Kennard-Dale's Ferner captures York-Adams League girls' cross country crown
GETTYSBURG — The two Maddies ran shoulder to shoulder for the first two miles of the York-Adams League Girls' Cross Country All-League Run on Tuesday.
Maddie Ferner, a senior from Kennard-Dale, and Maddie McLain, a sophomore from Eastern York, raced stride for stride until Ferner gained some separation in the final mile.
Ferner, a senior, maintained the lead and won the race in a time of 19 minutes, 7.01 seconds, while McLain, a sophomore, finished second in 19:15.43.
Dan Filler, of Gettysburg, running on his home course, captured the boys' title in 16:21.91.
"We were right together all the way until that back stretch when we started going up the hill," Ferner said. "I started to push it up the hill, and then when I started going down, I tried to pick it up, and I started to break from her. But, she definitely did a great job motivating me the whole race. There was no moment when I definitely thought 'I'm going to win this.'"
Ferner has won a lot of races this year, but Tuesday's victory was special for the Rams' standout, who placed third as a junior.
"This is what I wanted to win, for sure. Of course, I also have goals for districts and states," she said.
Ferner's teammate and classmate, Caitlin Salomon, took third, while Bethany Weaver of West York and Madison Nalls of Eastern York rounded out the top five.
"We (Ferner and Salomon) both put a lot of work in together," said Ferner, who plans to run NCAA Division I college cross country at the University of Toledo. "She definitely pushed me. She's an amazing person and an amazing runner."
Ferner gave Kennard-Dale its second champion in a row following Kayla White's victory in last year's All-League Run.
The event moved to the Gettysburg High School course this year after being contested for 25 seasons at John Rudy Park.
"I like this course (Gettysburg)," Ferner said. "I like the wooded part of it. The one hill at Rudy Park, I hate so much."
Filler's victory: Filler's final meet on the Gettysburg course ended the way he hoped it would — with a gold medal.
The Warriors' senior finished undefeated at home this season.
"I kind of came in expected to win, but a championship race is a championship race," he said. "It's special."
Filler, who is considering training for marathons in the future, placed fourth in last year's race.
"This course is definitely way faster than Rudy (Park)," he said. "It's pretty flat around here."
Will Greene of Delone Catholic took second in the boys' race in 16:34.78.
York Suburban again displayed the power of its pack by placing five runners among the first 20 finishers in the boys' competition. The fastest 20 runners received medals. The Trojans' Donovan Mears and Jarrett Raudensky were third and fourth, respectively. Raudensky is a 14-year-old freshman. Patrick Jacobson of Dallastown completed the boys' top five.
"We take that (five in the first 20) as a good omen for districts," said Suburban coach Ron Herman, whose young team features just one senior. "We had a minute between our first and fifth runner. That's a good meet for us."
Herman would like to see a team champion crowned at the York-Adams All-League Run.
"I think it makes sense. All the other leagues around here do it," he said.
The runners will now have some time to recover before the District 3 Meet, which is set for Saturday, Oct. 31, at Big Spring High School.
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