10/23-27: D6: 17:39|D4 Upsets|D7,D3 surprises|D11 Emmaus, Liberty day|D1 Aldrich 15:02, N Penn

District coverage posted:  20 Race Videos from D 1, 2, 3, 4, 11 | 6 Photo Galleries from D 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11 | 9 Interviews from D 1, 2, 4, 11

At D11, the Emmaus girls we're much further apart 3.1 miles later - just 28 seconds.


10/18 PIAA District 12 Championships


By Aaron Rich

In the AA boys race Engineering and Science took top honors, scoring 34 points. Masterman was 2nd with 44 points. Terrence Lee, E&S, took first with a time of 16:22. In the girls AA race Paul Robeson took first with 29 points. Shatievah Lewis, Robeson, won in 19:51. Cental won the AAA boys race with 30 points. Derek Frederick, Central, won in 18:04. Girls High won the AAA girls meet with 30 points. Brittany Franks, Girls, won the individual race in 20:28.


10/20 PIAA District 8 Championships


By Aaron Rich

In the boys race, Alldredice took the win with 25 points with 6 runners in the top 10. Jon Williams led Allderdice to victory with his winning time of 17:28.19. The girls team race went just as well for Allderdice, winning with 22 points and also placing 6 runners in the top 10. Schenley's Angelica Martinez won the meet with a time of 20:03.15.


10/22 Boys' - Girls' Inter-Ac League Champs


By Mike Mueller

    Juliane Garvey paced Notre Dame to the Inter-Ac League Championship Monday. Garvey broke the tape in 19:52 to the win the race. Teammate Stephanie Powers was third at 20:25. ND beat Germantown Academy, 39-47 to win the team title. Olivia Mann was GT's top runner with a fifth place, 21:53 finish.

    Malvern Prep beat Episcopal Academy, 30-51 to lock up the league championship. Malvern's Matt McCullough (16:51) and Brian Fulton (16:54) finished first and second respectively to lead the charge. Todd Harrity ran to a fourth place, 17:34 finish as Episcopal's top runner.


10/23 Friends' Schools League Championship


    Germantown Friends (PA #2) cruised to the Friends' School League Championship with 21 points. Max Kaulbach won the race in 16:21. Teammate Jake McKenzie was right behind him with a 16:25, second place finish. Isaac Ortiz was fourth at 16:42. Friends' Central finished second in the team standings with 53 points.

    The Germantown Friends girls would not be out-done. GFS grabbed four of the first five spots to grab team honors over Westtown, 19-59. Jasia Kaulbach (20:48) beat teammate Madeline Hawes (21:07) to win the individual league title. Teammates Brooke Palus (21:57) and Ashleight Frank (22:08) were fourth and fifth respectively.


10/24 PIAA District 2 Championships


Photo Gallery by Don Rich of PIAA District 2 Championships

Video - Four Varsity Races 

Interview: Dallas Head Coach Matt Samuel    

TIMES-LEADER: Four local winners at District 2 cross country 

Abington Heights gets out well in the sloppy conditions, and it made the difference in their D2 AAA race on Wednesday.


By Mike Mueller

    Conditions were not ideal at the District 2 Champs in Lake Ariel. Despite no rain, the 3.1 mile course was still very wet and had up to six inches of water on it in some parts. Perennial Power, Scranton Prep continued their winning ways at districts defeating Holy Redeemer, 59-75 to advance to PIAA Championships in Hershey. Redeemer's Alec Richardson won the AA title in a time of 17:12. Prep's Peter Frein was second at 17:41. The Cavs placed three runners in the top ten to secure the team win. Prep, Holy Redeemer and Elk Lake will all advance to the state meet. Individual qualifiers are Alex Zigmunt (17:45, HC), Matt Srobiszeski (17:48, MV), Jordan Siddons (17:51, VV), Kerry Maloney (17:58, Dun.), Tyler Brown (18:06, Wy. Sem.), Mike Ryan (18:12, LL), Jermey Evans (18:26, HC), Ken Burdick (18:33, Riv), Jason Bohenek (18:41, HC) Chris Hromek (18:47, WA), Brian Connors (18:48, Dun), Brent Lane (18:51, Riv), Alex Stola (19:02, NA), Matt Kuglar (19:03, Lakeland), Shane Holcomb (19:05, HC)

