Elizabethtown’s Samuel Gerstenbacher from Schalick opens XC season with hot race at Dickinson!!!

Elizabethtown senior Samuel Gerstenbacher placed second out of nearly 100 runners in the Light up the Night Invite at Dickinson University, less than two seconds behind Dickinson’s Bryce Descavish.

Gerstenbacher, a Schlick graduate, covered the 5,000-meter course in Carlisle, Pa., in 15:52.2. Descavish ran 15:50. No other runners were under 16 minutes.

Elizabethtown did win the team title by three points over Dickinson, going 2-5-6-13-14-15, for a 40-43 win with their sixth runner displacing Dickinson’s fifth.

Gerstenbacher was named Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week for his performance.

Gerstenbacher is a two-time Landmark Conference XC champion. In the spring he ran the steeplechase in 9:00.21 and raced in the NCAA Division 3 championships.

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