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Whitehall runners conclude season

The Whitehall cross country team concluded its season last week at the District 11 meet.

The meet took place at Blue Mountain Resort with the boys running Tuesday and the girls running on Wednesday. The event was moved to create more room during the current pandemic.

“When it was announced districts would be at Blue Mt. Ski Resort I was happy with the new location,” said WHS head coach Mike Lelko. “I felt our runners were ready after training on our home course the last four months and racing on hills in four of the five course meets this season.”

Junior Gavin Hagley returned as Whitehall’s top finisher in 55th place at 21:01. The top five boys had a good grouping with a 57 second time split between them, Lelko said. The boys were 12th of 13 teams.

Lelko said overnight rain from Tuesday into Wednesday stopped before the girls race making Blue Mountain. a true cross country course.

Mikayla Warren finished strong and continued as the top Zephyr girl with a time of 24:49 in 45th place. The girls were 11th of 12 teams.

Both the girls and boys teams finished the regular EPC dual meet season 2-3.

“Both the girls and boys teams worked hard during the summer and regular season,” Lelko said. “We raced three times on our hilly home Parkway course and most of the runners lowered their 5K times. A good amount of our varsity runners are returning in 2021 so I am looking forward to next season.”

For the boys, Austin Hedrick was 57th for the boys and Sean Connolly 58th. Jeffrey Warren took 62, Jakob Schlosser was 64th. Christian Foehrkolb was 74th.

For the girls, Lindsay solderitch was 47th, Mackenzie Laub was 62nd, Brianna Uhnak was 67th, Allison Pavone was 71st and Christen Makhoul was 79th.

Contributed photo Gavin Hagley was the Zephs top finisher.
Mikayla Warren was the girls top finisher at districts.