Bunke takes 19th
Bethlehem Catholic senior Lauren Bunke had to wait awhile before confirmation came of her state qualification after her 19th place finish at the District XI Class 2A Girls’ Cross Country Championships last Wednesday afternoon at Bethlehem Municipal Course.
“I thought I was going to miss it by one or make it. It was a little bit long of a wait, so I was hoping,” Bunke said.
Becahi coach Kelly Bracetty delivered the good news to Bunke, that she earned the last spot for the PIAA state meet scheduled for Nov. 4 in Hershey.
“It was amazing. I was really excited,” said Bunke, whose time was 21:12.
“I tried to keep a consistent pace and not over exert myself [on the hills] to wait until the golf course. That’s where I try to pick it up. [Toward the end] I was behind a Central girl, I think, and I could tell there were people right on me, so I was trying to give it everything I could.”
Fellow senior, Angel Negron, had to sit out the Class 2A boys’ race after injuring his leg the day before. Freshman Owen Fitzgerald was the first finisher for the Becahi boys, placing 54th overall, with a time of 19:27.
Nick Zambo and Aaron Smith finished consecutively with Zambo’s time 19:48 and Smith’s 19:51. Cody Weber finished the race in 21:46, Keith Neidig’s time was 22:55, Maanik Singh finished in 24:32, and Cameron Neilson finished in 24:34.
Freshman Marcela Banuelos was the second finisher for the Hawks in the girls’ race, placing 24th overall with a time of 21:46.
Hope Brown finished the race in 22:27, and Mary Scheidel’s time was 22:29. Kahli Abrams finished in 23:38, Kayla Zigmont finished in 24:33, and Solei Rodriguez’s time was 25:44.
Allentown Central Catholic’s Emily Deschler won the girls’ 2A race with a time of 19:20, and Notre Dame Green Pond’s John Koons won the boys’ 2A race with a time of 16:42.
In boys’ team results, Notre Dame Green Pond placed first and Allentown Central Catholic placed second. Bethlehem Catholic’s boys were 16th.
In girls’ team results, Allentown Central Catholic placed first, and Northwestern Lehigh placed second. Becahi’s girls were sixth.