The Friends of Cross Country hosted their annual year-end banquet this past weekend
HONESDALE — Hundreds of family members and fans turned out this past weekend to officially close out yet another outstanding cross country season.
Honesdale's junior high and varsity teams once again piled up the wins in Lackawanna League action, then made their mark at the District Two and PIAA levels as well.
On Sunday evening, these talented distance runners were honored at their annual year-end banquet, which was held in the high school cafeteria.
Lindsey Pender and her dedicated band of assistants presided over the festivities.
Awards & Accolades
Any conversation about Honesdale's 2012 cross country season must begin with Summer Hill.
One of the greatest runners in program history, Hill put the finishing touches on a record-setting career with a campaign of unforgettable performances.
Summer was honored as the Lady Hornets' Most Outstanding Runner thanks to a dazzling resume that includes individual medals at both the District Two and PIAA State Championships.
Hill also set brand new course records at Western Wayne (18:24), Carbondale Area (18:55), Forest City (18:38) and Montrose (19:56).
Lindsay Hilton was named 2012 "Rookie of the Year" and also received a berth on the Lackawanna League all stars.
"Most Improved Runner" status was accorded to Maggie O'Day, while Katie Miller took home the "ROC" award and also earned a Lackawanna League all star nod.
Lyndsey Wolfe was honored with the "Coaches Dedication" award.
On the boys' side of the ledger, Mark Tetonis was named Honesdale's "Most Outstanding Runner."
The junior consistently finished first among Hornet runners and battled his way to a 27th place overall showing in the District Two Class AA race (20:38).
Gavin Canfield earned "Rookie of the Year" honors, while Greg Senft was named "Most Improved Runner" and Logan Miller walked away with the "ROC" trophy.
Thomas Wolfe rounded out the boys awards by garnering "Coaches Dedication" recognition.
Honesdale's varsity squads also excelled at invitational meets this fall.
The Red & Black turned in stellar efforts at Bloomsburg, DeSales and the Lackawanna League Championships.
In accordance with tradition, team trophies for each of these events are given to the fifth runner in for each team … that boy or girl who officially stops the clock and shuts down the scoring.
This year's "Fifth Man" awards were presented to: Jacob Pepper (Bloomsburg), Mary O'Neill (Bloomsburg), Sydney Miller (DeSales) and Cheyenne Schneider (Lacka-wanna League).
In addition to these annual school awards, Honesdale's Friends of Cross Country also bestows several special honors on varsity runners.
The most prestigious of these is the "Coach Macey Vision" award.
A Hall of Famer who led this program to elite status over the course of a 30-year career, Joe Macey remains the face of Honesdale distance running.
In his honor, the Friends of Cross Country chose Haley West as the 2012 "Vision Award" recipient.
The Hornets' booster organization closed out the varsity portion of the evening with two more awards.
Summer Hill and Mark Tetonis were each feted for posting the fastest times on their home course this fall.
Hill covered Honesdale's challenging 3.1-mile layout in a blistering, school record time of 19:30. Tetonis stopped the clock in 19:52 for the boys.
To the surprise of no one, Honesdale cross country runners once again excelled in the classroom as well as athletically.
Kelli Jackson and Gavin Canfield led the way, each being honored with Academic Excellence awards.