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IMG_1122BY JEFF FALK

LEBANON – For Miranda Salvo, it was a moment during which time seemed to stand still.

For her Palmyra girls’ teammates, it was yet another shining moment, despite the damp conditions.

For the Cedar Crest boys’ squad, it was a moment upon which to build momentum.

For Tyler McFeaters, it was the moment of a running lifetime.

IMG_1186There sure was a lot of ‘living in the moment’ going on Saturday morning at South Hills Park, during the annual Lebanon County Cross Country Championships. Salvo, the 2013 District Three Class AA champion, led the Cougar girls – both physically and mentally – to an impressive sweep and their incredible sixth straight County team crown.

On the boys’ side, the Falcons received strong outings from Jared Glosser, Tanner Craun, Jordan Cruise and Jesse Cruise to nudge Palmyra’s boys by 17 team points. But in many ways it was McFeaters, a Northern Lebanon 12th-grader, who stole the show, after emerging from the middle of the lead pack and eventually pulling away for a nine-second victory.

IMG_1156“This was definitely my biggest win,” said McFeaters. “I’ve never done anything like this before. This was something I was looking forward to. It’s a huge win. Now I’m just looking forward to districts, and hopefully getting to states. This is definitely going to help my confidence.

“I’m really surprised I was able to pull away like that,” added McFeaters. “I was expecting them to come back up on me again. I was looking for top-ten, maybe. I wanted to stay with the lead pack. The (rainy) weather definitely helped me today. I felt really good. I don’t like to run in the heat.”

IMG_1210McFeaters was mostly just hanging around up front for the majority of the race, before using his long strides to cover South Hills’ down-hill homestretch. His winning time of 17:00.14 was easily better than runner-up Erza Daniel of Palmyra.

The Cedar Crest contingent of Glosser, Craun, senior Cruise and sophomore Cruise checked in next, while Elco’s Jonathan Garcia was seventh, Raider teammate Jared Harnish was eighth, Palmyra’s Max Perry ninth and Cougar Kevin Cole tenth.

“The Lebanon kid (Derin Klick) went out and it started off pretty fast,” said McFeaters of the race. “The first mile was around 5:30 and I was trying to stick with the Cedar Crest guys. On the second lap, I was still feeling pretty good. I used the hills pretty good. I have long legs and that helps.

“I won our first dual meet,” continued McFeaters. “Other seasons, I haven’t been as healthy. I still haven’t gone under 17-flat. They told me I ran 17:00-something today. Oh, boy!”

IMG_1166“He’s got good leg speed,” said Cedar Crest boys’ coach Brandon Risser of McFeaters. “If you look at last year’s County (Track and Field) meet, he had a really fast time in the 1600. It wasn’t a surprise for me at all.”

Junior Matthew Royer ran 11th and rounded out Cedar Crest’s scoring of 27 team points. Annville-Cleona finished behind runner-up Palmyra, followed by Northern Lebanon and Lebanon.

IMG_1175“I just wanted to take the next step in our season,” said Risser, leader of a Falcon program which has certainly enjoyed its share of success at the County meet. “We wanted to run hard, run tough and come out with a win. We’re still growing up, and that’s exciting. I think the big thing about us is it’s not an individual thing, it’s a team thing. Today was a solid race.

“This is still the tired part of the season,” added Risser. “Hopefully we take care of business and move on to the next step. Last year we were so good at the County meet, maybe too good. But it’s an opportunity to compete and get better. It’s still early. We have a lot of training and improving to go.”

IMG_1118Salvo and her Cougar colleagues grabbed control of the girls’ race at the very beginning and never relinquished it. Running with fellow senior Maria Tukis, sophomore Kelsei Bixler and ‘freshie’ Sarah Hollen, Salvo’s Striders at times appeared to be running in formation, well ahead of the rest of the field.

But on the course’s final descent, Salvo, who had thrown a shoe at the halfway point of the race, and Bixler broke away from their teammates, before Salvo out kicked Bixler to the finish line. Officially, Salvo was timed in 20:09.37 and beat Bixler by .54 of a second, while Hollen was third and Tukis, the 2012 Class AA District Three champ, came in fourth.

IMG_1191Palmyra freshmen Ellie Keck was fifth, followed by Mackenzie Shiner of Cedar Crest, Michelle Kiss of Cedar Crest, Katie Keck of Palmyra, Abby Dundore of Elco and Sarah Domencic of Annville-Cleona.

“She’s still not the most outspoken person,” said Palmyra girls’ coach Barb Mellinger of Salvo. “But she has the confidence, and she’s able to instill that confidence into her teammates. She has grown into a leader. And that’s another one of our strengths. Our leaders are awesome. Sometimes they coach me.

