Boys’ Cross Country Runs Past Kiski

Saturday, September 25, 2021
Cole Smith ’23

Mick Lorenger ’22 led the race from start to finish and Josh Terris ’22 and Cole Smith ’23 took second and third as Mercersburg’s boys’ cross country team defeated Kiski, 17-46, in the annual Centennial Cup meet held September 25 in Saltsburg, PA.

Lorenger finished well ahead of the other runners on the 5K course in a time of 19:20. Terris was next at 21:05, followed by Smith at 21:40. Jake Cruikshank ’24 (21:49) and Evan Howley ’22 (22:00) took fifth and sixth to round out the top five scorers for the team. Thomas Burkhardt ’22 (22:53) and Winston Watkins ’25 (23:30) placed seventh and eighth, displacing the remaining Kiski runners in the scoring. Oscar Su ’25 (24:32) picked up ninth place, which put eight Mercersburg runners ahead of Kiski’s second man. 

"We always enjoy racing Kiski as part of the Centennial Cup rivalry," Mercersburg head coach David Grady said. "Their team is not quite as strong this year, so our guys did not have many competitors pushing them in the middle and later stages of the race.  Despite this, I was glad to see our runners working hard throughout the race and remaining focused on racing well on a challenging course. Several of our runners were working together at various stages during the race to push each other, which was great to see.  It is important to keep developing these positive team dynamics, which will serve us well in the upcoming races."