10/4 WKND: Abert MEET RECORD & LEHIGH #3AT 14:55! Sheva 17:34! Malvern, Pennsbury Brown race champs!

VIRTUAL MEET: PAUL SHORT GIRLS RACES

VIRTUAL MEET: PAUL SHORT BOYS RACE

VIRTUAL MEETS: GETTYSBURG, PITTSBURGH CENTRAL CATHOLIC, AND RIDGWAY

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10/04 4th Annual West Middlesex XC Relays
West Middlesex
 
Cocharanton Boys dominated the boys relay event, winning by a near 4 minute margin over West Middlesex and New Castle. In the girls race, West Middlesex had the first two teams come in 32 seconds apart to cruise to the team title.
 

West Middlesex, PA

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10/04 Buffalo Wild Wings Stampede
Hampshire
 
Somerset traveled to West Virginia and the boys finished 2nd in the varsity race with 68 points, led by a 5-7 finish from Shane Ickes and Mike Emert. The Somerset girls, Jane Woy finished 3rd in 21:06 to lead her team to their own runner up finish with 62 points.
 

Romney, WV

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10/04 Cumberland County Championships
 
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10/04 Gettysburg XC Invitational
Gettysburg Area High School  
 

Brooke Hutton of Coatesville just can’t stop winning. The freshman came out victorious for the 4th invitational in a row, running 19:09 to win by 22 seconds over Leanne Weaver of Boiling Springs. Her performances up front are also having an impact on her team’s performance. Coatesville had two in the top 12, the only team to have that record, and they came away with the team title over Cedar Cliff 135-161.

For the boys, Zach Seiger and his Red Land squad both had to settle for 2nd place finishes behind Chantilly (VA) and their ace Ryan McGorty. Seiger ran 15:49, just 9 seconds behind McGorty and his team scored 86 points, just 23 points behind Chantilly, despite having two finishers in the top five.
 

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PREVIEW

Can Brooke Hutton make it four wins in a row? The freshman will hope to keep her hot streak going in Gettysburg. She may to run a personal best to do so, as Xaveria Hawvermale of Chantilly (VA) has a faster personal best than Hutton. Hutton’s teammates will also look to earn their 2nd win of the season after earning the PTXC 6 Blue race team title nearly a month ago.

In the boys race, Zach Seiger of Red Land will look for a strong encore performance after his 3rd place 15:40 performance at Carlisle last weekend. Seiger will be looking for his 1st career cross country invitational victory. Teammate Drew Wilkinson and Sebastian Curtain of Mercyhurst Prep will look to have a strong race to potentially upset the rising superstar.

Wilkinson and Seiger will also look to earn their squad a team title victory, where they will face tough competition against Chantilly (VA) and Coatesville. A victory for Red Land will help their District 3 chances. With the front two they have, they will certainly be in the mix.

Gettysburg, PA

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10/04 Grove City Invitational
Grove City Area 
 

Marianne Abdalah of Vincentian Academy continued her streak of seasonal bests on her way back to winning ways. The sophomore was dominant once again in victory, running 17:59 to win by nearly a minute over the field. Her team finished 2nd in the team standings to West Seneca West 94-127.

For the boys, Grove City found their winning grove back on their home course after a couple of tough weeks. Aaron Benka led the winners with a runner up finish of 16:18. His top five finished 45 seconds apart, with four of them in the top 8 to score 30 points and win by 76!
 

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Boys Highlights

Grove City, PA

RESULTS POSTED

10/04 Meteor Junior High/ Modified Invitational
Montrose

Montrose, PA

RESULTS POSTED

10/04 Pittsburgh Central Catholic Invitational
Pittsburgh Central Catholic 
 
By Phil Grove

Kelsey Potts of Mt. Lebanon and Central Catholic’s Jeff Van Kooten turned in solid performances in the Central Catholic Invitational at Schenley Park.A junior, Potts had the biggest cushion at the finish of the four varsity races, covering the 3.1 miles of the girls’ A race in 18 minutes, 15.7 seconds. Freshman Abby Yourkavitch of Chambersburg was second in 19:07.5, while sophomore Ava Pietrzyk of North Hills claimed third in 19:11.8.

In the girls’B race, Rylee Kopchak of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic moved to the front in the second halfand crossed the line first in 19:51.2. BeccaVolz of Bishop Canevin was next in 19:59.9, while early leader Morgan Price of General McLane claimed third in 20:01.3.

