Allderdice boys won their 15th consecutive District 8 title, whilte the girls' captured their 11th straight. The team's #1 runners, Kavish Gupta (boys) and Mari Baron (girls), each on their individual races at Schenley Oval.
Paul Robeson placed 1-2-3-5-6 to score 17 points to win the AA girls title with ease over Masterman and Swenson Arts and Tech, who will also represent District XII in Hershey. Kevia Delorme led Paul Robeson to the title with an individual crown of her own, running 20:50 to win by 35 seconds. Cardinal O’Hara repeated as AAA girls champions with five in the top 16 to score 45 points. Archbishop Wood hung on to take the 2nd team spot for states by two points over a St. Hubert’s team who had their five in front of Wood’s number 4 runner. But a 3-4 performance from Katie Boligitz and Maura Craney proved to be just enough to take Wood back to the state meet. Bodine’s Felicia Wright edged out the Archbishop Carroll combination of Katie Rodden and Alyssa Bellia to win the individual title with a time of 19:58.03.
In boys AAA, the team title script ran similar to the Philadelphia Catholic League championship race. PA#5 Lasalle used a small spread of 35 seconds and a 3-4-6-9-11 finish to defeat PA#10 St Joe’s Prep 33-45. Chris O’Sullivan of the Prep was able to rewrite the script for the individual title. After coming up short to Tom Kehl of Father Judge in the league championship race, O’Sullivan was able to rebound and win the individual district title with a time of 16:24.30, 14 seconds better than Kehl.
Girls AAA finished in a dead tie between the two state qualifying schools. Holy Redeemer had a 1-2-7 finish led by individual champion Rachel Sowinski (20:03) and runner up Marissa Durako (20:16), but had a 2:44 spread, one minute more than Honesdale, which went 3-5 and they had their fifth runner finish 13 places ahead of Holy Redeemer’s. But on this day, the number 6 runner for Holy Redeemer was four places better than Honesdale’s which broke the 71-71 tie and awarded Holy Redeemer with the AAA girls team championship. The AA girls race was not a close one, as Elk Lake had four in the top 10 and all seven in the top 18 to cruise to the team championship by 54 points over Holy Cross, who will also make the trip to Hershey. Individually, Allison Hall of Blue Ridge was the only girl to break 21 minutes in the race, running 20:33 to win by 32 seconds.
AA PA#5 Holy Redeemer had all they can handle in the form of Elk Lake. Both teams had small spreads and both teams had their scoring five in the top 15. But despite Elk Lake having a 29 second spread that was the best in the meet, Holy Redeemer had three in the top 8 to edge Elk Lake for the team championship 45-49, earning both schools a trip to states. 3rd place Valley View had a 1-2-3 finish from champion Aaron Wilkinson (17:16), runner up Jordan Siddons (17:35) and bronze winner Jake Kanavy (17:44) that proved to be not enough to make the field. In AAA boys, Tunkhannock used a 1-5 finish to hold off Dallas 56-70 for the team championship, despite Dallas having a spread of 31 seconds. Both teams will toe the line in Hershey for the district. Reece Ayers of Tunkhannock was the only runner in the race to break 17 minutes, running 16:44 to win by 24 seconds over the field.
(District 3 photos by Timothy O'Dowd, IrishRunner.com)
On a muddy, damp, and cool day, AA PA#4 York Suburban looked primed and ready to make a run for the team title. With a 35 second spread and their scoring five in the top 12, York Suburban cruised to a AA boys district championship with 37 points. Lancaster Mennonite was the runner up and Milton Hershey was 3rd and they will join the champions in Hershey. Stephen Welsh of Kutztown took home the individual district crown with a time of 16:50, the only runner to break 17 minutes in the race. The boys AAA race surprised some, as Conrad Weiser came away with the AAA boys crown with 137 points, 69 points better than PA#8 Cumberland Valley. Dallastown, Governor Mifflin, and Exeter will join them as full teams in Hershey. Individually, Chuck Lockwood of Dallastown fought off some tough competition from runner up Logan Mohn of Governor Mifflin to win the individual crown in 16:36, six seconds better than Mohn.
