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Elk Lake High School Cross Country Teams Honored by State House

Elk Lake cross country state champions Mike Bedell and Maria Trowbridge represented their teams on Monday during recognition by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. They are pictured with Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming), Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) and Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Armstrong/Indiana).

To celebrate and honor a unique accomplishment in Susquehanna County and statewide athletics, Reps. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) and Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) today welcomed members of the Elk Lake High School boys and girls cross country teams to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 

Both teams captured their respective PIAA Class AA Cross Country State Championships last fall. This is the second time in the history of the state meet that a school has swept the boys and girls titles. 

“We are very proud of the accomplishments of these fine student-athletes and their coaches,” Pickett said. “Winning a state championship takes a tremendous level of hard work and talent, and both teams proved they were worthy of taking home two trophies. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the team, coaches, and their families.” 

“To win any title in high school sports is quite an accomplishment, but to win more than one in the same sport on the same day is downright amazing,” Major said. “The hard work and dedication demonstrated by these athletes and coaches are certainly impressive.” 

The Lady Warriors kicked off Elk Lake’s championship day by placing five runners in the top 54 to total 77 points, finishing first ahead of district rival Holy Redeemer, which had 106 points. 

Maria Trowbridge finished sixth, covering the 3.1-mile course in 19 minutes, 35 seconds. Elizabeth Trowbridge finished 11th, just 13 seconds later. In addition to sisters Maria and Elizabeth, the team consists of Lainey Bedell, Kellie Grosvenor , Kirsten Hollister, Cassandra Salsman, Emily Williams, and Abigail Zdancewicz. Their coaches are Laura Squier and Marc Weisgold. 

The Lady Warriors scored impressive times in the morning, and that proved to be the momentum the boys needed to capture their state title. 

The team’s first four runners placed in the top 37, scoring 102 points to best rival Holy Redeemer, which had 116 points. Three of the Warriors earned state medals as well: Mike Bedell was seventh, finishing in 16 minutes and 49 seconds. Luke Jones was 17th, finishing in 16 minutes and 59 seconds. Sean Carney was 24th, finishing in 17 minutes and 8 seconds. 

Rounding out the Warriors championship team are William Bennett, Bryant Dietrick, Bryan Grosvenor, William Guenter, Jeffrey Horvath, Matthew Horvath and Jason Vermeulen. Their coach is Wiliam Squier. 

The Squier-Weisgold coaching team was selected by their peers as the best cross country coaches in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania this year. This selection is made across all sizes and divisions of schools. 

During recognition on the floor of the House, the teams were presented with House citations and had their photo taken with Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Armstrong/Indiana). 

State Representative Tina Pickett
110th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
State Representative Sandra Major
111th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Jennifer Keaton or Patricia Hippler or
717.705.2094 or 717.772.9846

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