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White Clay Creek Classic

Newark High School
Joi Carter of Governor Mifflin ran 20:34 to win the 9th grade girls race down in Delaware. Her teammate Nicki Heath finished 3rd in 22:03 with Kennet's Julia Sharp finishing 4th right behind Heath. Nicole and Kelly Moyer finished 2-3 for Governor Mifflin in the 10th grade race. Nicole ran 20:01 while Kelly ran 20:24. Teammate Hannah Mansell won the 11th grade race in 19:51. Bayard Rustin's Jess Delviscio (20:21) and Amber Hontz (20:57) finished 3rd and 4th respectively. Kellie Boyle of Kennett finished 5th in the 12 grade girls race in 21:10. Governor Mifflin won the team title with a score of 45 points with West Chester Rustin finishing 2nd with 32 points in the grade level invite.
For the boys, Brandon Hontz of West Chester Rustin won the 9th grade race in 17:44 ahead of Austin Maxwell of Kennett (17:57) and Josiah Mansell of Governor Mifflin (18:23). Jack Carmody of West Chester Rustin ran 17:11 to win the 10th grade race. West Chester Rustin finished 3rd in the team title race with 25 points ahead of Governor Mifflin's 4th place 22 points.

Newark, DE




19th Lackawanna County Commissioners Inv.

Holy Redeemer boys edged past Wallenpaupack and Valley View to take home the county team title 70-71-75. Holy Redeemer had their top three score in the top ten led by Korey Holby (8th) and Cameron Gill (9th). Wallenpaupack had a 1-5 spread of an impressive 35 seconds led by senior Brian Rose's 11th place finish. Jason Held led Valley View's team title push with a 4th place finish and kept them close. Individual honors went to Dominic Hockenbury of Lake Lehman, who ran 15:54 to win by 14 seconds of Lakeland's Nate Morgan.
For the girls, Wallenpaupack had a much easier time at the top of the race, cruising to the county championship over Pittston Area 45-85. Pittston had the individual winner in sophomore Tara Johnson, who ran 19:08 to win by 20 seconds over Wallenpaupack's Alyssa Lafave (19:28). Payton Padgett of Delaware Valley ran 20:18 to finish 3rd.

Scranton, PA




24th Bulldog Cross Country Invitational-Rose Tree


Bulldog Invitational


Special to PennTrackXC by Tom Kennedy

Large School Boys

Junior Kevin James shattered the meet record and led last year’s state team runner-up ~ Cardinal O’Hara ~ to a convincing win in their big meet debut at the Bulldog Invitational’s Large School Boys’ race in Rose Tree Park Saturday.

O’Hara (PA #3) convincingly bested the 17-team field with PA #10 West Chester East claiming 2nd (109 points). Downingtown West (3rd with 126 points) rushed past PA #6 Pennridge (4th with 149 points).  Amazingly, Downingtown West’s top 4 runners were freshmen on a varsity team that featured 5 frosh.

James’s 15:12.5 topped a strong race from senior Chris Cummings (15:30.7) of West Chester East. Both harriers eclipsed the meet record of Greg Thomas of Cardinal O’Hara (15:36.0), run in 2006. Last year’s top frosh finisher in the State AAA race ~ Jake Brophy of CB East took 3rd in 15:38.4.

As has been the practice for the last several years, the Bulldog Invitational uses the “Floyd” course at Rose Tree Park, an alternative 5k design, different from the traditional course, that was first used in 1999 after damage from Hurricane Floyd temporarily blocked the park’s usual paths.

O’Hara placed its first 5 runners in the top 9 of the race and 7 among the top 24. There were 112 finishers in this divisional race.  Senior Jim Belfatto (15:46.2, 4th), sophomore Rob Morro (16:01.8, 6th), junior Drew Pastore (16:05.7, 7th), senior Nick Smart (16:11.3, 9th), junior Jack Nolen (16:41.5, 21st) and senior Christian Donnelly (16:46.3, 24th) rounded out the team win for the Lions.

Although it was a cross country race, standout 800 meter runners shined in the Large School race.  Half-milers Billy Caldwell of Downingtown East (16:08.7, 8th),  Joe Logue of Pennridge (16:19.7, 11th) and Kyle Francis of Bensalem (16:21.3, 12th) mixed in good races with Eric Distelow of WC East (10th, 16:16) and Josh Smith of Avon Grove (15:53.2, 5th).


