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Girls Cross Country Repeats As BAL Champs

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

3:45 PM

Place

1

Points

50

Meet Recap

Before the Bicentennial Athletic League Championships, Dock co-captain Lindsey Bernd asked every girl on her team to try to pass someone in the final three-quarters of a mile loop around Tyler State Park.
The Pioneers took that advice to heart, and needed every runner to repeat as BAL champions on a steamy Wednesday afternoon.
While last year’s win was convincing with second-place New Hope-Solebury’s score more than double that of Dock’s, this year New Hope-Solebury was side-by-side with the Pioneers before they pulled out a 50-54 win.
Bernd overtook a runner in the final 200 meters to finish fifth for the second straight year and lead Dock in 22 minutes, 10 seconds. It’s the junior’s third straight Top-5 finish.
In just her second race of the season due to injury, Lael Flores finished strong for ninth place in 22:36. Coming in behind Flores, and precious seconds ahead of a New Hope runner was Camryn McCloskey. The senior competed brilliantly and finished in 22:50, almost three minutes better than her regular-season meet at Tyler when she ran injured.
Erica Gunden toughed out a 12th place finish in 23:12. The junior battled through shin pain to take fourth and hold off a Lower Moreland runner.
Dock’s remaining two seniors ensured the victory with strong finishes. Jules Rotelle overtook a pair of runners, including one from New Hope, for 14th place in 23:32. While Rotelle wrapped up Dock’s top five scoring runners, their sixth finisher Alana Bergey was equally vital to the win. She placed 17th in 24:21 to push New Hope’s fifth runner back to 18th to clinch the victory.
Abbey Keller competed well in her first BAL. She was the third freshman finisher overall in the race, in 34th in 31:03.
Dock’s split between their first to fifth finisher showed strong team unity to lead to the victory. The split was only 1:22, the best of any team at the meet.
Dock will look for the same sort of effort on Oct. 28 when they compete in the District 1 Championship at Lehigh University.

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Article by Jarrad Saffren, correspondent for Bucks County Courier Times

 

Opponents

School Place Points
Dock Mennonite Academy
1
50
New Hope-Solebury High School
2
54
Lower Moreland High School
3
86
Jenkintown High School
4
97
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