Bethlehem Press

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Frank 18th at states

Thursday, November 7, 2019 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty distance runner Cole Frank knew the obstacles that lay ahead at the PIAA State Cross Country Championships on Saturday, so expecting a muddy course, he adjusted as best he could and came home with an 18th place state medal from Hershey.

“There was mud at the bottom of almost every hill because of the bad rain Thursday night, so I watched my footing but there’s nothing you can do,” Frank said.

Frank also was delegated to Box 2, the very edge of the starting line.

“I knew I had to get out extremely fast,” he said. “Once I crossed the street, I was able to keep that same rhythm and hang in with the top 10.”

Pain crept in soon after the two mile mark, but Frank, whose time was 16:22, had an answer for that too.

“I know that was a quick time, not my best race but a decent race, and if I didn’t run through the pain, I knew I wouldn’t have medaled,” said Frank.

There was also the kick the Hurricane junior needed to perfect for the state meet.

“I kicked past one, so I was happy with that,” Frank said. “Knowing how fast everyone else went, I wish I could have gone 10 seconds faster.”

With that, and a medal to show for the time and work he put in, Frank also appreciates cross country for the sport itself.

“It was an honor to make states in the first place. It’s a great time and with all the people there, that’s what I love about the sport,” he said.

Freedom sophomore Alex Heidemann also competed at states where he finished the race with a time of 17:29.

Mount Lebanon’s Patrick Anderson was crowned state champion with a time of 15:25.