2012 XC Previews: Class AA Girls & Boys - Shearn v Jaskowak | McGarrity & Basil v Rome & Dallas

 

 

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2012 Class AA Girls Preview:
 

By Lex Mercado



The new classifications for the 2012 season have made the AA girls season one many fans should really keep an eye on. Not only do you still have the defending champions St. Basil Academy returning, you also have three of the other top five teams from the 2012 state finals. To add more spice to the division, two top ten teams from the AAA race now enter the conversation for a gold medal.

But of course, to be the champions, you have to beat the champions. St. Basil's has won the title three times, none more dramatic than their 72-75 win over now class A Elk Lake (now Class A) last season. St. Basil's brings back their unanimous number 1 runner Megan McGarrity to lead a team that graduated four of the seven from the title squad. St. Basil's has been in the top five in six of the past seven seasons, and will once again be in the hunt for their 4th team title.

Holy Redeemer brings back a duo that were one of the best in the state in 2011. Rachel Sowinski and Marissa Durako finished in the top eight last season and had several 1-2 finishes throughout the year. The 2011 fourth place finishers bring back five of their top seven. The other two top five AA teams in 2011, Quaker Valley and Mercyhurst Prep, graduated three runners from their respective teams. Mercyhurst kept their top two led by senior Sarah Kupniewksi, while Quaker Valley will look to find a new top two.

As for the new teams entering AA, Dallas and Palmyra both finished in the top ten, with District II AAA champions Dallas; (who is really re-entering AA after being kicked up to AAA in 2008); earning 7th place and top District 3 state finisher Palmyra finishing 10th. Palmyra brings back three girls with personal bests under 20 minutes and seven under 21. Dallas brings five back under 21 and only two under 20. But Dallas also brings the new individual favorite with them to start 2012. Dallas was AA state champ in 2003 and 2005.

Regan Rome will be entering her junior season at Dallas as the favorite. The AAA 5th place finisher in cross country and the 3200 meter bronze medalist improved in the 2nd half of the track season, running a new personal best of 10:44.30 in the state finals. Four of the top ten in the AA race come back in 2012. 3200 meter AA state champion Adair Gennocro, Saint Mary's Area, was 3rd in AA last season and her first state championship last season should help her contend once again. Rachel Sowinski of Holy Redeemer finished 5th in last year's AA race. Megan McGarrity finished right behind her in 6th and Sowinski's teammate Marissa Durako was 8th in the state finals. Summer Hill of Honesdale drops to AA after finishing 30th in AAA last season and ended the track year with a 5:01 1600 meter personal best.

 

