Clarion Boys Cross Country Team Wins First KSAC Team Title In School History (10/12/17)

(By Coach Keith Murtha)

(Photo provided by Clarion Area Cross Country) 2017 Clarion Harriers at North Clarion

History was made on Tuesday, October 10th, on the strength of 15-49 win over North Clarion for the Bobcat Cross Country Team.

Nathaniel Lerch led all runners in 17:54 to finish the dual meet season undefeated! The next five places were also occupied by Bobcats; Nick Schill, Frank Weber, Don Cunningham, Noah Schill & Daniel Ketner. Andrew Forrest was the top Finisher for the Lions and Josh Holman for the Wolves.

Katie Craig edged out North Clarion to finish first overall in 22:43 in a well-run race.

(Photo by Christie Datko) Nathaniel Lerch leading the way for the Bobcats while Nick Schill is close behind!

In the tightest race of the day, the Clarion Junior High girls defeated North Clarion 27-28 with Evelyn Lerch and Bella Scott leading the way. Lerch traversed the 2.1 mile course in 14.08. North Clarion then took places 3, 4 5, 6 and 10.

On the strength of efforts from Joyce Kim, Grace Adams and Abi Frederick, the Clarion Junior High Girls have now completed back-to-back undefeated dual meet seasons.

The Clarion Junior High Boys wrapped things up a victory behind the efforts of overall champion Gavin Hoover and side kick Kaegan Phillips.

(Photo by Christie Datko) Katie Craig runs a great race and finishes in 1st place!

We are so proud of this entire group, for their dedication and hard work, starting back in June. They are a tight knit group who enjoy each other. So we celebrate these milestones, but look forward and prepare for the upcoming KSAC and District Nine Championships and beyond. They have done everything we have asked them to, the future looks bright!

(Thanks to Coach Murtha for this article. WAY TO GO, CATS!!!!)

(Photo by Christie Datko) Eva Lerch, Keagan Phillps, and Bella Scott staying focused on their pace!

(Photo submitted by Clarion Area Cross Country)

(Photo submitted by Clarion Area Cross Country) Matt Lerch – undefeated in dual meet season