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Cross Country Championship Performances Show Promise
Written by Ernie Quatrani, Correspondent

LeeAnne Markwalter, right, was the Tribe girls' top finisher in 25th place with a time of 21:31 in last Thursday's PAC-10 Championship meet in Worcester Township.

                As always, the big schools ran away with the PAC-10 Cross Country Championships last week, but head coach Todd Niemann was encouraged by the way several of his Upper Perk runners performed on the Heebner Park course.

                "A lot of my kids were running times that, years ago, they would have medaled on, but we didn't get any this time around," noted Niemann.

                Perk Valley, the team champion, Owen J. Roberts, and Spring-Ford dominated the girls race. Perk Valley's Annie Glodek won in 18:53.

                For the boys, Methacton's Jeff Kirshenbaum took the race in 15:55 while Spring-Ford garnered the team championship.

                LeeAnne Markwalter was the UP girls' top finisher in 25th place with a time of 21:31 on the warmer than normal fall day.

                "It was a little hot, so that was definitely different from what I'm used to," Markwalter said. "It wasn't like the race that I really wanted to run, and I wasn't very happy with myself. I think I started out too fast, and then my legs just starting hurting. I was just burned out."

                Niemann was kinder in his assessment of Markwalter's race.

                "She went after it and battled and was close. She pushed herself and just was unable to maintain it for the whole race. I was happy with the way she ran, though."

                It was Markwalter's best time ever on Methacton's home course but left her five places short of a medal.

                Markward's teammate Serena Detweiler finished 30th in 21:51.

                Niemann also had praise for Jamie Homan who ran her "best race of the year."

                Both runner and coach are optimistic that LeeAnne will be ready to run at Lehigh on Friday, the traditional site of the District I Championships.

                Markwalter has taken on the Lehigh course several times. "I know it, so hopefully that will help me."

                Her best time at Lehigh is 20:40, and LeeAnne believes she can run in 20:30.

                "That should be doable if I run a good race," she said.

                For the boys, the Tribe's Landon Detweiler placed 27th in 17:39, but his toughest opponent was the illness he battled leading up to the race.

                Niemann is optimistic that the worst is behind Detweiler.

                "He's going back in the right direction, so I'm looking forward to next week. I think he'll run really well at districts."

                Cameron Junk got hit with the same bug and had to take a week off from training, but he performed very well at the PAC-10s, running a minute faster (18:27) than he had two weeks earlier on the same course. 

                Niemann likes the venue at Lehigh and believes that his teams will do well there.

                "The Lehigh course is great. It's wide; it's fast; it's flat. Turns are gradual there."

                Another reason that the veteran coach likes going back to Lehigh year after year is because he can use it as a measuring stick.

                "What's great about Lehigh is that it's always the same place and always the same course. I can compare this team to teams I've had in the past."

                Niemann expects that if his runners perform the way he thinks they can, they will be among the best runners he has ever coached, even if they do not advance to states.

                "The goal I told the kids, for the varsity boys, is to try and get six-seven boys under 19."

                It has been a very good season for Niemann who is wrapping up his 13th year as coach and who was proud to see his boys team awarded this year's PAC-10 Sportsmanship Award.

                "The kids have been great," said Niemann who is a native New Yorker and a die-hard Mets fan.

                Plus, he has an undefeated middle school boys cross country team headed to the high school next year.

                "Our boys team is going to be as good as I've ever had." 






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