PHS harriers head into postseason
The juggernaut that is Parkland’s boys and girls cross country teams continues to run toward another impressive season. Both squads headed into this week undefeated in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference standings with the postseason just around the corner.
Both squads won all three of their matchups on Oct. 2 at the Little Lehigh Parkway, which featured Allen, Dieruff, Pleasant Valley, Pocono Mountain East and Pocono Mountain West.
“Our goal was to just take care of business,” Parkland head coach Loretta Dodson said, “to just get out there and run.”
The victories came after a successful showing at the annual Paul Short Invitational held a few days earlier on Sept. 29 at Lehigh University. The Trojan boys squad placed fifth overall and the girls 20th. The prestigious race attracts several high school and college teams and provided a stern test for any squad against top-flight competition.
During the meet, two scholastic races take place. One is termed “Brown” and the other “White.” Of the two, the “Brown” race is the more competitive. The superlative competition “can bring out the best” in her athletes, Dodson said.
Senior Nick Bower had a superb day at Lehigh, “a real confidence booster,” according to Dodson. He finished first among all Lehigh Valley runners and 20th overall with a time of 16:20. Riley Williamson and Nathan Reimer also performed well, finishing 48th and 49th out of nearly 400 overall runners.
On the girls side, Madison Zaun continued her outstanding season, finishing first for the Trojans with a time of 19:39. While the overall the girls team was a little off and there was some room for improvement, according to Dodson, the meet provided valuable lessons moving forward.
The final regular season encounter was held Oct. 9 at Little Lehigh Parkway. See next week’s Press for results of that meet against Allen, Allentown Central Catholic, Dieruff, Emmaus and Whitehall.
The Trojans will compete in next week’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship Meet Tuesday and the district championship meet a week later with hopes of qualifying both teams for the state championships, which are held annually in Hershey on the first weekend of November.