Germantown Friends boys edged out a 3 point victory in the Varsity C race over Indian Hills to claim the team title in their first 5k invitational of the season. The Tigers were led by an 11th place finish by James Finney in 17:18. They had five in the top 25 overall with a 1-5 spread of 35 seconds, with no runners finishing in the top ten. Delaware Valley boys finished 13th in the Varsity E race with 302 points led by a 51st place finish from James Kiernan. For the girls, Germantown Friends finished 7th in the championship race with a score of 164 points. Brigit Anderson led the way with a 21st place finish in 20:17. The team had a 1-5 spread of 49 seconds with the scoring five finishing in the top 50.
St Joe's Prep boys had the first six finishers to earn a perfect score of 15 points and win the team title. Isaiah Fisher led the way with a time of 16:59 to win the individual gold medal. For the girls, Oley Valley earned a 16 point victory over Springside 26-52 to win the meet. Brandi Vallely of Oley Valley ran 21:13 to win the individual gold.
Somerset boys sought out some new competition to try and move up the PA team rankings. They travelled to West Virginia and came 3 points shy of a team title. A 6-7 finish from Nick Bastian and Ravi Desai kept them close, but ultimately, Jefferson defeated the PA squad 79-82 for the team title, with help from a 1-2 finish up top. The Somerset girls had better fortune on their side, as a 3rd place finish from Rebecca Herwig was enough to power them to the team title over Hampshire 76-85. Jane Woy also finished in the top ten for Somerset.
Red Land boys dominated their county championship to earn their first major title of the season! The champions were led by a 1-2 finish from individual champion Aaron Lauer (16:36.2) and Zach Seiger (16:36.9). They had four in the top seven overall, five in the top 12 and a 1-5 spread of 46 seconds. Their score of 26 points was 25 points better than runners up Carlisle, who had a 21 second spread from their scoring five. For the girls, Carlisle were able to get the best of Red Land to win the championship 35-64. Carlisle were led by a a 2-3 finish from the sophomore duo of Caitlyn Padgett (19:48) and Emma Batemand (20:06). Carlisle had three of the top six and five of the top 14 overall. The individual championship went to Angel Barber of East Pennsboro, who ran 19:38 to defeat the field by 10 seconds.
Cardinal O'Hara boys made their annual trip to North Carolina for the Great American Cross Country Festival. The 2011 champions of this meet made it three top five finishes in a row with a 4th place finish with a score of 205 points. Kevin James had an impressive performance for the Lions, finishing 7th overall with a time of 15:14. Jim Belfatto was 2nd for the Lions with a 27th place finish in 15:40.
FLASH SUMMARY BY PHIL GROVE: A one-point margin of victory in the boys’ varsity race, and a course-record clocking for the girls highlighted the annual Grove City Invitational.
Sparked by a 1-5 spread of just 23 seconds, Altoona Area escaped with the narrow team win over host Grove City Area, which was paced by the 1-2 finish of juniors Aaron Benka and Ryan Budnik. The Eagles had three in the top eight, but the Mountain Lions of coach Lee Baranik had five runners cross the line first and it was just enough to keep Grove City from winning a fourth consecutive event title, 45-46. Plum claimed third with 89 points.
Benka led the way in 16:08, while Budnik held off Plum sophomore Jacob Susalla for second, 16:29 to 16:30. Brad Foust paced Altoona in fourth at 16:45, while teammate Dominic Stroh was next in 16:50.
In the girls’ race, sophomore Lauren Gronbeck of Eden Christian Academy ran away from defending champion Beth Shenck of Avonworth, covering the 5,000-meter layout in 19:04 to eclipse two seconds off the course record held by former Hickory standout Morgan Richards. Shenck finished in 19:22, while sophomore Molly Kennedy of Riverview was third in 19:29 and Catie Jaskowak, another 10th-grader from Grove City, was fourth in 20:01.
Wilmington Area claimed the team championship in the girls’ race, compiling 84 points to 94 for Meadville and 111 for Grove City. The Lady Greyhounds had four in the overall top 20 to best their District 10 rivals.
Villa Maria Academy flexed their muscle at the Harbor Creek Invitational with a big performance following their successful trip to New York last week. The district 10 squad placed six in the top 14 with the six being separated by 47 seconds. Olivia Messina (20:07) and Claire Brown (20:11) finished 3rd and 4th overall to lead the team to a score of 32 points to defeat North East by 42. Kate Mcintosh did win the individual title for North East. The fresman ran 19:43 to win by 21 seconds over Kimberlee Mulliken of General McLane.
For the boys, Seneca had three finishers in the top nine led by a 4th place finish from Phoenix Myers to win the team title over Cathedral Prep 84-131. Individual honors went to Bobby Danielson of Central Tech. The senior ran 16:57 to win by 10 seconds over Curtis Royek of Corry.
