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Two LVA harriers qualify for states

In its first official season as a PIAA cross country team, Lehigh Valley Academy, Bethlehem, had two harriers qualify and compete in the PIAA State Cross Country Championships on Nov. 6 in Hershey.

Junior Alex Hume, a resident of Bethlehem, was a state medalist in Class 1A after placing 21st out of 259 runners with a time of 17:29.50, earning him All-State status, the first athlete to earn this accomplishment in LVA history.

Hume qualified for states by taking third place at the District XI Class 1A Cross Country Championships with a time of 17:35.62 on Oct. 28 at DeSales University.

Freshman Skyler Szulborski, a resident of Northampton, placed 32nd out of 252 runners in the state meet, Class 2A, with a time of 20:32.10.

Szulborski qualified for states with a sixth place finish at the District XI Class 2A Cross Country Championships with a time of 20:31.64.

Also in the district meet, the LVA boys placed sixth as a team out of 12 schools. In addition to Hume, boys competing in districts were, in order of finish, Dylan Lloyd, Simon Hume, Jason Van Camp, Daniel Zakariya, John-Henry Espinal, and Michael Haflich.

The LVA Jaguars are coached by the husband and wife team of Sean and Ashley Norberg.

Contributed photo Alex Hume of Bethlehem advanced to the state cross country meet representing LVA.