Stoudt wins LVC crown
Parkland cross country runner Mikayla Stoudt is one of the few who enjoys the course at the Bethlehem Municipal and it served her and her team well on Tuesday. The Trojan sophomore won the girls Lehigh Valley Conference Cross Country Championship, and Parkland's girls team also clinched first place with 45 points.
"It feels great winning," said Stoudt, who finished the race in 19:51. "My time was slow, more than a minute behind my [personal best], but I was coming out to win today. I love this course, actually. I don't like when it's very flat. This has nice turns."
With unseasonably warm weather on Tuesday afternoon, Stoudt took a nice, slow start.
"I usually go out really fast and separate myself from the pack," she said. "But this time, I let the pack lead me so I could save it up for the end."
Stoudt also knew that Central Catholic's Colleen Daday would be looking to defend her LVC crown from 2012.
"There was definitely pressure because Colleen had beaten me. She's been on my mind for the past year," Stoudt said.
Stoudt didn't need to worry because Daday placed third in 20:13, while Emmaus' Katie Bacher took second place in 20:05.
"I'm happy for Katie," said Stoudt. "I know her from soccer."
Parkland teammate Melissa Lukas placed fourth in 20:19.
"I felt really good," said Lukas. "I was in sixth place almost the whole race and I passed Willow [Childs from Dieruff] and Shaina [Palmer from Freedom] in the last 300 meters. I wanted to get in the top five. I thought I would get third, but fourth is all right."
Placing 10th for the Trojans was Alexis Dongvort, who finished the race in 20:45. Madeline LeFrock was 12th in 20:56, Melissa Lyman placed 21st in 21:30, Cara Moyer placed 22nd in 21:32, and Ali Pany placed 28th in 21:49.
Gracie Cosgrove finished in 33rd place in 22:06, Sydney DelVecchio placed 35th in 22:16, and Cassandra Eder was 38th in 22:26.
The District 11 cross country championships are scheduled for Oct. 23.
"[Today] I went out slow," Lukas said. "I'll just do the same and try to keep in sight with Mikayla."
Stoudt, however, will have another competitor besides Daday on her mind.
"Next week at districts, I'll have someone better than me pushing me Paige Stoner from Pottsville," Stoudt said.