BY JEFF FALK
Yogi Berra once said, ‘Don’t look over your shoulder, because someone might be gaining on you.’ Well on Wednesday afternoon at the District Three Class AA Cross Country Championships, that someone was the Palmyra boys.
At Hershey’s muddy 3.1-mile Parkview Course, across from Giant Center, the male Cougars finished third among Class AA squads to qualify for the PIAA Meet for the first time in 34 years. Palmyra was fronted by senior Ezra Daniel, who ran a 17:35 to come in 16th as an individual.
Also counting towards the Cougars’ team score were Jason Robinson, who was 23rd, Max Perry, who came in 29th, Kevin Cole, who finished 32, and Dale Lingle, who was 63rd. The state cross country championships are scheduled to be contested on the same Parkview/Giant Center course on Saturday, November 1.
But while the Cougar boys’ were shining, their female counterparts from Palmyra fell short of their stated goal of qualifying for states as a team. Competing in Class AAA for the first time in a number of years, the 2013 Class AA District Three champions finished a disappointing sixth among teams.
Palmyra was paced by sophomore Kelsei Bixler, who ran turned in a tenth-place showing. Bixler was joined on the medal stand – and at states – by seniors Miranda Salvo, who was 19th, and Maria Tukis, who was 20th.
Meanwwhile, in the Class AA boys’ competition, Annville-Cleona senior Jeff Inman, ran a solid tenth. Reigning Lebanon County male champion and Northern Lebanon senior Tyler McFeaters was 18th among Class AA competitors, while Elco’s Jared Harnish was 24th.
Raider Abby Dundore was 20th as an individual in the girls’ Class AA race.