The PIAA State Cross Country Championships were the end for Northampton High School seniors, Hayley Jackson and Chris Traugher, and the beginning for freshman, Jessica Hendricks, but all accomplished a level of success on Saturday at the Parkview Golf Course in Hershey, Pa.
Jackson reached her goals of finishing in the top 100 with a time around 20 minutes, by placing 94th in 20:31.
"I was really happy with that," Jackson said.
Weather conditions could not have been more ideal for the 11:00 a.m. Class AAA girls race.
For some on Northampton High School's cross country team, there were big surprises, and for others, there was genuine relief at the District XI Cross Country Championships last week at the Bethlehem Municipal Field.
Perhaps the biggest surprise came to Jessica Hendricks, a freshman, who qualified for the PIAA State meet by placing 11th at districts in 20:10. The week before, Hendricks placed 25th at conference championships.
The Northampton Kids recently completed its summer swimming season with a 6-2 record, and a fourth-place finish in the Suburban Swim League Championships with 773 points.
The Kids opened Championships with a victory in the 200 free relay swum by Olivia Green, Alyssa Gerstenberg, Paige Knouse, and Becky Nothstein in 2:04.97.
In 8 & under girls, Lianna Schultz, Maya Bond, Gabi Oswald, and Green took second place in the 100 free relay.
In individual events, Green placed second in the 25 breaststroke, and Schultz came in third in the 25 butterfly and the 25 backstroke.
Weather and time worked against Lehigh Valley's Carpenter Cup softball team as they were eliminated from the tournament last week after losses to Tri-Cape and Burlington County.
Lehigh Valley's first game last Wednesday resulted in an early morning 5-2 loss to Tri-Cape, but Lehigh Valley came back with a 4-0 victory over Olympic Colonial in the afternoon.
Lehigh Valley's Carpenter Cup softball team, which includes Northampton High School catcher, Hannah Peters, defeated Philadelphia Catholic's Carpenter Cup team, 10-5, in its first game of the double-elimination tournament on Monday at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
Peters caught for the first half of the game with Pen Argyl's Emily Smull doing the pitching.
"It was good. She hit her spots well. It was a good match-up. She got the work done," Peters said.
Philadelphia Catholic took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but Lehigh Valley was not concerned.
Northampton High School softball catcher, Hannah Peters, had plenty of reasons to try out for the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup Softball team last month.
"I knew a couple girls who were on it before, and they said it was a good time. It was a good experience to go to Philly, and it's important to me to expand my comfort zone," Peters said.
Soon after, Peters found out she made the team, which will compete in a double-elimination tournament at FDR Park in Philadelphia later this month.
Northampton cross country coach, Dan Benner, advised junior, Hayley Jackson, to get a good, fast start at the Class AAA PIAA State Cross Country Championships last weekend at Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey, Pa.
Jackson followed his advice, and ultimately, completed the race in 21:03.
"I took it out pretty hard and wasn't terribly tired. I just wanted to stay up more, but I'm really happy with my time," Jackson said.
This was Jackson's second trip to Parkview, although her first race there was two years ago.
Northampton High School cross country runners, Alec Lederer and Hayley Jackson will be making the trip to the PIAA State Cross Country Championships on Nov. 3 after qualifying at the District XI Cross Country Championships last week at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
"It was a go-hard day," said Lederer, who won second place in 16:44. "This one mattered. I just went out and gave it 110-percent."
Easton's Colin Abert took first place in 16:21, and Parkland's Trevor Bergen was third in 16:54.