Palmer holds off pack of PHS runners
The Freedom Patriot girls cross country team just missed a victory over Whitehall with one point separating the two teams last week.
Even though the Patriots lost to the Zephyrs, 28-29, Freedom's Shaina Palmer clinched first place in 19:16. Parkland won the next four spots, followed by a runner from Whitehall.
"They [Parkland] started in a big pack, and I just stayed up there with them, never letting go," said Palmer. "Going up the back, I knew I had to fight through it, and she [Nicole Albertson of Parkland] fell off."
Albertson finished in second place in 19:30.
"You're never sure till you're right by the finish line. You never know how close they are, but I never look back," Palmer said.
Also finishing in the top 20 for the Patriots were Bridget Tarnowski (12th), Alexa Deemer (13th), and Caterina Atiyeh (20th).
The Liberty Hurricane girls cross country team was also defeated by Whitehall, 27-42.
Liberty sophomore, Nicole Nelson, placed first for the Hurricane girls and 11th overall.
"We kind of stuck together and broke off as we kept going. I picked it up in about the last mile," said Nelson.
The Hurricane girls team is young this season but hopeful about the future.
"We're building ourselves as a team and improving our times so we can win some races next year," Nelson said.
Also last week, Bethlehem Catholic's girls cross country team scored a 15-50 victory over Dieruff and a 15-50 victory over Allen.
Kassi Yocco finished first for the Hawks and fourth overall. Cecelia Zemanek took seventh place, Olivia Zemanek finished in eighth place, and Jenny Schadt finished 13th.
The Lady Hawks are currently 3-3 this season.