LEAGUES: Pennsbury Girls, Gerlach Top SOL, Henderson Squads Challenged, Mt Lebo strong @ TSTCA

 

10/13

 

Indiana County Invitational

 

Photos by Bob Piccirillo

 

Angel Piccirrillo of Homer Center successfully defended her Indiana County championship, winning this year championship with a time of 19:54.2, 26 seconds better than silver medalist Veronica Budjos of Indiana. Budjos's team would place their scoring five in the top fifteen to win the team championship over Marion Center 48-56. Marion Center had three in the top ten to keep it close.
 
 
For the boys, Indiana used a 1-2 finish from county champion Tyler Zolocsik (17:19.4) and Adam Lenze (17:38) to lead their team to the team championship over Blairsville 40-66.
 

Indiana, PA

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10/13

 

Midwestern Athletic Conference

Quaker Valley came away with both the boys and girls team championships, with the girls having a tougher time winning than the boys. The top ranked AA girls squad placed five in the top fifteen to score 45 points, only five points better than West Allegheny, who placed four, but the Quaker Valley 5th runner was five places better and secured the team title for her team. Dee Dee Adams of Freedom Area won the girls league championship with a time of 21:02. The Quaker Valley boys flexed their muscle once again. The PA#7 and top ranked AA squad had three in the top eight led by league champion Nat Fox (17:36) to score 43 points and cruise to the league championship.
 

Hazen, PA

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10/13

 

Westmoreland County Coaches Association

Greater Latrobe
Hempfield girls survived Norwin's 1-5 finish from county champion Autumn Greba (19:58.7) and Jenna Kuhn (20:43.8) to win the county team championship 66-71. Morgan Ansell led the way for Hempfield, running 20:34.8 to finish 4th. For the boys, Kiski Area doubled up the rest of the field, placing four in the top seven, including county champion Brent Kennedy (16:26.9) to win the team title over runner up Norwin 34-70.
 

Saltsburg, PA

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10/15

 

DELCO Championships

 
PA's top ranked Cardinal O'Hara out did their 2010 DELCO championship performance, placing 1-3-4-5-6 to score 19 points and repeat as county champions. The score was one point better than the 2010 team, and was the 14th title in the 47 year history of the event - more than any other school. Dan Savage led the way for O'Hara, winning the gold medal in a nail biting finish, holding off Jack Huemmler of Strath Haven in the final few meters to win the race.
 
 
 
 
For the girls, Hannah Grossman repeated as county champion, running a comfortable 18:28; joined under 19 minutes by only one other athlete, Sophia Meehan of Haverford Township. Grossman's team also had a big day as well. Strath Haven's 2-5 girls placed 18-19-20-22 to defeat defending champions Haverford Township by eleven points.
 
 
 
 
 
 
DELCO CHAMPS 2011 PREVIEW

by Coach Bill Coren(Strath Haven)
DELCO CHAMPS!!  SATURDAY  10-15-2011   Rose Tree Park     37th year!!!
BOYS NOVICE 2:00  GIRLS JV 2:30  BOYS JV 3:00 GIRLS V 3:30  BOYS V 4:00

GIRLS TEAM PREVIEW
HAVERFORD appears to be the odds-on favorite to win its second DELCO team championship in a row(2010 was its first since 1982).  HAVERFORD’s coach Kristi (Jamison-Haverford alum) Ritchie has planned this season to hopefully run its best by Districts, and DELCOS will be only their 3rd weekend invitational. HAVERFORD returns 5 of their top 6 from their 2010 Championship. HAVERFORD was undefeated in the competitive Central League this year and finished 1st at Abington Inv(scoring 69 points defeating Great Valley(2nd-90) and STRATH HAVEN(5th-130).  At Paul Short they continued to run well, coming in 6th (behind PENNSBURY, WALT WHITMAN(MD), DOWNINGTOWN EAST, STATE COLLEGE, and CENTERVILLE(OH)).  HAVERFORD scored 301 points defeating county teams-- NOTRE DAME(423), STRATH HAVEN(579) and OHARA(686).
As for the runner-up trophy, NOTRE DAME(2nd 2010  1st 2009) is the favorite with a strong Top 2, a solid 3-4, and a quickly improving #5.  AGNES IRWIN(looking for their 1st ever DELCO trophy) has 4 seniors who have been developed beautifully by their veteran and always congenial coach.  They came in 4th in the Paul Short “White” race, but would have been 3 points ahead of STRATH HAVEN if they had run “Brown”.  STRATH HAVEN(4th 2010  2nd 2009  1st 2008) has a super #1 and about 13 other pretty good runners.  For them to have a chance, at least one of that day’s varsity 6 must be in the TOP 20.  OHARA(3rd 2010  3rd 2009) is improving and has closed the gap on the other Top teams!(Kelly OH 10) may give them the runner up front to lead their talented pack!?
 