   In Girls' AA, Hanover Area's Alyssa Namey broke the tape in 19:56 to win the District 2 title. Blue Ridge Freshman, Allison Hall was second at 20:03. Elk Lake's Rachel Owens finished third with a time of 20:30. Elk Lake won took the team championship, 61-67 over Blue Ridge. Scranton Prep was third with 106 points. All three teams advance to the state meet in Hershey. Individual qualifiers are Namey (20:03, HA), Erika Ogozaly (21:00, CA), Katie Levandoski (21:10 Wy. Sem), Kathleen Casey (21:20, HC), Marina Orrson (21:26, LL), Michelle Golden (21:36, WA), Erin Hannigan (21:39, Wy. Sem), Alyssa Kuhl (21:40, HA), Katie Kravitz (22:04, Dallas), Ellen Arnaud (22:19, Dallas), Samantha Cudo (22:26, Montrose), Maria Stivala (22:33, Dunmore), Sarah Austin (22:47, LL), Brianna Kramer (23:02, Mmi Prep), Gabrielle Tos Dei (23:20, Mmi Prep), Samantha Abbott (23:28, Montrose), Maria Eboli (23:33, Dunmore), Kasi Szulborski (23:40, Dallas), Alexandra Hackett (23:43, Wy. Sem), Blair Gallacher (24:09, Wy. Sem).

   Crestwood junior, Anthony Rizzo took home the District 2 AAA title. He broke the tape in 16:54, winning the race by 16 seconds of Tyler Subasic of Abington Heights. Pittston Area's Nathan Zondlo placed third with a time of 17:15. Abington Heights won the team title, 48-90 over Dallas and Crestwood. The Comets advance to the PIAA Championships. Individual qualifiers are Rizzo, Zondlo, Robert Micikas (17:15, Crestwood), Reece Ayers (17:17, Tunkhannock), Josh Salvisburg (17:36, Hazleton Area).

   Crestwood freshman, Kirstin Schafer won the girls' AAA race in a time of 19:57. That was 15 seconds better than Rachel Scmallzle of Wallenpaupack at 20:12. Hazleton Area's Kristen Rosser was third with a time of 20:18. Honesdale took home yet another District 2 AAA team championship. The Lady Hornets placed all five runners in the top 20 with freshman Erin Craig leading the way with a 20:58, 5th place finish. Honesdale edged Crestwood, 59-69 to advance to the state meet in Hershey. Individual qualifiers are Schafer, Schmalzle, Rosser, Bria Edwards (20:46, Hazleton Area), and Mary Frank (21:18, Holy Redeemer)

10/24 PIAA District 5 Championships


By Mike Mueller

    Richelle Lashley of Bedford held of Kristen Koontz of Chestnut Ridge to win the District 5 Championship. Lashley posted a winning time of 21:42. Koontz was three seconds back at 21:45. Meyersdale's Mary Munion finished third with a time of 22:24. Chestnut Ridge placed all five runners in the top 15 and defeated Bedford, 32-37 to win the team title.

    The Bedford Boys flip-flopped that score and beat Chestnut Ridge, 32-37 for the District 5 title and a trip to states. The Bison slotted all five of their runners in the top 20 and were led by Zach Maust, who finished 4th with a time of 18:30. Shanksville's Jeremiah Wilt won the overall title in a time of 17:23.


10/25 PIAA District 11 Championships


Photo Gallery by Don Rich of PIAA District 11 Championships

Video: District 11 AA Girls (By Craig Lowthert)

Video: District 11 AAA Girls (By Craig Lowthert)

Video: District 11 AA Boys (By Craig Lowthert)

Video: District 11 AA Boys (By Craig Lowthert)

Video: District 11 - Four Varsity Races  

Interview: Liberty Head Coach Bill Ruth   

Interview: Emmaus Head Coach Dan Wessner  

By Aaron Rich

It's an Emmaus kind of day on Thursday at D11. Amanda Faust leads a see of green nearing the mile to a :28 second spread and just 32 points with a 19:00 average.

Boys AA
Tamaqua and Allentown Central Catholic will represent District 11 at this years State Champs after running to a 1-2 finish in the team competition. Tamaqua won with 63 points and a spread of 1:32. Allentown CC scored 84 points and put together a spread of 57 seconds. Tamaqua senior Alex Zubey won the race with a time of 16:27. Notre Dame's Nick Piazza was 2nd with a time of 16:49.

