Christopher Dock Results at BAL Cross Country Championships

Dock Mennonite Academy Boys Varsity Cross Country finishes 2nd place at BAL Championships

The Dock boys used several improved individual performances to drive to second place in the Constitution Division at the Bicentennial Athletic League Championships at Tyler State Park on Wednesday afternoon.

The Pioneers scored 133 points. Jenkintown took the team title with 53 points.

Tim Kennel improved on his previous best at Tyler at a regular season meet when the junior ran 17 minutes, 9 seconds for third place overall.

Isaiah Denlinger also dropped time from his last performance at Tyler. The junior placed 17th in 18:49.

Ian Anderson and Chris Keach were again close to each other in Dock’s third and fourth spots. Anderson placed 32nd in 20:31. Keach ran 20:52 for 37th place.

Steven Seachrist showed the best improvement over his last time at Tyler. The sophomore, who was competing in his first BAL Championship, dropped two minutes to run 21:26 for 44th place to round out the scoring for Dock.

Bobby Hadden was Dock’s sixth finisher in 23:06, an improvement of almost a minute over his last race at Tyler.

The Pioneers will race in the District 1 Championship on Oct. 28 at Lehigh University.



Dock Mennonite Academy Girls Varsity Cross Country finishes 1st place at BAL Championships

Before the Bicentennial Athletic League Championships, Dock co-captain Lindsey Bernd asked every girl on her team to try to pass someone in the final three-quarters of a mile loop around Tyler State Park.

The Pioneers took that advice to heart, and needed every runner to repeat as BAL champions on a steamy Wednesday afternoon.

While last year’s win was convincing with second-place New Hope-Solebury’s score more than double that of Dock’s, this year New Hope-Solebury was side-by-side with the Pioneers before they pulled out a 50-54 win.

Bernd overtook a runner in the final 200 meters to finish fifth for the second straight year and lead Dock in 22 minutes, 10 seconds. It’s the junior’s third straight Top-5 finish.

In just her second race of the season due to injury, Lael Flores finished strong for ninth place in 22:36. Coming in behind Flores, and precious seconds ahead of a New Hope runner was Camryn McCloskey. The senior competed brilliantly and finished in 22:50, almost three minutes better than her regular-season meet at Tyler when she ran injured.

Erica Gunden toughed out a 12th place finish in 23:12. The junior battled through shin pain to take fourth and hold off a Lower Moreland runner.

Dock’s remaining two seniors ensured the victory with strong finishes. Jules Rotelle overtook a pair of runners, including one from New Hope, for 14th place in 23:32. While Rotelle wrapped up Dock’s top five scoring runners, their sixth finisher Alana Bergey was equally vital to the win. She placed 17th in 24:21 to push New Hope’s fifth runner back to 18th to clinch the victory.

Abbey Keller competed well in her first BAL. She was the third freshman finisher overall in the race, in 34th in 31:03.

Dock’s split between their first to fifth finisher showed strong team unity to lead to the victory. The split was only 1:22, the best of any team at the meet.

Dock will look for the same sort of effort on Oct. 28 when they compete in the District 1 Championship at Lehigh University.