Pennsylvania teams and athletes are set to attend one of two Regional Championship meets tomorrow (11/26) in New York; Champs Northeast Regionals at Van Cortlandt Park and the Team Nationals Northeast Regionals in Bowdoin Park. Pennsylvanias are poised to tear up the New York dirt and we're excited to give you a run down of things to watch.
Champs Northeast Regional:
Over 200 Pennsylvanians are set to compete at the Champs Northeast Regional Championship. It would be impossible to highlight every athlete set to compete, so we'll focus on the notables from each gender. This is a star studded field, with six of the six PIAA State Champions in attendance. We have goosebumps just thinking about it.
Without Further Ado, The notables we'll be watching.
Logan St. John Kletter - St. John Kletter didn't have the PIAA Championship race that she was capable of. It can't be your day, every day. Look for St. John Kletter to bounce back in the Championship Girls race. The rolling hills of Van Cortlandt play to her strengths. She ran 17:29 at the Legends Meet this year.
Rory Lieberman - The 2A State Champion is back and looking to get the edge over Brian DiCola this time. Lieberman has been lights out and ran 14:47 at Paul Short earlier this year. Look for the Reigning 2A State Champ to challenge the 3A State Champ.
Brian DiCola: Speak of the Devil. The 3A State Champ is undefeated this year. He is looking to cement his status as one of the best runners in the Nation. This will be a fantastic opportunity to grab another resume mark before he heads off to compete at Garmin RunningLane next week.
Watch the Intense battle between Griffith and DiCola for the 3A Title.
AnnaSophia Viccari: Viccari is expected to compete in the Freshman/Sophomore Girls' race. She finished fifth in the PIAA 1A State Championship after winning the District 10 Championship. She hasn't had many opportunities to run on fast courses but still holds an 18:43 personal best.
Matthew O'Brien - The Cornell commit won the District 3 Championship and ran 15:11 earlier this season. He didn't have his best race at the State Championship, but he can bounce back in a big way this weekend.
Willow Myers - Myers was District 10 Runner-up and bounced back for a third-place finish at the PIAA State Championship. Myers, a Penn State commit, has run 18:53 this year and has collected four straight Top-5 finishes. She is riding momentum coming into this weekend.
Drew Griffith - The 3A Runner-up is looking for redemption, and he will get his rematch with DiCola on Saturday. The last time these two competed, they ran two of the fastest times we've seen on the Hershey Parkview Course. Now, these two will clash again, at the beginning of a rivalry. Griffith is arguably one of the best Juniors in the Nation.
Virginia Kraus - The 1A State Champion will race again. She has run one of the fastest times by a freshman girl in the Nation this year. She had no competition at the State Meet, and we're looking forward to seeing what she can manage with better competition.
Watch Kraus Dominate her way to the 1A State Title.
Thomas Smigo: The 1A Boys State Champion will see the Northeast's finest and the 3A and 2A state champions. Battle of the Champions? Smigo has run 15:21 this year.
Natalie McLean - McLean has been on a tear and most recently won the 3A Girls State Championship. She has run 17:30 this year. McLean is a challenging and gritty runner, so the hills of Van Cortlandt should treat her nicely.
Ryan Pajak - The 2A Runner-up, will also have a chance at redemption. Pajak has run 14:59 this year. Will we see a pack with DiCola, Griffith, Pajak, and Lieberman? One can only hope.
Watch Pajak and Lieberman battle for the 2A Title
Matt Castronuovo: Finished 10th at the District 1 Championship and 10th at the PIAA Final. How's that for consistency? He is getting hot and beat Brian DiCola in a track 3200m last week.
Colin Whitaker - Whitaker was fourth in the 2A State Championship race, won the District 3 Championship, and has run as fast as 15:04. He has put together a stout resume in 2022.
Caroline Adams - Adams has looked like a stud all year and broke through for an impressive sixth-place finish at the PIAA State Meet. She is carrying a ton of momentum into the Northeast Regional Championship.
Jolena Quarzo: Quarzo is entered in both Regional Meets this weekend, so it is to be seen which one she competes in. Regardless, she'll light up either race. Quarzo enters with one of the best personal bests in the field. She has run 17:17 on the XC course and sub-17 on the track. She most recently added a 2A State Championship to her resume. The NC State commit enters as one of the favorites to take the individual crown. She posted a 145-speed rating at the state meet.
Quarzo after winning the 2A State Championship
Logan Strawser - Strawser finished in third at the 2A PIAA State Championship after winning the District 6 Championship in the previous week. He has won three races and finished fourth at Paul Short with his 15:00. Look for him towards the front on Saturday.
Olivia Cieslak - The District 1 runner-up finished 15th at the State Championship, but the sophomore has enjoyed an incredible campaign. She won Paul Short and ran 17:41 earlier this year. She has the speed to compete with the finest in the field.
Camryn McGeehan - Has also enjoyed a strong season for Haverford and finished 21st at the State Meet this year. She ran 17:51 at the District 1 Championship in the week leading up to the state final.
Patrick Lawson: Lawson finished inside the Top-5 at the State Meet. He has run 15:06 this year and is one of the more potent runners in this field. He likes to work up throughout races, but that strategy may pose a challenge this week in the tight conditions of Van Cortlandt.
Brett Kroboth - Kroboth finished just ahead of Lawson at the State meet, landing in fourth. He has quietly enjoyed a remarkable season, finishing no worse than fourth all year. The Penn State commit will mix with Pennsylvania's best on Saturday.
Gabby Pistner: The District 9 Champion (1A) finished 12th at the State Meet. She was riding a five-meet win streak before the PIAA final and will look to continue her strong season in Van Cortlandt.
Lillian DiCola: DiCola was 16th in the 3A State Championship race after finishing seventh in the District 1 Championship the week before. Look for her to enjoy a strong outing.
Aidan Hodge - The Ole Miss commit finished in an impressive sixth at the State Meet. He continues to build into the year and has enjoyed standout finishes throughout the season. He ran a season-best 15:18 at Paul Short this year.
Kailey Granger - The District 3 Champ (3A) delivered a fifth-place finish for her team at the State Meet. Her best of 18:00 isn't the best in the field, but she is a tough runner and knows how to get the job done in racing situations.
Timothy Roden - Roden had a less-than-desirable finish at the State Championship, but he is capable of much more. He ran 15:01 to finish fifth at Paul Short and second at the District 3 Championships. The PIAA final was an outlier on an otherwise strong year.