The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

High School Sports

December 26, 2012

Daily Item Cross Country Boys All-Stars: Lewisburg's Walker was a prized pupil

Lewisburg senior Sean Walker is not only a good pupil inside the classroom, but he’s also pretty apt on the cross country course for the Green Dragons.

Walker claimed his second consecutive Runner of the Year award from The Daily Item after putting together an even better season than he did a year ago.

“Sean was a better student of his sport this year, and he was committed to his training goals,” said Lewisburg coach Mark Sundberg. “This determination served him well daily, weekly and throughout the season as he sought to attain them.”

Walker won every dual meet he ran in this season, going 5-0, and his times got considerably faster as the year went on. He clocked in at 17 minutes, 44 seconds following his first dual, but by the end of the season he was running in the mid-16s.

“Sean’s undefeated dual meet performance certainly highlighted his season,” said Sundberg.

Also during the season Walker took 7th at the Big Valley Invitational (17:06) and 8th at the Spiked Shoe Invite (16:50), but in the postseason the Green Dragon really shined.

First, Walker won the HAC meet in thrilling fashion by holding off South Williamsport’s Griffin Molino, 16:40 to 16:41.

He then took second in the District 4 Class AA meet in a season-best time of 16:23 before finishing ninth at the PIAA meet in 16:39, the latter a major improvement from the 30th-place finish in 17:17 he had at states the year before.

“We had hoped for a top-10 finish, and we were thrilled with the determination and drive he exhibited to accomplish that against a very strong field,” said Sundberg.

Walker will be sorely missed by his coach and his teammates now that he’s run his final high school cross country race, but it won’t be just for the finishes and the points he supplies.

“Obviously, Sean has been a very valuable contributor to our team’s success throughout his career, and watching him grow as an athlete has been very rewarding, as well as motivating to his teammates,” said Sundberg. “Being a frontrunner can be lonely and even a heavy burden, but it also has many things on the plus side too, including being looked up to by your teammates.”

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