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Dock Boys Cross Country Have Strong Team Competition in BAL Regional

Boys XC 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

3:45 PM

Place

4

Points

93

Meet Recap

The Dock boys cross country team previewed the complete Bicentennial Athletic League field for the first time Tuesday, and came away confident that it can compete for a top-three spot when they return for league championships in a little more than a month.
The Pioneers placed fourth in the Boys A race, just 10 points behind New Hope-Solebury, thanks to another strong pack effort. Dock had the second-best split from its first to fifth scoring finishers, and competition among the Dock team was inspiring.
Senior co-captain Isaiah Denlinger led the way again for Dock. He paced an even effort that paid off over the second half of the course. Denlinger began passing runners in the long downhill portion of the second mile, then came on faster in the third mile to clock a 19:11 finish time and eighth place overall in the Boys A race.
The race to be the second Dock finisher was fierce between Chris Keach, who was leading the next pack, and Steve Seachrist, who made a late move in the stretch. Keach, a senior, was able to hold him off for 20th place overall in 20:07. Seachrist, a junior, was a tick behind in 20:08, a finish time that was more than three minutes faster than his debut on the Tyler course a year ago.
Another senior co-captain, Ian Anderson, enjoyed his best regular-season meet at Tyler when he posted a 20:41 time for 28th place.
Rounding out the top five scorers for Dock was Sean Robinson. The freshman’s strong pacing made the difference as all three of his miles were within seven seconds of each other.
Freshman classmate Sam Godshall cruised in for 41st place in 21:39, just a few seconds ahead of sophomore newcomer Jonathan Anderson, who took 42nd in 21:45.
Bobby Hadden, a junior, came in 58th in 23:29, a 30-second improvement over his first race at Tyler last year. Freshman Josh Bauman placed 73rd in 25:39 in his first race at Tyler. Ming Xue, a sophomore, started well and finished 76th in 28:23.
The veterans are looking forward to one final race at Tyler State Park at the league championships, and the return will give the newcomers a chance to put what they learned Tuesday to good use.
Dock won’t compete again until Sept. 23 at the Foundation Invitational in Hershey, Pa.

Click HERE for Cross Country Photos by Lowell Swartley

Opponents

School Place Points
Jenkintown High School
1
31
Holy Ghost Preparatory School
2
35
New Hope-Solebury High School
3
83
Dock Mennonite Academy
4
93
Devon Preparatory School
5
147
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