Artis takes 10th place at leagues
Shane Artis and Michael Sosnowski have been among the top 10 in all of the Colonial League regular season cross country races this year. But the Salisbury sophomores still felt some nerves heading into last Wednesday’s league championship meet at DeSales University.
When the race started the nervousness left and they let their ability take over. Artis ran to a ninth-place finish in 17:41.35. Sosnowski was not far behind in 15th place in 18:01.52.
“I’m pretty happy with my place,” said Artis, who finished 94th at leagues last year. “I was trying for top 10 here and looking forward to districts.”
Sosnowski, who finished a team-high 41st in last year’s Colonial League Championships, said the pair of Falcons went out at a steady pace then picked off the competition as the race wore on.
“We went out a little slow, but then we kicked it real hard at the end. I think I got 16th or 17th place,” he said. “It’s a lot different than running with five teams.”
They led Salisbury to an 11th-place team finish at the meet. Joe Busolits was the next Salisbury runner to cross the line in 87th place, followed by teammates Cole Warmkessel (97th) and Zachary Peace (99th) to round out the Falcons’ top five. Logan Vitalos finished 101st and Tyler Sechler-Stone was 106th for Salisbury.
In the girls race, Salisbury’s Ruby Wiener finished 68th, while teammates Logan Woods and Jennah Zohir were 86th and 88th, respectively.
The Falcons will run in this week’s District 11 Class AA Championships Wednesday at the Bethlehem Municipal Course.
Artis and Sosnowski have their sights set on making a trip to the state meet. The top 10 runners in Class 2A that are not part of state-qualifying teams will earn the right to run in the PIAA Championships Nov. 4.
They will face many of the same runners they saw at the league meet, with the exception of the larger Colonial League schools moving up to Class 3A and some Schuylkill League teams coming into the Class 2A field.
“We have a very good chance to get top 10 at districts and go on to states,” said Artis.