10/27-Ellwood City SR Jake Walker, Latrobe FR Natalie Bower lead teams to D7 titles

Jake Walker has not only wiped the one blemish off his season, he has complete erased it. After losing the Slippery Rock Invitational because of illness, he came back a week ago to take the Tri-States, and then followed it up with the District 7 title, also at Cooper\'s Lake, going 15:48. Better yet, his Ellwood City team will be going to States as District 7 champs, beating Quaker Valley by 23 points.

In AAA, North Allegheny continued their season-long win streak, once again topping Pittsburgh Central Catholic, this time by 43 points behind the 2nd place finish of Max Brown in 16:30. Central Catholic\'s Scott Van Kooten won in 16:10.

In AAA Girls, Latrobe firmly established themselves as one of the favorites for a state title. The race also produced the three fastest times of the day. Frosh Natalie Bower led her Latrobe team to the title, running 18:51 for the win, with Penn-Trafford junior Diana Filtz 2nd in 19:05. and North Allegheny senior Kelly O\'Brien 3rd in 19:07.

Sophomore Kacey Gibson of Neshannock beat the defending state champ Rachel Erny of Brentwood by 16 seconds, going 19:12. Riverwiew won the team title by 87 to 95 over Greensburg Central Catholic behind the 3rd place finish of Allison Garda in 19:47.