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Jusinski heading to states

Much to her surprise, Northampton harrier Liv Jusinski clinched the 10th and final medal that was awarded at the District XI Class 3A Cross Country Championships on Oct. 25 at DeSales University.

“I didn’t know until they announced my name,” Jusinski said.

Northampton coach Dan Benner also had no idea that Jusinski captured a district medal until it was announced at the awards ceremony after the race.

“I didn’t realize, so I’m happily surprised. We were feeling she could make a late-run push,” Coach Benner said. “I never see the true finish because I stand about a half mile from the finish to motivate the kids from there, so when I saw her with a half mile to go, she had started to make her move. People said she finished strong. She worked hard this year. It’s nice to see the kids who put the time in get rewarded at the end of the season.”

Jusinski’s time was 21:01.98, passing Southern Lehigh’s Lauren Miller as they approached the finish line.

“I’ve always thought I was strongest in the third mile. That’s going through cornfields. There’s a slight uphill, but most of it is downhill, and then the ending sprint is about 400 meters. In the last sprint, I believe I was able to pass three runners,” Jusinski said. “It was something I was working for all season, so I’m excited.”

Emmaus’s Madelyn McCartney was the girls district champ with her time of 19:13.53, Freedom’s Ava Fihlman placed second in 19:42.37, and Pocono Mountain West’s Kaya Meler was third in 19:51.84.

Emmaus’s Payton Campbell placed fourth in 20:22.33, Parkland’s Lana Hurwitz came in fifth in 20:29.18, Easton’s Sidney Hutt was sixth in 20:36.49, and Easton’s Faith Belote was seventh in 20:41.12.

Parkland’s Harshita Rajeshkuma finished in eighth place in 20:47.68, and Easton’s Lama Mahmoud came in ninth in 20:59.42.

Girls team results were Emmaus 43, Easton 46, Parkland 89, Southern Lehigh 93, Stroudsburg 154, Nazareth 163, Northampton 173, Liberty 194, and Whitehall 282.

In the boys race, Northampton’s Braeden Lower placed 29th of 102 overall and came in first for the Konkrete Kids with a time of 18:33.58.

Boys team results were Parkland 40, Easton 55, Nazareth 69, Emmaus 99, Southern Lehigh 165, Freedom 184, Northampton 224, Stroudsburg 227, Liberty 248, Pocono Mountain East 282, Pleasant Valley 298, Bangor 332, Pocono Mountain West 367, and Whitehall 389.

Nazareth’s Gio Mastromanaco was the boys district champ with his time of 16:00.01, and Parkland’s Paul Abeln placed second in 16:23.66.

Freedom’s Dylan Boyle took third place in 16:36.73, and Parkland’s Ethan Willard was fourth in 16:48.28.

Parkland’s Colin McGuigan came in fifth in 16:50.92, followed by three Easton runners: Aaron Marcus in 17:08.72, James Viglianti in 17:10.25, and Evan Guydish in 17:10.79.

Nazareth’s JT Cunningham placed ninth in 17:11.21, and Parkland’s Jacob Barnes was 10th in 17:19.46.

The top 10 received district medals and will compete at the PIAA Class 3A State Cross Country Championships on Nov. 4 in Hershey along with the girls teams from Emmaus and Easton and the boys teams from Parkland and Easton.

Press photo by Nancy Scholz Liv Jusinski will make the trip to states after taking 10th at the District 11 meet.