A narrated photo tour of the Hershey Parkview PIAA State Championship XC course re-designed in 2008 after two years with a different finish closer to the mile.
Photo courtesy: John Olson, South Carolina Runner's
AAA Champs - West Chester Henderson
Emmaus is the reigning champion and they return four runners from that championship team which is going for three in a row. Jess Cygan is the favorite to repeat as individual champion.
The toughest Pennsylvania league in boys high school cross country has to be the Ches-Mont. Year in and year out, the two top programs in the league battle each other for supremacy - with both going on to do well at the District 1 Championships, and ultimately, the PIAA State Championships.
Top returner Will Kellar leads a deep Henderson as a strong favorite for 2009. But 2008 runner-up LaSalle could have what it takes to challenge for the top. Will Perk Valley's Vince Perozze make it two in a row for the school?
Two time defending state champion Central Cambria surprised many last year by regaining the title in close fashion in their first year without two-time Foot Locker all-American Carly Seymour. Individually, many familiar faces return in 2009, as only nine of the top twenty-five finishers last season were seniors.
Defending champs Elk Lake returns, but so does the team that they nipped by two points, York Suburban. Alex Beardsley is the top individual returner.
The Norwin High school girls enjoyed a fine 2008 cross-country season.
North Penn senior Brad Miles is fully healthy and in great shape to achieve goal of PIAA championship
Stephen Welsh: Boys AA Champ- 16:37
Randy Wilson: Central Cambria Coach- 07, 08, 09 State Champs
2009 AA Girls State XC Highlights
Sara Sargent: Girls AAA Champ- 18:35
In winning an individual title at the WPIAL cross country championship, Jenna Gigliotti credited her teammates.
West Chester Henderson is the strong favorite to end the two year reign of champions North Penn.
Central Cambria XC Team: State XC Champs 07, 08, 09.
2009 AA Boys State XC Highlights
Areias has helped William Tennent improve each season of her career.
West Chester Henderson Boys XC: 2009 AAA Champions
2009 AAA Boys State XC Highlights
Brad Miles: Boys AAA Champ- 15:47
Dan Wessner: Emmaus Coach- 3-Time Champs, 07, 08, 09
2009 AAA Girls State XC Highlights
Ron Herman, head coach York Suburban, and team #1 man Nick Schrading, who was 16th overall in 17:10
Emmaus Girls XC Team: AAA Champs in 07, 08, 09
Lindsay Kerr: Girls AA Champ- 18:56
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