Jersey Shore runners looking for return to Hershey

After a taste of running in the state meet in their first season last year, Jersey Shore cross country runners Issac Davis and Sydney Trunzo are looking to get back to Hershey again.

They’ll get the opportunity to do so this morning at Bloomsburg University at the District 4 Cross Country Championships. Davis is the returning Class AA boys champion and has yet to lose a race this year for the Bulldogs. Trunzo earned a trip to Hershey a year ago with a third-place finish at the District 4 meet on the same course they’ll run on this morning.

For Trunzo, this is the senior’s final high school season, and she has made a strong statement to potentially qualify again for the state meet. The top 10 finishers in the girls’ Class AA meet advance to the state meet.

“Sydney is very hard-working and focused, she likes to focus on her mile and three-mile times to record her best time at the finish.” Jersey Shore coach Bob Fox said.

Trunzo has been finishing in the Top 5 in most races and has a personal best time of 19 minutes, 38 seconds, which is 24 seconds faster than the time she ran to qualify for the state meet a year ago.

Davis, just a junior, is coming off a 2015 season in which he finished ninth at the state meet for an all-state finish. Finishing with a time of 16:27 at states a year ago, he’s taken off this season.

Davis is going into the district meet undefeated, including a win on the state meet course in the PIAA Foundation race.

The junior’s best time of the season, 15:54, which he ran at the Big Valley Invitational in early September, is the fourth-best time in the state this season.

“Issac is always looking to win and that starts with his more than adequate warm-up,”  Fox said. “He’s very determined in doing well every race he is in.”

Davis is a favorite to repeat as the Class AA champion today, but should get a challenge from Loyalsock’s Quinn Serfass, who was the Class A runner-up last year. Serfass’ best time, 15:57, is just three second behind Davis’.