“Our biggest strength is we trust each other,” added Mellinger. “We push each other. We love this course. There was no sense of urgency up front.”

Palmyra achieved cross country’s equivalent of the perfect score – a 15. Cedar Crest was a distant second with 53 team points, and Elco was third, Annville-Cleona fourth and Northern Lebanon fifth.

IMG_1141“This is an event we always enjoy,” said Mellinger. “We know it’s going to be competitive. But we want to come out of it feeling confident. We were pretty confident coming in. We’re looking a little bit down the road. But we knew we could do it.

“We know there’s pressure on us because we’re (Class) AAA,” added Mellinger. “We’ve got to keep adding to our wall (of honors). We know it’s hard. For us in AAA, we’re looking at districts. But we do have a goal of going to states. We know what we’re in for. We’ve been there before. But we’ve got to get there first.”

 

                    IMG_1138 Lebanon County Championships - 9/13/2014                     
                          South Hills Park, Lebanon, PA                          

Event 2  Boys 5k Run CC
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points          
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  1 McFeaters, Tyler          12 Northern Lebanon HS   17:00.14    1             
  2 Daniel, Erza              12 Palmyra HS            17:09.59    2             
  3 Glosser, Jared            12 Cedar Crest HS        17:15.18    3             
  4 Craun, Tanner             12 Cedar Crest HS        17:20.28    4             
  5 Cruise, Jordan            12 Cedar Crest HS        17:20.95    5             
  6 Cruise, Jesse             10 Cedar Crest HS        17:26.33    6             
  7 Garcia, Jonathan          12 Elco HS               17:29.37                  
  8 Harnish, Jared            11 Elco HS               17:30.75                  
  9 Perry, Max                12 Palmyra HS            17:32.84    7             
 10 Cole, Kevin               10 Palmyra HS            17:33.90    8             
 11 Royer, Matthew            11 Cedar Crest HS        17:44.27    9             
 12 Robinson, Jason           12 Palmyra HS            17:48.20   10             
 13 Deysher, David            12 Cedar Crest HS        17:55.52   11             
 14 Redcay, Noah              12 Cedar Crest HS        17:58.99   12             
 15 Klick, Derin              10 Lebanon HS            17:59.73   13             
 16 Fattarole, Anthony        10 Annville-Cleona HS    18:00.13   14             
 17 Vukovich, Bryce           11 Cedar Crest HS        18:07.20   15             
 18 Zechman, Jon              12 Annville-Cleona HS    18:14.01   16             
 19 Lingle, Dale              12 Palmyra HS            18:21.19   17             
 20 Darok, Matt               12 Annville-Cleona HS    18:27.20   18             
 21 Nolen, Kyle               10 Palmyra HS            18:31.85   19             
 22 Carpenter, Tyler          12 Annville-Cleona HS    18:32.50   20             
 23 Arnold-Paine, Ethan       12 Lebanon HS            18:32.89   21             
 24 Adams, Klayton            10 Northern Lebanon HS   18:33.50   22             
 25 Werni, Daryl              10 Lebanon HS            18:47.43   23             
 26 Brandt, Matthew           11 Palmyra HS            18:51.80   24             
 27 Funck, Garrett            10 Palmyra HS            19:09.17   25             
 28 Shertzer, Doyle            9 Annville-Cleona HS    19:31.74   26             
 29 Brownstein, Jesse         11 Lebanon HS            19:38.21   27             
 30 Darok, Michael            12 Annville-Cleona HS    19:50.86   28             
 31 Mullins, Brandon          10 Annville-Cleona HS    19:53.52   29             
 32 Kudlanov, Eugene          11 Northern Lebanon HS   19:58.18   30             
 33 McAllister, Ryan           9 Elco HS               20:26.38                  
 34 Snyder, Matt              11 Northern Lebanon HS   20:39.27   31             
 35 Lyon, Nate                11 Northern Lebanon HS   21:10.98   32             
 36 Pyles, Earl               10 Northern Lebanon HS   21:11.60   33             
 37 Tipton, Devin             11 Northern Lebanon HS   21:28.19   34             
 38 Bosworth, Derek           11 Annville-Cleona HS    21:28.53   35             
 39 Schulden, Eric            12 Northern Lebanon HS   22:43.60   36             
 40 Hetrick, Sterling         10 Elco HS               22:45.45                  
 41 Staton, Anthony           12 Lebanon HS            23:11.36   37             
 42 Heagy, Paul               10 Lebanon HS            23:54.01   38             
 43 Wike, Blaine              10 Lebanon HS            25:44.55   39             
 44 Velez, Brandon            10 Lebanon HS            26:37.09   40             
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                                   Team Scores                                   
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Rank Team                      Total    1    2    3    4    5   *6   *7   *8   *9
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   1 Cedar Crest HS               27    3    4    5    6    9   11   12   15     
      Total Time:  1:27:07.01                                                    
         Average:    17:25.41                                                    
   2 Palmyra HS                   44    2    7    8   10   17   19   24   25     
      Total Time:  1:28:25.72                                                    
         Average:    17:41.15                                                    
   3 Annville-Cleona HS           94   14   16   18   20   26   28   29   35     
      Total Time:  1:32:45.58                                                    
         Average:    18:33.12                                                    
   4 Northern Lebanon HS         116    1   22   30   31   32   33   34   36     
      Total Time:  1:37:22.07                                                    
         Average:    19:28.42                                                    
   5 Lebanon HS                  121   13   21   23   27   37   38   39   40     
      Total Time:  1:38:09.62                                                    
         Average:    19:37.93

