Kids head into postseason meets
The Northampton cross country teams wrapped up their regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 10, with meets against Becahi, Easton, Freedom, Liberty, and Nazareth.
The girls went 3-2 on the day with wins against Becahi (22-35), Freedom (25-31), and Nazareth (20-39).
Head coach Dan Benner was very pleased with the final win tally of the girls.
“They finished the season with an overall record of 11-6, which was a huge turnaround from last season,” Benner said.
The coach said that turnaround was sparked by the hard work and vast improvement of Magen Perelli, and the arrival of two freshman that had great seasons, Georgia Wiswesser and Amber Poniktera. Beth Albright continued her steady hard work through her senior year, and fellow senior Hannah Flaven finally ran to her great potential, according to Benner.
Junior Lauren Pague continued her success from track this past spring to take the next step in cross country, and Olivia Rigo dealt with some injuries, but made improvements throughout her sophomore year, the coach added. Senior Jenele Vadelund also regained her form from sophomore year after battling with injuries last year.
“We had two seniors race for the final time in the Northampton program, Hope Scott and Olivia Cappolella,” said Benner. “Olivia has been part of the program since seventh grade.”
The boys went 1-4 on the day with a win against Becahi (18-43). They finished the season with a record of 8-9.
“We just missed having back-to-back winning seasons,” Benner said. “Although the boys just missed out on a winning record, I feel very confident for the next few years because of how young the team was his year.”
Benner said the top-three was pretty consistent throughout the year, led by Vince Gallagher (sophomore), Isaiah Tyler (sophomore), and Evan Gillette (junior).
“Behind them we had a very inexperienced group as none of them had ever competed at the varsity level for cross country, but they all learned and improved throughout the season,” Benner said.
That second group behind the top-three included senior Sam Arnold and freshmen Owen Nahf, Nic Quinones, Matt Heisler, Kolton Bates, and Wyatt Poniktera.
“We now head into the postseason the next two weeks with the EPC Championships on Tuesday, Oct. 17, and the District 11 Championships on Wednesday, Oct. 25,” Benner said.
Both meets run at the Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
“We have big goals the next two weeks, both as an overall team and as individual runners hoping to make it to the state meet,” Benner said.