Tony Russell of West Chester Henderson led five of his teammates in an open mile competition on the track. Russell's 4:29 was equal to Kevin Moy and Reiny Barchet, while Eric Stratman and Seamus Collins ran 4:33. For the girls, Aislinn Devlin of Downingtown West ran a solo 5:12 to win the girls mile by 18 seconds.
For some schools, this weekend is the last chance to get ready before the championship meets start. For the schools in the Midwestern Athletic Conference, their postseason started Thursday. Quaker Valley boys started their postseason on the highest of highs, executing a 60 point victory to win the league title with an impressive 32 points! Their top five were separated by 40 seconds and was led by league champion Zach Skolnekovich. The freshman earned his first major title with a winning time of 17:12 to win by 4 seconds over Noah Ross of Blackhawk.
For the girls, the team title race was much closer compared to the guys race. The top four teams were separated by only 16 points and Laurel came away on top of that pack with 64 points to defeat Mars Area by 3, despite Mars having the best 1-5 spread in the group (47 seconds). West Allegheny's Alexis O'Shea had a comfortable time winning the league title, running 19:26 to win by nearly a full minute.
Baldwin hosted their midweek invitational to great success! The boys sqaud defended their home turf with a narrow 45-51 win over runners up Bethel Park. Baldwin had five place in the top 12 and seven in the top 25 overall. The spread from their 1st through 5th runners was an impressive 23 seconds, just one second better than Bethel Park's 24 second spread. Individual honors went to Washington D'heaven Kelley, who ran 16:29 to win by 10 seconds over Joncarlo Patton of South Fayette.
For the girls, Baldwin narrowly missed on completing a team sweep, falling 1 point short of defeating Upper St Clair for the team title 39-40. A 2-3-5 finish led by a runner up performance from Sarah Martin was enough for Upper St Clair to earn the win. Martin finished behind Kirsten McMichael of Ringgold for the individual title, as McMichael ran 19:27 to cruise to the win.
Kiski Area boys used a 1-2 finish from county champion Patrick Miller (16:52) and freshman Eric Kennedy (16:59) to secure the team county championship over Franklin Regional 52-69. Kiski Area was the only team in the race to place three in the top ten.
For the girls, Kiski Area completed the team title sweep with three in the top ten and five in the top 15 to score 47 points and defeat Hempfield by 23. Bria McMahon of Franklin Regional ran a solid 18:56 to win the county championship over Kelley Giles of Norwin by nearly 30 seconds.
Sophomore Jerrica Bauer of George School continues to win races by wide margins while seeking the best runners the state has to offer. Bauer came a little short of Tessa Barrett's 2012 course record time of 17:58 with a winning time of 18:06 to win the race by 1:13 seconds! In the team standings, the sister duo of Lexi and Maddy VanBlunk finished 3rd and 6th respectively to lead Downingtown East to a narrow win over Upper Dublin 56-64. Anja Weiler finished 8th to help boost her team to the title.
For the boys, the host William Tennent put together one of their best races of the season. The senior heavy squad place five in the top twenty with the quintet all breaking 17 minutes and they were only separated by a solid 28 seconds. Their team score of 56 points was nearly 40 points better than Downingtown East. Downingtown East did have the individual winner, as Billy Caldwell was the only runner to dip under the 16 minute mark with his winning time of 15:58.
Kara Steinke of Methacton ran 18:18 to win the individual gold medal by a full 60 seconds to set her up nicely for the upcoming postseason. Her team had three of the top four finishers and four of the top seven to hang on for the team title over the host school Souderton 36-40, despite Souderton also having four runners in the top ten.
For the boys, Wissahickon scored an impressive 19 points thanks to the 1-2-3 finish of champion Tristan Marcelis (16:38), Lukas Marcelis (16:40) and Kyuande Johnson (17:10).
Oswayo Valley traveled to New York and earned a narrow 13 point win over PA rivals Bradford Area 46-59. Oswayo Valley were led by PA's top finisher in the race, Spencer Cole. Cole broke the old course record (17:26.2) with a time of 17:26.1, good enough for runner up honors. The small school race, Northern Potter used a 1-2 finish from individual winner Tim Adams (17:30) and Ethan Kibbe (17:43) to win the team title over Coudersport 38-64.
For the girls, Smethport won the small school race with a score of 51 points led by individual a 4th place finish from Liz Tanner (22:22) to win by 11 over Coudersport. Rachel Guyer of Ridgway ran 20:31 to win the race over Morgan Soule of Northern Potter by 11 seconds.
by Coach Bill Coren(Strath Haven)
DELCO CHAMPS!! Sponsored by the DELCO RRC---SATURDAY 10-12-2013 Rose Tree Park 39th year!!!
