The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 20, 2012

Walker hangs on to win Classic

Walker hangs on to win Classic


And despite the course being slick, Cedeno ran with abandon -- even on the downhill portions of the race -- much to the chagrin of coach Jim Bell, who tried to tell his young protege to watch her footing.

"My coach was leading me through the whole race telling me what to do," said Cedeno. "The weather was awesome and I felt good, better than the last race we had (at home) where it was hot and humid.

"In my mind I just kept saying to myself, 'Come on, Treicy, this is your home course and you have to win. You have to do it."

And she did.

The cool and overcast morning helped Cedeno run her best, but neither she nor those close to her expected a personal best that low to be produced on the day.

"Oh my gosh, I was so happy. I worked so hard the past two weeks and I'm so excited right now," said Cedeno. "I didn't think I would get a 19:23. My coached jumped when he saw that, and my mom was crying."

Danville went on to claim the girls team title. In addition to Jones, the Ironmen had their top four runners place among the top 10.

"I was real pleased with our top four. Our grouping was real good," said Danville coach Jeff Brandt. "We have some people coming off injuries and everyone looked good for where we're at. It was a good meet for us."

Emily Haney crossed the finish line in third place in 20:33 for Danville, while Sara Turner was fifth (20:38) and freshman Katelyn Maffei was 8th (20:44). Also for the Ironmen, Hannah Maize was 13th (21:24), Mikayla Plafcan was 15th (21:42) and Kelsey Hess was 28th (22:34).

"(Jones-Haney-Turner) all ran real well, but believe it or not our fourth runner (Maffei) I may be the most impressed with. She's a freshman and she's really getting the idea of how to race a 5K," said Brandt. "So we had two freshmen in the top four, which is really nice. It was a good team effort.

"I think it was a good starting point for districts, and we should go into it pretty confident that we know how to run the course and what we need to do as a group," added Brandt.

Heartland-I champion Selinsgrove finished second to Danville in the team race with 85 points, placing a pair of runners in the top 10. Kelsey Ulrich was seventh in 20:41 with teammate Brianna Carnathan finishing 10th in 21:15.

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