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Juniata XC finishes 3rd at Ben Bloser Invite

Courtesy of Shari Miller
Juniata Boys Cross Country Team Place 3rd in AA at Ben Bloser Invitational on Saturday, September 16.  Brubaker places 3rd to Lead the Girls Cross Country Team.  Heidenreich Makes the Podium in the Girls Middle School Race.
The Juniata boys were led by podium place winners Wyatt Stroup in 4th place with a time of 16:32, Joey Bomberger in 8th place in a time of 16:50, and Welsey Ehrisman in 17th place in a time of 17:25.  Rounding out the scoring for the Indians was Ricky Guante in 78th place in a time of 19:30 and Levi Zeiders in 88th place in a time of 19:46.  Other varsity runners completing for the Indians were Teagan Trout in 89th place with a time of 19:47 and Coy Kerstetter in 101st place in a time of 20:06.  Conrad Weiser won the team AA division with 118.  Milton was second in 137 and Juniata finished 3rd with 182 points.
In the boys JV race, freshman Joel Hardin came in 40th place with a time of 22:53.  Junior Charlie Telfer placed 47th in a time of 23:30.
In the girls AA varsity race, Juniata freshman Sylvia Brubaker finished in 3rd place overall with a time of 19:34.  She was followed by teammates Jessie Bomberger with a time of 23:33, Hannah Book in a time of 26:09, Izabella Sanders in a time of 28:28 and Jordana Steffen in a time of 32:20.  The official results for the girls AA race have not been posted.  Times are unofficial.
The Juniata Indians had 3 boys compete in the middle school 3200 race.  They were led by Josiah Barner in 48th place with a time of 12:19.  Sebastian Ehrisman ran to a time of 16:49 and Alejandro Guante ran to a time of 22:58.
The Juniata Indians had 6 girls compete in the middle school 3200 race.  They were led by medal winner Carolyn Heidenreich in 21st place with a time of 13:11.  Other girls taking part in the race were Drue Hoffman with a time of 15:12, Ella Zimmerman with a time of 15:33, Morgan Ehrisman with a time of 20:29, Genesis Guante with a time of 21:35 and Mackenzie Wray in a time of 21:41.
Juniata head coach Jeff Miller said “We had some great performances today.  We used this invite as preparation for the Hershey State Championship course since it has a lot of short steep hills in it.  We will be competing at Hershey Foundation Invitational next weekend.  Wyatt, Joey, and Wesley showed they put in the summer miles by making the podium.  Sylvia ran another solid race to place 3rd in AA.  Jessie had a much better race today.  Teagan dropped a good bit of time since our last invite two weeks ago for a personal best.  Joel also ran to a personal best time today by dropping almost a minute from our last invite two weeks ago.  8th grader Carolyn Heidenreich showed her running talent by making the podium.  I thought 8th grader Josiah Barner ran well in the boys junior high race.  His lack of racing experience cost him some time, but I’m sure he will do what he can do to improve for the next race.”
Juniata will compete next Saturday, September 23rd at the Hershey Foundation Invitational that is held on the Hershey PIAA State Championship course.