The Mules held their only home meet of the season on Tuesday, Sept. 16 hosting Hempfield, Lancaster Mennonite, Garden Spot and Columbia at the pasture. According to head coach, Scott Weaver, the home field drew lots of hometown support for the Mules and they used it to their advantage. Following the meet Solanco recognized the seniors, which includes Tonya Fromm, Adam Duke, Justin Woerth, Isaak Ross, Rob Mendenhall, Tom Smith, James Walton and Luke Harper.The boys ran first on the home course losing to Hempfield 22-36 and Lancaster Mennonite 25-30, however according to the coach ran a lot better as a team. "They looked a lot better on the course and by the end of the season they will give all the teams in the league a tough meet," said Weaver in an e-mail. Adam Duke led the Mules to the finish line in sixth place (17:40). Justin Woerth ran his best race of the season finishing in eighth place (17:53). Tom Whitehill finished in ninth place (18:01) "Tom has put together a solid season in the mix at the finish of the race," said Weaver. The coach said that Steve Linde ran his best race of the season showing some of his promise after an early season hip injury. Linde finished 15th (18:27). Ian Paxson was the next Mule to cross the line in 19th place (18:58). "Each week Ian looks better," said Weaver. "Ian led in the "raining" of Mules which took six of the next seven places." Isa Yuzon, running another clutch race, finished 20th (18:58), Kevin Balawejder 21st (19:01), Nate Carter 23rd (19:08) Kevin Tran 24th (19:09) and Tom Smith 25th (19:15). Weaver complimented many other runners. "This was Nate's (Carter) best race of the season looking extremely good for a freshman," said the coach. "Kevin Tran ran a better race today and Tom Smith, a senior enjoyed his last outing at the farm, and put together a good race." Zach Paxson crossed the line at the 19:32 mark to finish 31st. Isaak Ross was next in at 35th (19:43). Senior, Rob Mendenhall, placed 41st (20:08) and John Ausel 43rd (20:30). "T. J. Kitner put together a very good race today finishing 50th in 21:20 setting a PR on a hilly course," said Weaver. "Mitch McDonald was next running almost his exact PR of 21:36 on the hilly course for 58th place." Alex Miller (22:18) and James Walton (22:20) finished 61st and 62nd respectively. "Steve Skotarczak ran a huge PR taking almost two minutes off his PR running 23:58 for 67th place," added the cross country coach.
The girl's team continues to surprise teams by running better each week and are extremely tough in the last mile of the race according to Weaver. "It worked to their advantage today and the ladies won all four meets today beating Hempfield 27-28 with some real gritty running in the finishing area," said Weaver. "Heather Tran and Lauren Cavanaugh worked real hard at the finish line passing Knights in the last quarter-mile." Solanco also defeated Garden Spot (24-33), Lancaster Mennonite (20-46) and Columbia (15-55). Taylor Ludman led the Mules to the finish line, finishing second in 20:37. "Taylor ran a good race today on a hilly course and setting the ladies up for success," said Weaver. "Heather Tran came in next and continues to improve each week finishing seventh in 22:02. Tran was followed by Laura Bowman, who placed ninth (22:30) and Katie Eckman who finished 10th (22:37), Katie and Laura reversing places from last week. According to Weaver the big race this week came from Lauren Cavanaugh finishing 13th in 22:45 running a PR, while passing two Knights in the last 100-meters. Brit Musselman was next in 17th place in 23:20. Oliva Heagy was next in 19th at 22:31 just missing her PR by four seconds. Zarah Post was next in 21st place in 24:11 and looking a lot better today according to Weaver. "Hopefully getting her sugar levels balanced," said Weaver. Johanna Jurrison was next in for the Mules crossing the line in 24:41 for 25th place. Katie Kalupson experiencing side stitches finished the race uncomfortable in 29th place at 25:42, followed by Tonya Fromm at 36th in her last run at home and finishing well.
Next week the Mules are off to Annville-Cleona where they'll face Warwick and Lancaster Catholic. "It will be a tough meet with Warwick, but we'll give it our all," said Weaver.