Small School Boys

The Inter-Ac League was showcased in the Small School Boys’ race as Scott Mason (15:55.7) of Penn Charter grabbed the individual title and Malvern Prep (53 points) outdistanced Radnor (79) and Upper Merion (91) to take the team crown.

Mason, a senior, held off a great 1-2 punch from Radnor ~ Connor Holm (15:59.3, 2nd) and Watson Hanson (16:06.3, 3rd).  Malvern placed 5 runners in the top 20 in their team win, led by Jaxson Hoey (16:14.6, 5th) and Billy McDevitt (16:16.2, 6th). Austin Cooper of Upper Merion was 4th in 16:10.9.


Large School Girls

Methacton senior Kara Steinke wowed the crowd with a dominating win in the Large School Girls’ race, going 18:18.4. A tough 4-team race emerged with 2 ranked and 2 unranked teams in this divisional bout.

PA #8 CB East was impressive and efficient, winning the title with 40 points, and 6 girls in the top 18.  Along with CB East, two unranked teams ~ North Penn (2nd, 85 points) and Cardinal O’Hara (3rd, 88 points) ~ upset PA #4 CB West (4th , 97 points).

North Penn used 8th, 9th and 10th place finishes from Phoebe Clowser (sophomore, 19:02.9), Ali Valenti (junior, 19:11.6) and Brianna Mengini (senior, 19:16.7) to fuel their efforts.  O’Hara were led by 5 runners in the top 27, getting top 20 performances from senior Amy Kelly (5th, 18:52.5), sophomore Grace Mancini (12th, 19:21.1) and freshman Sarah Hayes (19th, 19:44.8).

Finishing behind Steinke, sophomore Elizabeth Huuki (2nd, 18:42.7) led the CB East team title charge. Backing her up were frosh Tate Dawson (4th, 18:50.8), junior Elizabeth Morris (6th, 18:57.4), frosh Hannah Morris (14th, 19:25.6), senior Louise Huuki (17th, 19:40.4) and senior Meaghan Willcoxen (18th, 19:42.2).

Wissahickon sophomore Lohe Black took 3rd in 18:48.4. CB West was led by Maddie Villalba who took 10th in 19:18.1.


Small School Girls’ Race

This divisional race was clearly black and white. As in Strath Haven. The PA #9 Panthers took the team title with 26 points behind 1-2-3 individual sweep. Runner-up Upper Merion scored 101 points.

Haven harriers Abby Kennedy (senior, 1st, 19:24.2), Allie Wilson (senior, 2nd, 19:37.8), and Claire Wolters (junior, 3rd, 19:44.0) led the sweep. Samantha Snyder (senior, 10th, 20:33.1), Sara Peeleman (senior, 12th, 20:38.4),Caroline Lentz (junior, 16th, 20:49.3) and senior Christina Cheruka(20th, 20:55.7) ably backed up the dominating team effort.




Six top 10 PA teams at Rose Tree-including PA#3 O'Hara's debut
...including PA #6 Pennridge, #10 West Chester East Boys

and PA#4 CB West, #8 CB East and #9 Strath Haven...

Media, PA




34th Annual Centaur Invitational

DeSales University
Twin Valley boys were victorious for the 2nd invitational in a row, taking home the team title in a 25 team field with a score of 71 points to defeat Holy Ghost Prep by 16. Twin Valley were the only team to have their scoring five in the top 25 overall. Individual gold went to Quakertown's Alexander Balla, who ran 16:38 to win by 13 seconds over Parkland's Daniel Kyvelos. For the girls, Northwestern Lehigh survived a close finish over Perkiomen Valley and Parkland by a score of 81-85 -90. Both Parkland and Northwestern Lehigh had two in the top ten and Parkland even had the individual winner in Mikayla Stoudt (19:41). But Northwestern Lehigh had five inside the top 30 overall to come away with the win.

Center Valley, PA




Forest Hills Cross Country Invitational

Forest Hills
Somerset boys held off up and coming Central Cambria 90-94 to win the boys title, thanks to having two in the top eight overall led by 4th place finisher Nick Bastian (16:26). William Kachman of Bedford ran an impressive 15:49 to hold off Bryce England of Williamsburg Community, who ran 15:59 to earn silver medal honors. For the girls, Central Cambria made up for their one point loss at PTXC 5 with a huge win, scoring 39 points to win by almost 90. Central Cambria had four in the top eight overall led by 2nd place finisher Samantha Koss. Koss ran 19:34, which was only seven seconds behind individual winner Arlee Simendinger of Penn Cambria (19:27).

