Saegertown sends two runners to States: McClymonds and Mondi headed to Hershey

by Braeden Kantz, sports editor

Beka and Maddie halls

Beka McClymonds and Maddie Mondi were honored at a state send-off celebration on Thursday afternoon. The pair will run in Hershey on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Senior Beka McClymonds and sophomore Madison Mondi qualified for the PIAA state cross country meet after placing in the top tier of single A runners in District 10. McClymonds placed ninth of 119 runners with a time of 20:41, and Mondi placed twelfth with a time of 21:05 at the District 10 Championship on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Buhl Park in Sharon. “Maddie and Beka out performed themselves in the District competition,” said head coach Bill Hetrick.

The ladies were honored with a school-wide send off on Thursday afternoon. As “Don’t Stop Believin’” played over the speakers, they took a victory lap around the halls and received lots of high fives and well wishes from the Saegertown community. They leave for Hershey with their coach tomorrow morning, and their race will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the course, which is located near the Giant Center in Hershey.

Coach Hetrick is excited for the ladies. “They made it to states. We already got the cake, now we’re just trying to get the icing.” McClymonds, who placed fifty-ninth at states in her freshman year, said, “I feel good about my placement at Districts, and I am going to treat this like any other race.” First time state qualifier Mondi said, “My goal is top fifty, and I think I can get there.” You can follow all the action on Twitter @PantherPressSHS.

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