home meet for both the girls and boys, which also meant it was Senior Night.
Christopher Scharf (16:14) and Charles Scharf (16:27) were each able to set the course record in their final meet at Elizabethtown. Christopher earned first place while his twin brother was edged out by Nick Fafel (16:23) of Penn Manor. Jesse Myers (17:09) and Nat McCloud (17:37) were the next duo to cross the line for Elizabethtown.
The Bears narrowly edged out Penn Manor 30-28, but were able to have a more comfortable victory over Solanco, 20-35.
“Today was a very low pressure race because we knew, as a team and individually, that we didn’t think there would be a lot of competition, but Penn Manor, to their credit, ran a terrific race. They really did challenge us. We were surprised at how good Penn Manor was,” Gallagher said.
Despite the unexpected pressure from Penn Manor, Gallagher said that the Scharfs wanted to finish their home careers in a strong fashion.
“They thought that they could run fairly relaxed. It’s their last home meet as seniors so they took it out hard and wanted to go after a good time and do well in front of the home crowd for the last meet. Obviously, they did.”