TOP 25 RETURNERS

1. 18:29.00 Regan Rome PA Dallas 2014 10/08/2011 Gettysburg XC Invitational - High School
2. 18:29.60 Maria Snyder PA Northern Bedford 2013 09/03/2011 12th Annual Bear Mountain River Run
3. 18:33.42 Adair Gennocro PA Saint Marys Area 2013 09/17/2011 Altoona Mt. Lion XC Invitational
4. 18:33.64 Megan McGarrity PA Saint Basil Academy 2013 10/18/2011 AACA Championships
5. 18:35.10 Marissa Durako PA Holy Redeemer High School 2013 10/19/2011 Ed Narkiewicz All-League Meet
6. 18:43.00 Summer Hill PA Honesdale 2013 10/01/2011 Northeast Invitational
7. 18:48.91 Veronica Wheeler PA Nazareth Academy 2014 10/18/2011 AACA Championships
8. 19:02.00 Lillie Brown PA Boiling Springs 2013 10/08/2011 Gettysburg XC Invitational - High School
9. 19:03.00 Laura Duquette PA Palmyra 2013 10/08/2011 Gettysburg XC Invitational - High School
10. 19:04.00 Catherine Lombardo PA Pittston 2013 09/17/2011 18th Lackawanna County Commissioners Inv.
11. 19:05.00 Tessa Barrett PA Scranton Preparatory HS 2014 09/30/2011 Paul Short Run
12. 19:07.96 Brenna Twomey PA Villa Joseph Marie 2014 10/18/2011 AACA Championships
13. 19:15.00 Julie Friend PA Uniontown Area 2013 11/05/2011 PIAA State Championships
14. 19:21.00 Rachel Sowinski PA Holy Redeemer High School 2013 11/05/2011 PIAA State Championships
15. 19:21.20 Elizabeth Chikotas PA Saucon Valley 2014 10/20/2011 Colonial League Championships
16. 19:25.00 Lydia Keiper PA Upper Perkiomen 2013 10/28/2011 PIAA District 1 Championships
17. 19:27.00 Madison Elliot PA Allentown Central Catholic 2013 11/05/2011 PIAA State Championships
18. 19:32.47 Caroline Schemel PA Greencastle-Antrim 2015 09/24/2011 19th Carlisle High School Invitational
19. 19:33.00 Maria Tukis PA Palmyra 2015 10/08/2011 Gettysburg XC Invitational - High School
20. 19:33.00 Molly Davies PA Lower Moreland 2014 10/28/2011 PIAA District 1 Championships
21. 19:39.00 Sara Miller PA Bishop McDevitt 2013 10/08/2011 Gettysburg XC Invitational - High School
22. 19:40.00 Lindsey Oremus PA Dallas 2015 10/08/2011 Gettysburg XC Invitational - High School
23. 19:41.00 Kaitlyn Lewis PA North Pocono 2015 11/05/2011 PIAA State Championships
24. 19:42.68 Meg Connell PA Archbishop Wood 2014 10/27/2011 PIAA District 12 Championships
25. 19:46.00 Kaylee Hillard PA Lake Lehman 2014 09/17/2011 18th Lackawanna County Commissioners Inv.

 

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

 

 

 

 

2012 Class AA Boys Preview:
 

By Lex Mercado



With the new classifications coming into effect this season, the AA division will see a major shakeup. Gone are three of the top five teams in the 2011 championship race, and in come 10th place AAA finishers Holy Ghost Prep, 12th place finishers Dallas, and 19th place finishers Grove City Area. But one team that did stay are the defending champions Quaker Valley.

After many close calls the past few seasons, everything fell into place for the team that was far and away the best team in AA last season. Despite graduating three of their top five runners from the championship team, 2012 could be one of their more challenging years to date. Holy Redeemer is the other top five team returning in AA (3rd). Four of the seven runners are gone, but the top three remain. Staying in contention is likely if they can develop a strong 4-5 like they had in 2011. These teams will also have to face the challenge of the new teams who have come down from AAA.

Holy Ghost Prep finished in the top ten in AAA last season and bring back three juniors who were guided by the experience of four seniors. Christian Kardish started to come into his own during track season and will be a good frontrunner for this very experienced and competitive squad. Dallas starts AA with a similar squad situation, with Dominic Deluca finishing as the top runner for the AAA 12th place team. Grove City Area rounds out the 2011 AAA state qualifiers who have entered the division. Their team's chances are sparked by the return of one of 2011's best runners, Dan Jaskowak. They also return five runners from last year, two who were freshmen. Other new teams like Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Wood will be looking to earn their first-ever state qualifying team birth. Pottsgrove enters 2012 with potentially the best pack in the division. Their returning seven all have personal bests under 17:30.

Like AAA, the state champion will be returning in 2012. Brendan Shearn of North Schuylkill comes back after a season where he was in total control from start to finish. The defending PTXC champion also earned a 7th place finish in the indoor 5000 meter run at the New Balance Indoor National meet and he capped off his year with a 3200 meter state gold medal. The heat, however, will be turned up by AAA runner up Dan Jaskowak of Grove City. Jaskowak was one of the biggest stories of 2011 with many big victories, including the early September Red, White and Blue Invitational. Jaskowak was also the silver medalist in the AAA 3200 meter run last year. Shearn and Jaskowak are the only two runners with sub 16 minute 5000 meter personal bests.

A lot of talent will be looking to chase them down. Aaron Valerosa of Towanda is the only other top ten AA performer coming into 2012 with his 7th place finish. Dominic Deluca of Dallas had the 4th fastest time in the division in 2011, and the drop to AA can help his chances of earning his first medal. Christian Kardish of Holy Ghost Prep has competed in many big races and 2012 could be his breakout season.

