SF Clinches Girls Cross-Country Title
Southern Fulton had an outstanding showing last Wednesday at the District 5 Cross-Country Championships held in Bedford with Lady Indian Lacey Beatty clinching the title during her team's first year of competition.
Beatty finished with a time of 21:11, while teammate Chelsey Hollenshead followed with a second place victory by posting a time of 21:55. In the meantime, Amy Bard and Keena Elbin rolled onto sixth- and eighth-place finishes for the Indians.
"Lacey had a real breakthrough as a runner. She made a strong move between miles one and two, grabbed about a 15-second lead and held a strong pace so that nobody could catch her," noted Indian coach George Kuhne. "She is a very hard worker and this is one of those instances where a runner's physical condition and their mental preparedness come together for a great performance. She deserves all the credit I could give her."
"Everyone of these five girls, Chelsey, Keena, Mariah, Amy and Lacey ran their hearts out to achieve this. Since August, these girls have logged close to 350 training miles in all kinds of weather. They have supported each other and maintained a great attitude. I am very happy that they will have this achievement to look back on and share with each other for many years to come," he added.
The individual victories posted by the girls gave Southern Fulton a first-place overall team victory ahead of the Bedford host team and third-place Chestnut Ridge.
For the boys, J.C. Munson came across the finish line in sixth place with a posted time of 19:02. The victory, which was also a personal best for the Indian runner, will also allow Munson to compete at the state level. Teammates Zach Swope clinched an 11th place victory at 19:36, and Tim Rohm rolled in at 17th place with a time of 20:14.
The Southern Fulton boys team, also in their first year of competition, was second overall in the team standings falling behind Bedford. Chestnut Ridge and Windber tied for third.