Girls AA
Saucon Valley scored 54 points off of an impressive 31 second spread to pick up the victory and a berth in the state meet. Northern Lehigh is also off to states with a 1:16 spread and a point score of 92. The individual district champion was Allison Constant, Notre Dame Green Pond, who ran a time of 19:16. The runner-up was Lindsay Kerr, Northwestern Lehigh, in a time of 19:39.

Boys AAA
Liberty was crowned the district champ with a 53 point win that includedthe individual district champ, 3 runners in the top-6, and a spread of 1:12. Parkland is also going to the state meet with 70 points and a spread of 59 seconds. Liberty's Trevor Vanackeren won the championship
with a time of 15:50. Matt Gillette, Parkland, was second in 16:04.

Girls AAA
Emmaus is back and looking very much the part of a NTN-caliber team. Scoring just 32 points in a District Championship meet they put 5 runners in the top-10 with a spread of 28 seconds off of a 18:45. Liberty ran to a strong second with 73 points and qualified for the state meet. Jess Cygan, Liberty, won the championship with a time of 18:20. Stephanie Bearish, Southern Lehigh, was 2nd with an 18:36. Lindsey Graybill, Emmaus, and teammate Amanda Faust were 3rd and 4th with times of 18:45 and 18:48.

10/25 PIAA District 12 Team-Individual Championships


PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Cross Country records fall
By Mike Mueller
    Jenna Arnold of Engineering and Science set a new meet record at the District 12 Individual/Team Championships. Arnold broke the tape in 19:05 eclipsing the old mark of 19:17 by Shatievah Lewis of pual Robeson back in 2006. Teammate Syeeda Gee was second with a time of 19:40. Central's mary Morgan was third at 19:58. Paul Robeson beat Central, 52-58 to win the team title.

    Terrence Lee of Engineering and Science also set a new meet record. Lee posted a winning time of 16:02, crushing the old mark of 16:21. Nueva Esperanza's Alfredo Santana finished second at 16:31. Masterman's Reuben Hampton was third with a time of 17:12. Masterman defeated Engingeering and Science, 43-75 to secure the district title.



10/25 PIAA District 4 Championships


Photo Gallery by Don Rich of PIAA District 4 Championships

Video: District 4 - Four Varsity Races  

Interview: Shikellamy Head Coach Jim Bell

Interview: Wellsboro Head Coach Sue Owlett 

Interview: Lewisburg Head Coach Mark Sundberg  

6th man Justin Rupert led Wellsboro to a come-from-behind win. They were in 4th with a half mile to go.

By Mike Mueller

    It was a crazy day in Bloomsburg at the District 4 Championships. Wellsboro, Northeast Bradford and Danville all tied in the AA Boy's Race with 92 points. Wellsboro was in 4th place with just a half mile to go but surged back and won on a tie breaker thanks to their sixth runner, Justin Rupert (18:17) and his 26th place finish. Northeast Bradford finished second and Danville third. Only the top two will advance to the PIAA Championships. Canton's Garth Watson won the race in a time of 17:08. NE Bradford's Ethan Laudermilch finished second at 17:22. Towanda's Dan Blackman (17:26) placed third by edging Lewisburg's Joe Hiller (17:26) at the line. Individual qualifiers were Watson, Blackman, Hiller, Tylor Barnhart (17:34, Danville), Shawn Lae (17:38, Sayre), Wyatt Decker (17:39, Sul. County), Derek Malin (17:43, Sul. Co.), Tyler Erhart (17:43, East Juniata), Matt Kozlowski (17:45, Mt. Carmel) and Mike Davis (17:50, Danville)

    Lewisburg had an easier time in the Girls' AA race, beating Danville, 59-71 for the district title. Danville trailed Troy with a half mile to go but surged to a second place finish to earn a trip to states along with Lewisburg. Lewisburg's Casey Miller cruised to the district championship in a winning time of 18:55. Teammate Kiah Hardcastle finished third at 19:24. Danville's Caitlin Cavanaugh was sandwiched in between with a 19:11, second place finish. Individual state qualifiers were Katie Sick (19:43, Millville), Lauren Norton (20:21, Troy), Sophie Weaver (20:31, Wellsboro), Martine Ventillo (20:37, Towanda), Kate Peropat (20:40, Wellsboro), Yelena Share (20:47, Milton Area), Hannah Robinson (20:47, Sayre), Susan Learn (20:55, Mansfield), Casey Hess (20:57, Bloomsburg) and Beth Walker (21:01, Sayre.)