 

TOP 25 RETURNERS

1. 15:24.00 Daniel Jaskowak PA Grove City Area 2013 09/10/2011 9th Annual Red, White & Blue Classic
2. 15:58.00 Brendan Shearn PA North Schuylkill 2013 10/01/2011 Northeast Invitational
3. 16:05.80 Aaron Valoroso PA Towanda 2013 10/22/2011 NTL Coaches Invitational
4. 16:09.00 Dominic Deluca PA Dallas 2014 10/08/2011 Gettysburg XC Invitational - High School
5. 16:18.00 Gordon Phipps PA Oil City 2013 10/22/2011 D10 Region 3 Meet
6. 16:22.00 Roy Hadfield PA Quaker Valley 2013 09/10/2011 9th Annual Red, White & Blue Classic
7. 16:25.00 Xavier Sauvageau PA Littlestown 2013 10/08/2011 Gettysburg XC Invitational - High School
8. 16:26.00 Sean Walker PA Lewisburg Area 2013 10/01/2011 Northeast Invitational
9. 16:26.00 Ian Yanusko PA Pottsgrove 2013 10/19/2011 Pioneer Athletic Conference Champs (Postponed)
10. 16:27.00 Christian Kardish PA Holy Ghost Preparatory School 2014 10/20/2011 Bicentennial Athletic League Championships
11. 16:28.00 Avery Scripture PA Upper Perkiomen 2013 10/19/2011 Pioneer Athletic Conference Champs (Postponed)
12. 16:28.00 Dan Alexander PA Lower Moreland 2013 10/28/2011 PIAA District 1 Championships
13. 16:31.26 Jonathan Schmidt PA Archbishop Wood 2013 09/02/2011 Seventh Annual John Sharp Viking Invitational
14. 16:32.00 Shawn Wolfe PA Annville-Cleona 2013 09/17/2011 Lebanon County Meet
15. 16:33.18 Vinny Todaro PA Big Spring 2013 09/17/2011 16th Annual Bulldog Invitational-Big Spring
16. 16:37.00 Kyle Borland PA Dallas 2014 09/17/2011 18th Lackawanna County Commissioners Inv.
17. 16:38.00 Josh Toth PA Pottsgrove 2014 10/28/2011 PIAA District 1 Championships
18. 16:39.20 Tyler Stelmack PA Northwestern Lehigh 2013 10/20/2011 Colonial League Championships
19. 16:40.00 Will Mcdermott PA Monsignor Bonner 2013 10/08/2011 Gettysburg XC Invitational - High School
20. 16:45.00 Justin Skavery PA Mount Carmel Area 2013 10/01/2011 Northeast Invitational
21. 16:46.00 Mike Brier PA Scranton Preparatory HS 2013 09/30/2011 Paul Short Run
22. 16:48.00 Christian Hopple PA Bellefonte Area 2014 10/01/2011 Northeast Invitational
23. 16:49.00 Mitchell Smith PA Bellefonte Area 2013 09/17/2011 Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational
24. 16:51.43 Liam Corcoran PA James Buchanan 2013 09/24/2011 19th Carlisle High School Invitational
25. 16:53.00 Brenden Ehret PA Dallas 2014 09/17/2011 18th Lackawanna County Commissioners Inv.

 

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

 

 

 

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  • michigan / 2 Years Ago
    I dont like using times for comparison in XC. If you do, then use the same course for comparison. You also missed girls that are now 2A - Elizabeth Chikotas. She will be at the top as will Kennedy Weisner
  • Masonsfive / 2 Years Ago
    I saw the Palmyra girls run last week at a scrimmage and they are going to be very tough this year. The biggest disadvantage they have at states is that they have to run the course at Districts, ten days earlier, and D3 championships are always a battle. I used to think it could be an advantage being familiar with the state course, and now that they have "pre-states" at a time that gives teams a chance to forget how hard the course is before they get there, I feel the familiarity advantage goes to those who run it earlier in the season (pre-sates), and then only face it again at the state championship.
  • runrox1 / 2 Years Ago
    @michigan
    Elk County Catholic is Class A. Kennedy Weisner was featured in the Class A preview yesterday.