Jess Cygan, Liberty freshman, wins the Girls Gold race at Hershey.
Results needed for Everhart
The Final k: Wknd 4: Small schools are on a pack attack in PA. And a coach who may have retired. But he's anything but retiring.
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Emmaus girls were 4th at the Bowdoin Classic in New York, sit of the November 24th Nike Team Nationals qualifer. Emmaus was missing Brianna Faust, who had an appendectomy a little over a week ago. (Photo by Tim Fulton, ArmoryTrack.com)
9/20 Big 7 Conference Championship
GIRLS RESULTS POSTED
By Aaron Rich
Peters Township won the Big 7 Conference Championship over Trinity 29 points to 39 points. Chelsea Sumney of Trinity won in 19:51. Shaina Sumney, Trinity, was 2nd in 20:17.
9/20 Delaware Military Academy XC Invitational
By Mike Mueller
The Avon Grove Boys and Girls took home top ten finishes at the Delaware Military Academy Invitational. Freshman Sarah Burke (20:28) placed 13th in the girls' race helping AG to a 7th place finish. Tatnall's Juliet Bottorff took home the individual title with a time of 18:46.
On the Boys' side, senior Ryan Penn (17:36) finished 18th as AG slotted 6th in the team standings. Concord's George Vernon (16:14) cruised to a 15 second victory over the field.
9/22 14th Lackawanna County Commissioners Inv.
9/22 1st Annual Juniata College Eagle Invitational
By Mke Mueller
The Bishop McCort Girls took home the inaugural team title at the Juniata College Eagle Invitational. The Crushers placed four runners in the top 11 to beat Sherando (Va), 46-61. Junior Kelsi Yingling (21:14) finished 6th and freshman Jill Spisak (21:16) placed 7th to pace McCort to victory. Freshman Letitia Propst of Elkins MD High School (WV) won the race with a time of 20:07.
McCort junior Jim Spisak paced the Crimson Crushers to a 4th place finish. Spisak broke the tape at 16:46.7 for the victory, finishing 42 seconds ahead of the field. Sherando (Va) won the team title.
Crestwood (2) junior Robert Micikas on the Boys Blue at Hershey in 16:44
9/22 33rd Manchester Invitational NH
NO PA TEAMS IN 2007
9/22 A.J. Everhart Invitational
9/22 Allegheny Classic (college)
9/22 Bowdoin Park Classic NY
By Aaron Rich
The #1 PA girls team, Emmaus, finished 4th (114) in a strong field at the Bowdoin Classic in Poughkepsie, NY, despite being without Brianna Faust, who had an appendectomy a week ago. Voorhees won with 71 points, Greenwich was 2nd with 89 points and Shenendehowa was 3rd with 110 points. It woud be a fair assessment to say that with Brianna in the race Emmaus could have finished 1st or 2nd in the meet. Amanda Faust was 8th in a time of 19:32 and Christina Faust was 13th in 19:44. Liz Graybill was 15th in 19:47.
9/22 Bradford 4th Annual XC Invitational
Dani Kocjanic, Kane, and Alex Brazinski, Elk County Catholic, win @ Bradford.
Photo by Carl Strub
By Aaron Rich
In the 4th annual Bradford XC Invitational the host team finished a close second in the boys Varsity competition. Bradford's 55 points were good for 2nd place behind McDowell, 48 points. Alex Brazinski, Elk County Catholic, won the individual race in 16:48. Bradford's Matthew White and Michael White were 2nd and 3rd, both timed in 17:04. In the girls race an identical scenario unfolded as McDowell also came out on top with 54 points and Bradford finishing 2nd with 73 points. Dani Kocjanic, Kane, won the individual race in 19:16. Emily Giannotti, Coudersport, finished 2nd in 20:07.
