G-A girls complete undefeated cross country season

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Shelby Stouffer

The Greencastle-Antrim girls’ cross country team wrapped up a second straight Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division title by sweeping Waynesboro and Boiling Springs last week.

The title came in unbeaten fashion at 6-0. G-A was 7-0 overall. The Mid-Penn Conference Championship will be held Oct. 15.

The Blue Devils proved quality over quantity in running to the title. With just six runners in the 37-person field, the Devils captured six of the top 10 spots to dominate. The effort lifted G-A over Waynesboro, 16-39, and 21-37 over Boiling Springs.

Caroline Schemel (19:30), Shelby Stouffer (20:23), Nikki Garnes (20:51) and Alana Ebbitt (21:11) went two through five to power the results. Caitlyn Hetrick (22:14) and Lauren Powers (22:46) fueled them in eighth and ninth place.

The G-A boys did not have enough runners to field a team, however Dalton Monn didn’t let that slow him down. He finished second in the race in 17:21, just seven seconds behind the winner from Boiling Springs.

Zach Husband was also solid for the Devils in seventh with a time of 19:02. Ben Hockman (19:40) and Coby Salmon (19:51) stayed in the hunt in 16th and 17th.

The G-A runners traveled to the 22nd annual Don Stoner Invitational Saturday in Smithsburg, Md. It’s likely that just a bit of confusion cost the girls’ team another title. Lead runner Schemel was holding second place in the race and veered off course. The freshman got back on track and finished in 55th place. Stouffer closed in to finish in second place in 19:58. Ebbitt (21:13), Garnes (21:27) and Powers (22:26) were eighth, 11th and 17th, respectively.

With the swing of at least 53 points, the Blue Devils ended up in third with 88 points. New Oxford won with 42 points in the 10-team event.

Monn contended well in the event, finishing fifth in 17:17. Husband was 39th in 19:33. Salmon was 42nd in 19:37. Ben Hockman was 48th in 20:02.

Zach Husband