Wyomissing ran 7-11-12-14-15 and were separated by an amazing 14 seconds to take the AA girls team district championship 59-93-126 over state representatives York Catholic (2nd) and Oley Valley (3rd). Kayleigh Perry of Elk County Catholic added another individual championship to her already amazing season, running 20:07 to win by 24 seconds over the field.
The girls AAA race caught some by surprise, as Warwick used district III to have their coming out party, using a 74 second spread and placing all five in front of PA#6 Cumberland Valley’s #2 runner to win 63-135. Governor Mifflin, Chambersburg, and Manheim Township will join those two schools in Hershey. Leigha Anderson of Cumberland Valley (District 3 photos by Timothy O'Dowd, IrishRunner.com) had her 3rd big meet victory of the season, running 19:35 to win the race by 14 seconds over runner up Allison Mannon of Warwick.
Bedford boys and Southern Fulton girls will be representing district 5 in AA at Hershey next weekend. Southern Fulton defeated Bedford 20-35 by placing three in the top six overall, while the Bedford boys needed a 6th man tiebreaker to break the 36-36 deadlock with Chestnut Ridge. Individually, Aaron Benner of Northern Bedford ran 18:06 to win the gold medal by 15 seconds. For the girls, Alex Zanella led her Southern Fulton team with an individual championship in a time of 20:42 to win the race by 36 seconds, and she was the only girl to break 21 minutes on the day.
Parkland High School were the only school to place three in the top 20 and they used a 53 second spread to win the AAA Boys team championship 86-103 over state representative Easton. Individually, Matt Kacyon of Whitehall wins another big race in a big way, putting 37 seconds on the field with his time of 16:22 on the new District XI course. In the boys AA race, Notre Dame Green Pond had a dominating performance, placing four in the top ten to win the team title with 34 points, 68 points better than runner up and the other AA state representative Northern Lehigh. Bryan McGee led the charge for Notre Dame Green Pond, winning the individual championship in 16:40, 12 seconds better than the field.
Lindsay Kerr and AA PA#3 Northwestern Lehigh continued their winning ways in 2009 with victories individually and as a team in the AA girls race. Kerr ran a strong 19:02 to win by 28 seconds over the field, and her performance was part of a trio that placed in the top ten and scored 50 points, 22 points better than runner up and state representative Saucon Valley, a ranked team during the preseason that also had three in the top ten.
The Faust triplets - Brianna, Amanda, and Christina - have found two very good soph friends (and great runners) - Lydia Brough and Kelli Steinert - to help them launch their bid for a third straight PIAA AAA crown. They continued the quest today with a fourth consecutive District 11 AAA title, placing five in the top 12 for 36 points. Liberty sophomore Amy Darlington led Liberty to the 2nd auto team spot, winning in 18:46. Defending state champ Jess Cygan was 2nd in 18:54. Liberty tallied 61 points.
Both AAA races had very close team finishes for that one team state slot. The boys AAA race had a tie between Selinsgrove and Jersey Shore, who each scored 38 points. However, Selinsgrove will be the district representative at the state meet, as Tyler Maneval finished eleven places ahead of Jershey Shore’s number 6 runner to break the tie. Vince Fadale helped the Selinsgrove effort to the team title with an individual title of his own, running 17:05 to win by 18 seconds. In the girls AAA race, Williamsport used a 1-2 finished from district champion Sarah Wirth (21:35) and runner up Ann Cromley (21:38) to counter Selinsgrove’s 55 second spread and Athens’ 3-6-7-8 finish to win the district AAA girls team title 57-67.
