Boys Varsity Cross Country, Girls Varsity Cross Country · Girls Cross Country District Champs; Three Boys on To States With Them

The Dock girls cross country team used a mix of veterans and rookies to repeat as District 1 A champions Monday at Tyler State Park while three Pioneer boys also advanced to the state championships.

The Pioneer girls battled soggy conditions left after rain that pushed the meet back four days as well as a strong unknown challenger, New Hope-Solebury, to come out on top. Dock scored 42 points, New Hope was second with 61 and Delaware County Christian took third with 72 points. Dock advances as a team to represent District 1 in the state championships Saturday in Hershey.
Sydney Putera highlighted her senior season with her best district finish yet. The senior tri-captain placed second overall in 22:19.2, just four seconds behind New Hope’s Emily Greenup. Putera was fifth last year. She has made a habit of finishing districts with her top performance, and she was nine seconds away from doing the same again despite being forced onto a sloppy and slow course. Her final mile was the fastest of any girl in the race.
Celeste Derstine took sixth place in 23:13.5 before the sophomore returned to Dock to compete in the field hockey team’s District 1 semifinal game. Derstine was Dock’s top finisher last year and will be returning to states for the second straight year with the team.
Isa Rodriguez was ninth overall in 24:22.1. The senior tri-captain was also ninth at districts last year. This year will be her first chance to compete at the state championships.
Maddy Churches captured the fourth spot for Dock. The freshman came through for the Pioneers in her first district meet with a 12th place finish in 25:06.2.
She barely held off a hard-charging Dock senior. Lydia King made a strong move to finish with a flurry in 25:08.3 for 13th place to round out the Pioneers’ first five scorers and cement the win over New Hope which placed its first three runners in the top seven overall.
Sara Kennel put more distance between the second-place team when she took 14th place. The senior tri-captain ran 25:37.4 to help the team advance to states. It will be her fourth trip to the state championships.
Paige Miller used an impressive last mile of the race to provide even more depth. The freshman trailed New Hope’s fourth finisher by 19 seconds after two miles, but was 33 seconds faster than her over the final mile to push herself into 20th place in 27:10.6, her fastest time yet on the Tyler course.
Also advancing to states were three of the four boys to compete at districts. Josh Bauman took sixth in 19:12.4 to earn the first individual qualifying spot, Stanley Saint-Fleur was ninth overall in 19:39.0 for the third individual qualifying spot, and Trevor Godshall was 10th in 19:44.6 for the fourth individual qualifying spot. All three will be running in states for the first time. Sean Robinson almost made it four Dock individual qualifiers but was 17 seconds back of the final qualifying spot in 13th place overall in 20:12.6.