PREVIEW: District 5/8 Championships 2023


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It is officially Districts Week. We will keep you updated with brief previews of all of the upcoming action. These articles will include predictions, as well as quick notes on the potential contenders.

In the 1A and 2A ranks, District 5 and District 8 are combined to create a Region.

Qualifying Spots - 2 Teams out of 1A & 10 Individuals per gender. 1 Team out of 2A & 5 Individuals per gender.

The Editor's Picks and Predictions


Individual Champ

Team Title

1A Boys

Garrett Page - 17:42Meyersdale - 35 Pts

2A Boys 

Joseph Pencil - 18:10Bedford - 18 Pts

1A Girls

Savanna Hershberger - 21:18Johnstown Christian - 34 Pts.

2A Girls

Chloe May - 18:47Bedford - 21 Pts.

Boys' Notes and Ones to Watch


Individuals: Garrett Page of Windber finished third at last year's championship. He has the top time in District 5 1A this year, with the 17:29.9 that he ran at Ben Bloser. Teagan Ritz (Southern Fulton) ran 17:51.80 at Carlisle this year. Joseph McKelvey and Kevin Myers are amongst the potential contenders.

Teams: Chestnut Ridge (Defending Champs), Meyersdale (2022 Runner-Ups)


Individuals: Joseph Pencil won the 2022 D5 Championship and is the only boys to have run faster than 18:40 this year with his 17:57. Others to watch include Jonathan Gresh, Isaac Swope and Joseph Brallier.

Teams: Bedford -The Reigning District 5 Champs returned their entire Top 7 from 2022.

Girls' Notes and Ones to Watch


Individuals: Savanna Hershberger of Northern Bedford was the 2022 runner-up. She also has the top time in D5 1A this year, having run a minute faster than any other girl in D5 1A this year. Also watch Lydia Carnwath who finished third at last year's championship.

Teams: Chestnut Ridge, Meyersdale, Johnstown Christian (2022 Runner-ups)


IndividualsThe two freshman out of District 5 have been the talk of the town all year. Bedford's Chloe May and Somerset's Emily Fisher have been lights out. May ran 18:44 to win the Big Valley Invitational earlier this year, while Fisher ran 19:13 to win the Altoona Mt. Lion Invitational. They are the lone favorites.

Teams: Bedford (Reigning Champs) and Somerset (2022 Runner-Ups) will go head-to-head again this year but Bedford has the early advantage with a team average of 21:39.

2022 Winners - Individuals | Teams

1A Boys: 17:02 - Calan Bollman (Chestnut Ridge '23) | Chestnut Ridge

2A Boys: 18:59 - Joseph Pencil (Bedford '25) | Bedford

1A Girls: 21:14 - Ava Whysong (Chestnut Ridge '23) | Windber

2A Girls: 21:08 - Meah Eshelman (Bedford '23) | Bedford