The Dock cross country program honored Maddy Churches and Christopher Moore at Senior Night after the Dock Invitational on Tuesday.
Churches is a four-year member of the program and two-year captain. The senior is out this season while recovering from injury, but is the two-time state championship qualifier is the most experienced voice for the Pioneers and has been integral in keeping the team organized.
Moore is in his second year in the program. The senior returned after focusing solely in the Dock performing arts the past two years. He has made huge jumps this year, and his finishing kick Tuesday was one reason that Dock tied Renaissance Academy Charter for 13th place.
The Pioneers hosted 17 teams in their largest field at the third annual Dock Invitational. Dock and Renaissance Academy Charter both scored 321 points. Holy Ghost Prep won the boys meet and Merion Mercy Academy won a narrowly contested girls race over Westtown.
Aaron Sensenig remained up front for the Pioneers. Returning from the social issues field trip just in time to warm up, the junior captain continued his hectic day before heading to the National Honor Society induction ceremony 31st in the boys race in 19:48.23, nearly a minute faster than his time on the same course in the first meet of the season.
Micah Salvatori remained consistent coming off his fastest race of the season. The sophomore ran 21:59.61 for 70th place in his first race on the home course.
Josh Frederick battled through some second-half adversity to come in 83rd place in 22:40.57. It was also the sophomore’s first time competing on the home course.
Moore continues to improve. Barely five weeks after running 28:36 at Dock, he ran his final home meet more than four minutes faster. He powered down the finish stretch to pick up a spot for the Pioneers that enabled them to tie Renaissance. The senior’s 24:33.04 clocking for 103rd was only 15 seconds off his newly established personal record set Saturday.
The Pioneers would not have scored as a team if Rylan Purnell didn’t finish the race. The sophomore fought through agonizing shin splints to get through the course and place 123rd in 32:59.75.
Dock will compete in the Ekiden Relay at Bristol on Friday in its final meet before a pair of championship races.