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The Solanco cross country teams will honor the program's history while trying to write some of its own.
The boys program is celebrating its 50th anniversary while the girls program entered the Lancaster-Lebanon League 35 years ago.
"This year’s teams will be prepared to represent our proud tradition," coach Craig Ausel says.
Solanco's Cortney Johnson advanced to the state cross country meet by virtue of her 11th place finish at the PIAA District III meet in Hershey.
The girls finished seventh in the team competition.
The Solanco girls cross country team finished second in the Lancaster-Lebanon League meet.
Hempfield placed all five of their runners in the Top 26 to take the title.
"Our girls responded well to the challenge," coach Craig Ausel said.
The Solanco cross country teams competed in the Maryland Track and Trail Invitational at Fair Hill Saturday.
The boys finished 10th in the Large Schools division.
Liam Hodgson paced the Mules with a 13th place finished followed by Kyle Munro (23rd), Matt Curran (27th), Keith Carnrike (100th), Patrick Workman (114th), and Connor Neaves (126th).
The Solanco cross country teams opened the season with a home meet in heat and humidity Tuesday, September 2.
Both the Mules' boys and girls teams lost two out of the three meets against tough foes.
In the boys competition, Solanco defeated Annville-Cleona 23-34 and lost to Ephrata 29-30 and to Hempfield 26-35.
Solanco cross country coach Craig Ausel is optimistic about his teams' prospects.
"This is an exciting year for Solanco cross country," Ausel said via email.
"We have really strong returning veterans and an exciting group of new student-athletes. This is especially true on the boys side."
PIAA State Meet qualifier Noah Brady will lead the boys team. Seniors Matthew Curran and Kyle Munro and junior Liam Hodgson each add talent and experience.
"All four of these young men understand training and racing and will be prepared to lead their teammates into the postseason."
Solanco junior Noah Brady finished 132nd in a time of 17:45 at the PIAA State Championships cross country meet Saturday.
The Solanco boys and girls cross country teams turned in a solid showing at the Lancaster-Lebanon League meet Tuesday, October 15 in Ephrata.
"It was a very good day," coach Craig Ausel said.
The Solanco cross country squad faced some of the other top teams in the league at Manheim Central Tuesday, September 24.
"Cross country is a great sport in which you can often be very successful and yet not always attain the desired outcomes," Mules coach Craig Ausel said. "We had some outstanding times on this very flat and fast course but so did our competition."