“I feel like my chances are very good for qualifying for states,” said Cornelison, who has been running since eighth grade and attributes his success to hard work and support from his coaches and teammates.
Cornelison believes his best of the season race came two weeks ago at the Manhattan Invitational in New York City’s Van Cortlandt Park, where he finished fifth (13:12.4) in the Varsity D race. But he’s “hoping this week will be my best race” so far this season. The National Honor Society member should feel good about his chances to qualify for states. In 2017, Cornelison qualified for states by finishing 13th (15:55) at the District I meet. He took 45th (16:47) the next week at states in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Just like Cornelison, junior Janelle Williams is also looking for a return trip to Hershey for states. After finishing as runner-up in 2017’s Suburban One American Conference Championships, Williams won this year’s title in 19:14. This weekend, she’ll be working toward improving her seventh place finish (18:57) in the 2017 District I Class AAA Championship and hoping to qualifying for states, where she finished 69th (20:12) in 2017.
The 2018 District I Cross Country Championships are Friday, Oct. 26 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, at the Lehigh University - Goodman Campus Cross Country Course.