On the boys’ side, Van Kooten pulled away from a tightly bunched lead pack in the A race, winning his home invitational in 15:52.3. Fellow senior Hunter Wharrey of North Allegheny stayed close for second in 16:00.2, while Jacob Heinauerof North Hills was third in 16:10.8 and Griffin Mackey of Sewickley Academy was fourth in 16:11.2.

Riley Lamison of Beaver Area was the winner in the B race, cruising home in 17:29.0. General McLane’s Ian Parker was next in 17:37.3, while Michael O’Donnell of Bellefonte finished third in 17:47.6.

It was about as close as it could get in the girls’ A team competition as Chambersburg and Mt. Lebanon each scored 64 points. The Trojans claimed the top spot as their sixth runner was ahead of Mt. Lebanon’s.

John Neff’s North Allegheny Tigers claimed the boys’ A title, putting together a winning score of 76 points on the strength of four runners in the top 20. Rival North Hills placed a trio of runners in the top 10 and was second with 114.

Beaver Area made it a clean sweep in the B races, capturing the girls’ title with 51 points as all five scoring Bobcats placed in the top 16. Taylor Allderdice was second with 77.In the boys’ race, Beaver had four in the top nine en route to a winning score of 42. General McLane was second with 64.

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Boys Highlights

 
PREVIEW
It will be Madeleine Davison of North Allegheny vs Kelsey Potts of Mount Lebanon part III. The district and state title contenders will square off once again on Saturday. Davison has a 2-0 advantage over Potts this season, with Davison winning the Red White and Blue and PIAA Foundation Invites in comfortable fashion. Can Potts snap Davison’s hot streak or will Davison prove to be unstoppable once again? It will also be the 3rd head to head meeting between their respective teams, with Mount Lebanon defeating North Allegheny twice, including an 8 point triumph two weeks ago. Will Mount Lebanon make it 3 in a row?

The boys race will be North Allegheny’s chance to get back on the winning track after two top five finishes without victory. In their last appearance, they finished 10 points behind Cardinal O’Hara at the PIAA Foundation Invitational. Matt McGoey and Hunter Wharrey did not finish together, nor did they both finish inside of the top three in that same race for the first time this season. They still hold two of the six fastest times in the state this season. Another strong performance for them and their team will help get their state title run back on track.

Pittsburgh, PA

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10/04 Ridgway Invitational
Ridgway 
 

Punxsutawney Area earned a narrow 12 point victory over Cranberry 91-103 to win the boys team title. Punxsutawney had three in the top 17 led by a 7th place finish by Bo Dinger. Individual honors went to Liam Raeshler of Clarion, who ran 16:43 to win the gold medal by 23 seconds.

For the girls, Dubois Area won a tight team title battle over St Mary’s 60-65, despite St Mary’s having three finishers in the top six. Tori Dippold of Elk County Catholic returned to the winners circle with a dominant performance, winning the race in 18:53 to win by over a minute!

 

Girls Highlights

PREVIEW

Tori Dippold of Elk County Catholic will be competing in her first 5000 meter invitational since the opening Saturday of the season, where she was victorious. The senior finished 6th at the 3 mile McQuaid Invitational in New York last week, her best finish at that meet. She will have to hold off Kayce Bobnar of North Clarion, the owner of two top seven finishes this season, and Arlee Simendinger of Penn Cambria, a state medalist with one top six finish. In the team race, Bradford will look to use their 1-2 punch of Makaila Banka and Riley Crissman to get them their 2nd victory of the season. Clearfield and St Mary’s will be able to keep the meet close with their smaller 1-5 spreads, compared to the 3+ minute spread of Bradford.

In the boys race, Class A squads St Joseph’s Catholic Academy and Elk County Catholic will square off to try and get momentum heading into the postseason. Both teams will look for their first win of the season. St Joe’s Catholic will hope the 1-2 punch of Brian Hackman and Eli Urban can give them an advantage, as both runners have run under 17:05, two of four runners to have done that this season in the field. That duo will look to chase Issac Wilson of North Clarion for the individual gold. Elk County Catholic have a tight top 3, but will need a close finish from their 4th and 5th runners to secure victory.

Ridgway, PA

RESULTS POSTED

10/04 Southern Tier Classic XC Invitational
Allegany-Limestone 
Allegany, NY
10/04 The Legends Meet
Maplewood
Cortland, OH

 

 

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