Girls’ XC Shatters PRs at Paul Short Run
In what has become the top high-school cross country meet on the East Coast, all six of Mercersburg's girls’ cross country runners posted lifetime personal records at the 2021 Paul Short Run, which was held October 1 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.
Greta Lawler ’23 (20:44, 29th overall) and Anne Sehon ’25 (20:47, 32nd) broke the 21-minute barrier for the first time. Maddie Schermerhorn ’22 (22:26) posted her best time in three years, Leah Willis ’24 (24:02) set a PR, and Erika Sowah ’24 (24:53) and Linley Hill ’23 (25:02) both lowered their PRs by 45 seconds.
Mercersburg placed 21st in the team scoring in the girls’ high-school "white" race, where the Blue Storm faced off with Mid-Atlantic Prep League rivals Blair Academy and The Hill School, as well as teams from New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware in addition to Pennsylvania. Hill was 15th and Blair took 29th, with the Storm almost exactly in between them in the 32-team field. (Phoenixville Area High School won the team competition.)
"This is really a festival for runners," said Mercersburg head coach Betsy Cunningham. "We were fortunate enough to be supported by several parents who journeyed to enjoy the meet.
"And because it is such a strong celebration of the sport, the environment is exciting and electric, and the kids feed off of that energy. What a joy! Maddie was crying she was so happy. I am so proud of my girls and how hard they work each day to enjoy their success."
Mercersburg returns to action Friday, October 8, for the Family Weekend Race at 4 p.m. on campus. The event includes Madeira School, which will face off with the Storm in a team competition which is part of the yearlong multisport M Cup.