Wiswesser, Perelli run at states
Northampton High School distance runners, Magen Perelli and Georgia Wiswesser, competed at the PIAA State Class 3A Cross Country Championships last Saturday at Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey, Pa.
“I wasn’t nervous, but I was just thinking it was an honor to get to states, so whatever happened, happened,” said Wiswesser, a freshman. “I started pretty fast, faster than I would have usually started, and it really tired me out.”
Wiswesser slowed down over the next two miles.
“The last mile is probably one of the flatter parts of the course, but the hill is right at the end, and after running the whole course, that hill seems a lot worse than it really is,” she said. “I was just happy to get it over with.”
Wiswesser placed 156th out of 212 competitors with a time of 21:11, an approximate 60 second improvement since running the course at the Hershey Invitational earlier this season.
Perelli, a junior, placed 150th with a time of 21:05.
“We were at starting block 11, which is a little more to the right but not as bad as I thought. We just had to watch our footing, but I didn’t get boxed in at all,” said Perelli. “I ran a pretty good first mile, but it wasn’t as fast as I had anticipated.”
At the third mile, a runner from Easton helped give Perelli another burst of energy.
“She came up behind me and said, ‘Come with me,’ and she sped up, and I went with her,” Perelli said.
Perelli was able to pass a few runners on the straightaway before the hill, and like Wiswesser, ended with a better time than her time at the Hershey Invitational in September.
“It’s a lot different [at states], and everyone is really excited, but there’s not as much pressure because I’ve gotten here,” said Perelli.
Wiswesser felt the same way and enjoyed the total experience of the weekend.
“I just had a lot of fun with my teammates. Our coach [Dan Benner] brought one other girl along, and then on Saturday, a few people from the team came to watch,” Wiswesser said.
Cardinal O’Hara’s Elizabeth Mancini ultimately won the race with a time of 18:18.