By Brian Holtzapple
For The Daily Item
SUNBURY -- It's been said that familiarity breeds success.
Well, to be quite frank, the same could be said in regards to Mr. and Mrs. Don Benner of Sunbury.
The Benners are the proud parents of sisters Treicy and Yoangelys Cedeno, both of whom have taken the cross country world by storm the last two years when they began their respective careers at Shikellamy High School.
Treicy, age 15, is a sophomore who recently defended her District 4 Class AA individual title, and she heads into Saturday's PIAA Championships in search of her second state medal.
Yoangelys, at just 13 years of age (she turns 14 in January), is a first-year runner for the Braves. Following her third-place finish at districts last week, Yoangelys is also poised to earn a medal in the state meet along with her big sister.
And if that becomes the case -- the top 25 finishers in each class receive medals -- it would be an unprecedented accomplishment for Shikellamy's program according to its coach, Jim Bell.
"We've never had a pair like those two. They take their running very seriously, and I like their success this year. It's unprecedented to even have a chance to have two girls medal," said the 40-year Braves coach. "They are dedicated to their running, they train hard, and, for their tender ages, they are doing quite well.
"They both ran in our junior high program where they gained some valuable experience, and it's really helped them to be competitive runners," Bell added.
Treicy finished 14th in the state meet a year ago in 19 minutes and 50 seconds. Her goal tomorrow is to finish in the top five and to also shave at least 50 seconds off her time.
"I'm really excited to see how much better I can get, and I'm just going out there and try my best. This year I'm trying to be in the top five and I want to try to beat 19 minutes," said Treicy. "It's going to be a little bit of a challenge, but if I try hard I can do it.