Lions Finish Finish 8th at CAC Championships

Lions Finish Finish 8th at CAC Championships

The Men's Cross Country team traveled to Salisbury Maryland this weekend for their conference championship meet.  Salisbury's course is a generally flat course with altering terrain. The Lions, just newborn cubs to the Capital Athletic Conference, were ready to pounce off the starting line. Surrounded by the fierce opposition the men sprung off the line as the gun went off.

 Both the Men's and Women's teams sported a pink ribbon in honor of breast cancer awareness and for the support of freshman runner Nicholas Sturm mother Rayetta.

Nick Sturm, not intimidated by the strong competition, finished first for the team and attained a personal best time.  Sturm proved his resilience was he worked his way to a 28:19 finish was good enough for 62nd place and earned him 39 points. The Freshman closed out the year finishing first for the Lions in every race.

 Joey Phifer used his natural quickness and forte for flat courses to take the second slot on the team. He crossed the finish line with a 29:08. He was awarded 74th place and acquired 44 points for the team.

Tyler Fry, in the Superman socks, finished his home stretch faster than a speeding bullet to give him a time of 30:32. Several opposing runners fell victim to Fry's second wind as he stole 87th place. He earned 49 points for the Lions. He ran with his teammates as a pack for most of the race, but took off for the finish at the end.


Edgar Makimoto's drive and determination help keep his Lion Pack strong and put him exactly thirty seconds behind Fry, giving him the time of 31:02 and the fourth slot on the team. He finished 94th overall and claimed 51 points for his team. Makimoto, always giving his best in everything he does, was a consistent and reliable asset to the team this year. 

 Klye Klaboe kept calm as usual and finished in 31:18. Klaboe took 97th place, only three places behind Makimoto. His fifth place finish for the team earned 53 points for the team.
 Jordan Fuhrman's "No Surrender" attitude pushed him through a strained calf muscle. He kept up with his Lion Pack through most of the race and finished at 31:39. Fuhrman finished to earn sixth place for his team. Fuhrman's efforts were enough to take 101st and occupy the 55 point slot .
 Adam Campbell brought the rear of an exceptionally tight pack. He stuck with it to complete the race with a time of 32:05. His time gave him 105th place and was enough to occupy the 58 point slot.
 Tim Hartung won the meet and helped York take first. York was followed by Christopher Newport in second and Mary Washington and Salisbury in a tie for third. With Sturm and Phifer taking off from the start and the Lion Pack of Fry, Makimoto, Klaboe, Fuhrman, and Campbell sticking through the race as a team, Penn State Harrisburg had a strong finish to their first year in the Capital Athletic Conference.

The Lions finished the championship meet in 8th place, finishing ahead of Wesley. They were mere points from overtaking Marymount.   Penn State Harrisburg had their most successful season to date under the direction of first year Head Coach Danielle Lynch and Assistant Coach Dan Barlet. The Lions will be headed to Lehigh University for their NCAA Regional meet on November 16th.

Story by Jordan Fuhrman and Edgar Makimoto

Pictures by Cathi Fuhrman