The girls AA race was also closely contested, as Danville was able to defeat Lewisburg 56-61. Both teams will represent the district in the state championships next Saturday. Despite Lewisburg’s 42 second spread, Danville placed four in the top fifteen to sneak out the victory. Individually, Katie Sick of Millville had the breakthrough she had been looking for at districts. For the past three seasons, she had fallen short of a district title behind a Lewisburg runner. This time around, Sick was able to bring home her first district individual championship with a time of 19:51, 18 seconds better than the field. The boys AA was controlled by Northeast Bradford, who placed four in the top ten and had a 61 second spread in the process to defeat runner up and state representative Danville 70-123. Taylor Woznicki of Wyalusing edged out Sullivan County’s Logan Hatton to win the individual district championship. Both runners were clocked in at 17:14.
PA#6 North Allegheny continue to have the number of PA#6 Baldwin, this time by placing four in the top 21, including district individual champion Ryan Gil, to win the AAA boys team championship 92-109. North Hills and Plum were 3rd and 4th respectively and will also join those two teams in Hershey. Individually, the big matchup was between Gil and Mt. Lebanon’s Rad Gunzenhauser. Gunzenhauser has had his share of big victories this season, but Ryan Gil, despite not having as many wins, came through on this big stage, running 15:30 to Gunzenhauser’s 15:43. Joe Kush of North Hills also broke the 16 minute mark, running 15:48 to earn a 3rd place finish. The AA boys race went as well for Quaker Valley as any race could have gone. The AA PA#2 squad used a 58 second spread and placed six in the top 17 to breeze through to the team championship with 41 points, 158 points better than 2nd place. Beaver Area (2nd), Greensburg Central Catholic (3rd), and Shady Side Academy (4th) will also go to Hershey as teams. Evan Miller of Laurel was able to hold off the Quaker Valley 1-2 combination of runner up John Yankello and bronze medal winner Nat Fox to win the individual championship with a time of 16:33.
PA#2 Norwin girls were marking this day to break through and win their first ever AAA girls district team championship. In their first big race since Sharpsville on October 3rd, Norwin used an individual championship performance from Jenna Gigliotti (18:26), placed three in the top 21, and fought off the 2-5 finish from North Hills top two runners to come home with the team championship by a score of 112-178. Despite a large spread, Norwin managed to keep their highest point total to 41 points, which was 58 places better than the runner up. North Hills (2nd, North Allegheny (3rd), and Butler (4th) will also be making the trip to Hershey. In the AA girls race, Quaker Valley completed the AA team championship double, placing four in the top 25 to hold off runner up Shady Side Academy and their 3-5-8 finish by a score of 85-108. Our Lady of Sacred Heart (3rd) and Northgate(4th) will also be making the bus ride to Hershey next weekend. Sarah Miller of Quaker Valley was a big piece of the championship puzzle, winning the individual championship for the team champions, running a time of 19:30, five seconds better than the field.
The Henderson pack approaching 1.75 miles. Four "H's" are visible, and the #4 man in hidden to the left in between. 67 points in this big, this competitive a race, is dominating. Sam Bernitt and Brad Miles were 2nd and 1st, respectively, for North Penn - taking off at the 2-mile park.
The depth of District One was on display at Lehigh University, especially in the girls AAA race, where no one team was dominant. No one team placed three in the top 25 and none of the state qualifiers had a spread under 60 seconds. PA#4 North Penn, who has come back into the state podium picture after a slow start to the season, were able to overtake a short handed PA#5 Pennsbury 195-245. Pennsbury ran without their number two runner Ann Herman, but their depth came to the forefront as this young team still managed to grab runner up honors. PA#10 West Chester Henderson took 3rd place honors with 260 points, Central Bucks South came up and snagged 4th place with 273 with four in the top 46, and Strath Haven’s three in the top 33 earned them the final team qualifying spot with 274 points. Individually, the big question coming into the meet was who would win the head to head battle between Pennsbury’s Sara Sargent and North Penn’s Megan McGovern. McGovern had run the fastest time in PA last week on this course with a time of 17:39, but on this day, Sargent matched that time and in the process defeated McGovern for the district title by 12 seconds. McGovern’s time was still in the top five in PA this season. In the girls AA race, St. Basil’s continued to flex their AA muscle by winning yet another district title with 40 points, 30 points better than runner up Villa Joseph Marie. The two time AA state champions placed four in the top 10 with a team that only has one senior. Individually, Christopher Dock’s Janine Powis took home the individual championship with a time of 19:50, only one second better than runner up Emma Mahony of Villa Joseph Marie.
