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2012 Class A Girls Preview:
Central Cambria v Elk Lake -
No shadows for Kennedy Weisner to chase.

By Lex Mercado



2012 will forever go down in Pennsylvania cross country as the first time that 3 divisions will be contested at the state championships. For all class A competitors and teams, they have the chance to become the first ever champions, a title that will never be taken away from them. Despite the new classification, all of the squads should be familiar with one another.

Many teams will be familiar with the 2011 AA state runner up team, Elk Lake. Led by last year's senior leader Maria Trowbridge, Elk Lake came within 3 points of winning the title. Consistent performances set them up for the state meet and they will need that again. Jenny VanEtten enters her sophomore season as the top runner after finishing 15th at states last year. Her talent along with four returning seniors could be the formula to a championship.

Central Cambria finished in 8th place at the 2011 AA championships, but having won this meet three times in a row from 2007-2009, you can never count them out. Alyssa Brandis is a returning medalist after finishing 12th last year and they bring back the entire varsity squad to the mix. They have an incredible middle school program, and when the pieces fit again, they'll be the Red Devils of the three-time champs.

West Middlesex also cracked the top ten in the AA championship race last season and they were led by two freshmen, Chloe Tyillian and Alyson Pierce. The team only had one senior in the top five and they had the best 1-5 spread in the state finals (50 seconds). Elk County Catholic finished right behind West Middlesex last year and they return with the top individual placer in the state meet last year.

2012 may be the year for Elk County Catholic's Kennedy Weisner. Weisner has always been a solid runner in her first two seasons. But this will be the first year that she will no longer have to chase arguably the best female runner PA has ever produced, Angel Piccirillo. In the 2011-2012 season, Weisner finished 2nd to Angel in cross country, and in both the 1600 and 800 meter runs. While Angel was setting state meet records of 4:39 and 2:09, Weisner ran one of the best silver medalist doubles you may ever see, running 4:48 in the 1600 and 2:11 in the 800, performances that win most years.

Other runners who will be looking to make a name for themselves in the new Class A will be VanEtten of Elk Lake and Alyssa Brandis of Central Cambria, who were both medalists in AA in 2011. Erika Huffman of Wyalusing Area finished just outside of the medal places, earning 27th. Kristi Krishak and Kirsten Hollister of Elk Lake will be looking for medal places to help their team to gold.

 

TOP 25 RETURNERS

1. 18:39.00 Kennedy Weisner PA Elk County Catholic 2014 09/03/2011 Big Valley Invitational
2. 19:10.00 Erika Huffman PA Wyalusing Valley Area 2013 09/17/2011 18th Lackawanna County Commissioners Inv.
3. 19:12.00 Alexa Botelho PA New Hope-Solebury 2014 10/20/2011 Bicentennial Athletic League Championships
4. 19:17.00 Jenny VanEtten PA Elk Lake High School 2015 09/17/2011 18th Lackawanna County Commissioners Inv.
5. 19:25.00 Kristi Krishak PA Elk Lake High School 2014 10/08/2011 Gettysburg XC Invitational - High School
6. 19:26.00 Alyssa Brandis PA Central Cambria HS Red Devils 2013 10/19/2011 Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference
7. 19:28.00 Casey Norton PA Troy 2013 10/22/2011 NTL Coaches Invitational
8. 19:31.00 Kirsten Hollister PA Elk Lake High School 2013 09/17/2011 18th Lackawanna County Commissioners Inv.
9. 19:35.00 Nicole Kobylanski PA Mid Valley Secondary School 2015 09/17/2011 18th Lackawanna County Commissioners Inv.
10. 19:36.00 Mckenna Spence PA Cranberry 2013 10/01/2011 Cochranton Invitational
11. 19:48.00 Destiny Foster PA Towanda 2013 10/01/2011 Northeast Invitational
12. 19:48.00 Reilly Walsh PA Cambridge Springs 2015 10/22/2011 D10 Region 3 Meet
13. 19:51.00 Carrie Gehman PA Christopher Dock 2013 10/15/2011 56th Annual William Tennent Invitational
14. 19:57.00 Olivia Mamula PA Cambridge Springs 2014 10/22/2011 D10 Region 3 Meet
15. 20:01.00 Violet Learn PA Mansfield 2014 11/05/2011 PIAA State Championships
16. 20:15.00 Brook Phelps PA Conneaut Lake 2015 10/22/2011 D10 Region 3 Meet
17. 20:16.00 Dee Dee Adams PA Freedom Area (7) 2013 11/05/2011 PIAA State Championships
18. 20:18.00 Kate Robb PA Wilmington 2015 10/22/2011 Mercer County Cross Country Invitational
19. 20:19.00 Samantha Bennici PA Montrose 2014 09/17/2011 18th Lackawanna County Commissioners Inv.
20. 20:20.00 Charlotte Worthington PA Wellsboro Area 2014 10/01/2011 Northeast Invitational
21. 20:20.00 Kaitlyn Beckham PA Fairfield Area 2013 10/26/2011 PIAA District 3 Championships
22. 20:23.50 Kelsey Leasure PA Seneca 2014 09/17/2011 Penn State-Behrend Invitational
23. 20:24.00 Ivy Christenson PA Susquehanna Community 2015 09/17/2011 18th Lackawanna County Commissioners Inv.
24. 20:25.00 Lainey Bedell PA Elk Lake High School 2013 09/17/2011 18th Lackawanna County Commissioners Inv.
25. 20:25.00 Arlee Simendinger PA Penn Cambria 2015 10/19/2011 Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

 

COMPLETE LIST OF TOP GIRLS CLASS A RETURNERS BASED ON 2011 TIMES - CLICK HERE

 

 

 

 

2012 Class A Boys Preview:
Can Canton do it? -
Jones, Galassi, Smathers chase gold.

By Lex Mercado



2012 is a new beginning for the schools and athletes in class A. It's a new chance for their own state glory individually and as a team. It is also an opportunity to be the first to win a state title in this division. A lot of the talent from AA last season have entered this new class.

