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Parkland XC teams remain unbeaten

Like a mighty river, the Parkland girls and boys cross country teams keep on rolling.

Both programs posted 6-0 records last Tuesday after defeating Easton, Nazareth and Northampton in a meet.

“I am very pleased with our early season success,” said head coach Stephen Ott. “Different runners have stepped up during each race including at our invitational at DeSales. Our depth is important to our success.”

Elena Wenger was the top Parkland girls finisher, claiming third place overall in a time of 20:35. Jessica Price earned fifth place in 20:54, while Abbey Bender took eighth in 21:49. Gracie Trexler and Emily Beers finished ninth and 10th, respectively, with times of 21:53 and 21:54.

“I am pleasantly surprised,” Ott said of the girls’ success. “We have a solid top seven girls and will take one race at a time.”

Wenger said running has greatly impacted her life beyond the course.

“Running has positively impacted me not only physically, but also mentally,” said Wenger. “Overall, I enjoy that running allows me to have better mental clarity and fitness, continuously drives me to beat my personal records and times, and surrounds me with a hardworking team that works together for success.”

Brian Warren led the Trojan boys with a third-place overall mark of 17:40. Cameron Price finished just one second behind him for fourth overall, while Paul Abeln took sixth with a 17:44 time. Brady Hoffman and Ethan Willard finished seventh and ninth, respectively, in 18:02 and 18:04.

“I believed the boys would start this way,” said Ott. “Our top boys are constantly pushing each other.”

Avi Hochhauser, a senior who has had a fine year for the Trojans, said running has spurred him to become more physically and mentally fit.

“Running has completely impacted my lifestyle and affects nearly everything I do on a daily basis,” said Hochhauser. “It helped me discover a new love for maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet which, combined with running, greatly increased my fitness level and health.”

Avi Hochhauser is one of several Trojan seniors on this year's undefeated boys cross country team.