Weikert places 27th at state meet
Four cross country runners from Liberty and one from Freedom competed in the PIAA State Class 3A Cross Country Championships last Saturday at Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey, Pa.
“We were really thrilled to have four going,” said Hurricane coach Mark Will-Weber.
Hurricane sophomore Belle Weikert placed 27th among 212 girls with a time of 19:43, and Hurricane junior Darlyn Fermin placed 81st out of 236 boys with a time of 17:02.
“We wanted top 50 for Belle. She ran very well for her first year at states,” Will-Weber said. “Darlyn ran well too, and it’s his first year running cross country.”
It was also the first big race either had competed in.
“The beginning was scary because there was a lot of pushing. You just had to kind of wait until things cleared out,” said Weikert.
Around the middle of the race was when Weikert decided to change her goal from top 50 to better.
“I’m excited, and I think I can do better next year. You have to end a race, having a little more so you want to try again,” she said. “It was extremely fun and really cool being with other athletes who are dedicated to running.”
Grace Haas, who competed at states last year, improved on her time by almost 20 seconds, placing 135th in 20:53.
Cole Frank, a freshman, placed 138th in 17:26.
“Grace just keeps plugging in there. She always brings her A game on race day,” said Will-Weber. “Cole was 25th at the mile at districts and worked his way up, so we were thrilled he made it to states.”
Freedom’s Lauren Charboneau placed 123rd with a time of 20:47.
Winners of the Class 3A races were Cardinal O’Hara’s Elizabeth Mancini with a time of 18:18 and Neshaminy’s Rusty Kujdych with a time of 15:47.
Bethlehem Catholic’s Lauren Bunke competed in the Class 2A race, finishing 96th out of 227 runners with a time of 21:02.
Northern York’s Marlee Starliper won the 2A race with a time of 17:50.