We are two weeks through the 2018 Lancaster Lebanon League season. Well, a week and a half through. Roughly half of the teams within the league will be making up their week 1 dates on 9/18 due to the extreme heat that swept across central PA on 9/4.
About the rankings – individual runners race times from league meets and from invitationals were entered into our database. Some runners have only posted 1 time to date while others have posted as many as 3. We averaged each individual’s 5k times so far this season in hopes of minimizing the variance between different courses. We will update these rankings each week as more races are run, thus reducing variation between courses more.
Here are the initial Team Rankings based on how the league meet would be scored if the top 7 runners from each team were to run their current average 5k time in a head to head competition:
Manheim Township sits atop of the team rankings through the first two weeks of the season. It appears as though this will be a very close race in October. Hempfield is coming off of a league meet victory over Manheim Township on September 11th. If their top 5 stay healthy, they will challenge for the league championship. Warwick and Cedar Crest also figure to factor into the team battle. Cedar Crest lost to Manheim Township in week one, but bounced back very nicely with a victory over Warwick on the 11th. ELCO is the top section 2 team in the overall rankings.
Here are the initial Individual Rankings based on the same methodology:
Manheim Township’s Ian Miller has run 3 races so far this season, and in each instance he broke 17 minutes. He is the only runner in the league who has run every race to date under 17 minutes. The consistency he has shown on 3 different courses and on 3 very different weather days shows he is ready to compete for a league title. Warwick’s Connor Shields ran an impressive 16:19 at PTXC10. That is the fastest time run by anyone in the LL League to date. The second LL League finisher at PTXC10 was Miller (16:30). Evan Dorenkamp (Manheim Twp) and Noah Martin (Warwick) also ran well at PTXC10, running 16:42 and 16:44 respectively. Martin just edged out teammate Shields at their league meet this week. Manheim Township and Warwick appear to have the best 1-2 punches in the league. Andrew Foster of Ephrata, and Evan Kreider of Cocalico, are the top two returnees from last year’s league championship. Look for them to move up the rankings as they get more races under their belts. They each have only one time in the database and both won those opening meets.
We look forward to bringing you more coverage throughout this season. Follow along at centralparunner.com and on twitter @centralparunner