LHS’ Jobes finishes 13th
Liberty distance runner Emily Jobes won a 13th place medal at the PIAA State Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Hershey, Pa.
“I was really excited. At the beginning of the season, I didn’t imagine winning a medal at states,” Jobes said.
Initially, Jobes thought she had finished in a higher-number place until her coaches Erin Matyus and Trevor (Van Ackeren) Conde told her she was 13th in the state. Jobes also became the fifth Lady Hurricane to win a state medal since 2002.
Jobes was in Box 39 at the starting line, an outside position that she happens to like.
“I knew I wouldn’t get pinched,” she said. “From past experience, I knew the start was really important. I thought I executed the start really well and got into the top 35.”
Jobes settled in and worked with the pack of 35.
“I let them push me along, and then after that, I knew it was go time, so I used the downhills and worked the uphills,” said Jobes.
By the last half mile, the Hurricane junior was at pace with the 10th through 20th place runners.
“I kept working my way up, so at the finish, I worked through as much of the pack as I could,” Jobes said. “[At the end] my ribs were bothering me, but there was excitement too. Working through adversity and working hard can take you far.”
The Hurricanes’ girls’ team, which also competed at states, had a 14th place finish out of 19 teams.
Individual times were 20:01 for Belle Weikert, 20:52 for Jess Farrell and Madison Drager, 21:54 for Ella Scott, 22:44 for Camryn Bortz, and 23:01 for Joilene Bachman.
Freedom’s Lauren Charboneau also competed at states and finished the course with a time of 20:44.