Tuesday, September 27, 2016

NHS XC Update: Peshek PRs by a Minute; Chris Cammarata and Matt Firth Medal

Joshua House
Staff Writer

Congratulations to the Lions Cross Country Team on a strong start to the season at the Moravian and Ablington Invitationals. The boys’ team placed 3rd out of 18 at Moravian with strong performances by Junior Chris Cammarata medaling with a time of 17:19 in 9th and Senior Matt Peshek 17:22 in 11th. (That’s about a 5:30 pace per mile) The girls’ team had a great first race with the fastest time ran by Senior Tabitha Liucci (22:41) and a strong performance by Freshman Danielle Herbert (23:35). Also notable performance by JV medalist Matt Firth coming in the Top 10 with a time of 19:26 (6:15 per mile).
 The following week at the Abington Invitational performances were decent even with the brutal 90+ temperatures. Senior Matt Peshek ran a quick 17:43 on the hilly course which landed him 14th and a medal. Girls’ runner Julia Mycek came back from missing Moravian to run a strong 23:10 followed by another strong performance of Danielle Herbert (24:23). Injuries were a problem with Chris Cammarata dropping out due to a calf injury, and Tabitha Liucci did not run due to illness. The JV team only ran a 3k due to the these temperatures with notable performances by Seniors Evan Patrohay (11:29) and Eric Luo (11:30).
 Both the boys’ and girls’ teams have remained strong even with the loss of Head Coach Mike Clarke and four varsity runners on both teams.
 Varsity runner Eric Cammarata said: “All that matters is districts.”

 Also with the boys’ team being bumped up to AA it will make it even that much harder for states. They both look to make an impact on their big upcoming race on Sept. 24 at Hershey Park’s Foundation Invitational where over 130 teams will participate.

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