Whitehall-Coplay Press

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Cross country season winds down

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by Scott Pagel spagel@tnonline.com in Sports

The Whitehall cross country team’s season is winding down, which means it’s time to get ready for the upcoming postseason meets.

The Zephs took part in their final regular season meet at Parkland Tuesday, and will next get ready for the EPC meet on Oct. 17 and districts on Oct. 25. Both meets take place at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.

Head coach Mike Lelko said Juanita Flores and Caleb Staub have both been the top consistent runners for the girls and boys cross country teams this season.

Unfortunately, Flores was home sick for the team’s recent meet against Emmaus at the Lehigh Parkway. The girls beat Becahi 27-28 but definitely missed Flores falling to Freedom 24-33 and Liberty 16-47. The girls currently sit at 7-5 this season.

“The quintet of Flores, Autumn Dragovits, Rachel Herr, Devon Roberts and Lindsay Solderitch have been the backbone of the girls success this year,” said Lelko. “All five girls are underclassmen.”

Lelko also pointed to senior Casey Cunningham and freshman Lindsay Solderitch as two other key girls on the team.

“Casey is a hard worker in the practices and meets. She is a dual sport athlete who participates in cross country and club softball at the same time, and pulls it off successfully,” Lelko said. “Quiet and unassuming, Casey is a great team captain who leads by example.”

Solderitch burst into the long distance running scene with a medal in her first high school race at the DeSales Invitational on Sept. 9. Her time of 22:27 in the freshman race got her a third place overall finish.

“Lindsay is still new to distance running, but is getting better and learning the ropes each and every race,” Lelko said.

On the boy’s side, Staub has been Whitehall’s top guy this year. He was the overall boys winner at Stroudsburg on Sept. 26 against East Stroudsburg South, East Stroudsburg North and Stroudsburg with a time of 18:29.

“Caleb doesn’t have long strides like other successful long distance runners, but makes up for it with determination and hard work,” Lelko said.

Lelko also singled out junior Johnathon Cordero, who is the team’s number-two runner.

“Johnathon didn’t run cross country last year and showed up in August totally out of shape,” Lelko said. “Johnathon is a natural runner. He has physically matured since coach his freshman year. He needs to get in his long runs and develop his distance base during the summer in order to be more successful and move up to the next level.”

The boys are currently 4-8 on the season.