INDIVIDUAL PREVIEW
A STRATH HAVEN runner has won the individual championship 3 of the last 4 years(Frick 2007--Rutkowski 2008--Grossman 2010).  At this point of the season senior(defending champion) Hannah Grossman(SH) appears to be the slight favorite. Hannah finished 1st at Abington, 2nd at Briarwood “Large”, 4th at Bull Run(MD), and 5th at Paul Short(18:26). Grossman(SH) has not lost to a DELCO opponent this year, but she barely beat one of her toughest rivals, senior Maria Seykora(ND), at Paul Short by 4 seconds(Seykora(ND) did run much faster than Grossman(SH) in different races at Briarwood).  Seykora(ND) also has performed really well in a # of tough meets(3rd PTXC3, 4th Briarwood “Championship”, and 2nd Carlisle “Puma Challenge”.  The only other girls with a legitimate shot at becoming the DELCO CHAMPION are senior Sophia Meehan(HAV) and junior Tess Meehan(HAV).  Sophia(HAV) was runner-up as a freshman and a junior and 6th as a soph.  She is a strong 800M runner(as evidenced by her PIAA STATE medal last spring) and if she can hang on, she may be able to kick it in and kick down the door to her 1st DELCO Individual Championship.  Sister Tess(HAV) is also coming on, and after her freshman year 10th place STATES finish, she has shown she is capable of a big race!!  Good luck to Tess, but as coaches most of us love to see SENIORS getting the top prizes!!  Three of the better runners in DELAWARE COUNTY history will graduate this year----and one of them  will go off to college as the reigning DELAWARE COUNTY GIRLS XC CHAMPION!!!
There will be 20 plaque winners and the TOP 7 girls are likely to make 1st team ALL-DELCO.  4 of those spots will likely go to Grossman(SH 12), Seykora(ND 12), S.Meehan(HAV 12), and T.Meehan(HAV 11).  The other 3 coveted spots will be a real battle??  Here are the possible 5th thru 7th finishers(in no order)----Chang(PC 11)(6th 2010  2nd 2009), Rudawsky(GARV 11)(7th 2010  27th 2009), Powers(ND 12)(9th 2010  22nd 2009  19th 2008), Wunisch(AI 12)(36th 2009  56th 2008), Galligan(SF 10), and Kelly(OH 10)(24th 2010).

BOYS TEAM PREVIEW
OHARA! OHARA! OHARA!---Last year’s team victory at DELCOS was unbelievable!  Their Top 5 finished 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th and 4 of them are back!!!  Historically, OHARA has dominated the DELCO XC CHAMPS. Coach Tom Kennedy’s harriers have been FIRST 8 of the last 13 years, SECOND 4 of those years and only out of the TOP 2 in 2008.  This year OHARA is ranked #1 in PENNSYLVANIA claiming 3 impressive TEAM wins so far--Briarwood Championship, PIAA Foundation “Gold”, and Great American(North Carolina).  No DELCO team is even close to them this year.  OHARA will make more TEAM HISTORY this Saturday!
At least there may be a TEAM race for 2nd!?  Central League foes, Haverford(3rd 2010), Strath Haven(4th 2010), and Penncrest(2nd 2010), will likely fight it out on Rose Tree’s hills.  Haverford has a deep team and their 5th runner is very close to their first.  It is possible they could have 5 runners in the TOP 20.  As for Strath Haven, Their top 2 are really strong, but they need their 4th and 5th to move up.  Penncrest always runs well at DELCOS, and 2011 will probably be the same.
INDIVIDUAL PREVIEW
Lets look at some more HISTORY.  An OHARA runner has been the DELCO Champ 7 of the last 11 years(including 2010).  Last year’s returnees are 3rd-Bilotta(OH 12),4th- Savage(OH 11), 5th-Pastore(OH 11), 7th-Ostroski(OH 12), 12th-M.Kazanjian(PC 10), 15th-A.Smart(GARV 11), 16th-Seelaus(SH 12), and 17th-N.Smart(GARV 10)(YES! The Smart’s are BO Smart’s kids).  So far this year 3 of these runners appear to be the favorite at the 2011 DELCOS.  Savage(OH 11)has been #1 for his team in all races this year.  He is consistent and very tough!  Seelaus(SH 12) won the Abington Invitational and BULLDOG and has greatly improved in 2011.  Bilotta(OH 12) has been close to Savage(OH 11) all season and could be ready to break through. 4th through 7th(ALL DELCO) will be a battle among Pastore(OH 11), Ostrowski(OH 12), James(OH 9), Huemmler(SH 11), M.Kazanjian(PC 10), Kays(HAV 12), Bodine(HAV 11), and O’Donnell(GARV 12).