    In AAA action, Shikellamy pulled off a big upset over Jersey Shore, 41-45 to advance to the State Championships. Shikellamy placed four runners in the top eight, just ahead of a pack of Jersey Shore runners to secure the win. Selinsgrove freshman, Vince Fadale took the district title in a time of 17:20. Jersey Shore's Ian Eisenhauer finished second at 17:34. Wes Brubaker ran to a 3rd place, 18:07 finish for the Seals. Individual state qualifiers were Fadale, Eisenhauer, Brubaker, Chris Hakes (18:19, Williamsport) and Nathan Jones (18:36, JS).

    Sophomore Jayme Daly won the AAA title in a time of 20:43 to help pace Shikellamy to a district team championship. Shikellamy placed all five runners in the top 15 and nipped Selinsgrove, 39-43 for a trip to states. Kyria Yanoviak (21:42) and Allison Fegley (21:55) finished second and third overall for the Seals. Jersey Shore sophomore, Alicia Sobers finished fourth with a time of 21:59. Individual state qualifiers were Yanoviak, Fegley, Sobers, Hollie Schuster (22:35, JS) and Alissa Hiembach (22:44, Selinsgrove).


10/25 PIAA District 7 Championships


PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: WPIAL Cross Country Championships: Adley strings it together. Neshannock's Gibson, Latrobe's Bower, three-peat as girls' titlists.

Natalie Bower woke up Thursday morning, took a look outside and couldn't have been happier.


By Mike Mueller

AA Boys
Quaker Valley, Mars, Riverside Beaver Co. and Riverview all advance to the PIAA Championships. QV defeated Mars, 76-124 to claim the D-7 title. RBC beat Riverview on a tie breaker to finish third with 168 points. RBC junior, Jonathan McElwain won the race in a time of 16:42. Matt Springer of Riverview was second with a 16:56, followed by John Yankello of Quaker Valley with a 17:05 third place finish.

AA Girls
Avonworth defeated Quaker Valley, 104-127 to take the team title at Slippery Rock University. Both teams, along with Riverview and Olsh will advance to states. Neshannock's Kacey Gibson cruised to the D-7 title in a time of 18:14. That was 1:15 better than the rest of the field. Bethany Walker of Ellwood City was second at 19:29. Waynesburg Central's Maria Shepas was third with a time of 19:44.

AAA Boys
Baldwin's David Adley capped off his senior campaign with a District 7 Championship. Adley won the race in a time of 16:02, which was three seconds better than Matt Jacob of North Allegheny (16:05). NA's Justin Taylor was third with a time of 16:15. North Allegheny won the team title, 63-96 over Seneca Valley. NA, SV, North Hills and Baldwin all advance to the state championships in Hershey.

AAA Girls
Junior Natalie Bower of Greater Latrobe cruised to the district championship in a time of 18:51. Hampton sophomore Elaina Balouris finished second at 19:05. Norwin's Leslie Kovach was third with a time of 19:11. Greater Latrobe beat Mt. Lebanon to take the team championship, 163-170. Greater Latrobe, Mt. Lebanon, North Allegheny and Norwin all advance to the state championships.


Chris Aldrich, Henderson, pulls away from Boyertown's Mark Dennin over the final straight to win in 15:02.

10/26 PIAA District 1 Champs


Photo Gallery by Don Rich of PIAA District 1 Champs

Video: District 1 - Four Varsity Races 

Interview: St. Basil Head Coach Greg Green

Interview: Henderson SR Chris Aldrich 

Interview: Henderson SR Carly Hamond

DELAWARE COUNTY DAILY TIMES District One Cross Country: Frick runs her race to take second


By Mike Mueller

AA Girls
    St. Basil didn't have Gwynedd Mercy to worry about this year in the District 1 AA Champs except for perennial power Christopher Dock (PA#3, AA). Basil had the lead at the mile but then fell behind Dock just before the 2-mile mark. Basil then came back in the final mile to beat CD, 43-49 to take the team title. St. Pius X's Steph Fulmer won the individual title in 18:21. Basil's Colleen Gilmore was second at 18:50. Teammates Rachel Morelli (20:00) and Katie Barrett (20:07) both finished strong down the stretch to place 7th and 9th overall to help pull out the victory.

