Schemel, Stouffer earn conference honors

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
In Saturday’s Mid-Penn Conference Championships freshmen Caroline Schemel (left) and Shelby Stouffer earned all-conference honors.

Every runner is important on the team scoreboard of a cross country race. When just five runners make up the scoring and your team has five runners, it makes things even more interesting.

A talented Greencastle-Antrim High School girls’ cross country team took on the Mid-Penn Conference Championships Saturday at the Big Spring course and did all they could with the bare minimum.

Blue Devil freshmen Caroline Schemel and Shelby Stouffer battled the mud and strong winds and ran with the best of them, capturing fourth and sixth in a field of 184 runners for all-conference honors. The pair were the top two freshman in the results. The top three were seniors.

Shippensburg’s Raynah Spence reigned over the race with a winning time of 19:09, more than a half minute in front of the other leaders. Schemel clocked a 20:02 in her first conference championship race. Stouffer was also in the leader mix with a 20:17.

Classmate Alana Ebbitt posted a 21:46 for 38th place and Lauren Powers was 65th in 22:54. G-A was without the running of sophomore Nikki Garnes. Caitlyn Hetrick completed the Blue Devil five in 150th with a time of 25:38.

The efforts of the young team produced a ninth place team finish with 246 points. Palmyra won the event with 74.

As it has for most of the season, the G-A boys’ team fielded just four runners and could not be scored as a team.

Daulton Monn continued his fine season with a 25th place finish in 17:49. Connor Strynkowski of Palmyra won the race in 16:42. Chambersburg edged Lower Dauphin in the team rank with 87 points to LD’s 89. Cumberland Valley was also close with a 107.

G-A’s Zach Husband was 109th with a time of 19:42 and Coby Salmon was 118 in 19:47. Ben Hockman added a 133rd with a time of 20:16.

Senior Coby Salmon represented the boys’ Greencastle-Antrim team in Saturday’s Mid-Penn Conference Championships.