Performers of the Week for September 20
This week’s honor was a tough one to call, but Madeleine Davison of North Allegheny has become the first multiple time winner of the award this season. This time around, Davison stormed through the state meet course, leading the race wire to wire to win the PIAA Foundation Gold race with a time of 18:18. Her previous best was 19:00 at this meet last season. The win marks her 2nd win of the season and it is the 4th fastest time ever record on the current layout.
The boys made it difficult to select a winner for this award, but this week’s winning used all his power to shoot himself into state title contention. Paul Power of Spring Ford had the break through race of his career on Saturday at Foundation. The senior defeated a solid field of competitors to come away with the gold medal with a time of 15:50, the 4th fastest boys’ time on the state course. The time is the 2nd fastest of his career and only the 2nd time he’s broken the 16 minute mark.
On a day where several team title chases were close, one of the races was no contest. Villa Maria Academy earned their long awaited first team title of the season after a couple of runner up finishes in some big meets versus AAA competition. The District 10 champions placed five in the top 20 overall, including gold medalist Claire Brown, and the all broke the 21 minute mark, separated by 80 seconds. Their score of 56 points was 75 points better than the closest challenger.
Altoona Area put on a strong performance in front of their home crowd at their annual Mt. Lion Invitational on Saturday. The District 6 squad scored 43 points and won the meet by a whopping 125 points. They were boosted by a 1-2 finish by Brad Foust and Jerrod Sunderland and they had four finishers inside the top 11 overall places.
Congratulations to all the winners!