AAA Girls
    Henderson's Carly Hamond surged her way to the AAA championship in a time of 18:06. Narareth Academy's Megan Lutz led by four seconds at the mile but was caught at 2000 meters by Hammond, Kate Rose of Central Bucks West and Unionville's Christine Smith. Hamond then broke free down the final strech using small surges to earn the victory. Strath Haven's Melissa Frick was second at 18:22 followed by Smith of Unionville at 18:29. Council Rock North beat Unionville, 141-195 to win the team title.

AA Boys
    Greg Ahlswede of Jenkintown cruised to the AA title in a time of 16:19 but fell short to Phil-Mont Christian, 65-72 in the team standings. PMC's Jon Shope helped punch his team's ticket to states with a 16:42, 7th place finish. Teammate Wes Shope was ninth with a time of 16:45.

AAA Boys
    Henderson's Chris Aldrich and Boyertown's Mark Dennin battled throughout the entire AAA race but in the end it was Aldrich pulling away for the title in the final 400 meters. Aldrich broke the tape in 15:02 to finish four seconds ahead of Dennin at 15:06. North Penn won the team standings, 92-170 over Upper Dublin. Sophomore Brad Miles (15:24) and Zack Montijo (15:29) led the charge for North Penn with fourth and sixth place finishes.



Lauren Zarger, Harbor Creek, wins District 10 - Photo by Carl Strub

10/27 PIAA District 10 Championships


Photo Gallery by Carl Strub of PIAA District 10 Championships

By Mike Mueller

AA Girls
    Junior, Lauren Zarger of Harbor Creek won the District 10 AA title at Sharon's Buhl Park with a time of 19:10. That was 45 seconds better than Union City freshman, Rebecca Reichbaum at 19:55. Union won the team championship, 75-100 over West Middlesex.

AAA Girls
   Meadville grabbed three of the top six spots to win the AAA district championship, 35-51 over McDowell. Elesia Wilson (20:45) nipped Caitlin Hancox (20:45) at the line to finish 3rd and 4th overall for Meadville to help secure their team's trip to states. Warren Area sophomore Katie Spade took the individual title in a time of 19:57.

AA Boys
    Senior Dan Dillon paced General McLane to a team victory and a trip to the PIAA Championships. Dillon won the AA race by 10 seconds with a time of 16:39. West Middlesex's Adam Shrawder was second at 16:49. North East's Garrett Gray ran to 16:52, third place finish. GM defeated North East in the team standings, 60-68.

AAA Boys
    Meadville's Andrew Geist beat the field by 30 seconds to capture the District 10 AAA championship. Geist broke the tape in 16:28 for the victory. Teammate Richard Peterson was second with a 16:58 finish. Cathedral Prep's Mike Moore was third with a time of 17:02. Cathedral defeated Meadville, 33-51 to win the team championship. All five Meadville runners finished in the top 11.




3.1 miles @ D6 Champs - Indian Valley Middle School. 17:38. Guess who broke her course record of 18:12 - photo by Scott Falkner

10/27 PIAA District 6 Championships


ALTOONA MIRROR: Altoona Boys Cruise to Title

JOHNSTOWN TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT: Carly Seymour dominant en route to course record, victory at districts


10/27 PIAA District 9 Championships


By Mike Mueller

AA Girls
   Elk County Catholic slotted three runners in the top 10 to win the District 9 AA Championships, 56-83 over Kane Area. Kane's Danielle Kocjancic cruised the individual title in a time of 19:35. Kady Weisner led ECC with a 20:14, third place finish.

AAA Girls
    Marissa Buchheit won the AAA District 9 title in a time of 20:34 to help Bradford win the team championship, 42-70 over Punxsutawney Area. Bradford placed four of their five runners in the top ten to help secure the win and their trip to states. Kelsey Acre led Punxy with a fourth place, 21:13 finish.

AA Boys
    Elk County Catholic defeated Oswayo Valley, 50-78 to win the team title in AA. Tyler Prokop led a trio of ECC runners in the top five with a second place, 17:18 finish. Teammate alex Brazinsi was third with a time of 17:21 and Chris Antonio was fifth at 17:33. Oswayo Valley's Orion Bernard won the individual title in a time of 17:10.

