NEWVILLE — The Carlisle girls cross country team has preached a pack-like mentality all season.

“Our goal in every meet is to stick together for about the first mile,” Thundering Herd runner Addison Jastron said.

While the Herd weren’t able to place anyone in the top 25 in the District 3 Class 3A Cross Country Championships Saturday at Big Spring High School, Carlisle stuck together, with its top finisher, Gracen Cabral, taking 25th, and its fifth finisher, Meg Lebo, finishing 61st.

That was good enough for fourth place in the team standings and a ticket to the state meet.

“We’re very excited with our finish,” senior Jastron said. “This will be my first time getting a chance to run the state course.”

Cabral finished with a time of 19:50, and freshmen Savannah Hossfeld was close behind with a time of 20:04 to place 30th. Jastron placed 33rd in 20:06, Julie Ledgett took 45th in 20:31 and Lebo finished with a time of 20:52.

“I feel like if you’re with someone or just a couple steps ahead or behind someone, it gives you that motivation to keep going,” Hossfeld said. When you hear people cheering on your teammates, you want to be right with them.”

The Herd finished with a score of 194, while the winner, Manheim Township, had a score of 113. Cocalico’s Jamie Zamrin was the top finisher with a time of 18:15.

Cumberland Valley’s Marie Rulapaugh also qualified for the state meet, finishing 29th with a time of 19:57.

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