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Cross country goes 2-1 again this week

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by Scott Pagel spagel@tnonline.com in Sports

The boys and girls teams continued their winning ways on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Easton High School.

Both teams went 2-1 on the day bringing the girls record to 8-4 and the boys record to 7-5. Both teams beat East Stroudsburg North, the girls won 15-50 while the boys won 16-48. Likewise, they both beat East Stroudsburg South, the girls winning 15-48 and the boys 15-48. Stroudsburg did beat the Kids in both meets though.

The girls have been led all season long by a strong threesome or Georgia Wiswesser, Magen Perelli and Amber Poniktera, and that continued Tuesday.

Wiswesser was fifth overall in a time of 20:02, Poniktera was sixth in 20:03, and Perelli was eighth in 20:09.

“All three ran their personal best times today,” said head coach Dan Benner. “In addition to our top-three, we have had a strong pack of four-to-seven runners continuing to close the gap throughout the season.”

That group includes Hannah Flaven (19th, 21:46), Beth Albright (23rd, 22:06), Lauren Pague (27th, 22:22 new personal record), and Olivia Rigo (30th, 22:35). Also running a PR for the day was Lena Kugelman in 24:45.

The boys were without their top two runners Tuesday, Vince Gallagher and Isaiah Tyler, because of an injury and sickness.

But the rest of the team stepped up in their absence to help win two meets.

Evan Gillette was the lead runner for the first time in his career with a 28th place finish in 18:42. Following close behind was Owen Nahf (31st, 18:50 new PR), Sam Arnold (35th, 19:29 new PR), Nic Quinones (36th, 19:32), Wyatt Poniktera (45th, 19:52 new PR) and Matt Heisler (56th, 20:15).

“From top to bottom, this was our best meet of the season,” Benner said. “Hopefully that trend continues over the last part of the season.

“We wrap up our regular season next week at Liberty on Tuesday, Oct. 10. At that race we have five competitions as we go against Becahi, Easton, Freedom, Liberty, and Nazareth.”