Media, PA

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Tom Kennedy, Head Coach, Cardinal O'Hara

 

Bill Coren, Head Coach, Strath Haven

10/17

 

Inter-Ac League Championships

Chestnut Hill Academy
 
 
Dustin Wilson of Chestnut Hill Academy shattered the championship course record, becoming the first to ever break 16 minutes. His winning time of 15:23 clinched his 3rd league championship in a row and bettered the record of 16:25 by Matt McCullough of Malvern Prep back in 2008. The team battle was very close, as Malvern Prep edged out defending champions Germantown Academy 55-56, winning their 2nd title in the past three years.
 
 
Photo by John Seykora

 
For the girls, Maria Seykora regained her Inter-Ac championship, running 18:44 to win by 21 seconds. The girls team title race was also decided by a close margin, as Notre Dame held off Agnes Irwin and Episcopal Academy 51-52-53. It was Notre Dame Academy's 7th consecutive league title.
 

Philadelphia, PA

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10/17

 

Washington County Coaches Meet
 

Mingo Park:  Windy/ Muddy conditions over challenging 3.1 mile course.

Josh Urso (17:20 league champion) and Don Zimak (17:41) of Trinity earned a 1-2 finish and led three in the top ten. Peters Township were led by a 3rd place finish from John Rodelec and three in the top eight to edge out Trinity 48-56. For the girls, Kirsten McMichael of Ringgold ran 20:20 and won the county championship by one full minute. Canon McMillian placed four in the top eleven to win the county team title over Peters Township 46-59.

 

Monongahela, PA

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10/18

 

AACA Championships

Mount Saint Joseph Academy
 
Photo by Charles Stone
 
St Basil Academy earned another AACA team championship, placing four in the top ten to score a solid 36 points to defeat runner up Villa Joseph Marie by 36. Megan McGarrity led the way for St Basil's,  earning the league champion, running 18:33.7 to win by 15 seconds over Veronica Wheeler of Nazareth Academy.
 

Newtown, PA

RESULTS POSTED

10/18

 

Friends Schools League Championship

Abington Friends
Germantown Friends boys won both team championships in impressive fashion. The girls placed six in the top ten led by a 2nd place finish from Carey Celata to score 25 points and win by 32. Celata was only five seconds behind league champion Natalie Mclaughlin (20:36). The Germantown Friends boys swept the top five places to score a perfect 15 points with a 1-5 spread of 46 seconds. Christian Brady was crownded the league champion, running 17:18.9 to win the race.
 

Philadelphia, PA

RESULTS POSTED

10/18

 

Gwynedd-Mercy College Mid-Week Invite

Gwynedd-Mercy College
 

Gwynedd Valley, PA

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10/18

 

Lebanon-Lancaster League

Ephrata
Manheim Township came away with both team championships, with the boys holding off a tough challenge from Hempfield, and the girls cruising to the trophy. The boys had four in the top twenty led by a 4th place finish from Elliott Hirsch to beat out Hempfield 98-111. The girls had a winning margin of 50 points, placing four in the top 16 led by a 3rd place finish from freshman Emily McBride. Individual league championships went to Greta Lindsley of Penn Manor for the girls (19:14) and Jared Schatz of Lancaster Mennonite for the boys (16:30)
 

Ephrata, PA

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10/18

 

Lehigh Valley Conference

Amy Darlington of Liberty won her league championship in comfortable fashion, running a solid 19:15 to win by over 30 seconds. The team race was very close, as Parkland took advantage of a better performance from their 3-4-5 runners to defeat Emmaus for the team championship 54-56. For the boys, Nathan Palmer of Freedom Area became the league champion with a winning time of 17:23.8, 14 seconds better than the field. Nazareth Area placed five in the top twenty with a 62 second spread to score 60 points and win the team championship by 26.
 

Bethlehem, PA

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10/18

 

Mountain Valley Conference

Pleasant Valley girls placed their scoring five inside of the top nine with a spread of a solid 40 seconds to score 30 points and win the championship by 25. Abby Ross of Pocono Mountain East ran 20:51.4 to win the individual title by close to 20 seconds. For the boys, Stroudsburg had three of the top four places led by league champion Mark Pfaeffle (17:23.8) to come away as team champions with 28 points, 21 points better than 2nd place Pleasant Valley.
 

