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NTL CROSS-COUNTRY: WYALUSING RUNNERS HAVE ANOTHER STRONG SEASON (2023-11-14)

Northern Tier Sports Report
Wyalusing cross-country had another strong season on the trails, with the girls finishing second in the division, and three Rams earning a state berth.

“Our team slogan this year was ‘No XCuses’, and this group lived up to that,” said coach Ellen Coates. “No matter what the obstacle, they were up to the challenge. In sports, we're always chasing those wins, but I've come to realize that as I coach I need to be as much or more focused on growth. And across the board, boys and girls, this group worked for and achieved some big gains, which culminated in some great races at districts and states.”


The girls returned much of last year’s team that made it to states, but ended up third at the District IV, Class A Championships by two points.


Individually, Megan King and Riley Porter both finished in the top 15 at the NTL meet, and were state qualifiers out of districts, as King was third and Porter took 10th.


King had a big race at states, taking 27th and missing a state medal by three seconds.


“It was disappointing for our girls team to just miss out on returning to states, but these girls don’t make any excuses and are already talking about how we’re going to work our way back next year,” said Coates.


It was a rebuilding year for the boys, though Trennan Tewksbury found individual success, taking sixth at the NTL meet and fourth at the District IV, Class A Championships. 


He ended the year with a top 50 finish at the PIAA Championships.


The boys team returns all seven varsity runners, while their junior high team was amongst the best in the league, as the girls return six of their seven runners, putting them in position to compete for a state team berth, again, next year.


“Both my teams are young but fired up for what their futures hold,” said Coates. “As their coach, I can't wait to help them achieve their goals.”



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