Gage Krall’s mom is Stacy Stoner, a former cross country state champion. But Krall has made it his mission to become his own runner, his own competitor.
How he’s done that is by taking what he’s gotten from his mom and put his own personal spin on things. Now his approach is begining to pay dividends.
On Tuesday at Ephrata Middle School, Krall’s evolution as a runner continued, as he captured the individual male championship at the Lancaster-Lebanon Cross Country meet. The Northern Lebanon senior covered the hilly 3.1-mile course in 16:17.5.
The title was especially rewarding for Krall, given the fact that he finished eighth at last season’s L-L League championships, but was the higest placing non-senior. Now it’s on to the District Three, and quite possibly the PIAA, championships for Krall, where shiny medals seem to be very much in his reach.
Krall executed his race strategy to perfection. He ran with the lead pack early, established a comfortable margin for himself in the middle of the race and then had enough left in the tank to hold off the spirited charge of runner-up Tommy Bildheiser of Cedar Crest.