Wiswesser takes sixth
Northampton sophomore Georgia Wiswesser medaled at the EPC Cross Country Championships after placing sixth on Tuesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
“The first mile, I felt really good. It was pretty fast, but not too bad, though,” Wiswesser said.
Wiswesser’s time was 20:05.6.
“There are two pretty big hills. The first one is in the first mile, and I felt good going up that one, but the second one was a little rough because it was longer. Right into the finish, two girls passed me, but I was able to pass the one,” she said. “It was a good day to see the course and get a plan for districts next week.”
Also finishing in the top 20 in the girls’ race were Magen Perelli who was 13th in 20:49.5, and Amber Poniktera who was 18th in 21:06.5
In the boys’ race, Evan Gillette was the first K-Kid to cross the finish line, placing 21st in 17:43.7.
“Overall, it was a pretty good race, I thought,” Gillette said. “We had just about a straightaway start so we didn’t have to move around too much. I started out in the front pack, but I wanted to control the first mile a little more and make sure I had it left for the two hills.”
Gillette’s strategy worked, but as he neared the end, Gillette started to feel the effects of weather conditions and recent workouts.
“I tried drafting off some people, but once we hit about the last quarter to go, it really hit- we had a tough workout the week before,” he said. “Nazareth’s top runner- we were back and forth for most of the race. That kept me in it a lot. It was pretty competitive between the two of us.”
Vince Gallagher came in next for Northampton, 34th with a time of 18:05.0.
In team results, Northampton’s girls placed sixth, only five points behind Liberty, and Northampton’s boys placed seventh.
“Next week is where it really matters,” said Gillette. “This week was just another steppingstone toward that goal.”
Also competing in the boys’ race for Northampton were Ezekial Colyer in 18:18.5, Owen Nahf in 18:24.4, Isaiah Tyler in 18:36.0, John Breslin in 19:47.3, Wyatt Poniktera in 19:51.0, Nicolas Quinones in 20:22.8, Nicholas Amato in 20:29.2, and Mitchell Mondschein in 20:31.4.
Other Northampton runners competing in the girls’ race were Brianna Tyler in 21:44.9, Lauren Pague in 23:00.5, Olivia Rigo in 23:55.2, Noelle Eisenreich in 25:19.1, Valen Mercadante in 26:30.1, and Marissa Mele in 26:33.7.
Freedom’s Lauren Charboneau placed first for the girls in 19:36, and Easton’s Joseph Ozgar placed first for the boys in 16:36.2.
Easton’s girls and Parkland’s boys placed first overall.
Northampton will compete in the District XI Cross Country Championships on Oct. 24 at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
The Konkrete Kids are coached by Dan Benner.