There were 60 races this past Districts Week. And in each of them, we had an individual battle and a team battle. So, in total, there were 120 winners. We made predictions ahead of each battle in our previews and we were correct 83 out of the 120 times. That's a .691 batting average, which the Phillies could have used to get past the Diamondbacks last week.
Of course, out of the bunch, there were a few surprises. Here are our Top 4 Surprises from last week.
Emma Horsley Shocks District 2 with Late Pass for Win
If anyone saw this coming, good for them.
Horsley upset the field and ran a 13-second personal best to pass her teammate Anna Pucilowski following the last big uphill of the race. She soared to the finish line and ran 19:38.7 on arguably one of the most demanding courses of the campaign.
Wyoming Fairgrounds has routine ups and downs. There are few flat segments on the course, and you get little reprieve between the bottom of a hill and the start of an up.
Horsley helped lead Abington Heights to a dominant team victory, and they'll set their sights on the State meet this upcoming Saturday (11/4).
The Chambersburg Boys won the District 3 AAA Title
It was a tight battle as Chambersburg outscored Manheim Township 114-117. Elizabethtown scored 134, and Hershey was right there with 138.
Ari Snyder was the low stick for Chambersburg again, finishing fourth. However, the team also benefited from a personal best effort by Liam Kirkpatrick in ninth and a 16th place finish by Owen Shrader.
Ultimately, Chambersburg beat two Top 10 Ranked teams and pushed aside our questions about their strengths and weaknesses. If they can duplicate this performance at this week's State meet, they can make some noise.
PA #9 Conestoga Girls miss State Qualification
The team averaged 19:37 and posted a 71-second spread (better than any team in the top six), but it came down to one point for the final transfer spot. Ultimately, Strath Haven secured the sixth and final spot, outscoring Conestoga 300-301.
Then there was Pennridge, which also finished inside the Top 6. The team arguably had its best race of the year, finishing just six points back from PA #11 Mount Saint Joseph and besting PA #8 Phoenixville.
Pennridge received season-best efforts from its entire front five: Ashley Landis, Taylor Burkett, Veronica Gula, Kaegan Smith, and Maria Lera-Lozano. All, except Landis, actually ran personal bests. That put them in a position to post a 19:22 average.
Ultimately, it was the perfect storm for Conestoga to miss state qualification. Still, none of their starting seven are seniors, so they have an excellent opportunity to get redemption next year.
Riverview sneaks past Eden Christian for the District 7 1A Title
Final Team Scores (Full Results)
|1||Riverview||64||7+10+12+15+20 (37+68)||0:35 1-5 Split | 17:13 Avg|
|2||Eden Christian||80||2+6+9+14+49 (78+83)||2:33 1-5 Split | 17:12 Avg|
|3||Ellwood City||133||16+25+26+27+39 (48)||0:48 1-5 Split | 17:46 Avg|
|4||Winchester Thurston||146||4+28+35+38+41 (57+73)||1:45 1-5 Split | 17:48 Avg|
It was a total team effort for Riverview, and the team put together a stellar effort on the day they needed it most. Holden Deasy, Christopher Barnes, and Micah Ivy finished in the top 15. Ivy ran a personal best of 17:13 to do so. Through three runners, Eden Christian was beating Riverview 17-29.