Whitehall High School cross country runner, Gabe Lamm's second trip to the PIAA State Cross Country Championships resulted in a 33 second improvement from last year's time on Saturday at the Parkview Golf Course in Hershey, Pa.
"I came out hoping to medal and hoping to go under 17:00, but the weather just got to me," Lamm said.
On a relatively unseasonably warm day, Lamm placed 76th out of 219 runners in 17:12.
As is typical at the state meet, the start was fast for the Class AAA boys race.
Whitehall High School cross country runner, Brian Plucinsky, stood in teammate Gabe Lamm's shoes after the District XI Cross Country Championships last week, not knowing whether he had qualified for the PIAA State Meet. Coincidentally, Lamm had also been on the bubble the year before.
At the end of the day, however, Lamm, who placed third, and Plucinsky, who placed 18th, found out that they both would be making the trek to Hershey on Saturday.
Whitehall's boys cross country team took fifth place with 120 points, and Whitehall's girls cross country team took sixth place with 168 points at the Lehigh Valley Conference Cross Country Championships on Tuesday at Bethlehem Municipal.
Whitehall junior Gabe Lamm finished the race in sixth place in 17:13, coming in first for the Zephyrs.
"The start was fast. I got up to second, and was there from the mile to the one-and-a-half mile. The pack I was with in the beginning caught up on the hills, and they got away from me on the S turns," Lamm said.
The Whitehall Waves recently concluded its summer swimming season with a record of 4-3, and a fifth-place finish in the Suburban Swim League Championships, scoring 597 points.
Waves who placed in the top three at Championships included the 11-12 girls 100 medley relay team of Martha Giletto, Julia Thomas, Katie Lutterschmidt, and Michaela Hendricks, finishing second, and the 9-10 boys 100 medley relay team of Lucas Zintel, Niki Martinovic, and Andrew Gawad, finishing third.
Whitehall High School's varsity cheerleading squad won the silver medal in the small division at the District XI cheerleading competition on Jan. 26 at Easton Area Middle School.
The Zephyrs' second-place victory earned them the right to compete at the PIAA State Cheerleading Championships in Hershey.
A cross country invitational earlier this season provided Whitehall's, Gabe Lamm, with just enough experience to improve on his time significantly at last weekend's PIAA State Cross Country Championships at Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey, Pa.
"I ran it earlier in the year, and I was just thinking I have to do a lot better," Lamm said.
Lamm went from a time of 19:10 to 17:45 on one of the most challenging courses in the state. The Zephyr sophomore was Whitehall's only state qualifier after the District XI meet on Oct. 24.
No team was more hopeful and surprised than the Whitehall Zephyrs when the announcement was made that sophomore cross country runner, Gabe Lamm, won the last spot to the PIAA State Cross Country meet after qualifying at the District XI meet on Oct. 24 at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
As the Zephyrs erupted in cheers for Lamm, his teammates surrounded him with hugs and pats on the back.
Prior to the announcement, Lamm knew it could go either way, having finished in 15th place in 17:31.