Cross Country Competes at Meghan Memorial Race

Tanner Sorbera (Darl Zehr Photography)
Tanner Sorbera (Darl Zehr Photography)

The Tompkins Cortland Community College cross country team made the long trip to Hamburg, New York Saturday to take part in a very special event, the Meghan Memorial Race, hosted by Hilbert College. The race honors the memory of Meghan Sorbera, a Hilbert cross country runner who suffered fatal injuries from a hit-and-run car accident in October 2008, and the sister of current Panther runner Tanner Sorbera (Burlington Flats/Edmeston H.S.). As a whole, the Panthers had a strong showing and, fittingly, Tanner set a new personal record for the 5k.

The race was an open event, with college runners racing alongside runner from the community. Robert Brehm (Groton/Groton H.S.) had his best finish of the season, crossing the line as the third collegiate runner and sixth overall with a time of 18:53. Andrew McDaniel (Dryden/Dryden H.S.) was the next Panther to cross, setting a new PR with a 23:17. Sorbera finished at 24:04 and Elijah Speight (Ithaca/Dryden H.S.) was at an even 32:00.

The Panthers are off a week before taking part in the Mid-State Athletic Conference championship on October 19 at Finger Lakes Community College.