Shikellamy Boosters Classic - Meet Preview
Two interesting matchups are coming our way in the girls' race race at Shikellamy for the de facto PHAC Championship meet on Saturday.
We'll start with the individual matchup, which will feature PA#3 Isabel Sagar of Loyalsock and PA#9 Lauren Trapani of Warrior Run. The pair met at Lock Haven, where Sagar blasted a 17:31, still . the fastest time in the state. Trapani was second in 18:00. Sagar has been on fire this season, winning that LHU race and then also winning at Penn State, before taking a closer-than-expected second to Marlee Starliper at Paul Short. Trapani took second at the NEPA Invite two weeks ago to Olivia Haas, but will be hungry for an individual win on Saturday before the District 4 meet.
The team race will be an interesting battle between two of AA's top squads, Warrior Run and Danville Area. Warrior Run took the win, 73-96, over Danville at NEPA two weeks. The defending AA state champs from Danville will look for revenge before the two meet again at districts. Expect a close one between these two powerful teams.
Lewisburg Area will look to keep rolling on Saturday. It has proven to be one of the state's top AA squads after taking third at Spiked Shoe in Penn State and then taking the top PA spot (third) in the Champions Race at Carlisle (11th overall post-merge). Lewisburg will be favored at Shikellamy on Saturday, while South Williamsport, Milton Area, Danville Area, and Warrior Run will be looking for the upset.
The individual race will be a good showdown between Loyalsock's Alejandro Quintana, Southern Columbia's Ethan Knoebel, Lewisburg Area's Jacob Hess, and Shikellamy's Logan Strouse. Quintana is fresh off a win at the NEPA Invite two weeks ago. Knoebel, a reigning D4 champ is always one to watch for. Hess was sixth at both Penn State and Carlisle (Champions Race) this season. Strouse has three top ten finishes at invites this season so far. Milton Area's Tanner Walter could also mix it up near the front.