AAA Boys
   Bradford Area edged St. Marys, 44-45 to win the AAA team title and a trip to states. Bradford was led by Matthew (17:18) and Michael White's (17:37) third and fourth place finish. They secured the win with Evan Feura's 18th place finish at 19:00. DuBois Area's Bud Plaszensi won the race in a time of 16:36. Teammate Mike Robinson finished second at 17:09.


10/27 PA Independent Schools Championship


By Mike Mueller

    No surprise in the Boys' PA Independent Schools Championship. Germantown Friends racked up 24 points to claim yet another team title. Max Kaulbach led the charge with a first place, 15:46 finish. Teammate Jake Mckenzie was second at 16:11. Mercersburg's James Finucane placed third with a time of 16:16.

    The Germantown Friends Girls defeated Mercersburg Academy, 46-74 to win the team championship. GF placed all five runners in the top 15 to secure their trip to states. They were led by Jasia Kaulbach (20:24) and Madeline Hawes (20:41) third and fourth place finish. Notre Dame's Julianne Garvey cruised to the overall title in a winning time of 19:38.


10/27 PCL Championships


LaSalle boys repeat, as do O'Hara girl

By Mike Mueller

    Cardinal O'Hara four-peated the PCL Championships on a 6th place tie-breaker over Archbishop Carroll. The two teams finished with 42 points after five runners but O'Hara won on Bridget McDermott's 21:29, 14th place finish. Archbishop Carroll's Caitlin Storbeck won the race with a time of 19:57. Cardinal O'Hara's Beth Kelly was second at 20:16. A-C's Gabby Capuzzi placed third with a time 20:19.

    The La Salle Boys defeated St. Joseph's Prep, 40-49 to take the PCL Championships for the 5th straight time. LaSalle's Dan Lowry led the charge with 16:31, first place finish. SJP's Mark Springel was second with a time of 16:46. La Salle placed all five runners in the top 15 to secure the win.


 Neely Spence cruises to a win in the District 3 AAA championships


10/27 PIAA District 3 Championships -


Photo Gallery by Timothy O'Dowd of PIAA District 3 Champs

Video: District 3 - AA/AAA Girls (By Aaron Rich)

Video: District 3 - AA Boys (By Aaron Rich)

Video: District 3 - AAA Boys (By Aaron Rich)

District 3 Cross Country Championships: Millhouse takes good while both Trinity teams advance

  Vince McNally wins D3 AAA.


By Aaron Rich

AA Girls
Kara Millhouse, Boiling Springs, wins her 3rd district title in 4 years, with a time of 20:17. Millhouse took the lead from the beginning of the race and dictated the pace as the runners made their way to the mile mark. She looked like she was running easy and cautiously on the slick Parkview terrain as she led through the back hills. Coming down the final stretch she ran just hard enough to keep her lead and earn another title. York Catholic freshman Kady Schrann was 2nd with a time of 20:26 and Kayleigh Perry, Eastern Lebanon County, was 3rd in 20:54. York Suburban, 92 points, Tulpehocken, 103 points, and Trinity, 105 points will all advance to the state meet next weekend. Lancaster Mennonite was in the mix and 2 miles, but a strong showing in the last mile vaulted York Suburban from 4th to 1st.

AA Boys
Joe Beveridge, McDevitt, took the victory with a time of 17:09. Just like Kara, Joe looked like he was running hard enough for the victory, but easy enough to stay on his feet through the slick mud that covered many areas of the course. Tyler Riegel, Tulpehocken, was 2nd with a time of 17:33 and Eric Evans, Boiling Springs, was 3rd with a time of 17:37. Lancaster Mennonite, 92 points, Trinity, 100 points, and York Suburban, 111 points will all be competing at states next weekend.

AAA Girls
Neely Spence won her first district title today, though she still employed the same strategy that earned her an 11th place showing last year. Spence looked like she was out for a light jog on the course today, touring the slick terrain in a time of 19:04, almost a full minute slower than she ran to win states last year. Rachel Wong, Northern, was 2nd in 19:56 and Emily Martin, Garden Spot, was 3rd in 20:01. Northern York, 66 points, dominated the meet for the victory. They will be joined at states by Cumberland Valley, 144 points, Manheim Township, 163 points, Warwick, 182 points, and Carlisle, 200 points. Carlisle was the story of the qualifiers here as they were in 11th place after the mile and only in 9th place after 2 miles, yet managed to shed 105 places to finish 5th to earn the last ticket to the big show.

