Dalton takes 7th at EPC Championship
Abby Dalton knew she was a few places back of the position she hoped to be at the start of last week’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Cross Country Championships.
The Emmaus senior wanted to be out near the leaders at the start of the race and in first place at the end of it. But she got stuck early and was 20 seconds behind her usual time in the first mile. She battled back to earn a seventh-place, finishing in 19:59.30.
“I’m a little disappointed,” she said. “I wanted to be a lot closer to the front pack. The first mile I got myself stuck behind a thick pack. My mile time was significantly slower than it normally is on this course. It was a 6:20. Normally I run under six for the first mile.”
Dalton led Emmaus to a sixth-place finish as a team. She was followed by freshmen Kera Reinhard (19th place) and Clara Kennedy (27th). Junior Abby Heilenman came in 35th place and Edna Creelman (42nd) rounded out the Hornets’ top five.
The Emmaus boys finished fifth as a team, led by sophomore Mason Brown’s 20th-place finish. The Hornet boys placed all five runners within 11 places as junior Jacob Brown (26th), freshman Tristan Schmidt (27th), freshman Keshav Shankar (30th) and senior Charlie Norelli (31st) were not far behind.
For Dalton, she ran 30 seconds faster than the time that got her seventh place (20:29.63) in last year’s EPC meet, held annually at the Bethlehem Municipal Course.
After winning every regular season league meet since the season opener, Dalton looks forward to returning to the Bethlehem course for this week’s District 11 Championships, slated for Wednesday afternoon.
“I’m hoping I can use this experience to help me at districts,” she said. “Next week I want to be in the front pack and I’m hoping that I can win districts.”