Cole Frank finding success
Liberty senior Casey Frank had his brother Cole’s back as they finished second and first, respectively, at last Tuesday’s cross country meet at Pleasant Valley.
Cole Frank’s time was 16:35 in the Hurricanes’ meet against Pocono Mountain East, Pocono Mountain West, and Pleasant Valley. Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic also competed against the Pocono teams.
“I went out easy today. I just wanted to feel comfortable. I started off in 20th and then I was like, I feel good so I started going a little faster. At half a mile, the pace was slow so I wanted to haul it. I’m happy, but I can definitely improve a lot if I wear the proper equipment,” said Cole Frank, who was wearing trainers on Tuesday. “I’m excited to see what I can do the rest of the year.”
Casey Frank finished with a time of 17:20.
“Our coaches told us to go out smart, like a 5:45 pace to start it off, but I ended up going 5:35ish. The course is really flat, so I like that, but it’s a little rocky at parts,” said Casey Frank. “Second mile, I tried to run a similar pace, maybe a little faster. I was with Pleasant Valley and Pocono Mountain East for a decent amount of time, but I was leading them so I wasn’t really concerned. In the back of my head I knew they were there so I had to push.”
Pleasant Valley’s Evan Fisher-Perez came in third in 17:21 and Pocono Mountain East’s Jack Hollar was fourth in 17:32.
Liberty’s Philip Bezas placed fifth in 17:50.
Three runners from Freedom took the next four places with Alex Heidemann in sixth in 17:56, Eric Mann in seventh in 17:57, Alex Hume in eighth in 18:07, and Matt Parkin in ninth in 18:15. Eli White was 20th in 19:17.
“I was up in top five and then there was a sharp turn and someone stepped on my left shoe, and I kicked it off and had to run the rest 2.85 miles barefoot with my left foot,” said Heidemann. “There’s a cinder path and that was pretty painful to run on. It wasn’t a terrible race, considering I didn’t have a shoe.”
Mann tried to kick past Heidemann at the last 100 meters, but Heidemann hung on. All things considered, if Heidemann had to do anything differently, he would have kicked off his other shoe.
“At Moravian [Academy], I ran a similar time, 17:51, and today, 17:54, so next race I’m expecting a pretty good draw.”
From Liberty, Andrew Layne placed 10th in 18:18, Jacob Orrico was 11th in 18:24, Sam Graybeal was 12th in 18:31, Caden Hosfeld placed 14th in 18:40, Hayden Shiban was 16th in 18:47, and Gavin Evans-Gartley was 17th in 18:58.
From Bethlehem Catholic, Matt Millen came in 13th in 18:36, and Daniel Smith finished in 15th in 18:42.
In boys’ team results, Freedom beat Pocono Mountain East, 20-40, Pocono Mountain West, 16-47, and Pleasant Valley, 21-34.
Liberty beat Pocono Mountain East, 18-45, Pocono Mountain West, 15-50, and Pleasant Valley, 18-45.
Bethlehem Catholic beat Pocono Mountain East, 25-30, Pocono Mountain West, 22-34, but lost to Pleasant Valley, 24-35.
In the DeSales meet held Saturday, Cole Frank took first place with a time of 16:11.4. DeSales will be the site of this year’s EPC and District 11 meets this season.
1. Downingtown East 62, 2. Twin Valley 102, 3. Central Bucks South 135, 4. Emmaus 148, 5. Southern Lehigh 148.
1. Cole Frank (Liberty) 16:11.4, 2. Alex Kane (Southern Lehigh) 16:26.8, 3. Noah Taylor (Twin Valley) 16:28.5, 4. Shane Artis (Salisbury) 16:38.4, 5. Brendan Flynn (Downingtown East) 16:42.1, 6. Kevin Haas (Blue Mountain) 16:49.3, 7. Luke Seymour (Schuylkill Valley) 16:51.5, 8. Sean McDonald (Downingtown East) 16:51.7, 9. Jared Fenessy (Central Bucks South) 16:57.0, 10. Caiden Leen (Downingtown East) 16:57.9.