Boiling Springs senior Kara Millhouse won her 3rd District 3 AA title on Sunday at Hershey - photo by Timothy O'Dowd.
AAA Boys
The Vince McNally show continues to roll on as the Conestoga Valley senior earned his 2nd district title in a time of 16:38. McNally looked relaxed out on the course and ran cautiously to avoid a spill around some of the muddier turns. Red Lion senior Greg Kareis was 2nd with a time of 16:57 and Hershey senior Eric Reichert was 3rd in 17:09. Cedar Crest was the boys team champion with 112 points. Joining them at states will be Red Land, 128 points, Cumberland Valley, 129 points, Carlisle, 161 points, and Manheim Township, 295 points. All of these teams had a spread of 1 minute or less. As with the girls AAA race, the team with the great finish was Carlisle. They were 13th at the mile with 441 points and shed 280 places between there and the finish to place 4th overall.


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ALTOONA MIRROR (PIAA District 6 Championships)
ALTOONA MIRROR (PIAA District 6 Championships)



District 1 Preview - Girls

by Bill Coren


10 That’s right 10!!--There are 10 girls who appear to be the favorites to be crowned the 2007 District One Champion!


The truly good news is that 8 of these girls (women) are SENIORS--Helping to dispel the theory that some/many girls run better as freshmen??


Let’s start with the 2 sophomores--Kelyn Freedman of Radnor was an integral part of Radnor’s 2006 State championship team-She was 11th last year and this year won the small schools Bulldog race and was the runner-up to Frick(SH) at Centrals last week. She admits to needing to improve on hills, but expects to challenge on the somewhat flat Lehigh course. Elizabeth Simpson of Boyertown won the Centaur INV on 9-8 and the Chris Fretz INV 9-15 beating Thompson(DE) and Giovagnoli(SF). She recently finished 2nd to Giovagnoli(SF) at the Pioneer Champs.


There are 8 SENIORS that have a legitimate shot at being District Champ!!


Alphabetically they are Melissa Frick(Strath Haven)-Heather Giovagnoli(Springford)-Carly Hamond(West Chester Henderson)-Megan Lutz(Nazareth Academy)-Kate Ross(Central Bucks East)-Sarah Simonetti(Pennridge)-Christine Smith(Unionville)-and Marie Thompson(Downingtown East).

Frick(SH)---First year XC --12th 3200 at States last spring in 11:16--2nd at Abington INV to Giovagnoli(SF)-Won Briarwood Championship race in 19:16-2nd in Bull Run(MD) Elite race-Delco Champ in 18:30(Best time in Delcos in 20 years)-Won Central League Champs beating Freedman(RAD)-Has only raced against 2 of the other “TOP 10”

Giovagnoli(SF)---19th last year-5th in 4:57 in 1600 at States in track-Won Abington INV beating Frick(SH) and Freedman(RAD)-3rd at Chris Fretz behind Simpson(BY) and Thompson(DE)-11th and only 19:18 at Paul Short-Won Steel City beating Simpson(BY) and Thompson)DE)-Won Pioneer Champs beating Simpson(BY)

Carly Hamond(WCH)---7th in 2006-8th in 1600 and 2nd in 3200 in 10:44-8th at Hershey 3 secs. behind Lutz(NAZ) and beat Freedman(RAD)-Great time(14:46) at New Balance Meet in NY, beating Lutz(NAZ) by 37 secs. in different race-Won Ches-Monts beating Thompson(DE) and Smith(UNV)

Megan Lutz(NAZ)---6th in 3200 in 10:58-Won Viking INV defeating Simonetti(PR) by 31 secs.-First in Mill street Run in 17:19-7th at Hershey ahead of Hamond(WCH) and Freedman(RAD)-Won Council Rock INV beating Simonetti(PR)-43rd in Easterns very tough field in NY-Champion of AACA in 18:08

Kate Ross(CBE)---4th in 2006(highest returnee of all)-3rd in 3200 in 10:47-Ran first 2007 XC race at SOL Champs, won her division in 18:57 at Lehigh, only Simonetti(PR) ran faster on that day-Considered by some experts? to be totally back by States or Nationals?

