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Landon Detweiler Running Towards State Championship Meet
Written by Bradley Schlegel Staff Reporter

Cross country runner Landon Detweiler,a senior, set a personal record at the Paul Short Invitational earlier this month.

                This fall, Landon Detweiler has paid extra attention to maintaining his personal wellness. The Upper Perkiomen runner says he's watching what he eats, makes sure he gets plenty of sleep and isn't sharing water bottles.

                "I'm being extra cautious about my health," he said.

                As the Indians' cross country team prepares for the post-season,  Detweiler feels fit and strong. Ealier this month, at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University, he set a new personal best, shattering the previous mark by 19 seconds.

                Detweiler has exceeded the expectations of head coach Todd Neimann.

                "I thought Landon would be good, but not this good," Neimann said of Detweiler, who is undefeated in the dual meet season. "He put the necessary work in over the summer and gets better with every race."

                Detweiler has avoided the illness that plagued his junior season. Last fall, the runner developed a cough midway through the season, and performance suffered, according to the coach.

                "Landon peaked during the middle of the year," the coach last month. "You could see that he was laboring."

                This season, Detweiler appears to be peaking as the Indians prepare for the Pioneer Athletic Conference (Oct. 20) and District 1 (Oct. 28) championship meets.

                According to Neimann, the runner appears on track for a strong show in the conference race. The coach called a top-five or top-10 finish realistic.

                "Landon is right where he needs to be," said the coach, whose team concludes its dual meet schedule Wednesday at Pottstown.

                Detweiler said his ultimate goal is to qualify for the PIAA championship race and deliver a solid performance

                "I feel really good," he said.

                Detweiler said he felt especially strong during the Oct. 3 invitational meet, with 50 teams, at Leigh University.

                "My legs felt really good," he said. "I was in the zone."

                Detweiler started fast, keeping up with the lead pack for the first mile. Halfway through the race, he had plenty of energy and remained with the leading runners.

                "Those guys carried me through," Detweiler said. "That course is always fast. The conditions were perfect, and I had a good race."

                His 16th overall finish – which easily eclipsed his previous personal record of 16:53, set early in the season at the Northampton Invitational – accounted for the fastest time on the Bethlehem course by an Upper Perkiomen runner in 30 years, according to Neimann.

                Serena Detweiler, Landon's sister, finished the 3.1 mile course in 20 minutes, 24 seconds to pace the Upper Perkiomen girls. Seventeen of the 24 Upper Perkiomen runners who participated in the event posted season-best performances, according to the coach.

                On Oct. 5, Upper Perkiomen's boys dropped a 24-31 dual meet with Pope John Paul II. Landon Detweiler led all performers with a time of 16:53. Sam Daub finished third (17:33).

                Neimann said a season-ending injury from Cameron Junk (broken leg) has plagued the unit. Daub hurt his knee, according to Landon Detweiler.

                Upper Perkiomen's girls defeated Pope John Paul II 26-31. Serena Detweiler led the field with a time of 20:55. Teammate LeeAnn Markwalter finished second (21:28). Lauren Weeks (24:05) added a sixth place finish.

                According to Neimann, Markwalter's times have improved recently.

                "Leann has really picked it up the last two weeks," the coach said. "The cooler temperatures are good for her."






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