It wasn’t quite like spraying champagne after winning the World Series, but North Pocono’s David Haines and two of his teammates had their own way to celebrate after Haines finished fifth in the PIAA cross country Class 2A championship at the Parkview Course in Hershey.
Any foods you didn’t have during the season that you can enjoy now? I never really cut out anything. I did have a soda. I cut out soda during cross country season, so after the race, me and my teammates who ran at states, Randy (Bocan) and Alana (Kravitz), opened a bottle of soda and drank it.
Did you know when you crossed the finish line that you had your top-five finish? Actually, I thought I was sixth until someone told me.
How much did having teammates there help you enjoy the moment? It was a lot nicer having someone there. It’s a lot nicer to have them with you and you don’t have to go through the experience by yourself, and they are there to cheer you on.
Speaking of having someone to cheer you on, was the whole family there pulling for you? They were there. I think they ran a lot. I’m not one to look for them because I’m focused, but they were all over the place.
Three people you’d like to have dinner with: Tim Duncan, Derek Jeter and my family.
How does this bode for track and field season for you? Have you raised expectations after winning a second cross country state medal? I’m better at longer distance, so probably the two-mile will be my focus, and I definitely want to make states for that. Last year, I made states with the 4-by-800 relay team, but I want to make it myself and hopefully medal.
What plans do you have after high school? I’m not set on where I’m going yet. I’m not closing any options yet. I really don’t care if I run Division III or Division I. I’m planning to major in math to be a teacher.