 

 

                  IMG_1127  Lebanon County Championships - 9/13/2014                     
                          South Hills Park, Lebanon, PA                          

Event 1  Girls 5k Run CC
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points          
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  1 salvo, Miranda            12 Palmyra HS            20:09.37    1             
  2 Bixler, Kelsei            10 Palmyra HS            20:09.91    2             
  3 Hollen, Sarah              9 Palmyra HS            20:16.44    3             
  4 Tukis, Maria              12 Palmyra HS            20:21.53    4             
  5 Keck, Ellie                9 Palmyra HS            20:41.75    5             
  6 Shiner, Mackenzie         11 Cedar Crest HS        20:46.23    6             
  7 Kiss, Michelle            12 Cedar Crest HS        20:51.20    7             
  8 Keck, Katie               11 Palmyra HS            21:11.82    8             
  9 Dundore, Abby             11 Elco HS               21:15.92    9             
 10 Domencic, Sarah            9 Annville-Cleona HS    21:31.72   10             
 11 Kerper, Juliana           11 Palmyra HS            21:37.16   11             
 12 Ulrich, Brittany          12 Lebanon HS            21:47.68                  
 13 Waldron, Kyla             11 Cedar Crest HS        21:48.75   12             
 14 Laliberte, Brianna        11 Cedar Crest HS        22:01.87   13             
 15 Plato, Julia              11 Palmyra HS            22:15.11   14             
 16 Lyter, Kelsey             12 Cedar Crest HS        22:20.86   15             
 17 Foster, Molly             12 Lebanon HS            22:30.54                  
 18 Casciotti, Melissa        12 Annville-Cleona HS    23:00.03   16             
 19 Nazeeri, Elizabeth         9 Cedar Crest HS        23:04.79   17             
 20 Troutman, Brenna           9 Elco HS               23:07.62   18             
 21 Stalnecker, Ashley        10 Cedar Crest HS        23:10.45   19             
 22 Darkes, Charley           11 Northern Lebanon HS   23:40.42   20             
 23 Hartman, Maddy            10 Lebanon HS            23:41.41                  
 24 Dolan, Kaitlin            11 Northern Lebanon HS   23:53.79   21             
 25 Rich, Hannah              11 Elco HS               23:59.71   22             
 26 Davis, Gwyneth            11 Cedar Crest HS        24:21.39   23             
 27 Fair, Angela              11 Annville-Cleona HS    25:17.16   24             
 28 Patel, Drashti            10 Northern Lebanon HS   25:25.85   25             
 29 Light, Kayla              10 Elco HS               27:15.28   26             
 30 Yourman, Shaylin           9 Northern Lebanon HS   27:32.76   27             
 31 Luu, Katia                11 Annville-Cleona HS    28:04.44   28             
 32 Nelson, Danielle          10 Elco HS               28:44.13   29             
 33 Casler, Hannah             9 Northern Lebanon HS   29:56.29   30             
 34 Abern, Amanda             12 Annville-Cleona HS    30:17.17   31             

                                 IMG_1140  Team Scores                                   
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Rank Team                      Total    1    2    3    4    5   *6   *7   *8   *9
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   1 Palmyra HS                   15    1    2    3    4    5    8   11   14     
      Total Time:  1:41:39.00                                                    
         Average:    20:19.80                                                    
   2 Cedar Crest HS               53    6    7   12   13   15   17   19   23     
      Total Time:  1:47:48.91                                                    
         Average:    21:33.79                                                    
   3 Elco HS                     104    9   18   22   26   29                    
      Total Time:  2:04:22.66                                                    
         Average:    24:52.54                                                    
   4 Annville-Cleona HS          109   10   16   24   28   31                    
      Total Time:  2:08:10.52                                                    
         Average:    25:38.11                                                    
   5 Northern Lebanon HS         123   20   21   25   27   30                    
      Total Time:  2:10:29.11                                                    
         Average:    26:05.83

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