Bethlehem, PA

RESULTS POSTED

10/18

 

YAIAA Championships

 

By Cory Mull

 

EMIGSVILLE -- In her fourth and final attempt at the YAIAA Championships, New Oxford senior Kaylee Kubisiak finally came away with the grand prize.

The mercurial harrier, whose career has seen its fair share of highs and lows, won her county meet on Tuesday at John Rudy Park, scoring a time of 19 minutes, 4.38 seconds. The time was good for a place on the top 50 girls' 5,000-meter times in Pennsylvania.

It had been four years since New Oxford last fielded a champion -- Jordan Jenkins in 2008 -- even though it seemed as though Kubisiak was headed bigger things as early as a sophomore. Minor injuries had derailed her attempts in recent years.

She had taken two straight fourth place finishes in 2009 and 2010 before her breakthrough on Tuesday.

"I just believe (in going forward)," Kubisiak said of her win. "You need a positive attitude. Sometimes I feel like I've peaked for a race or two, but then I bounce back up."

Last year's champion, Central York's Kelsey Ibarra, was on the sidelines Tuesday. York Suburban's Lilly Corsaro, a runner-up in 2009 and 2010, capped off her senior campaign with her third straight second-place finish.

"I had a bad practice on Thursday and my coaches were aiming for districts," Corsaro said. "My legs were shot. She [Kubisiak] went and I couldn't keep up."

The race seemed destined for a tussle between the top two girls' runners in York County. As recent as Thursday, Corsaro and Kubisiak squared off against each other -- with Corsaro edging the diminutive Colonial in a dual-meet.

The runners ran side-by-side as late as the 4,000-meter mark before Kubisiak began to pull away.

Kubisiak ultimately had more left in the tank and used her superior stamina to outwit and outlast Corsaro. With 500 meters to go, she uncorked a final push.

"I got over there with 500 meters to go and I was like 'That's a stupid

idea,'" Kubisiak said. "I couldn't let myself think that. I had to be positive. I kind of imagined people in front of me and aimed for them. I went. The more space I put between us, the harder it was for her to catch back up."

Kubisiak had logged a top time of 18:57 at the Don Stoner Invitional earlier in the year. It was her first foray below the elusive 19-minute clip of her career. But she's been toying in the 19s since her sophomore campaign, when she first logged a 19:40. As a junior, she dipped to 19:23.

For whatever reason, however, it never came together at the YAIAA Championships. Until now. Jenkins, a two-time winner who currently plies her trade at North Carolina State, had been a key influence on Kubisiak in 2008.

Corsaro, meanwhile, had her sights on larger goals. The senior finished sixth at the District 3 meet a year ago.

"I know the big picture is districts and states," Corsaro said.

Corsaro's teammate, Samantha Gehly, finished third in 19:52, while Red Lion's Brooke Amandola was fourth in 20:00.18.

Littlestown senior Liz Reese scored a fifth place finish and a time of 20:08. She had finished 12th as a junior in 2010.

Rounding out the top 10 was Central York senior Megan Lundy (20:15), Red Lion freshman Julia Kendrick (20:17), Fairfield junior Kaitlyn Beckham (20:22.38), Kennard-Dale freshman Kayla White (20:28) and York Suburban sophomore Lauren Shrader (20:33).

York Suburban had sixth runners finish within the top 18 places and seven within the top 20. All seven registered times under 21 minutes.

 

By Cory Mull

 

EMIGSVILLE -- Since his freshman campaign, Dallastown senior Adam Katora has continued to improve as a runner.

On Tuesday at the YAIAA Championships, he saw his hard work pay off, as he became the boys' winner in 16 minutes, 29.17 seconds.

He fought off a tireless effort from South Western junior Ryan Hertzog, who ran with Katora until the last 800 meters. Katora outstretched his competition in the final straightaway, pulling away for the league win.

"We had it together until the last half-mile and then he pulled it out," Herztog said.

The result was a telling one for Katora, who secured a PR of 16:22 on Oct. 8 at the Gettysburg Invitional. Tuesday's time became his third sub-17-minute time in the last month. He also secured a 16:36 at the Carlisle Invitional in late September.

"I went out conservative with a few of the runners early on," Katora said.

Indeed, the first mile proved to be a chess match. A solid pack of five unfolded, with some runners hesitating to make a move too early.

Katora finally took charge two miles in, stringing Hertzog along for the ride.

"I was kind of surprised no one went earlier," Katora said.

With a new layout dotting the course, some runners were apprehensive about leading. One runner blew out of the starting gate, only to finish in 15th. Another sported the lead near the mile mark and finished 35th.

At least three new turns were added to the windy John Rudy Course, which also included a steep hill a little over the mile and a half mark.

Katora and Hertzog were experienced on the hills, however, and utilized their strategy well.

