Midd-West puts three on HAC-1 all-conference team

Three Midd-West harriers were honored as second-team all-star selections in the Heartland Conference this fall.

Mustangs Dyllan Folk, Jace Kreamer and Janelle Peachy each were made part of the Division II squad.

Peachy, who finished in the top 10 in District 4 Class AA and ran in the state meet in her second year in the sport, is an example of the student-athlete all coaches in all sports would like to coach, said Stan Share – her coach.

“She has great determination, but it is somewhat masked under a rather calm demeanor on the surface. She always seemed surprised that she would run as well as she did from meet to meet,” he said.

Share said he tracked her performance all season, and after she medaled in the Shikellamy Classic, he told her she had the potential to go to Hershey.

“Her confidence was growing and she was starting to realize she was developing into a good runner,” he said.

Peachy showed her character when, just two days before the PIAA event, her father suffered a stroke. She dedicated her state run to him.

“Running the state meet with messages written on her bib number dedicating the race to her dad showed me the depth of her character,” Share said.

Folk, a senior in his first year in the sport, and Kreamer were a complementary duo for the Mustangs, Share said. Folk was nervous about running – an avid outdoorsman, he didn’t want to lose time afield – but delivered success in this outdoor activity, breaking 19 minutes twice during his rookie season.

“The only reason he came out is that I assured him I would occupy only two of his fall Saturdays,” Share explained. “The compromise worked quite well for both of us as he told me at the end, he really enjoyed the experience.”

Kreamer had a hard-luck season, breaking his wrist after the first week of the preseason and running with a cast the rest of the year. He missed the first mee due to illness and ran the second still suffering respiratory problems. His dedication to the sport is what impressed the coach.

“Jace is one of the quiet, guys who shows up at practice every single day ready to do everything you ask of him,” Share said. “He is that leader who simply leads by example.”

Share said kids like these made it enjoyable to go to practice every day.

“They understood what we were trying to do and accomplish and they wanted to be part of something bigger. Positive, supportive, close, relaxed, hard working, results oriented, are adjectives and phrases that describe all of them,” he said. “What a great bunch of kids.”