Sarah Simonetti(PR)---53rd in 2004 5th in 2005 5th in 2006-2nd to Lutz(NAZ) at Viking INV-9th at Hershey behing Lutz(NAZ) and Hamond(WCH)-2nd at Council Rock INV to Lutz(NAZ)-Winner at SOL conferences at Lehigh running fastest time on a muggy day(18:49)

Christine Smith(UNV)---7th in 2004 27th in 2006-Won CBEAST INV in 19:05-First at New Balance Jersey INV in 18:45 versus Colt’s Neck-3rd at Ches-Monts behind Hamond(WCH) and Thompson(DE)-looks to be recovered from injury junior year

Marie Thompson(DE)---76th in 2004 23rd 2005 23rd 2006-2nd Chris Fretz INV beating Giovagnoli(SF) losing to Simpson(BOY)-4th at Steel city behind Giovagnoli(SF) and Simpson(BY)-The champion of the William Tennent INV in 19:05-2nd at Ches-Monts in 18:53 behind Hammond(WCH) and in front of Smith(UNV)


Remember!! the TOP 6 TEAMS advance to the STATES


Before looking at this year’s main combatants, here is a brief recent history of District One TEAM results.





Qualified last 3 years-UPPER DUBLIN

Qualified 6 of last 8 years-COUNCIL ROCK NORTH

Qualified 5 of last 8 years-NORTH PENN(missed last 3)

Qualified 4 of last 8 years-HATBORO HORSHAM

2007----It appears that 4 TEAMS currently look like the favorites to qualify for States--UNIONVILLE and COUNCIL ROCK NORTH have history and depth on their side and DOWNINGTOWN EAST(no States last 8 years) and STRATH HAVEN(made it in 04 and 05) seem to be currently running the best. The next 2 spots are wide open!!! Two will enjoy the thrill of victory!!! Among these strong contenders in alphabetical order are---HATBORO HORSHAM-NORTH PENN-PENNRIDGE-PERK VALLEY-UPPER DUBLIN-and WILLIAM TENNENT. Dark horses include WEST CHESTER HENDERSON-CENTRAL BUCKS WEST-COATESVILLE-GREAT VALLEY-and PENNSBURY.

STRATH HAVEN---only beaten NP and UDUB(and WMT and HH on same day in difft. race)-Won Abington INV-2nd Briarwood Champ.race-2nd Bull Run(MD) Elite race-1st Delcos-1st Centrals

DOWNINGTOWN EAST---Has beaten UNV CRN WMT NP UDUB HH and PENNR-only lost to PV on 9-15-2nd Chris Fretz-1st Souderton-2nd Steel City-Won William Tennent-Won Ches-Monts

UNIONVILLE---lost to DE-has beaten PV and NP-beat Colt’s Neck-well rested having run very few invitationals-Won CBE-1st at New Balance NJ Champ.-2nd at Ches-Monts

COUNCIL ROCK NORTH---lost to DE-beaten PENNR WMT and HH-1st Viking-1st Mill Street Run D1-1st Council Rock-3rd Steel City(missing some for SAt’s)-1st SOL Continental

PERKIOMEN VALLEY---lost to UNV-has beaten NP WMT and DE-2nd CBE-1st Chris Fretz-3rd Paul Short-1st Pioneer Champs

WILLIAM TENNENT---lost to PV and HH-beaten HH PENNR and UDUB-2nd Mill Street D1-2nd Briarwood D1-6th Paul short-2nd William Tennent -3rd SOL Continental

NORTH PENN---lost to SH and PV-beaten HH and UDUB-3rd CBE-4th Briarwood Champ.race-2nd Souderton-2nd Salesianum-1st SOL National

HATBORO HORSHAM---lost to WMT NP and PENNR-beaten PENNR UDUB and WMT-3rd Viking-1st Briarwood D1-8th Hershey combined-1st Large Bulldog-5th Salesianum-3rd William Tennent-2nd SOL Continental

PENNRIDGE---lost to WMT and HH-beaten UDUB and HH-2nd Viking-14th Hershey combined-2nd Council rock-4th William Tennent-3rd SOL National

UPPER DUBLIN---lost to SH WMT HH PENNR and NP-6th Briarwood Champ. race-9th Carlisle-5th William Tennent-Won SOL American




District 1 Projections - Boys

(from anonymous)

1-NP-133 Pts

2-Upper Dublin-198