PREVIEW: 2022 District 2 Championships

The Wyoming Fairgrounds will be buzzing early as the 2A boys are set to take the course at 9:30 AM. They will be followed by the girls at 10:30, Boys 1A at 11:30, Girls 1A at 12:30, Boys 3A at 1:30 and Girls 3A at 2:30.

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District 2 Class A Girls - Race Preview

  • State Qualifying Spots For Teams: 2
  • State Qualifying Spots For Individuals: 10

Individuals To Watch: Kate Korty (Forest City); Mary Pichette (Montrose); Emily Black (Lakeland)

Contending Teams: Montrose, Lakeland, Elk Lake, Mountain View

The Rundown:

Kate Korty (Forest City) is positioned to improve her runner-up finish from 2021. She finished third in the state last year and has run times in line with what she ran a year ago. The quartet of runners from Montrose could challenge her, but it's unlikely, and they may be more focused on the team title. Emily Black will be near the front as well.

Montrose is the heavy-handed favorite in this bout. They have five of the top ten times in the classification this year, with four girls under 21 minutes. They are the defending champions and returned their Top Four runners from last year. They are a consistent team, capable of packing up and running together.

Lakeland is best in line to secure the second bid. Though their spread could be detrimental, they have a solid front two and strong core behind them.

District 2 Class AA Girls - Race Preview

  • State Qualifying Spots For Teams: 2
  • State Qualifying Spots For Individuals: 10

Individuals To Watch: Madelyn Keating (Wyoming Area); Lacey Danilovitz (Riverside); Madison Hedglin (Dallas); Ella Novelli (Crestwood)

Contending Teams: Crestwood, Dallas, Honesdale.

The Rundown:

Madison Hedglin is the defending district champion, though the road back to the title will be slightly more difficult this year. Lacey Danilovitz and Riverside (2) moved up from 1A, and Danilovitz has enjoyed a breakout season. She shattered the 19-minute barrier, running 18:15 at the Lehigh Paul Short Run.

But Madelyn Keating ran even faster. Keating Ran 18:03 at Paul Short, placing ninth in her incredible run. Needless to say. It'll likely be Danilovitz and Keating battling upfront for the win.

The team battle remains largely up in the air. Crestwood and Dallas are the two favorites, with the edge going toward Crestwood. Crestwood's best finish of the year was their eighth-place finish at Paul Short, which featured a 20:51 1-5 average by the team. Dallas placed fourth at the NEPA Invitational behind a 21:00 average. It could go either way, but lucky for both teams, two bids are available.

District 2 Class AAA Girls - Race Preview

  • State Qualifying Spots For Teams: 1
  • State Qualifying Spots For Individuals: 5

Individuals To Watch: Anna Pucilowski (Abington Heights); Bella Noreika (Scranton); Ryan O'Connor (Delaware Valley)

Contending Teams: Abington Heights, Delaware Valley, Scranton

The Rundown:

Abington Heights will likely run away with the crown after finishing runner-up last year. They've been impressive throughout the year and hoist a respectable 20:15 1-5 average based on season-best 5Ks. Coupled with one of the tightest compressions in the classifications, they should jump out to a dominating victory. Expect their starting five to all finish in the Top 5.

Delaware Valley and Scranton should be in the mix.

Speaking of Abington Heights, Anna Pucilowski should manage the field and soar to the district championship in her freshman campaign. She has run 40-seconds faster than anyone else in the area this season after she notched an 18:15 in late September. She was 16th in the 3A race at the PIAA Foundation Invitational.

Experienced junior Bella Noreika could give her a run. She was fourth in this championship in 2021.