The Dock girls finished their season by exceeding expectations at the state championship.
The Pioneers were projected to take ninth place, but used solid races top to bottom to place seventh in the A state championship on a gorgeous Saturday morning in Hershey. Dock scored 151 points. Notre Dame Green Pond was just ahead with 141 points. Wyalusing Valley Area was behind with 171 points. Three Dock boys also enjoyed their first state title race.
Isa Rodriguez capped her strong senior season as Dock’s top girls finisher. The tri-captain placed 57th in 22:47, the fastest time of her career on the Hershey course by 40 seconds.
Closing quickly to come in just behind was Sydney Putera in 59th place. Fresh off her second-place finish at districts, the senior tri-captain ran 22:50, a remarkable drop of 1:52 from her finish a month before on the Hershey course at the Foundation Invitational.
Celeste Derstine ran to 68th place. The sophomore clocked 23:07 to improve 22 seconds from her earlier October trip to the course.
Sara Kennel closed her career in 97th place, the highest she has placed in four straight seasons of running at the state championships. The senior tri-captain finished in 24:31.
Maddy Churches lowered her best time at the Hershey course as well. The freshman placed 106th in her first state title race in 25:13 to round out the Dock scoring. She placed in the top 25 for all freshmen.
Lydia King missed the Foundation meet when she was beginning to recover from an injury that put her season in doubt. The senior returned to the lineup over the final three weeks, and put together another strong showing to finish 110th in 25:31 in her first state title race.
Paige Miller also ran well in her first state title race. The freshman enjoyed the largest time drop of any runner from the Foundation meet to Hershey. She placed 110th in 27:51.
Josh Bauman was the top Dock finisher in the boys state race. The senior co-captain never had the chance to run in the highest level in the state after an injury cost him the final half of last year. He came back this season and took 70th place in 19:02, his best time on the Hershey course.
Stanley St. Fleur finished his first full season of cross country with a flourish. The senior used a big kick down the final stretch to run 19:32 for 95th place.
Trevor Godshall next year will be the lone returning Dock boy with state experience. The junior made his first trip to states and placed 120th in 21:19. He will be asked to lead the Pioneers into the future.