"My coach told me before the race that I didn't have to be leading after the first mile," said Hertzog, who finished fifth a  year ago. "So I went out a little softer then I usually do. I held back. When I caught him, I started pushing the leader and he and I went off."

For Katora, he had more on his mind. A disappointing junior campaign, in which he missed out on states, was still hanging in his mental closet. He accomplished the feat as a sophomore and is now looking to return to the state's final meet of the season.

Taking third was West York senior Kevin Chambers (16:58). Red Lion senior Matthew Croft, who was second a year ago, secured fourth in 17:04. Central York senior Drew Belnick followed in fifth at 17:12.

Rounding out the top 10 was Patrick Reilly of Dallastown (17:14), Bryan Procopio of Susquehannock (17:16), Brady Wilt of Biglerville (17:18), Caleb Gatchell of Red Lion (17:19) and Nate Vitacco of Northeastern (17:20).

Wilt was one of three freshman in the field's top 20 and the only in the top 10.

"My hopes were to stay toward the top," Wilt said. "My coach said, 'Don't worry' because I'm a freshman and she said you have three years ahead of you. This is a learning experience."

 

Emigsville., PA

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10/19

 

Berks County Championships

Governor Mifflin placed three boys in the top four places led by county champion Evan Williams (17:04) to earn the county team title over Conrad Weiser 40-74. Their 1-5 finished with a 64 second spread on the day. For the girls, Governor Mifflin completed the county team title sweep, placing three in the top eight to score 46 points and win by 34. Tessa Mundell led the way for Governor Miffin with her gold medal finish of 19:33.

Kutztown, PA

RESULTS POSTED

10/19

 

Ed Narkiewicz All-League Meet

Hanover Area
Regan Rome of Dallas and Marissa Durako of Holy Redeemer had strong starts to their postseason runs and made strong cases as contenders for their respective state championship races. On this day, Rome got the better of Durako by less than 2 seconds, with Rome running 18:33.8 and Durako running 18:35.1. Dallas won the AAA championship, placing three in the top ten to score 45 points, while Holy Redeemer scored 81 points and cruised to the AA team title. For the boys, Dominic Deluca completed the Dallas individual title sweep, running 16:37.4 to hold off Ben Robinson of Tunkhannock by six seconds. Dallas boys placed four in the top eight to score 28 points and win AAA, while Holy Redeemer had five in the top twenty to score 70 points to win the AA crown.

Dallas, PA

RESULTS POSTED

10/19

 

Freedom Invitational

The host Freedom boys used a 4-6 finish from Wes Roberts and Jake Deweese to come away with the team title over Our Lady of Sacred Heart 91-97. Beaver was a close 3rd with 100 points, led by individual winner Josef Depietranio (17:52). For the girls, Freeport used a 3-6 finish from Kayla Zboran and Becca Dudek to defeat Beaver and Bishop Canevin 71-86-88. The host team had the individual winner, as Freedom's Dee Dee Adams ran 21:24 to win the gold medal.

Hazen, PA

RESULTS POSTED

10/19

 

Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Alyssa Brandis of Central Cambria ran 19:26 to win the league championship by 45 seconds, and her performance led three in the top six to score 42 points and secure the team championship over 2nd place Forest Hills. For the boys, Kevin Dailey of Westmont Hilltop ran 16:44 to win the league gold medal and lead his team to the team championship trophy. His team placed three in the top nine to score 47 points to defeat Somerset by 18.

Johnstown, PA

RESULTS POSTED

10/19

 

Mountain Athletic Conference

Mifflin County High School
Bellefonte boys placed five in the top eleven team placed to win the league championship over Central Mountain 35-66. Mifflin County had the top two finishers in the race, with champion Jonathan Colwell (16:30) and Addison Monroe (16:41) were the only two under 17 minutes on the day. For the girls, Clearfield placed five in the top 12 team places to hold off Central Mountain for the league title 46-59. Mifflin County's Brooke King became the league champion, running 20:19 to win by over 20 seconds.

Reedsville, PA

RESULTS POSTED

10/19

 

Pioneer Athletic Conference Championships

Kara Steinke of Methacton took care of business and continued her winning ways with a league championship winning performance of 18:38, 27 seconds better than 2nd place. In the team standings, Boyertown had a very strong team performance, placing seven inside the top sixteen overall with a 1-5 spread of 73 seconds to score 41 points to win the team title. For the boys, Pottsgrove placed three in the top ten led by a runner up finish from Ian Yanusko to win the league championship over Spring Ford 51-78. Yanusko finished 20 seconds behind league champion Brett Kelly of Boyertown, who ran 16:06 to take home the gold.

