Experience and youth are the defining difference for two of the local Cross-Country programs as Mountain View and Susquehanna will rely on one or the other as they progress through the season.
Val White and Austin Gow return to lead the Sabers. White who finished his Sophomore season with a 15th place finish at Districts and Gow who was nearly 30 seconds behind him look to have strong Junior seasons.
The pair will compete with Seniors Carson Beamer, Jon Jenkins, Chayce Quaranta, Austin Presley, and Airyll Rockwell along with fellow Junior JD Heckman and Freshman Memphis Collins.
On the girl’s side Seniors Rachel Day, Taylor Huyck, and Amanda Iveson lead the Lady Sabers along with Sophomores Loraina Cramer, Lily Lorenz, and Adriana Zebrowski, and Freshmen Juliana Bradley, Zoey Cramer, Amy Dahm, and Sarah Day.
Huyck, an all-state basketball selection, finished in the top 30 at Districts last year for Susquehanna.
Coach Ray Mitchell’s squads will rely heavily on their youth.
The Eagles do have Senior Matt Dougherty and Junior Aiden Long but the majority of the team consists of Sophomores Cohen Anderson, Jimi Bernosky, Milo Demange, Andrew McHenry, Matt Mason, and Collin Saam.
Long finished in the top 20 at Districts a year ago and Dougherty was just a few seconds behind.
The Lady Eagles have no returning runners from last year but will feature four members who enjoyed success at the Junior High level a year ago.
Sophomore Genevieve (GG) Larkin is the senior member of the group and along with Freshmen Kaylee Hamilton, Kathryn Long, and Raelyn Sanders look to build for the future after finishing third in the Lackawanna League Junior High Championships a year ago.
Long finished sixth and was the high local finisher in those championships.