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It’s already been determined that Gwyneth Young is the top female distance runner in Lebanon County and the Lancaster-Lebanon League. And we already knew that the Cedar Crest junior is one of the top runners in central Pennsylvania.

What we discovered recently is that Young is one of the finest runners in the state.

On Saturday at Hershey’s Parkview Cross Country Course outside Giant Center, Young finished a very rewarding seventh at the PIAA Class AAA championships. Young covered the 3.1-mile course in a time of 18:51.

Young went out strong and ran a 5:46 over her opening mile, to place herself among the lead pack. By the two-mile mark, she still had the leaders very much in her sights.

A week earlier, at the District Three Class AAA meet at Boiling Springs High School in Newville, Young was the runner-up with a time of 18:06. Earlier in October, Young had captured the championship at the Lancaster-Lebanon League meet at Ephrata Middle School.

It truly was a spectacular fall season for Young, who also excels on the track for Cedar Crest during the spring.

  • Jeff Falk

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