BOYS NOVICE 2:00 GIRLS JV 2:30 BOYS JV 3:00 GIRLS V 3:30 BOYS V 4:00
GIRLS TEAM PREVIEW
The 2013 race appears to have only 2 teams that will climb 2-Mile hill in an effort to become the DELCO CHAMPS. STRATH HAVEN(ranked PA #9) was the Champion in 2011 and 2012. They also won in 2007 and 2008. In 2012 STRATH HAVEN only beat OHARA by 6 points and 2013 looks like another close battle!! OHARA ‘s last win was 2004, but they are truly underrated so far this year! They also added a new coach(to go along with the best married coaching team around) who brings with him experience and is a strong motivational leader! Both teams were going to match up at PAUL SHORT but the HEAT got the best of everyone!!!! Each of these teams could have all 7 of their Varsity runners in the top 20!!?? If either of those teams falter, HAVERFORD is next in line(They were 10-1 in the Central League).
The top 3 runners last year at DELCOS were all Seniors, so this year’s individual champion race is wide open!! There is truly no favorite---There are 8 girls--that’s right 8!!! who can win the coveted DELCO crown!
The TOP 7 girls are likely to make 1st team DELAWARE COUNTY DAILY TIMES ALL-DELCO. GARNET VALLEY, HAVERFORD, SPRINGFIELD, OHARA and STRATH HAVEN all would love to see one of their top girls win this yearly DELCO competition. OHARA’s top 2 are Mancini(10)(4th 2012) and Kelly(12)(15th 2011-6th 2012). Both have run in the 18’s this season and Kelly has shown she is able to handle her 2 sports in the same season(XC and Hockey). GARNET VALLEY’s McGroarty(12)(16th 2011-7th 2012) has been steady this season and was the 2013 DELCO 800 Champion last spring. HAVERFORD’s Naser(12)(14th 2011-10th 2012) recently ran twice in the 18’s on her home course and has held her own against other Central League #1’s. She has only run 1 Invitational so far this season, and she ran awesome at Abington in early September. SPRINGFIELD’s Galligan(12)(12th 2011) has overcome some tough injuries throughout her running career, but has been making major strides this season. Galligan is a tough competitor and could have the race of her life again(1600 as a soph) and wear the DELCO crown. STRATH HAVEN has 3 girls with a chance. Mesyngier(10)(12th 2012), Kennedy(12)(JV 15th 2012), and Wilson(12)(competing in soccer as well)(2013 1600 DELCO champion) all have a good shot to be with the leaders after the final horseshoe. Kennedy’s improvement has been unreal and Mesyngier has shown glimpses of becoming a champion.
BOYS TEAM PREVIEW
OHARA! OHARA! OHARA!---Last year’s team victory at DELCOS was unbelievable! Their Top 5 finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 9th after finishing 1st, 3rd,4th, 5th, and 6th the year before, and 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th in 2010!!!!!!. Historically, OHARA has dominated the DELCO XC CHAMPS. Coach Tom Kennedy’s harriers have been FIRST 10 of the last 15 years!! This year OHARA is ranked #3 in PENNSYLVANIA(they are looking to win the BIG ONE--STATES--after finishing 2nd two years in a row)(In 2012 believe it or not they lost based on their 6th man as they tied West Chester Henderson when comparing each team’s top 5). No DELCO team is even close to them this year. OHARA will make more TEAM HISTORY this Saturday!!!!!!!
At least there may be a TEAM race for 2nd!? PENNCREST looks to be 2nd best with RADNOR, and HAVERFORD having a chance.
Lets look at some more HISTORY. An OHARA runner has been the DELCO Champ 9 of the last 13 years(including 2012). This year will likely be no different!! James(11)(2nd 2012) is the odds-on favorite(1st at Bulldog, 2nd at Briarwood and 7th in the strong Great American), James is the class of the DELCO field. A number of runners will try to capture the runner-up spot. Among them are OHARA’s Belfato(12)(9th 2012) and Morro(10)(1st Novice 2012), PENNCREST’s Kazanjian brothers Chris(12)(8th 2012) and Matt(12)(15th 2012), RADNOR’s Holm(11)(18th 2012) and Hanson(12)(17th 2012) and HAVERFORD’s Fowler(12)(5th 2012).
Cole Nissley of Lower Dauphin edged out Carlisle's Zach Brem by just over a second to win the league championship gold medal with a time of 16:16.