Sidman, PA




George Gerber Junior High Invitational


Annville, PA




Lebanon County Meet


Cedar Crest boys were a Jeffrey Inman 5th place finish away from a perfect score in their county championship. The Annville-Cleona junior finished amongst a group of seven Cedar Crest runners who were separated by 45 seconds 1-7 and 34 seconds 1-5. Their score of 16 points is one off a perfect score and they were led by a 16:09 winning performance from Willy Bragg. For the girls, Miranda Salvo (19:17) and Kelsei Bixler (19:20) of Palmyra finished 1-2 and led their team to a score of 23 points and the county championship.

Lebanon, PA


Photo Gallery by Bob Trump



McDaniel-Baxter Invitational

Chenango Valley
Athens boys were 17th behind freshmanJeffery Gao and juniors Kyle Grady Sam Perri. Junior Maria Hudock led Athens to a 14th place team finish.

Chenango Valley, NY




Panther Invitational

Commodore Perry
Fairview's 1-2 finish from indivdual winner Dan Wilcko (16:55) and runner up Nick Samsel (17:17) was not enough to overcome

Seneca for the team title. Seneca had five runners in front of Fairview's 3rd runner to earn a 20 point team title victory 66-86. Seneca's 1-5 were separated by a solid 56 seconds. For the girls, Hickory also managed to get the best of Fairview with their own 1-2 finish from champion Jackie Abraham (19:57) and Lexi Bible (20:24) and five in the top 30 overall. Hickory finished with 51 points to win by 25.

Hadley, PA




Penn State Great Allegheny Invitational

Greater Johnstown

, PA





Penn State-Behrend Invitational

Penn State-Behrend
Mercyhurst Prep took home both the boys and girls team titles in comfortable fashion. The boys scored 20 points boosted by a 1-3-4 finish from Sebastian Curtin (16:05), Noah Curtin (17:11) and Nick Scrimenti (17:14.4). The girls scored 28 points to earn a 23 point victory over Iroquois, led by a 2-3 finish from Taylor Pletz and Henley Spracklen. Brooke Phelps of CASH won the girls race in 20:20.

Behrend, PA




Red Dragon XC Invitational

Pittsburgh Central Catholic boys traveled to New York and came home with a team title trophy, scoring 63 points to defeat Lockport by 29. The winners were led by a 3-4 finish from Jeff Van Kooten (16:31) and Kyle Zenchak (16:39).

Bemus Point, NY




Slippery Rock Invitational

Slippery Rock University
Mount Lebanon's boys had a 2-4 finish from Patrick Quirk (16:47) and Todd Gunzenhauser (16:55) and a 1-5 spread of a solid 40 seconds to cruise to the team championship over South Fayette 65-147. South Fayette did have a 3rd place finish from Joncarlo Patton (16:54). The individual crown was seized by Carter Smith of Eden Christian Academy. The senior ran 16:40 to outpace the field by 7 seconds for the victory. For the girls, Seneca Valley had three in the top ten and a 1-5 spread of 48 seconds to win the team title over Hempfield 62-192. Freshman Marianne Abdalah of Vincentian Academy earned the gold medal with a solid time of 18:27 to win by 28 seconds over Alexis O'Shea of West Allegheny.

Slippery Rock, PA



2013-09-14 Girls Varsity Race - Slippery Rock Invitational

2013-09-14 Slippery Rock Boys Varsity


2013 Slippery Rock Inv Coopers Lake Varsity Boys
2013 Slippery Rock Inv Coopers Lake Varsity Girls


West Seneca Invitational

West Seneca West
Grove City boys made their own New York getaway and had a similar outcome to Pittsburgh Central Catholic. The Western PA school came away with the team title in the Large School B race with a score of 65 points, 20 points clear of the field Grove City were led by a 1-2 finish from champion Aaron Benka (16:27) and runner up Ryan Budnik (16:45). The Grove City girls finished 3rd with a score of 80 points, only 31 points behind the team title winners. Grove City were led by a 5th place finish from Mary Jaskowak (19:26).

West Seneca, NY