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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Parkland’s Ava Bendetti approaches the finish line at the state championship meet.PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Parkland’s Ava Bendetti approaches the finish line at the state championship meet.PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ

Fab four runs fast in Hershey

Friday, November 8, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE Special to the Press in Sports

Anyone who knows Parkland Cross Country coach Stephen Ott knows he wants his team to “be fast.”

Four members accomplished that directive at the PIAA Cross-Country 3A Championships last Saturday in Hershey.

“I’m happy with how I did, I just wanted to improve on my time from when I ran here last year,” said Ava Bendetti. “This is a very hilly course and the course was very muddy today and slippery.”

Bendetti finished 175th overall with a time of 21:25 and said her experience this year on the team has been valuable.

“I’ve honestly been humbled by being an athlete.” she said. “I’ve really enjoyed this season in general and found I really liked running longer distances.”

Bendetti said she learned strategic running from Ott.

“He taught me how to pace myself for each of the miles and not get frustrated if I don’t do as well as I like in one race. Just keep moving forward and focus on the future.”

Bendetti finished 45 seconds behind teammate Brooke Labenberg who finished at 20:40, earning 122nd place overall.

“I’m very proud of all the kids,” said Ott. “They’ve worked very hard to be here.”

On the boys side, the Trojans’ received strong performances from Nate Reimer and Ethan Warren. Reimer claimed 171st place in a time of 17:44. Warren finished 23 places behind in 18:02.2.

“I do not believe in empty miles,” said Ott of his team’s practice ethic. “I think this help prepare us for today.”