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Press photo Katie McDonaldAlex Heidemann, Matt Parkin and Alex Hume competed in Freedom’s scrimmage with Whitehall and Southern Lehigh on Aug. 22 at Freedom. Press photo Katie McDonaldAlex Heidemann, Matt Parkin and Alex Hume competed in Freedom’s scrimmage with Whitehall and Southern Lehigh on Aug. 22 at Freedom.

Freedom hosts cross country scrimmage

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Freedom’s cross country team hosted its second annual scrimmage last Thursday attended by Whitehall and Southern Lehigh.

Freedom coach Bob Thear saw the scrimmage as a good opportunity for everyone involved since the official start to the season isn’t until Sept. 10.

“I wanted to get something under our belts, especially for the new people - let them feel the distance out and get comfortable, as opposed to potentially throwing them right into the deep end,” Thear said. “I do have a lot of freshmen between the two teams.”

Thear and the other coaches decided to have the boys’ and girls’ teams run together.

“We had a little over 100 people, and there would be more people to run with each other instead of being all spread out and 50 in each race,” said Thear. “I figured that would be better for everybody.”

In girls’ results, Freedom’s Lauren Charboneau placed first in 20:48.

“Today, the heat got to me more. My strategy wasn’t very good today. I went out faster than I was supposed to. I definitely have to work on my strategy and speed control,” she said.

Charboneau, a junior, attended two running camps this summer - one at Lehigh University and one at Duke University.

“I went to Duke during an extreme heat warning so that was fun,” said Charboneau. “The first day, we went out for a three-mile run. We went out pretty fast so when I came back I was pretty dizzy. It was extremely hot.”

Eliza Fihllman came in next for Freedom and 11th overall with a time of 23:21.

In the boys’ race, Southern Lehigh won the first five places, followed by Freedom who took sixth with Alex Hume in 19:35, seventh with Matt Parkin in 19:38, and eighth with Alex Heidemann in 19:39.

“I tried to conserve my energy as best I could, and when I came around that bend at the end, I tried to sprint as fast as possible,” said Hume, a freshman who just joined the team the week before. “This was a great opportunity, especially because I didn’t make summer practices, to get a feel for what races are like. I decided to sprint early on and then cool down a bit, but I knew where the finish line was so after the turn I kicked it.”

Freedom’s Dan Bauer came in fourth for Freedom’s boys and placed 20th overall with a time of 21:59.

The Patriots will compete at the Lions Invitational, hosted by Moravian Academy, on Friday.