By Brian Holtzapple
For The Daily Item
SUNBURY -- The list of the fastest times from the first 35 years of the Shikellamy Boosters Cross Country Classic reads like a Who's Who of some of the best runners from the Central Susquehanna Valley that have ever laced up the spikes.
In Saturday's 36th running of the Classic, plenty more names were added to that list.
In the girls race, Danville sophomore Mackenzie Jones and Shikellamy sophomore Treicy Cedeno both posted top-10 times.
Jones, who finished second in the Classic last year, captured the title this time around when she crossed the finish line in 18 minutes, 51 seconds -- a mere nine seconds ahead of Cedeno.
The boys race was won by South Williamsport's Griffin Molino in a commanding (and near-record) time of 15:44. Danville's Tyler Vella was a distant second in 16:30.
After her runner-up finish to Cedeno a year ago, Jones would've been happy to settle for the same result Saturday.
A strong start to the race by Jones put her in the early lead, but Cedeno was never far behind and, at around the 1-mile mark, the Brave got in front of her rival.
Jones would have the final say, however, and with less than a mile remaining she retook the lead and held off Cedeno for the victory.
With her clocking of 18:51, Jones tied Line Mountain grad Angie Saterstad's 2000 finish for fourth-best on the all-time list.
"Treicy was moving, that's for sure, and she set a really good pace," said Jones. "I was like, if I can stay with Treicy then I can at least get second, and I'd be fine with second.
"When we started out I was in the front, and at first I started looking around for (Treicy). Then at some point after the start I just decided I'm going to win this race and I just went for it," added Jones.