Three Seniors to Continue Athletic Careers in College
Mercersburg student-athletes Addie Jenkins ’20, Caroline Kranich ’20, and Annie Leder ’20 have announced their commitments to further their athletic careers at the college level beginning in 2020-2021.
Girls’ lacrosse players Jenkins (Middleburg, VA) and Kranich (State College, PA) are headed to Roanoke College and Washington and Lee University, respectively, with track & field athlete Leder (Washington, DC) ticketed for Dickinson College. All three institutions are members of the NCAA’s Division III.
Jenkins tallied 41 goals and 16 assists for 57 points during her 10th- and 11th-grade seasons, ranking third on the team in points both years. She is a four-year varsity letterwinner in soccer, and has also played varsity squash.
“Addie is the general directing our offense,” says Mercersburg head coach Kristin Ahlgren. “She’s a smart player who knows what we need to do in any given situation, and I count on her to set the pace on attack. She’s going to have a fantastic senior season; she’s playing more confidently than ever and will prove to be a formidable offensive threat. Roanoke’s women’s lacrosse program is top notch, and I’m so excited to follow Addie’s future there.”
Kranich was an All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) lacrosse selection for the Blue Storm as a goaltender in 2019, and is believed to be the school’s all-time leader in saves (272 in two seasons, including a school-record 143 saves in her 10th-grade year). She is a two-year team captain who has also played three seasons of varsity tennis.
“Caroline is an amazing leader for our team,” Ahlgren says. “She never stops working to improve, and she inspires her teammates to do the same. As a goalie, she has to have nerves of steel, and Caroline does. She comes through for us time and time again. She's playing her best lacrosse ever, and I'm excited to see what her senior season holds. Washington and Lee, [ranked #7 in the DIII Nike/US Lacrosse Preseason poll] is very lucky to be adding Caroline to their team.”
Leder ranks in the top three on Mercersburg’s all-time indoor track & field list in three different events: triple jump (33’ 6.75”, second), 55-meter hurdles (9.34, third), and 60m hurdles (10.34, tied for third). She is also seventh on the school’s all-time indoor list in the long jump (15’ 1.5”). Leder has also played soccer and been a member of the school’s outdoor track & field team.
Leder came to Mercersburg as an 11th-grade student after attending Georgetown Day School.
“Annie approaches competition with a fierce intensity,” Mercersburg head indoor track & field coach David Grady says. “She backs that up with a willingness to and interest in perfecting her technique in practice. That combination makes her enjoyable to work with and interesting to watch develop as an athlete. These things should help her be successful at the next level at Dickinson as well.”
Jenkins, Kranich, and Leder join three other athletes in Mercersburg’s Class of 2020 who previously announced their college commitments: Aurelius Dunbar ’20 (wrestling, Penn State University), AJ Gray ’20 (boys’ basketball, University of Hartford), and Quintin Metcalf ’20 (boys’ basketball, St. Bonaventure University).