The state qualifying spots in AAA boys were up for grabs outside of the top two or three teams. Everyone knew PA#2 West Chester Henderson was the favorite to win the meet. However, since they had kept themselves away from the spotlight for a big part of the season, no one was certain how good they could be in a big field for 5000 meters. Well the questions were answered and what everyone suspected would happen back in the preseason did happen today. In a field of 58 full teams, Henderson placed five in the top 22 with a 44 second spread to score 67 points, winning by 124 points over PA#9 North Penn, who had a 1-2 finish from district champion Brad Miles (15:35) and Sam Bernitt (15:46). Council Rock North came through at the right time with a 3rd place finish, scoring 198 points with three in the top 50. PA#7 Unionville hung on for 4th place with 201 points with four in the top 52 and a 41 second spread, and Hatboro-Horsham, a team that had been hanging around the top ten all season, took the final state spot with 226 points and four runners in the top 47 and a 51 second spread. In the AA race, Lower Moreland went 11-12-13-18-19 with a spread of 30 seconds to outlast Jenkintown and their 2-6 finish, 73-84. John Shope of Phil-Mont Christian won the individual championship by 15 seconds, running 16:27 to be one of two guys to break 17 minutes in the field.
Both varsity races were dominated by two great teams that no one either knows about or doesn’t take seriously. The PA#1 Germantown Friends School used a 69 second spread to go 1-5-6-7-9 to win the Independent School State Title with 28 points, the only team to break 100 on the day. Gus McKenzie led the way for GFS, running 16:21 to win the individual title. The PA #7 Notre Dame girls team also scored 28 points with a 1-3-7-8-9 performance of their own to win by 61 points. Maria Seykora won the individual championship while leading Notre Team to the team state title, running 19:43 to win by 9 seconds.
The boys AA race featured arguably the deepest AA district field in the state. The race featured AA PA#3 Fairview and previously ranked North East and West Middlesex. West Middlesex had a 49 second spread, but had their 3-4-5 runners score in the 30s. They would finish 3rd with 135 points. Fairview had a 5-9 start, but had their number five runner score 44 points. They would finish 2nd with 110 points. North East, a team that had been known for having a strong 1-2 combination and not too much behind that, came through in a big race and put a huge margin on the field with 66 points. All three teams will go to the state meet next week. Normally, the story would be about how Alex Beardsley won the race by a large margin but his team would come up short. This time, his team won the district title, and he didn’t win, as Nate Tallada of Saegertown outdueled Beardsley by 3 seconds, 17:40 to 17:43. In AAA boys, McDowell placed five in the top 12 and six in the top 15 to earn the opportunity to represent district 10 in Hershey with 44 points, 14 points better than Meadville. Jacob Kildoo did what he did best and that’s win another big race, running 17:23 to win by 16 seconds over Logan Steiner of Meadville.
The girls AA race featured a head to head battle between AA PA#4 West Middlesex and AA PA#5 North East. Both teams matched up very evenly throughout the scoring, with both 1-4 runners stuck right with each other in the race. But a 25 point score from West Middlesex’s 5th runner proved to be the difference as West Middlesex defeated North East 85-88. Union City would finish 3rd with 106 points, and they were led by the individual champion Vicki Bem, who ran 20:43 to win the race by 6 seconds. All three teams will go to states next Saturday. In AAA girls, Meadville placed three in the top 10 and five in the top 18 to represent district 10 in Hershey with a score of 46 points. Elesia Wilson led the charge for Meadville, running 21:03 to win the individual gold medal.
