By Brian Holtzapple
For The Daily Item
In cross country, runners are expected to have their best and fastest races at the end of the season when it matters the most.
That couldn't be more true when it comes to Shikellamy sophomore Treicy Cedeno, who has been named The Daily Item's Girls Runner of the Year for the second consecutive season.
On the boys side, Danville senior Tyler Vella put together another fine season and he has been selected as The Daily Item's Boys Runner of the Year.
The Coach of the Year honors go to Danville's girls coach Jeff Brandt and Mount Carmel's boys coach Ben McConnell.
With just two wins in dual meets this season, it may have appeared a down year for Cedeno, who also finished second in a meet and third in another.
But that simply wasn't the case for the Shikellamy standout, as Cedeno picked up wins at both the Big Valley Invitational (19:29) and the Northeast PA Invitational (19:24).
"She had a couple of bad races," said Shikellamy coach Jim Bell. "We ran at Sullivan County, and I consider that course a bad course, and I told Treicy to back off."
In addition, Cedeno suffered a type of concussion injury during gym class that forced Bell to hold her out of the final meet of the year against Lewisburg and Warrior Run.
However, Cedeno was back into form once the postseason meets rolled around a couple of weeks later.
Although Danville sophomore Mackenzie Jones edged Cedeno to claim first place at the Shikellamy Boosters Classic (HAC Invitational), 18:51 to 19:00, the best was yet to come for the Brave.
Cedeno finished her season by winning her second consecutive District 4 Class AA title (19:08) before placing 11th in the PIAA meet (19:38).
"She made some nice progress from a year ago, and Treicy's a very hard worker," said Bell. "We were happy with her district performance where she started faster and avenged a loss to Jones a week before.