9/22 Inaugural Hershey Cross Country Invitational
By Aaron Rich
A light mist filled the air as the athletes began to arrive at Hershey's Parkview 5k course for the Inaugural Hershey Cross Country Invitational. But things got hot in a hurry during the girls Blue Race with the blistering 5:54 pace set over the courses tough hills by Central Cambria senior Carly Seymour. Seymour, who led the race from the start, ran solo to a time of 18:17, and gained a positive experience for her return to this course for the state championship meet. Also running strong was Kara Millhouse, Boiling Springs, who turned in 2nd place time of 19:22. Kiah Hardcastle and Sophia Ziemian, Lewisburg Area teammates, were 3rd and 4th with times of 19:29 and 19:31. The weather followed Carly's lead and the girls Gold Race had to endure a hot sun and sticky air. Jess Cygan, a Liberty frosh, cut through that air to post a winning time of 19:17. Greater Latrobe junior Natalie Bower placed 2nd with a run of 19:27, and senior Carly Hamond, West Chester Henderson, was 3rd in 19:40.
In the team scoring, Central Cambria beat out Lewisburg, 69 to 82 in the Blue Race. In the Gold Race North Allegheny beat O'Hara 101 to 103. In the combined scoring of both races Central Cambria came out on top with 132 points to beat Lewisburg by 40 points.
The hot weather continued for the boys Blue Race, won by Crestwood junior Robert Micikas, in a time of 16:44. Holy Ghost Prep senior Eric Arnold was 2nd in 16:54 and North East's Garrett Gray was 3rd in 16:55. The boys Gold Race had the worst of the heat, however, some fast times were run for this type of course at this time of the season. Boyertown's Mark Dennin, running from the front, posted a mostly solo 16:05. Following him to the line was Wissahickon senior Nick Crits, 16:21. Central Bucks East senior Josh Izweski was 3rd in 16:33. For the team scoring, Holy Ghost Prep put 3 runners in the top 10 to win the Blue Race with 55 points. North East finished second with 76 points. In the Gold Race North Allegheny took top honors with 85 points, beating Hatboro-Horsham by 45 points. In the combined scoring North Allegheny edged out a narrow win over Holy Ghost Prep 137 to 138. North East was 3rd with 188 points.
Mark Dennin dominated the race at Hershey after the mile.
9/22 Lakeview Invitational
By Mike Mueller
The West Middlesex Boys were upset by Knoch in Saturday's Lakeview Invitational. It was the big AAA school taking down PA's second-ranked AA school, 37-43. West Middlesex got off to a good start, Adam Shrawder (16:50) beat out teammate Mike Ryan (16:58) to win the race--- They were two of three WM runners in the top five but Knoch seized control after that, placing all five of their runners in the top-ten for the title. Owen Venesky was the team's top finisher, placing 3rd overall with a time of 17:05.
The girls' race was just the opposite as West Middlesex beat Knoch, 32-50. Knoch had the top two finishers in Jolene Kunkel (19:39) and Alyssa Kunkel (20:28) but it was WM slotting their top five in the top-ten for the victory. Kelli Weatherby (20:45) and Lauren Shingledecker (20:46) finished 4th and 5th behind the Kunkels to pace West Middlesex to the win.
9/22 Malone College Invitational
By Mike Mueller
Massillon Jackson's Emily Pritt ran an 18:17.35 to win Saturday's 39th Annual Malone College Invite. Neshannock's Kacey Gibson was the only other runner to go sub-19, finishing second in the Girls' Division 1 race with a time of 18:43.
9/22 Northeast Invitational
By Mike Mueller
The Wellsboro boys edged Danville, 124-128 at the Northeast Invitational at Bloomsburg University. Danville put three runners in the top 14 to take the early lead but Wellsboro sandwiched their next five runners in between D'ville's final two finishers for the win. Canton's Garth Watson won the race with a time of 16:48.0.
On the girls' side, St. Basil Academy beat out Allentown Central Catholic, 105-122. Colleen Gilmore (20:19) paced SBA with a 5th place finish. Danville's Caitlin Cavanaugh cruised to an easy win with a time of 18:58.