While two PA boys ranked teams competed in this race, the previously ranked State College sqaud overtook the duo of Carlisle and Lower Dauphin to win the team championship 72-93-98. State College was boosted by a 36 second spread and were led by a 6th place finish from Will Cather.
For the girls, Mady Clahane cruised to yet another victory, taking the league championship with a solid time of 18:53 to win by over 45 seconds over 2nd place. The girls race was also close at the top for the team title. Chambersburg edged out Cumberland Valley and State College to win the league title 82-95-106. Chambersburg had a 45 second spread help them to the title.
Mansfield and Wellsboro girls ran to a 52-52 draw, with Wellsboro having the better 6th and 7th runners to break the tie and win the meet. Violet Learn led Mansfield with a gold medal performance, running 19:43 to defeat Katelin Purdy of Towanda by 11 seconds.
For the boys, host Northeast Bradford picked up right where they left off prior to their long invitational layoff, scoring scoring 36 points to hold off Towanda by 11. Simon Smith of Towanda won the individual championship, runnig 16:17 to win by 21 seconds.
The Unionville girls proved that their victory over Fayetteville-Manlius was not just a one time deal. The quality and magnitude of their performance at McQuaid sent shockwaves around the country. On a windy Saturday afternoon in New York, Unionville looked to live up to their US#2 team rankings and they did just that. Led by a 3rd place finish from Courtney Smith and a 7th place finish from Olivia Young, Unionville earned their 2nd victory of the season over the 7 time defending national champions in the Eastern States Race by a score of 89-92.
Pennsbury also earned a top five finish in the race, finishing 4th with 159 points led by a 13th place finish by Olivia Sargent.
Kennedy Weisner's star continues to rise at a rapid pace. She came away with the gold medal in the individual race, running 14:09 on the 2.5 mile course to win by 14 seconds and she was 14 seconds off of Carly Seymour's 2007 course record of 13:55. The mark is #7 AT on the course.
Other girls highlights include West Chester Henderson finishing 7th in the varsity B race with 236 points led by Laurel Sutherland's 19th place finish. North Penn earned another top three finish at an invitational, finishing 3rd in the Varsity E race with 129 points and they were led by a 17th place finish from Brianna Mengini and a 1-5 spread of 37 seconds.
For the boys, Tony Russell of West Chester Henderson came away as the Eastern States champion with a time of 12:20 to hold off the field by just over a second; which is #13 AT on the course. His team also put on a good performance, finishing 4th behind 2012 NXN Northeast Regional Champions Christian Brothers Academy and two New York squads. Henderson scored 168 points to just miss the top three by 9.
In other PA action, Holy Ghost Prep finished 7th in the Varsity A race with a score of 218 points led by a 16th place finish from Christian Kardish. Abington finished 9th in the Varsity C race with 295 points led by a Jake Ruth's 36th place finish. Unionville boys were 9th in the Varsity F race with Colin McDonald finishing 11th to lead his squad.
The lone winners on the boys side from PA were Conestoga, who earned an impressive victory in the Varsity G race. Led by a 2-3 finish from Andrew Marston (12:58) and Gunnar Sjoreen (13:06), Conestoga scored 51 points, had a 1-5 spread of 38 seconds, and were a whopping 75 points better than the runner up team.
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Jeremy Parsons defended his individual title in leading a 1-2-3 Maplewood sweep in the boys’ race, while Knoch claimed both team championships for the second consecutive year.
Parsons covered the 5,000-meter course in 16:47.2, while his twin brother Jake came home in 17:01.7 and Hans Wentz was the third Tiger in 17:12.1. In the boys’ team standings, Knoch put a pair of runners behind the front-running Maplewood trio. Sophomore Brandon Grumski was fourth in 17:17.2, while junior Preston Carlsson was next in 17:37.6 to lead the Knights to 65 points and the championship. Seneca was second with 80, winning a tiebreaker over Maplewood.
In the girls’ race, Reilly Walsh of Cambridge Springs claimed top honors in 20:26.4, with Twin Valley’s Meghan Horan the runner-up in 20:53.6. The rest of the top five included Cranberry’s Kristin Reynolds (21:02.4), Maplewood’s Savannah Phillips (21:11.6) and Rocky Grove’s Maggie Prorok (21:12.4).
The Knights again claimed the team title with 53 points, while Cambridge Springs was second with 63 and Twin Valley claimed third with 84. Mandi Moxie was sixth to lead Knoch, which had its scoring runners in the top 15.