It was a sad, bittersweet night in the respect that seniors realizing this was their last year of high school cross country. Although the night carried forth mixed emotions, it was a joyful night for both boys and girls teams as they tallied three wins in their records.
The senior boys honored were Zach Dutton, Andrew Erickson, Andrew Miller and Eli Aggen. Senior girl honoraries included Anna Haynie, Rachel Jenks, Cassidy Barshinger, and Amanda Myers.
Despite of the fact many like to think of cross country being an individual sport, senior Zach Dutton who’s been running for three years said, “I’m going to miss the team aspect of the sport.”
Among the meet’s top Red Lion boys finishers were seniors Andrew Erickson, Zach Dutton, Alex Miller, and Ethan Gatchell. The top finishers for the girls included Rachel Jenks, as well as sophomores Tristan Schluderberg, Macy Owens, and junior Julia Kendrick.
A common reply was heard from senior Rachel Jenks when asked about how it feels to know this is her last year of high school cross country. “It is just bittersweet, I’m ready to move on, but I’ll really miss the people here.”
Haynie felt optimistic about her high school career with the Lions, Despite the fact it was over, she goes on to say that “I feel as if I’ve done my job as captain.”
Both teams had runners going to the district meet at Hershey on October 23, which will host 1,074 total athletes. Seniors Andrew Erickson and Zach Dutton qualified on the boy’s team, as well as six year veterans Rachel Jenks and Anna Haynie for the girls.
2 Minute Drill: Julia Kendrick
What has been your biggest influence to run cross country?
“My biggest influence was probably my teammates. After freshman year I had to decide whether to run or to play soccer and one of the largest deciding factors was the great people I was running with. I also run because I love it. It’s just this indescribable feeling that you don’t get from anything else. It’s never easy but it’s always worth it.”
What have have you accomplished so far in your career?
“So far in my career I have made it to counties and districts all three years and states my freshman year. I was top twenty in the county freshman and sophomore year and freshman year I was top thirty in the district. Fresh and soph years I was also voted as one of the York County All Stars for Division 1.”