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Kiski School XC Invitational

Kiski Prep
Saltsburg, PA


24th Annual Don Stoner Invitational

Smithsburg High School

Smithsburg, md




28th Harrier Invitational

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.

Pottstown, PA




4th Annual West Middlesex XC Relays

West Middlesex
West Middlesex, PA


Buffalo Wild Wings Stampede

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.

Romney, WV




Cumberland County Championships


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.


Great American Cross Country Festival

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.

Cary, NC





Great American Cross Country Festival by CoachGeorgeRJR






Grove City Invitational

Grove City Area
Meet Feature and Photos by Phil Grove
According to the pop hit from the 1960s, “One” is the loneliest number, but all the “One(s)” – as in No. 1s – at the Grove City Invitational were wearing big smiles and far from sad Saturday.

As hot, muggy weather settled in, the top finishers – individual and team – registered some important milestones as all eyes started to turn seriously toward Hershey and the state meet in four weeks.

Read the full feature story here... 

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.

Grove City, PA




Grove City Invitational by Phil Grove and Chuck Jaskowak



Altoona Area Boys
Grove City Invitational, Team Champion


Meteor Junior High/ Modified Invitational



Montrose, PA




Nittany Lion Invitational


State College, PA





Northampton Invitational

Northampton Area
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.

Northampton, PA




Pitt-Greensburg Invitational

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Greensburg, PA




Pittsburgh Central Catholic Invitational

Pittsburgh Central Catholic
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.

Pittsburgh, PA




Ridgway Invitational

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.

Ridgway, PA




Southern Tier Classic XC Invitational

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.

Allegany, NY




Stock/Conwicke Invitational

Union Endicott

Endicott, NY







The Legends Meet


Cortland, OH