Greta Lindsley, considered one of the best runners in the history of Lancaster-Lebanon League, faces her next challenge Saturday when she competes in the State Cross-Country Championship meet in Hershey.
The Penn Manor High School senior finished her final season in stellar fashion, winning every regular-season L-L League meet and capturing the league championship for the fourth straight year. She also was named Runner of the Year by league coaches for a fourth year in a row.
“She is the best runner in Penn Manor history and the best female runner ever in Lancaster-Lebanon League,” says Jeff Roth, Penn Manor athletic director.
How good is Greta? Consider that she never lost a race to anyone in four years of regular season competition. That’s more than 80 races against 21 teams in which she never finished lower than first. And she usually won handily – her closest challenger finished about 25 seconds behind.
Ironically, running was not Greta’s first sport. She ran mainly to stay in shape for other sports, including lacrosse, swimming and basketball. But Greta improved so rapidly as a runner that she eventually gave up other sports in 10th grade to focus on her passion.
“It just feels good,” she says of running. “You get out of it what you put into it, and I just like to see myself get better.”
Best of luck on Saturday, Greta!
Greta is pictured with her coaches, Tom Ecker, left, and Bob Ulmer