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2022 Girls Cross Country Preview: Southern Lehigh Spartans

Head Coach: Justin Kocis – 6th Season (99-13)

Assistant Coaches:
Jeff Minnich
Andrea Stevko

Sport: Cross Country (G)

Team Name: Southern Lehigh Spartans

League: Colonial League

2021 Record: 24-0 (CL Champions, District XI AAA Runner Up, State Team Qualifier)

Key Players Lost:
Natalie Morgan – (3rd CL, 8th Districts, 157th States)
Lauren Meinhold – (6th CL, 18th Districts, 173rd States)
Autumn Garges – (17th CL, 42nd Districts, 214th States)
Ashley Meinhold – (16th CL)

Key Returning Players:
Maura Lenhart, Sr. (2020 – 2nd CL, 6th Districts, 69th States), (2021 – 5th CL, 13th Districts, 117th States)

Alaina Patel, Sr. (2019 – 28th CL, 46th Districts), (2020 – 8th CL, 26th Districts), (2021 – 9th CL, 18th Districts, 165th States)

Annefloor Fooij, Sr. (2019 – 23rd CL, 30th Districts), (2020 – 7th CL, 15th Districts), (2021 – 15th CL, 21st Districts, 207th States)

Celia Knoedler, Jr. (2020 – 22nd CL), (2021 – 18th CL, 33rd Districts, 210th States)

Lily Schaller, Sr. (2019 – 33rd CL)

Felicity Parrish, Sr. (2021 – 41st CL)

Key Newcomers:
Madelynne Grady, Fr.
Elizabeth Kane, Fr.
Chloe Knoedler, Fr.
Lauren Miller, Fr.

2022 Outlook: “The girls team has been very successful the past three seasons. They are the 3x Colonial League Champions and are the 2x District XI Runner Up which qualified the team to the State Championship Meet for the first time since 1981 (in 2020 the girls were also runner up but only one team qualified for states due to Covid restrictions). The girls are currently on a 66 meet winning streak that began on 10/9/18.”

“The girls team are returning four state qualifying runners (Fooij, Knoedler, Lenhart, Patel) and have a nice mix of underclassmen and freshman. The girls are a tight knit group who encourage and push each other at summer workouts and strength and conditioning seasons. The girls work incredibly hard and have such great camaraderie. They understand what it takes to reach their goals this season while putting forth great effort. The group wants to continue to contend for the league and district championship.”

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