9/22 Sharpsville Blue Devil Invite
By Aaron Rich
In this years edition of the Sharpsville Blue Devil Invite Cathedral Prep took top team honors in the boys Varsity race with 124 points. Mercyhurst Prep was 2nd with 128 points, and Slippery Rock came in 3rd with 143 points. The individual championship went to Andrew Geist, Meadville, with a time of 15:54.2. Richard Peterson, also from Meadville, was 2nd in 16:10.1, and Mark Carlucci, Mercyhurst Prep, was 3rd in 16:13.8. In the girls Varsity race Union City won with 86 points. Meadville was 2nd with 119 points and Fort Leboeuf was 3rd with 165 points. Lauren Zarger, Harbor Creek, won with a very fast time of 18:06.0. Second place went to Melissa Smith, Mercer, in a time of 18:48.0 and teammate Mary Kate Breese was 3rd with a time of 18:54.0.
9/22 South Jersey XC Shootout
Includes Abington (6th overall) and Archbishop Wood boys
9/22 William and Mary Invitational
By Aaron Rich
Hershey, Gettysburg, and Souderton all made the trip to beautiful Williamsburg, VA to participate in the William & Mary Invitational. Hershey ran in the boys Varsity A race and finished 12th out of 27 teams with 316 points. Eric Reichert, Hershey, finished 13th in a time of 16:16. The winner was John Ross, Potomac School, in a time of 15:22. In the girls Varsity A race Hershey finished 7th out of 24 teams with 243 points. Emma Shank, Hershey, raced to a 7th place finish in a time of 19:32. Octava Rinehardt, Tallwood, won in a time of 18:33. Souderton competed in the boys Varsity B race and finished 3rd with 110 points behind Western Branch, 66, and Westfield, 77. Matt Burke, Souderton, was 8th in a time of 16:55, behind Austin Ellis, Covenant School, 16:14. Gettysburg girls competed in the girls Varsity B race and finished 2nd with 85 points behind Colonial Forge, with 58 points. Johanna Spangler was 5th in a time of 20:08 behind the winner, Kerry Kelley, Oscar Smith, 19:13. Gettysburg boys finished 5th out of 17 teams in the boys Varsity C race with 136 points. Michael Beegle, Gettysburg, finished 6th in time of 17:17. Seth Latray, Newark, won in a time of 16:16.
9/22 Saint Vincent Invitational (College)
Weekend Newspaper Coverage from around PA
Allentown Morning Call
Emmaus girls place fourth at Nike Team cross country
Comets, Lady Hornets capture team crowns
Lower Hudson Journal News NY
Runners use Bowdoin Park Classic as gauge
Weekend Preview: This is history in the running. The FIRST Pre-States in Pennsylvania cross country history. A meet specifically designed to give teams from across the state a chance to preview the course and preview the competition at the Hershey Parkview course. With a redesign at the beginning because of parking construction between years one and two, the meat of the course, its rolling hills, remains intact.
Because there were more large schools than small, some small AAA schools moved into the small school race. But if you know your cross country, you know that the talent level in both AA and AAA in PA can be equal on all counts – great.
Opening the meet will be the small school girls. Several ranked or recently ranked teams include Central Cambria, Lewisburg and Elk Lake. Leading individuals include Carly Seymour of Central Cambria, Kara Millhouse of Boiling Springs, and Meghan Lutz of Nazareth Academy.
An hour later, the large school girls go off with top teams from Latrobe, North Allegheny, Cardinal O'Hara, West Chester Henderson, and Central Bucks West. Look at the front for Natalie Bower of Latrobe, Sarah Simonetti of Pennridge, Emma Shank of Hershey, and Carly Hamond of Henderson.
High noon sees the start of the small school boys featuring Elk Lake, Holy Ghost Prep, Scranton Prep and North East.
In AAA, it is the pre-season #1 and current #2 North Allegheny squad going up against tough teams from West Chester Henderson, Seneca Valley, Hatboro Horsham, Canon McMillan and Mount Lebanon. Featured runners include David Adley and T.J. Hobart of Baldwin, Nick Crits of Wissahickon, and Mark Dennin of Boyertown.
The PA#1 Emmaus girls will be running at the Bowdoin Classic in New York to get a look at the NTN regional course. They will be minus top runner Brianna Faust, who is recovering after an appendectomy. Several teams travel to William & Mary in Virginia. And there are some other great meets on the menu, including the well-run Sharpsville Invitational in Sharon.