Birdsboro, PA

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10/19

 

Pittsburgh Public Schools Middle Grade XC Championships

 
Pittsburgh, PA
10/19

 

Schuylkill League Championships

Blue Mountain
Brendan Shearn of North Schuylkill got his postseason off to a flying start by winning his league championship with a lifetime best performance of 15:39 for three miles, which was over 1:10 better than 2nd place. His performance was good enough to earn his team 2nd place honors behind league champions Pottsville, who placed five in the top eleven led by a runner up finsih from Jake Plachko. For the girls, Paige Stoner of Pottsville ran an impressive 18:30 for three miles to win the league title by almost 90 seconds and lead her team to the league championship. Her win led six in the top eight overall to score 21 points.

Barnesville, PA

RESULTS POSTED

10/20

 

Bicentennial Athletic League Championships

Holy Ghost Prep placed three in the top four led by league champion Zach Israel (15:48) to win the Independence Division championship with a solid 24 points. Jenkintown won the Constitution division championship. For the girls, Alexis Botelho of New Hope Solebury ran 19:12 to become the league champion, 30 seconds better than Molly Davies of Lower Moreland. Davies performance was good enough to lead her team to the league championship with 38 points, 3 points better than New Hope Solebury.

Newtown, PA

RESULTS POSTED

10/20

 

Ches-Mont Championships

Westtown School
 

Meet Story and Photos by Lex Mercado
 
Because of heavy rains forecast for Wednesday, October 19th, the meet has been postponed until Friday, October 21 with the same schedule.
 
Both West Chester Henderson squads came into the day as solid favorites to win their league championships. Both teams managed to achieve that goal. But the competition that challenged them on this day was game and that set up for some great competition for all involved.

West Chester Henderson's boys started their race in a large pack which also included some Great Valley athletes. After a 5:01 first mile, Ned Willig of Great Valley made a surge into the lead, a lead that he would never relinquish. Willig ran 15:58 to win the league title. But the action behind him made the team finish close. Both Great Valley and Henderson had four runners in the top ten. Great Valley went 1-3-6-10 while Henderson went 2-4-7-8. But a 1-6 Henderson spead of 33 seconds was just enough for Henderson to retain their league championship over Great Valley 32-40, the closest margin of victory for Henderson in their run of four straight league titles.
 
 
The girls race was going to be a three team battle, with the experienced Henderson taking on the new comers Unionville and the always threatening Downingtown East. Courtney Smith of Unionville made a surge for the lead from the gun, with Stephanie Aldrich of Henderson staying right behind her throughout the race. Everytime Smith made a break, Aldrich was there to respond. Coming into the finish, Smith made one last move to pull away, and the move was just enough to hold off Aldrich and award Smith with her first league championship. Her winning time of 18:44 was one second better than Aldrich. In the team standings, Downingtown East had three in the top seven, but were the only top three team with a scoring runner outside the top twenty. They would finish 3rd with 64 points. Unionville had the winner and Anne Birkenmaier finish 10. But their 4-5 runners finished behind Michelle Tracy, Henderson's number five in this race. Unionville would finish 2nd with 60 points with a 59 second spread. Their score was 10 points behind champions Henderson and their spread was 4 seconds behind Henderson's 55 second 1-5 spread.

Westtown, PA

RESULTS POSTED

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10/20

 

Colonial League Championships

Elizabeth Chikotas of Saucon Valley became the league champion with a winning time of 19:21.2, 33 seconds better than the field. Northwestern Lehigh had a strong team performance, running six in the top fifteen and having a 1-5 spread of 61 seconds to score 47 points and hold off Notre Dame Green Pond by 13. FOr the boys, Tyler Stelmack of Northwestern Lehigh ran 16:39.2 to become the league champion. Bangor Area had a 1-5 spread of 41 seconds and placed five in the top fourteen to score 47 points and win by 34 over Notre Dame Green Pond.

Center Valley, PA

RESULTS POSTED

10/20

 

D10 Region 5 Meet

Fairview
Mercyhurst Prep placed four in the top five to win the D10 Region Five Championship with a score of 27 points. Connor Gregory of Fairview was able to beat the Mercyhurst Prep pack of four, running 17:23 to win by 7 seconds. For the girls, Mercyhurst Prep placed 2-3-4-5 to finish with 28 points and the team title. Mackenzie O'Connor of General McLane ran 20:13 to beat the Mercyhurst Prep foursome by 6 seconds.

Fairview, PA

TOP FIFTEEN POSTED

10/20

 

Heritage Conference Champs

Marion Center Area
 
Photos by Bob Piccirillo
 
Angel Piccirillo of Homer Center continued her undefeated streak in 2011 with a big win in her conference championship, running 19:04.2 to win by almost two minutes. Marion Center scored 43 points to win the team title, placing three in the top six team places.
 
