Zaun takes third in D-11
The Parkland Girls cross country team had some work to do between the week of the East Penn Conference meet and the District 11 Cross Country Championships. And the team managed to get the work done.
The Lady Trojans had a nice performance at the district meet, held Oct. 24 at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course, finishing fourth out of 14 schools overall with an average time of 20:43. Unsurprisingly, the talented senior Maddie Zaun led the squad, finishing third in the field with a time of 19:26.
“I’m very pleased with how Maddie ran today,” said Parkland head coach Loretta Dodson. “She always runs a very smart race.”
Zaun had a lot of support from her teammates. Following the EPC meet on Oct. 16, Dodson noted the girls squad “was not quite getting it” and would need a good week of practice before the districts. Parkland got that good week and it was evident Oct. 24. Younger runners performed well at districts as sophomore Ava Bendetti finished 17th at 20:38.
“Ava really did a good job today. She ran a good race,” Dodson noted.
Freshman Emily Beers finished with a time of 20:57, good for 23rd overall. Junior Julianna Elsesser came in next on the team at 28th with a 21:08 mark. The next runner was junior Stephanie Snyder, who finished 38th at 21:24. She was followed by junior Lily Goense at 21:36, good for 40th place overall. Junior Emma Garchinsky finished at 21:57, which earned her a 48th overall ranking.
“They did a better job today,” the coach said.
Easton won the team title with 72 points, while Emmaus was second with 94, one better than third-place Stroudsburg (95). Parkland finished with 109 points, just three ahead of fifth-place Liberty.
The Red Rovers’ Meghan Vizian won the individual title at 19:19, while Stroudsburg’s Clara Conboy at 19:20.
Zaun’s finish earns her a trip to this weekend’s state championship meet in Hershey.