Elk Lake hosting cross country districts

BY KEVIN WOODRUFF

Elk Lake School District is gearing up to host the District II cross country championships on Wednesday, Oct. 24, for the third consecutive year.

Warrior head coach Will Squier said preparations are well underway, and some changes are in store for the 38 visiting schools.

He noted that in 2011, the course at Elk Lake was altered to accommodate construction of the new Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center building, but now that construction is complete, things are going back to the way they were when the district first hosted the competition back in 2010.

“We had to make some changes last year because of all the construction,” Squier said on Friday. “But now that we got rid of all the construction trailers, things are going back pretty much the way they were the first year.”

Squier said the course at Elk Lake is looking pretty good right now, but because of all the recent rain, the ground is a little soft.

“It’s not muddy, the ground is just soft,” Squier said. “But if we put six races on it today, it would get muddy.”

Squier said the forecast leading up to the race looks promising, with several dry days ahead.

“You don’t get many dry-out days at this time of year,” Squier said. “But we’re hoping the ground will harden up before the race.”

Squier said in getting ready for the race, he’s gotten a hand from several local volunteers, but is still in the hunt for a corporate sponsor to defray some of the associated costs.

He said spectators of the race can expect to see exciting races when they come to the district championship.

“It’s been a very spectator-friendly course,” Squier said. “And I think that holds true for this year as well.”

Squier said the district will have bleacher set up, along with concessions on site for spectators and athletes to enjoy.

“Even some of the spectators who are less mobile than others will be able to enjoy the race,” Squier said. “They can sit up on the bleachers and see a lot of the action.”

As for the participating teams, as in the past two years, Squier has opened up the course for any team to schedule a practice run.

However, he said he’s only received one request.

As for his Elk Lake team, Squier said both the Warrior boys’ and girls’ teams should put in a strong showing at districts.

“I think both the boys’ and girls’ teams are in contention for wins,” Squier said.

The schedule of races for Wednesday, Oct. 24, is as follows: Girls’ Class AAA, 11:40 a.m.;  Girls’ Class AA, 12:20 p.m.; Girls’ Class A, 1 p.m.; Boys’ Class AAA, 1:40 p.m.; Boys’ Class AA, 2:20 p.m.; Boys’ Class A, 3 p.m.