Elizabethtown junior Samuel Gerstenbacher, a Schalick graduate, outraced Bryce Descavish of Dickinson to win the Dickinson Short Course Invitational Saturday over 4,000 meters in Newville, Pa.
Gerstenbacher and Descavish both covered the 4,000-meter course in 12:10, with Gerstenbacher getting the win after their times were compared down to the 1,000th of a second — Gerstenbacher was credited with a 12:10.530 and Descavish a 12:10.532 after the timers examined the photo.
Literally a hair’s difference.
Gerstenbacher, the Landmark Conference champion last fall, led Elizabethtown to a second-place finish in the Dickinson Short Course Invite by a 14-18 score, with only the first three runners for each team scoring.
At Schalick, Gerstenbacher ran 4:20.31 for 1,600 meters and was a Group 1 sectional runner-up and state medalist as a senior and won numerous Salem County and Sri-County titles in both track and XC.