Booher, Cantrell Set to Lead Women’s Cross Country in 2020-21

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Juniors Ashlyn Booher (Boiling Springs, Pa./Boiling Springs) and Amy Cantrell (Hailey, Idaho/Wood River) of the Gettysburg College women’s cross country team have been selected to serve as team captains according to cross country and track and field head coach Bryson Hartzler.

“Ashlyn has received the respect from the coaching staff and her peers alike,” said Hartzler. “We have a younger squad on the women’s side for 2020-21, so the fact that Ashlyn is one of the hardest working individuals makes her a great role model for this young group.”

The 2020-21 cross country campaign marks the third for Booher in addition to serving as a team captain for the second consecutive season. She ran in seven of nine races in 2019, scoring in three with finishing as the team’s No. 3 runner at the Shippensburg Invitational. Booher registered her season-best 6,000-meter time of 26:46.1 at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional and was named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll. Booher, who is a political science and economics major, is also a member of the Bullets track and field team.

“Amy came to our program as a transfer last fall and immediately become a key contributor to our program as well as great leader,” noted Hartzler. “She has a very relaxed and personable demeanor that seems to be very receptive among her teammates and is doing a great job of engaging our off-campus cohort all the way from Idaho!”

Cantrell, who is taking a gap semester, is entering her second season with the Orange and Blue. The junior transfer made an immediate impact for the Orange and Blue a season ago as she competed in all nine races, finishing as the No. 2 runner in six. Cantrell guided the Bullets as the top runner at the Centennial Conference Championship, which was hosted by Gettysburg, placing 34th with a personal-record (PR) mark of 24:05.7 in the 6,000-meter course. She concluded the season by finishing as the team’s No. 2 runner at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional, taking 147th with a 24:31.5 time out of over 345 runners. In addition, she clocked under 25 minutes in five of the six 6K races in 2019. Cantrell, who is a political science and international affairs major with a minor in history, is a member of the Bullets track and field team and Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.

Back on August 14, the Centennial Conference Presidents’ Council decided to cancel intercollegiate competition for all fall and winter sports through Dec. 31, 2020, due to the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The conference presidents will continue to meet and discuss options for moving fall sports to the spring semester alongside the winter and spring sports.
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