With championship season approaching, both the New Hope-Solebury Boys and Girls cross country teams are seeking victories. Last year, both teams captured the PIAA District 1 team title and moved on to the State Championship meet. This year, however, things are different; they are not the underdogs anymore in the district and they have their eyes set on States.
With two Invitational team victories already this season, the boys team have their hopes up for this year. “We still have our entire varsity team from last year;” said senior, Danny Schlussel “this year we are stronger and we know we can win districts... Our thoughts are on the state championship where we hope to finish in the top three.” The girls team is optimistic as well, they have a great chance of winning the District Championship at Lehigh University on Oct. 25, even with only three of last year’s varsity seven returning. “We are still strong” said sophomore, Hannah Singer, “we have a really good shot at a great finish at the state meet in November.”
The Bicentennial Athletic League championship on Oct. 18 is going to be the biggest post-season challenge for both teams. Holy Ghost Prep, the boys’ strongest rivals, and Lower Moreland, who edged out the girls by only two points last year, will be there seeking to return as champions. With strong performances by both teams, however, New Hope-Solebury could walk (or rather, run) away with two League Championships.