 
 
 
For the boys, Josh Patrick of Ligonier Valley ran 17:51.7 to win the league championship and lead his team to the team trophy over Blairsville 44-58.

Marion Center, PA

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10/20

 

Laurel Highlands Athletic Club Middle School XC Championships

 

Johnstown, PA

 

10/20

 

Philadelphia Public League Championships

Lucy Van Kluenen of Central ran 20 minutes even to become the league champion, 30 seconds better than Kanae Taylor of Engineering and Science. For the boys, Keaton Naff of Masterman ran 17:30 to win the league championship by 22 seconds over Angel Lazu of Franklin Towne Charter.

Philadelphia, PA

BOYS TOP TEN AND GIRLS TOP 30 POSTED

10/21

 

Del-Val League D1 Qualifer

 
Media, PA
10/21

 

Haverford College Invitational

Haverford College
 

Haverford, PA

RESULTS POSTED

 

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10/21

 

SOL American Conference Championship

Lehigh University
 
Photos by Patty Morgan
 
Sarah Holl of Upper Dublin became the league champion and nearly broke 19 minutes, leading her team to a team title. Her time of 19:01 was over 45 seconds better than 2nd place and her team had four in the top six to score 29 points and beat out Wissahickon by 23.
 
 
 
For the boys, Drew Magaha ran the 2nd fastest time of the day at Lehigh, running 15:50 to win by just over 30 seconds. Wissahickon placed four in the top nine to edge out Upper Dublin for the team title 39-45.

Bethlehem, PA

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VIDEO INTERVIEW
 

Video Interview with Sarah Holl, Upper Dublin

10/21

 

SOL Conference Junior Varsity Meet

 

Bethlehem, PA

RESULTS POSTED

10/21

 

SOL Continental Conference Championship

Lehigh University
 
Photos by Patty Morgan
 
Tori Gerlach of Pennridge and Meghan McGovern of North Penn showed everyone in attendance at Lehigh University a head to head dual to remember. The end result was Gerlach edging out McGovern by one second, 17:47 to 17:48, but the two performances are now the 2nd and 3rd best 5000 meter performances this season! McGovern may have just missed the league title, but her team did come away with the team championship, scoring 37 points with a 19:09 average to win by over 35 points.
 
 
 
For the boys, Connor Quinn (15:47) and Sam Hibbs (15:53) of Hatboro Horsham finished 1-2 once again, with Quinn getting the gold medal on this occassion. The two of them finished against a 3-4-5 finish from North Penn, who cruised to the team title with 36 points.

Bethlehem, PA

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10/21

 

SOL National Conference Championship

Lehigh University
 
Photos by Patty Morgan
 
 
Pennsbury girls had one of their strongest team performances in the past two years in winning their league championship.

Pennsbury had five of the top six finishers led by league champion Ann Herman (18:22), they had a team average of 18:55 and a 1-5 spread of 56 seconds. All five scorers finished under 19:20 and their margin of victory was 50 points.
 
 
For the boys, Connor Harriman completed the individual title sweep for Pennsbury, running 16:00 to win the gold medal by seven seconds. His team would finish 2nd, 20 points behind champions Council Rock North, who had a 2-3-4 finish to lead the way to the championship.

Bethlehem, PA

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Video Interview with Ann Herman, Upper Dublin

10/22

 

Battle for the Buggy

Elizabethtown College
 

Lancaster, PA

COLLEGIATE

RESULTS POSTED

10/22

 

Cabrini College Invitational

Cabrini College
 

Philadelphia, PA

COLLEGIATE

10/22

 

Central League Championships

Hannah Grossman of Strath Haven bettered her performance last week at the DELCO Championships, winning the Central League crown in 18:03.9, over 40 seconds better than 2nd place Sophia Meehan of Haverford. Meehan's team did rebound nicely from last week's county championship, winning the team championship over Strath Haven 48-67, placing three in the top ten. For the boys, Max Norris (16:24.4) and Peter Downs (16:24.8) earned a 1-2 finish for Harriton and were 12 seconds better than the field. Haverford Township would complete the team title sweep, placing two in the top eight to beat out Strath Haven 77-95.

Media, PA

RESULTS POSTED

10/22

 

D10 Region 3 Meet

Nate Tallada of Saegertown ran an impressive 16:09 to win his regional championship by 9 seconds over Gordon Phillips of Oil City. Maplewood were aided by a 18-19-20 finish from their 3-4-5 runners to edge out Cochranton for the team title 67-77. For the girls, Reilly Walsh (19:48) and Olivia Mamula (19:57) of Cambridge Springs used a 1-2 finish to keep their team close to Conneaut Lake. But Conneaut Lake had five in the top 20 to edge out Cambridge Springs 54-57.

