When Northampton Middle School eighth grader Kyleigh Straub decided to run cross country, she did it for the sake of her soccer game, but unexpected rewards came on the cross country course when Straub won every race, invite, and regular season meet over the last two years.
“I just decided to do it out of nowhere,” Straub said. “I honestly fell in love with it. I think it’s the individuality, that I can do it by myself, but I also have the support of my team.”
Straub remembers her first meet clearly. It was the 2015 Northampton Invitational.
Liberty senior, Raisa Kochmaruk, placed 11th and medaled at the PIAA State Class AAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Hershey.
“The state course is a really good course for Raisa,” said Liberty coach Mark Will-Weber. “It’s hilly and tough, but she feels confident on that course. It was a good, solid day for her to run 11th, and she showed that once she’s on, she’s as good as anyone in the district.”
Kochmaruk’s time was 18:50.
Northampton senior, Lyndsey Gallagher, will represent the Konkrete Kids at the PIAA State Cross Country Championships this weekend after placing 11th at the District XI Cross Country Championships last Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
“I’m happy with my time and place,” Gallagher said. “I knew I got my spot to states. I’m looking to medal.”
Gallagher’s time was 20:01.12.
Northampton High School senior, Lyndsey Gallagher, medaled in the girls’ race of the East Penn Conference Cross Country Championships on Tuesday afternoon at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course, placing eighth with a time of 20:29.63.
The top 12 finishers received medals.
Stroudsburg’s girls captured a 1-2-3 finish when Liberty’s Raisa Kochmaruk, who had led the entire race, slowed and stumbled as she approached the finish line and could not complete the race.
Allana Powlette was the overall winner with a time of 19:22.47, followed by Amy Conboy, and Michelle Joyce.
Northampton’s girls’ tennis team competed in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Tennis Tournament last week at Freedom High School. Emma Angle placed fourth at number one singles.
Angle won her first match against Pleasant Valley and her second match against Emmaus Elise VanOrmer. Angle then lost her third match against Bethlehem Catholic’s Brenna Magliochetti, moving on to the consolation match, which was won by Freedom’s Natalie Sinai.
Northampton coach Kim Davis was thrilled with Angle’s play against Magliochetti, while Angle felt proud of her match against VanOrmer.
Overall consistency would have made the difference for Northampton’s girls’ soccer team in its 0-0 draw against Freedom on Friday because, as coach Chaz Saul said, other games have not been quite as frustrating.
“If we can get more consistent, we’ll stay around,” Saul said. “Our offense needs work, [for example] instead of passing, strike. Somebody has to be open over the top.”
Defensively, things were working on both teams.
By the time Northampton’s girls’ tennis team hosted Parkland, the two teams were tied for fourth place in the East Penn Conference, but Parkland ultimately stepped away with a 5-2 victory on Sept. 22.
The match was highlighted by two tiebreaks and two three-set matches, one of which was won by Northampton.
In singles play, Parkland’s Patricia Yao won 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 over Emma Angle at number one.
At number two, Mary Angle defeated Madison Staiman 6-0, 6-2.
After suffering some figurative bumps and bruises, Northampton’s boys’ soccer team recovered with conviction to defeat Nazareth 2-0 last week and Dieruff 8-0 this week on its home turf.
“We responded nicely in the Nazareth game,” said Northampton coach Adam Bastidas. “We came out with more intensity than in the previous two games. We had a little more of a chip on our shoulder, and the effort was there.”
Northampton High School senior, Isaac N’jenga, placed 19th out of 166 runners in the boys’ varsity race at the Northampton Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 3 at Bicentennial Park.
“It was tight at the start with all the schools, but at the one mile mark, it opened up, and I maintained my pace,” N’jenga said. “I was just looking ahead, trying to catch the next person.”
N’jenga’s time was 16:56.
“I tried to pick up from the last quarter mile and finish strong,” he said. “It felt good. It’s definitely something to push forward from.”
Northampton High School senior, Lyndsey Gallagher, took fifth place in the girls’ varsity race at the Northampton Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 3 at Bicentennial Park.
“It felt really good,” said Gallagher. “It was my last race on this course because we have no home meets this year, but I felt really good from the beginning. It was my best time since sophomore year.”
Gallagher, whose time was 19:15, had a difficult season last year, burdened by shin splints, but now they are something she can control.