Brianna Schwartz of Shaler Area has only competed in two meets this season, and in both meets, she has set a course record. The latest was her District 7 AAA course record of 17:25 at Cooper's Lake. She also took the state number 1 spot from her district rival Madeleine Davison of North Allegheny that she held for eight weeks. Schwartz will look to complete her amazing resume with a cross country state gold medal on Saturday.
Two big wins in seven days, including a win on the state course against the best in District 3. That has been the postseason thus far for Aaron Gebhart of New Oxford. 2014 has been a huge season for him, and his performance at District 3 in one of the races of the season was one of the biggest wins of his career. A race where the lead kept changing while the chase pack of six never broke down, Gebhart emerged from the pack victorious in 16:11 to gain important momentum heading into states. It was his 3rd win of the season.
Sweeping a league and district championship meet is a rare feat, but that was something the excellent Cardinal O’Hara squad achieved in a five day span. In both meets, the Lady Lions took the first six places, but at the District meet, the top five were separated by 10 seconds and the top six by just 25 seconds. In O'Hara's seven year history in the PIAA, they have won 5 district team titles!
When you get to the end of the season, fans think that they have seen and read all they need to prepare for the district meets. Then a team breaks through and throws a wrench into everything. That team for the 3rd year in a row was Pottsgrove. Pottsgrove competed in only a couple invitational weeks and never performed to the heights that their district performances reached. That strategy has won them a state title and runner up plaque the past two years. This year, they arguably had their best district performance in this run, scoring 29 points with a 33 second spread to win their 3rd District 1 AA championship.
Congratulations to all the winners!