Boys’ XC Places Third in Opener

Sunday, September 19, 2021

In its first race of the season, Mercersburg’s boys’ cross country team placed third out of six teams at the Berkeley Springs Invitational September 18 at Cacapon State Park in Berkeley Springs, WV. Mick Lorenger ’22 finished eighth in 20:39.8 to be a part of the top 10 medal winners.  

Lorenger was up front with the leader in the first mile, which showed a healthy aggressive racing strategy.  The other scorers for Mercersburg were running near each other in a pack for much of the race, including being close at the finish. Those runners were Cole Smith ’23 (22:15.9, 16th), Josh Terris ’22 (22:19.5, 17th), Winston Watkins ‘25 (22:41.9, 18th), and Jake Cruikshank ’24 (22:48.1, 20th).

“The course is challenging, with some hilly terrain and uneven footing on trails,” said Mercersburg head coach David Gray. “It serves as a nice start to the racing season, matching up against good competition on a course that makes you work hard.

“Lorenger has looked good in practice and he will be a steady front runner. The key for the team’s success will be moving the next four runners closer to Lorenger and closing that gap a bit.  Evan Howley ’22 and Thomas Burkhardt ’22 have been part of that next pack of runners in practice, so it could be any in the pack of six runners stepping up a bit in the next few weeks.”

Mercersburg returns to action Saturday, September 25, in the annual Centennial Cup contest at Kiski School. The race begins at 1 p.m. in Saltsburg, PA.