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 Boys - Race Preview

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

Individuals To Watch: Nate Sinkovich (Montrose); Kendel Jones (Elk Lake); Jack Novelli (Wyoming Seminary); Dylan Way (Elk Lake)

Contending Teams: Montrose, Elk Lake High School, Holy Cross High School

The Rundown:

Sinkovich has finished in the Top-10 in each of his six races this season. He has run a personal best of 16:22 and is in a great spot to earn his first District 2 Title. He finished third in 2020 and runner-up in 2021. Freshman Kendel Jones could challenge him. He ran a personal best of 16:36 this year and finished eighth in the PIAA Foundation race earlier this year.

Jack Novelli could make things interesting. Although he hasn't broken 17 yet this year, he beat Jones at Foundation, running 17:10 on a challenging Hershey Parkview course.

The Team Race will be close. After No. 1 Sinkovich, Montrose has a stout squad yet again. They are the defending District Champions and returned five of their starting seven from last year. Four of those seven finished inside the Top-15 last year.

Elk Lake and Holy Cross could challenge, but Montrose is in the driver's seat at this point.

District 2 Class AA Boys - Race Preview

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

Individuals To Watch: Aidan Latourette (Honesdale); Daniel Danilovitz (Riverside); Logan Novobilski (Honesdale); Weston Medvetz (Crestwood); Nick Hockenbury (Lake Lehman)

Contending Teams: Honesdale, Crestwood, Scranton Prep

The Rundown:

Good luck to any team not named Honesdale. Honesdale is a Top-5 team in all of 2A. They rock a stellar 16:54 average based on best 5Ks and compression of 1:25. The stats don't lie, and the stats say they will be challenging to beat. Crestwood and Scranton Prep will battle for the second qualifying spot.

Aidan Latourette has seen incredible improvements this year, which have driven Honesdale's success. He finished 48th at last year's District 2 Championship, but now he is one of the favorites. He ran 16:08 at Paul Short and followed it up with a 16:09 the following week. The deafening champ is Nick Hockenbury, who is still capable of winning this year. He has run a limited schedule but ran 16:46 on a challenging Kutztown Farm Course this year.

Daniel Danilovitz ran 16:09 at Paul Short and was just behind Latourette. 

District 2 Class AAA Boys - Race Preview

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

Individuals To Watch: Brian McCormack (Scranton); Luke Pikulski (Scranton)

Contending Teams: Abington Heights, Scranton, Delaware Valley, Pittston

The Rundown:

Only one team will receive a bid from the D11 3A. Abington Heights enters as the favorite, with an incredible 38 - second 1-5 spread. With a 17:30 average to boot, they'll likely log a low enough score to lock up the championship. Scranton could challenge them. They have McCormack and Pikulski, who could very well go 1-2, and junior Aidan Graff, who could finish in the top 5. 

If Scranton's four, five, or six in Ryan Newcomb, Josh Atonal, or Joe Mcintyre have career days, they could upset AH.

There's no way around it; Brian McCormack is the individual favorite to win his first District title. He was second in 2021 but has been near-perfect this year. He won his first three races of the season and then exploded for a 15:37 at Paul Short. He finished 14th in a loaded race. The junior is poised for a strong race.