Girls XC Paul Short Invitational
The Dock girls had personal-record runs by three of their five runners in a confidence building showing at the Paul Short Invitational on Saturday.
Hosted on the same Lehigh University course that the team will return to for the District 1 championship in three weeks, the Pioneers’ top three finishers all established new career bests to help Dock place 33rd out of 41 teams in the Girls White Race with 791 points.
Sara Kennel was Dock’s top finisher in 58th overall in 20 minutes, 47 seconds. The time was an improvement of 1:12 over the junior’s prior season best, and a 13-second improvement over a time run at the end of her freshman year.
Isa Rodriguez put together her finest run of her career. The junior clocked a new personal best of 21:32 for 116th place. The time was a 1:10 improvement over her best of the year and 1:24 better than her top career time set two years ago.
Lydia King also delivered a top effort. The junior closed well to finish 175th in 22:29 for a huge time drop, 1:46 better than any previous race this year and 1:23 better than any time she ran previously in her career.
Sydney Putera fought through a hard elbowing to her side midway through the race to place fourth for the Pioneers, 259th overall, in 23:49. The time was still just 30 seconds off her season best.
Celeste Derstine joined the team only hours after playing the majority of the Dock field hockey team’s Homecoming game and made it through the course in 333rd place. Had Derstine not finished, the Pioneers would not have scored as a team for the first time this year.
Dock’s breakthrough performances mean that the Pioneers now have five of the top 11 times in the District 1 A rankings. Dock will compete in one final meet before the championship portion of the season begins. The Pioneers run at Lower Moreland on Thursday.