Jonathan Condly of Jim Thorpe outleaned the Schuylkill Valley combination of Glen Heck and Clay Stabolepsky to take home the individual gold medal in the boys race. His inspiring finish also catapulted his team to the team championship over Schuylkill Valley by a score of 88-111. Jim Thorpe had five in the top forty to counter Schuylkill Valley's three in the top ten. For the girls, Hayley Jackson of Northampton defended her home course with some comfort, running 19:53 to win the gold medal. Her team won the team title with even more comfort, placing five in the top 20 to score 58 to win by 55 over Nazareth Area.
The heat was scorching on a hot, humid and sunny early October afternoon at the 40th running of the Paul Short Run. The meet was kicked off by the open race competition followed by the Gold Varsity races featuring some of the region's best cross country talent at the Division 1 NCAA level with some strong division 2 and 3 teams testing their skills against the big sqauds. Indiana University Men and Georgetown Women came away with the team titles in those races with narrow victories. The Ivy League took home both individual titles, as Harvard's James Leakos ran 23:13 to win the 8k gold race and NCAA 5000 meter champion Abby D'Agostino of Darthmouth ran 19:44 to win the 6k race, both narrowly missing course records.
Unfortunately,as the day went on, the near record heat continued to have a big impact on the competitors. Because it was the midseason point of the season, the heat and humidity of summer training and August preseason workouts seemed to be gone for the season by this point. However, the heat and humidity returned with a bang that led to many athletes struggling to finish their races. Many athletes did not finish or barely finished due to dehydration. Some were fortunate enough to be by the finish line, others were stranded out on the course and had to be picked up by golf carts who were doing some serious overtime work.
Eventually, the increased number of dehydration victims ended up overcrowding some of the area hospitals in the surrounding counties, forcing the medical services to cancel the rest of the Paul Short Run at around 2:30 Saturday afternoon with only half of the races for the day completed. The college women in the white 6k race and all of the high school athletes were unable to compete because of the excessive heat. It was a first for Pennsylvania's largest cross country invitational who became a victim of the uncontrollable variable known as mother nature.
From the Paul Short Run web site:
"The race was shut down because of weather related issues," said John Bate, captain of Dewy EMS Services. "Many athletes were suffering heat related illnesses due to dehydration, and we felt it was in their best interest to call the race short."
"We along with many other towns in the county have outdoor events going on in the heat today," said Lehigh Director of Facilities Greg Schulze. "Due to the weather, the emergency services have been overwhelmed and spread thin. It is in the best interest of the athletes to shut down the event."
Four emergency room physicians and six trainers from St. Luke's were on hand, in addition to the Lehigh Sports Medicine staff and county EMS services. All members were part of the normal medical staff that is on hand for the Paul Short Run.
More information will be relased on Monday from Lehigh University about the cancellation.
PAUL SHORT GIRLS BROWN PREVIEW 2013
by Bill Coren(STRATH HAVEN)
There will be around 400+ runners at the starting line on Saturday(Teams are allowed to enter 10 girls(usually only 7 are allowed in Big Meets)) so that’s the reason for the larger field than in most meets. Only 3 of these girls have a real shot at being #1. It’s great to see that ALL 3 of them are SENIORS!!! Abbie McNulty(BISHOP SHEEHAN) is the returning MASSACHUSETTS STATE CHAMP and is undefeated this year running a 17:32 in her last outing. Last, but not least, is Tessa Barrett(ABINGTON HEIGHTS) who was 1st at CLIFF ROBBINS by 2:30 and then set an amazing course record at the PIAA FOUNDATION meet simply destroying the pretty tough field(17:48 at the difficult HERSHEY course). PREDICTION---Great competition--VERY close, but after personally seeing Barrett at HERSHEY, I have to give her the nod.
Others who will likely be TOP 10 in alphabetical order are---Rome(DALLAS 12), Sheva(PENNRIDGE 11), Steinke(METHACTON 12 4th 2012), Stoner(POTTSVILLE 12 6th 2012), and Zendell(SUFFERN 11).
45 teams will be running at Lehigh in the top-seeded “BROWN” race! Only 3 of these teams have a legitimate chance to grab the 2013 TEAM TITLE. PENNSBURY(ranked PA #2) comes in with a solid pack and are coming off a close victory at PIAA FOUNDATION. The 3-time defending PA CHAMP will look to take home a victory on a fast and friendly LEHIGH course. SUFFERN(ranked NY #3) is very strong this year. After finishing only 5th in this race in 2012, this year they are coming off some big Invitational victories and will be way up there. BISHOP FEEHAN(ranked #1 MASS) was 2012 MASS STATE CHAMP. They are a strong team who will try to represent New England against the PA, NJ, DEL, and NY teams. PREDICTION---Even though I am cheering for PENNSBURY, I have to make SUFFERN the favorite!!??
