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2023 Girls Cross Country Preivew: Southern Lehigh

Head Coach: Justin Kocis – 7th season (122-14)

Assistant Coaches:
Jeff Minnich
Andrea Stevko

Sport: Cross Country

Team Name: Southern Lehigh

League: Colonial League

2022 Record: 23-1 : Co-Colonial League Regular Season Champions, Runner Up CL, Runner Up District XI AAA, Team State Qualifier

Key Players Lost:
Maura Lenhart
Alaina Patel
Felicity Parrish
Annefloor Fooij

Key Returning Players:
Lauren Miller (So.) : 13th CL, 21st Districts, 163rd States, Medaled at both the Northampton Invitational (24th) and the Centaur Invitational (12th). Lauren had a great freshman year and is our returning number one runner. She is excellent in pressure situations which was evident in helping us qualify for the state championship.

Zoe Vezenov (So.) : 21st CL, 25th Districts, 171st States. Finished 2nd in the JV Race at the Centaur Invitational. Zoe improved tremendously during her freshman year. She ran a phenomenal race at Districts to help us hold off Easton and Parkland to qualify for states.

Celia Knoedler (Sr.) ; CL 17th 2022, 18th 2021, 22nd 2020, Districts 30th 2022, 33rd 2021, States 185th 2022, 210th 2021. Medaled at the Centaur Invitational finishing 16th. Celia has been a model of consistency throughout her high school career. She has become the vocal leader of the team and leads by example with her work ethic.

Ellie Kane (So.) : 27th CL, 39th Districts. Medaled at the Centaur Invitational finishing 24th. Ellie had an excellent freshman season. She displays great preparation and dedication.

Neva Bogert (Jr.) : States 215th. Won the JV Race at the Centaur Invitational. Neva improved tremendously from her freshman to sophomore seasons. She has consistently been a varsity runner and showed her grit and determination to compete at the state championship meet.

Jacalyn DeSimone (Jr.) : 34th CL. Finished 3rd in the JV Race at the Centaur Invitational. Jacalyn made great strides between her freshman and sophomore seasons. Great teammate and vocal leader.

Tessa DiCesare (Jr.) : has made great improvement from her freshman to sophomore seasons.

Madelynne Grady (So.) : has made huge improvements this summer heading into her sophomore season.

Key Newcomers:
Caelee Lenhart (Fr.)
Erin McMenamy (Fr.)
Laney Levin (Fr.)
Ellie O’Connor (Fr.)

2023 Outlook: Despite being extremely young, Knoedler is our only senior, the girls have great depth and have plenty of postseason experience. Knoedler (2x), Miller, Vezenov, and Bogert all qualified for the state championship meet.

The girls welcome a great group of promising freshman that will help the team immediately. Last season the girls lost to Notre Dame in the last meet of the season, snapping an 87 meet winning streak.

The girls have been driven and motivated all summer in their training runs and strength and conditioning sessions to once again compete for the league and district championships with the ultimate goal of qualifying for the state championship for the third consecutive year.

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