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Northern Tier Sports Report
Canton cross-country saw their first male runner earn a state berth in nearly a decade this past fall, which was their biggest highlight of the 2023 season.

“I really enjoyed the team this year,” said Canton coach Casey Aylesworth. “They had a great attitude and were so positive towards one another when doing workouts, and setting personal bests throughout the year.”

Lawrence Halbfoerster broke out this season coming off a strong track year this past spring.

“We had some nice improvements from some of our younger runners, and had great leadership by the older runners,” Aylesworth said. “It’s always tough to graduate the seniors, which we will miss their leadership along with their athletic ability. Obviously, one of our high notes was sophomore Lawrence Halbfoerster establishing himself among the NTL’s top runners with him making second team all-star, finishing top 10 at the NTLs, and qualifying for states, and having a very solid race down at the PIAA’s for the first time. I am expecting him to continue to improve not only as a runner, but a leader as well, and take some of these younger kids under his wing.”

As a team the boys were seventh at the NTL meet and the District IV, Class A championships. They lose two of their top seven to graduation but along with Halbfoerster they also return freshman Landon Lake, who was second on the team.

Their lone female runner from last year, Daveian Crowley, will also be back, as they look to rebuild the girls’ program.

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