Central Dauphin’s cross country team has been running strong this year. However, there is a group of 17 seniors leaving next year.
The future of the cross country team lies in the hands of the underclassmen.
The 17 seniors this year are a significant part of a strong herd that has followed the groups of the previous years. Next year is the start of a new cycle of young students, and these new groups will run their practices and meets together.
The team’s number one runners this year are both underclassmen. Sydney Myers, a 10th grader, that has a personal best time of 19:27 and Nate Kaplon, an 11th grader, that has a personal best of 17:28. Both have a promising remainder of their high school career, dropping time as 2015’s season progresses.
In terms of the varsity runners, 7 out of 10 of the girls varsity and 8 out of 10 of the boys varsity are underclassmen. This shows a promising continuation of the herd at the front of the pack.
William Leuschner, one of the boys team captains, stated “I think the underclassmen are a very motivated bunch, and their prospects look good- as long as they do their summer running!”
With just a few weeks left in the 2015 season, the team is working hard to drop times and achieve their goals.
The cross country team has performed well as student athletes in the past, and this trend is continuing with each season. Cross country has the highest grade point average of any sport at Central Dauphin of an A average.
The team witnesses the potential of the middle school runners when they come to their practices at the high school. Those middle schoolers comprise the future of the high school’s team.
“My older brother is the middle school coach, so I have heard of some of the potential that the upcoming freshman will bring to our team.” said one of the girls team captains, Sarah Smith.
Also, according to the Midstate Leaderboard, Sydney Myers is 8th with her time of 19:27. Number one on the leaderboard is Chambersburg’s Abby Yourkavitch with her time of 18:13.
There is still room for improvement among the athletes of cross country. Friday, October 2, 2015 is the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University. This meet is one of the finest on the East Coast, and is one of the fastest course that high school runners compete at.
The rest of the season consists of a meet with at Chambersburg and Mechanicsburg. The end of the regular season is the Mid-Penn Championship and Tim Cook Memorial Invitational.
Central Dauphin’s team has several varsity runners that are district qualifiers this year. Districts take place Wednesday, October 31, 2015.