Canton Area enter the new season after finishing 6th in the AA state race last season. This season's team will return four seniors and one sophomore from that team. They will also be the only team in class A to return five runners with lifetime 5000 meter bests under 18 minutes and they have the best 1-5 spread returning.

Vincentian Academy were 12th last season and will be led by 10th place finisher Ryan Archer and were the 3rd District VII finisher from the state meet. The squad returns all seven runners - Ryan's brother Alex also got a taste of the medal stand last season with a 15th place finish.

West Middlesex and Masterman both shared the same score for 4th place last season with Masterman winning the tie breaker to earn their best finish in program history. Five of the seven runners come back for Masterman. The graduation of Keaton Naff will make things a little bit tougher for a team that has two top ten finishes in the past four years. West Middlesex also returns five of their top seven, including two freshmen from the 2011 squad.

The individual competition for the gold medal will be headlined by the duo of Curt Jewett and Sam Williams of Northeast Bradford. Both runners earned top twenty finishes at states in AA with Sam Williams finishing 4th. The two also had solid track seasons, with Curt Jewett earning a silver medal in the AA 1600 meter run and Sam earning a medal in both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs. Luke Jones of Elk Lake was the runner-up last year behind Brendan Shearn (AA) and he also earned a medal in the 3200 meter run in AA last spring. Jones also enters 2012 with the best 5000 meter time in 2011 (15:31). Rico Galassi of Holy Cross was the bronze medalist last season and was also the silver medalist in the AA 3200 meter run. Ryan Smathers of North East was 5th last year in cross country and arguably had one of the better spring seasons entering the 2012 season. Smathers ran 4:12.39 in the 1600 meter run and had seven sub 4:20 performances.

 

TOP 25 RETURNERS

1. 15:31.00 Luke Jones PA Elk Lake High School 2013 09/17/2011 18th Lackawanna County Commissioners Inv.
2. 15:48.90 Curt Jewett PA Northeast Bradford 2013 10/22/2011 NTL Coaches Invitational
3. 15:57.80 Sam Williams PA Northeast Bradford 2013 10/22/2011 NTL Coaches Invitational
4. 16:01.00 Hunter Johnston PA Saegertown 2013 09/10/2011 9th Annual Red, White & Blue Classic
5. 16:11.90 Ryan Smathers PA North East 2013 09/10/2011 21st Big Red Invitational
6. 16:16.00 Ryan Archer PA Vincentian Academy 2013 09/10/2011 9th Annual Red, White & Blue Classic
7. 16:21.00 Kelby Mullen PA Sullivan County 2013 10/01/2011 Northeast Invitational
8. 16:22.04 Barrett Kemp PA Oswayo Valley 2013 10/08/2011 Ridgway Invitational
9. 16:23.00 Jake Hinkley PA Blue Ridge 2013 09/17/2011 18th Lackawanna County Commissioners Inv.
10. 16:23.00 Tom Seykora PA Devon Preparatory School 2013 10/20/2011 Bicentennial Athletic League Championships
11. 16:24.22 Jordan Jackson PA Wellsboro Area 2013 09/17/2011 Altoona Mt. Lion XC Invitational
12. 16:24.90 Andrew Steely PA Southern Columbia Area 2014 09/03/2011 12th Annual Bear Mountain River Run
13. 16:26.00 Rico Galassi PA Holy Cross High School 2013 11/05/2011 PIAA State Championships
14. 16:33.00 Alex Archer PA Vincentian Academy 2013 09/10/2011 9th Annual Red, White & Blue Classic
15. 16:34.00 Charlie Frank PA Christopher Dock 2013 10/15/2011 56th Annual William Tennent Invitational
16. 16:34.00 Jeremy Parsons PA Maplewood 2014 10/22/2011 D10 Region 3 Meet
17. 16:43.00 Emmett Watson PA Canton Area 2013 10/01/2011 Northeast Invitational
18. 16:44.00 Kevin Dailey PA Westmont Hilltop 2013 10/19/2011 Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference
19. 16:54.00 Brooks Gleckner PA Canton Area 2013 10/01/2011 Northeast Invitational
20. 16:56.00 Eddie Larcom PA Canton Area 2013 10/01/2011 Northeast Invitational
21. 16:59.00 Anthony Smaldino PA Vincentian Academy 2014 09/10/2011 9th Annual Red, White & Blue Classic
22. 17:00.00 Andrew Johnson PA Christopher Dock 2013 10/28/2011 PIAA District 1 Championships
23. 17:03.00 Wes Roberts PA Freedom Area (7) 2013 09/10/2011 9th Annual Red, White & Blue Classic
24. 17:04.60 Ethan Wilson PA Laurel 2013 09/10/2011 21st Big Red Invitational
25. 17:06.00 Jake DeWeese PA Freedom Area (7) 2013 09/10/2011 9th Annual Red, White & Blue Classic
26. 17:06.00 Jake Parsons PA Maplewood 2014 10/22/2011 D10 Region 3 Meet

 

COMPLETE LIST OF TOP BOYS CLASS A RETURNERS BASED ON 2011 TIMES - CLICK HERE

 

 

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