Dempseytown, PA

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10/22

 

D10 Region 4 Meet

Youngsville
North East boys earned another invitational victory, winning their regional championship with three in the top six to score 36 points and defeat Corry by 34. Ryan Smathers led the North East squad with a gold medal finish of 16:21.7, nearly 8 seconds better than 2nd place Austin Pondel of Corry. For the girls, North East completed the team title sweep with three in the top ten and a score of 52 points to defeat Corry by 25. Anne Lewis of North East was the leader of the pack, winning the title in 20:48.4.

Youngsville, PA

RESULTS POSTED

10/22

 

D10 Region 6 Meet

 

Photos by Carl Strub

 

Cathedral Prep used a 1-2-3-4 finish led by region champion Louis Ethan (16:55.5) to score 17 points and cruise to the team championship. Their 1-5 spread was a solid 53 seconds.
 
 
 
 
 
For the girls, McDowell finished 2-3-4-8-9 with a one minute spread to score 26 points and defeat Meadville by 20. Libby Volna of Meadville ran 20:36.4 to win the gold medal by 10 seconds.

Erie, PA

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10/22

 

Gannon/Mercyhurst Invitational

Gannon University
 

, PA

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10/22

 

Mercer County Cross Country Invitational

Hickory
It was business as usual for Dan Jaskowak of Grove City, who earned another victory in his remarkable 2011 campaign. He ran 16:24 to earn the county championship, and he was also part of a strong team performance. He led a 1-2-4 finish to earn his team the team championship with 23 points, 37 points better than West Middlesex. For the girls, Morgan Richards of Hickory ran 19:50 to win the county title by 11 seconds. The hunt for the team title was close, as Sharpsville held off West Middlesex and Hickory 68-79-80. Sharpsville was the only the team to place two inside the top ten on the day.

Hermitage, PA

RESULTS POSTED

10/22

 

NTL Coaches Invitational

Northeast Bradford 

Curt Jewett (15:48.9) and Sam Williams (15:57.8) of Northeast Bradford finished 1-2 and were the only two under 16 minutes on the day. Behind that action, Canton edged out Wellsboro for the team championship 53-58. Canton had three in the top nine with a 1-5 spread of 32 seconds to secure victory. For the girls, Casey Norton of Troy cruised to the league championship with a winning time of 19:28 to win by over 30 seconds. The team title race was close for the girls as well, as Northeast Bradford edged out Wellsboro 79-87, with help from a 16-17-18-19 finish behind top runner Kayla Darling (9th in 21:12.7).

 

Rome, PA

RESULTS POSTED

10/22

 

Philadelphia Catholic League Championships

 

Photos by Charles Stone

 

PA#1 Cardinal O'Hara limited the drama in the team standings, placing five in the top ten with a 1-5 spread of 46 seconds to score 28 points and defeat Lasalle by 38.
 
 
The real drama was the head to head battle between Dan Savage of Cardinal O'Hara and Tom Coyle of Lasalle. Coming out of the woods, the two of them were running alongside each other. They would stay that way til the very last turn, where Coyle would pull away and edge out Savage by half a second. Coyle ran 15:56.2 while Savage ran 15:56.7, both lifetime bests for Belmont Plateau.
 
 
 
 
 
For the girls, Teresa Ortiz bettered her course personal best by over 10 seconds, running 19:14.5 to win the gold medal.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Archbishop Wood retained their league championship, holding off a strong charge from Cardinal O'Hara by a final score of 28-42.
 

Philadelphia, PA

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10/22

 

PSAC Championships

Lock Haven University
 

Lock Haven, PA

COLLEGIATE

RESULTS POSTED

10/23 CACC Championship
 

Philadelphia, PA

COLLEGIATE

RESULTS POSTED

10/23 Philadelphia CYO
 

Philadelphia, PA

RESULTS POSTED

10/24

 

TSTCA JV Cross Country Championships

 

Pittsburgh, PA

 

 

 

 

 

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  • darkwalrus77 / 3 Years Ago
    The LVC times are horribly wrong. I think those are the MVC Times but put with the LVC names. The finish order is correct, though.
  • darkwalrus77 / 3 Years Ago
    The girls time are correct btw.
    And yes, I checked, the same times are for both the MVC and LVC runners, so the LVC times need to be fixed.
  • darkwalrus77 / 3 Years Ago
    also, nate palmer is from Freedom High School. I think the Freedom "Area" is a different school