The cynics around here always say Octorara School District only makes the news when something bad happens or when one of the high school sports teams does something remarkable (like go 22-2 for instance!).
Bad news gets splashed on the front pages of the Daily Local News in West Chester or one of the two Lancaster newspapers. Nary a word gets printed in either the local or their regional counterparts when something good happens at Octorara.
That generalization is not completely true of course, but it is when it comes to Cierra Runge. Runge is the Cochranville native and Octorara grad (Class of 2014) who decided at the age of four she wanted to be an Olympic swimmer. Despite the fact her high school didn’t have a swim team or a pool tenaciously earned a full athletic scholarship to Cal Berekley and a spot on the roster of one of the elite swimming teams in the United States.
Cierra is on the cusp of realizing her dream.
Anyone following her remarkable journey outside of Octorara would have a hard time finding even a couple of paragraphs about her in the local or regional newspapers. The Daily Local looks east toward the Main Line for its copy while the Lancaster papers know were out here but aren’t always sure what to make of us.
All that may be changing as LancasterOnline has a long article this morning on Runge’s first year of college swimming competition.
This quote from Teri McKeever, Runge’s coach at Cal Berkeley:
“We can definitely count on Cierra. She fills a void that we were looking for and she’s done a great job of stepping up and embracing that role.”
Kudos to Cierra Runge for showing us all how to live and to LancasterOnline for taking note of one of our own.