Girls and Boys Cross Country Place Second In DIAA Championships

Girls and Boys Cross Country Place Second In DIAA Championships

By Joe Hackman

 

(Left to right, Connor Carp in rear, Chris Avila, Ben Snyder)  The boys begin their race on the challenging Brandywine Creek State Park 5K course with determined attitudes.  Photo by Joe Hackman.

On November 12th, Charter boys and girls cross country placed in second place at the DIAA Championships race held at the challenging Brandywine Creek State Park.  The Force boys with 106 points took a tough defeat from Salesianum who received 40 points.  The girls team with 71 points dealt with an even tougher defeat from Padua who scored 19 points. 

Junior Sofia Alfieri nears the end of the course met by cheering fans (not pictured).   Photo by Joe Hackman.

Both races started at a very pace and held that pace for the first mile.  While the pace tapered off after runners had endured Maintenance Hill, the largest hill on the course, the continued to run strong.  As they neared the end of the course, the energy from the spectators seemed to encourage the runners to push themselves through the final stretch to the finish line.  Junior Sydney Kriner commented that, “The course is always hard.  Thankfully, we’re competing with the best of the best which pushes us [to run hard].”

Senior Logan Kim (in Charter uniform) charges up the dreaded Maintenance Hill with ease, passing a few runners along the way.  Photo by Joe Hackman.

Despite the defeats, Force placed well and ran impressive times.  For the boys, freshman Andrew Avila ran a time of 16:44 and placed third overall with senior Chris Avila not far behind in ninth place at 17:25.  For the girls, freshman Maya Bordrick ran 20:58 which placed her in seventh overall with Sydney Kriner following at 21:26 in eleventh place.  Results in more detail are available at https://sites.google.com/site/charterxc/

Many underclassmen such as Maya Bordrick, Andrew Martin, and Connor Carp participated in the event.  Sydney displayed high levels of optimism for the future of the cross country team.  “Their work ethic is phenomenal, so there's no doubt that they'll bring home a state championship in the coming years.”

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