Pennsylvania Thrives in Muddy Conditions at RXC3

Brett Kroboth represented PA with a win in the Silver Race

Photo by Chris Wells/MileSplit


It was a muddy day in Huntsville, Alabama, but that didn't stop Pennsylvania's best from running hard. It should come as little surprise, that PA Natives thrived in the sloppy conditions at RunningLane while competing with the best athletes in the Nation.

Boys Gold:

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Brian DiCola (Hatboro Horsham) contended with some of the nation's best in the Gold race, no surprise here. DiCola fought hard in a fast-moving front pack, finishing in a time of 15:13.20. Back in the pack through the opening mile, DiCola methodically picked his way through the field. He moved up to the lead pack in the waning moments of the race, but was unable to run down the eventual winner, Steven West. This was an impressive performance for the Penn State commit after a top-10 finish last weekend at Champs Northeast Regional.

Andrew McGonigle (Owen J Roberts) ran a solid race taking 28th in 15:39.50. This was an excellent comeback for the senior after missing the PIAA State Championship in November. Just behind McGonigle was Drew Brill (LaSalle College High School), who took 43rd in 15:45.80.

Timothy Roden (Central Dauphin) capped off the PA boys in the Gold race taking 72nd in 15:59.20.

Roden is also coming off a top 10 finish last weekend at Champs Northeast regional.

Boys Silver:

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Brett Kroboth (Peters Township) took the individual title in the Silver race, running a solid 15:38.30. He ran wire-to-wire to win the title, battling the conditions out front and choosing his tangents wisely. The Garmin Running Lane win is a great addition to his impressive senior season.

Brett Kroboth after his Silver Win

Two other runners who finished in the top 10 were Joshua Jones (Grove City) and Gavin Mogck (Penncrest). Jones took 7th in 15:52.00, and Mogck took 10th in 15:53.90. Not far off from them was Cole Casadei (LaSalle) who finished in 12th (15:58), Luke Bodden (Radnor) who finished in 26th and Matt Castronuovo (Upper Dublin), who finished in 37th.

In the team race, the Grove City crew put up a solid fight finishing third out of thirty teams. Jones led the charge with teammates Isaiah Stauff running 16:53.10, MJ Pottinger running 16:55.60, Colsen Frank running 17:01.20, and Quinn McKnight running 17:14.00 to round out their top five. With a 16:47 average for 1-5, Grove City put on an impressive show one last time this season.

Boys White:

Chase Bowen (Blackhawk) threw down a personal best of 17:12.50 in muddy conditions to win the White race. He battled at the front for the majority of his race.

Chase Bowen wins the White Race - Photo by Chris Wells

Girls Gold:

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Sophia Rodriguez (Dallastown Area Middle School) was the top-performing Pennsylvania runner finishing in seventh place. The 8th grader ran an astonishing 17:55.70, beating many of the best high schoolers in the country. The future is bright for Rodriguez. Dallastown Area, may be dangerous next year, though they lose Granger to graduation.

Not far off was Harley Kletz (Montour), finishing in 19th. The Lipscomb University commit caps off an impressive high school cross country career.

Lillian DiCola (Hatboro Horsham) ran another solid postseason race finishing 66th, running 19:07.90. This is just a week after she finished 18th at Champs Northeast Regional. 

Girls Silver:

Grove City mixed it up on the team side of things, finishing 11th in the Silver race. With a 3:10 spread, Josie Jones led the way, followed by Morgan Davis, Abigail Perrine, Phoebe Graham, and Ava Hannon to round out the top five.