Freshman Anthony Solis-Morales turned in an outstanding performance to lead Solanco at the Lancaster-Lebanon League Cross Country Championship Meet, held at Ephrata Middle School Tuesday, October 15.
The Solanco cross country team performed well in a home meet Tuesday, September 3, coach Craig Ausel said.
The boys squad lost to Cedar Crest 15-53 and to Manheim Township 17-45. The girls fell to Cedar Crest 15-49 and to Township 16-51.
"Coming off a fast and hard race [the previous] Saturday at Lock Haven our squads responded very well to our difficult course," Ausel said. "Our team goal is be competitive and improve with every race and we did that. Manheim Township and Cedar Crest are by far the two strongest teams in our league."
The Solanco volleyball team has spent the two previous seasons setting a foundation.
Now it's time to see what the Mules can construct.
"We're still in the building process but I have set the bar pretty high because we have tons of talent," Solanco coach Meghan Cross said. "It's a motivated group who wants to play. They've been working well together. We still have a young team. I look forward to the next couple of years. This team will continue to grow in their confidence and their volleyball."
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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."