Local derby racer earns All-American status in Akron

Two area youths who competed in Saturday’s national Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, fell short of first place finishes, but are champions just the same.

Lucas McCahan, of Muncy, finished seventh in the Stock Division, good enough to achieve All-American status.

Sarah Stugart, of Williamsport, competing in the Super Stock Division, lost in the second round.

The two had advanced to the First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby Race after capturing first-place finishes in their respective divisions in Williamsport June 8.

“We are very pleased with how both kids competed,” said Jim Campbell, Williamsport Soap Box Derby race director.

The national event drew more than 700 racers ranging in ages from 7-17.

Campbell said the races came at the end of a fun week of events for kids and their families.

He said for Williamsport to have its first All-American since the Soap Box Derby races were revived in the city in 2010 after a long hiatus is a “big milestone.”

“Obviously, we are very pleased and proud,” he said.

Both McCahan and Stugart were competing against some 100 racers in their divisions.

Stugart, Campbell said, lost in the second round of races by just a fraction of a second.

It marked the first trip to Akron to compete in the national Soap Box Derby for both local racers.

Each finished second in their divisions in the local event last year.

McCahan’s older sister, Meredith, competed in Akron last year following her first-place finish in Williamsport in the super stock division.

Overhead Door, Williamsport, served as McCahan’s car sponsor. Stugart’s car was sponsored by Jersey Shore State Bank.