Other teams who will likely be in the TOP 10 in alphabetical order are--- CARDINAL OHARA, CHARTER SCHOOL OF WILMINGTON, DALLAS, ELK LAKE, PADUA, and STRATH HAVEN.
North Allegheny won another team title to stay unbeaten in 2013. Despite resting more than half of their regular starting lineup, the District 7 favorites and PA#2 squad took three of the top five places overall led by a gold-medal performance from Seamus Love in 16:12 to put up another impressive team score. The Tigers finished with 37 points to defeat District 3's Chambersburg by 61. In the boys' B race, Knoch scored one more point than North Allegheny did in the A race, registering 38 points with three in the top eight to clinch the team title over Winchester Thurston, which was led by individual winner Will Loevner (17:03).
For the girls, Brianna Schwartz of Shaler Area made her invitational debut in 2013 a good one. The junior was the fastest finisher in the girls' A race, defending her title in 17:54.2 after running 18:30.5 in 2012. Freshman Marianne Abdalah of Vincentian Academy was the runner-up for the second time in an invitational in Schenley Park, chasing Schwartz to the line in 18:10.8. In the team standings, Chambersburg came away with the title, scoring 68 points thanks to a 5-6-7 finish from Courtney Group, Natalie Holder and Alex Orr. They finished 35 points ahead of Mount Lebanon. In the girls B race, Lilly Hall of Northgate held off Heather Paynter of Homer Center by five seconds to win the individual gold medal in 20:34. The team trophy went to Baldwin, who had five in the top 15 separated by an impressive 16 seconds to score 62 points and win by 13 over Freeport.
A gold medal performance from Chris Hunt was not enough to propel Kane Area to the team championship. Northern Potter placed four in the top fifteen led by a 7th place finish from Tim Adams to score 66 points and defeat Kane Area by 30. Isaac Wilson of North Clarion finished 2nd. For the girls, Bradford Area placed five in the top 21 overall to win the team title over Punxsutawney 63-85. Individual honors went to Penn Cambria's Arlee Simendinger. The junior ran 20:10 to win by 24 seconds of Ridgway's Rachel Guyer.
Archbshop Wood girls followed up their 3rd place finish in Rhode Island with an upset victory over North Penn in the girls Championship race. The AA's top ranked squad defeated North Penn 53-55 to come away with the team title thanks to an individual title performance from Megan Connell. Connell ran 20:028 to defeat North Penn's Brianna Mengini by 15 seconds. Great Valley scored 63 points to finish a close 3rd, thanks to a 5-6-7 finish led by sophomore Anna Willig (21:16). In the large school race, Upper Merion had 3 in the top ten and four in the top 12 to win the team title by 28 points. Jada Wilson, Coleen Butler and Ashton Dunkley provided the spark for Upper Merion as the firs 3 PA finishers in the race. In the small school race, Kathering Hong of Episcopal Academy finished 5th with a time of 21:31 to lead the PA Inter-Ac squad to a 4th place finish with a score of 120 points.
For the boys, Malvern Prep continued their hot running form, taking home the team trophy in the championship race with a score of 43 points to defeat North Penn by 35 points. Malvern were led by a 2-3 finish from Jackson Hoey (16:54) and Billy McDevitt (17:08) and the scoring five were separated by 62 seconds. In the large school race, Comber Casey's star continues to rise, taking home his 2nd invitiational gold medal, running 16:43 to win by 22 seconds over Jonathan Perlman of Lower Merion. Casey's finish was not enough to overcome the 2 point gap that gave Wissahickon the title 98-100. Wissahickon was led by a 5-6 finish from the brother duo of Tristan and Luke Marcelis to secure the team title.
Coudersport boys finished 5th in the boys small school race with a score of 121 points. The front runners for Coudersport had good performances, with the top three in the top eleven led by a runner up finish from Gabe Trimbur's 17:51, only six seconds behind the champion. Otto Eldred finished 7 points behind Coudersport in 6th with a score of 128 points, led by a 9th place finish from Jacob Wheaton. For the girls, Jillian Furman of Coudersport finished 12th to top all girls PA finishers in the small school race.
Coatesville boys put on a solid performance on their home course, taking the top four places to score 21 points and cruise to the team title. TJ Miranda led the way for Coatesville with a time of 17:50. For the girls, Erin Bougler of Coatesville defended her home course with a winning time of 21:13 to win by 27 seconds. Oxford Area placed five in the top nine to edge out Coatesville to the team title 29-35. Elaine Estes ran 21:40 to finish 2nd and lead Oxford Area to the title.