The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

High School Sports

December 26, 2012

Daily Item Cross Country Girls All-Stars: Shikellamy's Cedeno no ordinary freshman

When Shikellamy cross country coach Jim Bell looks at photos of his star freshman runner Treicy Cedeno, what he sees amazes him.

You see, Cedeno, The Daily Item’s 2012 Runner of the Year, is no ordinary freshman.

After just one year of competition, Cedeno has already etched her name into the Shikellamy cross country record books along with some of the program’s best runners.

“Treicy is the best freshman runner we have ever been blessed with at Shikellamy,” said Bell. “Her times at the Heartland Invite and District 4 Class AA meet were indeed monumental.

“When I consider the careers of other all-state runners we’ve had like Lindsey Scheller, Steve Thompson and John Boyle, Treicy’s ninth grade accomplishments are way ahead,” Bell added. “Scheller finished in the top 10 at states twice (Class AAA, mind you), and in our sport we will be able to compare Treicy’s times with Lindsey’s school records and know exactly where we are.”

Cedeno started off the year with an impressive fourth-place finish at the Big Valley Invitational in 20 minutes, 2 seconds, before she took seventh at the Spiked Shoe Invite (19:49), fifth at the Northeast PA Invite (20:02) and second at the State College Invite (19:50).

The freshman also went 5-0 in dual meets this season prior to claiming the HAC meet in a personal-best time of 19:23, which she would smash a few days later by winning the District 4 meet in 18:42.

Cedeno then ended her outstanding rookie season by placing 14th in the state meet in 19:50, earning a coveted medal in the process.

“Treicy, like Lindsey, Steve and John, has both the will to prepare to win, and the will to win,” said Bell. “She was a dedicated runner all summer and fall and she earned those medals she won. As we put it at Shik, she’s a runner who runs.”

And run correctly, according to Bell.

“Treicy is very coachable, and we do instruct a specific style at Shik,” said the Braves coach. “In photo after photo Treicy is in the correct position, to the extent that it takes my breath away.

“On top of all of this, in the photos I noticed composure in her face, and realized this is a great kid who’s giving her best effort.”

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