SCRANTON — Another exciting season is still far from over, but awards and accolades are already beginning to pour in for Honesdale's girls varsity cross country team.
At the annual coaches meeting held this week in Scranton, four Lady Hornets were honored as Lackawanna League all stars.
Summer Hill and Haley West were each given First team nods, while Katie Miller and Lindsay Hilton received Second Team spots.
"I'm ecstatic!" exclaimed Coach Lindsey Pender. "It's been a long time since Honesdale had four runners voted in and it's well deserved. All four of these girls have worked hard to get where they are and it's nice to see them receive recognition."
Honesdale's girls squad authored another ouststanding effort this fall.
The Lady Hornets went 14-3 in the Lackawanna League, finishing behind only undefeated Abington Heights (17-0), Elk Lake (16-1) and Scranton Prep (15-2).
All eyes will be on the Red & Black as they journey to Dimock Wednesday for the District Two Championships. That all-important meet is slated for an 11:40 a.m. start at Elk Lake High School.
All Star Quartet
Hill is nearing the end of a storybook cross country career at Honesdale.
Since she burst onto the scene as a 7th grader, Summer has been on track to become one of the greatest runners in school history. Hill is gunning for her 4th consecutive trip to the PIAA State Meet and holds numerous Red & Black all-time records.
"Summer is definitely one of the top five runners we've ever had here," Coach Pender said. "And, that speaks to her character and her amazing work ethic. Nothing less than a Top Five finish at districts and a state medal will do this year."
West is quickly carving out a place for herself among the Lackawanna League elite.
A junior who earned a District Two medal in 2010, Coach Pender is fully expecting West to take her game to the next level on Wednesday.
"Haley is a real fighter," she said. "She definitely has a legitimate shot at getting to states. Haley does whatever she can to help the team and she always does well in big races."
Miller is a multi-sport star who's only been running competitively for two years now. Still just a sophomore, her times have been consistently falling this season.
"Katie is a tough kid," Coach Pender said. "She's shown the ability to push through illness and injury. Katie could very well make it to states."
Hilton is only a freshman, but already becoming a household name on the local distance running scene. Lindsay worked hard all summer to earn a place in the varsity's front five.
Page 2 of 2 - "Lindsay has been a very pleasant surprise," Coach Pender said. "She's very aggresssive when she runs. The only thing Lindsay really lacks is experience it and she'll be getting plenty of that in the next two weeks."