PA #3 Altoona had yet another dominating performance in their final tune up before they contend for the state championship next weekend. On this particular day, they scored 18 points with a 1-2-4-5-6-7 with a spread of 70 seconds, with Wade Endress leading the way as always with an individual district championship, running 16:06. In AA boys, Penns Valley had their scoring five in the top 23 to rise high above the competition with 75 points, 54 points better than 2nd place United, who will be joining them in Hershey. Individually, Alex Woodrow of Marion Center took exactly 17 minutes to win the individual district championship, 17 seconds better than 2nd place.
Previously ranked State College had started on a good note and then hit some bumps on their road to Hershey. But on district day, they were perfect, going 1-2-3-4-5 for 15 points with a spread of 50 seconds to cruise with the team AAA championship. (The top three stuck together with a 1-5 goal in mind - Photo by Bob Piccirillo) Lucia Sofo was the first runner in that quintet, running 19:49 to take the individual gold medal, repeating her 2008 district performance. The top ranked AA team and the 9th ranked team in PA had an easy go of it, placing 3-6-7-11-19 to score 46 points and defeat runner up Forest Hills by a large margin, but Forest Hills will make the trip to Hershey for their runner up performance. Leah Anne Wirfel ran 18:42 to lead her Forest Hills teammates, winning by 16 seconds.
Flash results from Jayson Jackson
AA Girls: Leah Anne Wirfel 18:40|Angel Picarillo 18:58|Central Cambria wins team title|2nd place between Forest Hills and Somerset AAA Girls: State college girls perfect score|Sofo-Adams-Schmidt-Del Bosco-Balogh|Sofo repeated as champ AA Boys: Alex Woodrow, Marion Center wins|Mike Salguero 2nd|Early team results look like Penns Valley wins, Central Cambria 2nd (Just started raining) AAA Boys: Altoona 18pts 1-2-4-5-6|Endress 16:04|Fischer 16:10, both faster than Big Valley|Alex Monroe, Indian Valley 3rd
Elk County Catholic came away with both the boys and the girls team AA district championships, with the boys coming away with a 26 point victory over Cranberry and the girls earned a 15 point victory over Brookville. Both runner ups will join Elk County Catholic on the line in Hershey. The boys placed three in the top 5, led by individual gold medalist Chris Antonio (17:45.87) and runner up Harley Thompson (17:55.12). They also placed five in the top 13 to earn the big victory. The girls placed three in the top ten and five in the top 18 to win the championship. Individually, Emily Giannotti continued her winning way by winning the district gold medal, becoming the only girl to break 20 minutes with a time of 19:56.61 to win by 33 seconds.
In the AAA races, the Bradford Area boys placed five in the top ten, including individual champion Matthew White (17:50.98) to win by 18 points over Punxsutawney and earn the right to represent the district at states. In the girls AAA race, Punxsutawney was able to pull off the narrow 47-54 victory over DuBois Area to earn a bus ride to Hershey. Milea Schall led a 1-6-7-11-22 finish for Punxsutawney, running 20:46.70 to win the individual championship.
PENN STATE WOMEN WIN BIG TEN! GO NICOLE, KARA, NATALIE AND LINDSEY!
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Not-to-miss matchups for this week's district races...
While we'd like to be everywhere, we would be interested in a FEW pix of top individuals and teams (action or awards) from D2, D5, D8, D9 and D12). We have someone at every other district meet.
Cumberland Valley's Leigha Anderson looks for a repeat in D3
The Cumberland Valley pack attack (both races)
LaSalle v St. Joe's Prep in D12
Ryan Gil vs Red Gunzenhauser in D7
North Allegheny guys continue re-emergence vs tough Baldwin
Norwin has been aiming for this part of the season
Emmaus vs Liberty in D11
Liberty's Jess Cygan looks to rebound from leagues
Vince Perozze begins quest for back-to-back Perk Valley state titles in D1 facing North Penn's Brad Miles
Henderson vs Unionville vs North Penn guys
Frosh vs Soph as Pennsbury's Sara Sargent races North Penn's Meghan McGovern
Central Cambria begins trek for a three-peat in AA Girls
The 'Toona "Cruise" in D6
The first round of AA battles in D10