PHS boys earn silver
The District 11 3A Boys Cross Country Championships proved to be another exhibit of the power and depth of the Parkland team. The Trojans finished second out of 15 schools during the meet, held Oct. 24 at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course, with a time of 16:55.
The duo of seniors Nicholas Bower and Riley Williamson ran strong, with both finishing in the top 10. Bower finished fifth overall 16:31, while Williamson finished ninth. Both young men have consistently produced all season for Parkland thanks to a combination of supreme fitness and experience in running tactically proficient races.
“I thought Nick and Riley ran a very smart and competitive race,” said Trojan head coach Loretta Dodson. “The entire team did a good job overall and I am pleased.”
Williamson was visually exhausted following the competition as medical staffers attended to him for more than 20 minutes following his spirited run.
The Trojans’ depth however won them the second ranking. Junior Nate Reimer, who will likely become the top Trojan runner going into the 2019 season, came in 13th at 17:01.18, just a whisker ahead of Emmaus’ Paul Petre at 17:01.50. Senior Matt Santacoloma took 16th place 17:02.
“Nate and Matt ran well today,” Dodson said.
Coming in 24th was junior Ethan Warren’s 17:20 time. Teammate senior Matt Zager came in next in the Trojan rankings, coming in 29th with a 17:28.43 mark. Zangel was frustratingly close to taking 28th, losing out to Nazareth’s Daniel Brunner at 17:28.11.
Parkland’s sophomore Ben Esquieres also had a solid performance at 17:50, good enough for 42nd overall. Esquieres ran a solid week the previous week in the EPC, according to his coach. His performance in Districts continued his strong finish for the year.
Easton took the overall boys title, finishing with 65 points. Parkland scored 67 for second place, which qualifies the team to take all seven runners to this weekend’s PIAA Championships in Hershey.
Red Rover Cosmo Cardone won the individual title at 16:17.