There’s not too many things better than an undefeated season. Unless of course it’s a championship at a year-ending meet.
But if you can attain both, well now you’ve got the makings of a perfect campaign.
On Tuesday afternoon at the Lancaster-Lebanon League meet, contested on Ephrata Middle School’s 3.1-mile course, Daniel Neiswender validated an unbeaten cross country season with an individual title. The Cedar Crest senior pulled away from his competition with a strong kick and finished the race in his second fastest time ever, a 16:27.
And if that wasn’t enough, Neiswender’s performance paced the Falcons to a 40-point triumph over McCaskey in the team competition. Cedar Crest’s team title also placed an exclamation point on an undefeated – 21-0 -regular season.
Neiswender, who prefers to run at the back of the lead pack, was forced to take the lead at the halfway point by a slow pace. But everything turned out the way Neiswender had hoped, as he maintained his front-running status.