One of the best days in the history of girls cross country, as two meets crown two champions - one at Foot Locker and another at USATF
Making return trips to Nike Cross Nationals are West Chester Henderson boys and Pennsbury girls... and joining them this year are the Unionville girls. Individually, Kevin James was hear a year ago with his Cardinal O'Hara team, but is solo for 2013. Joining him from PA is South Williamsport junior Griffin Molino.
Comprehensive coverage of the PIAA District Meets... where PennTrackXC is onsite at ten of the twelve. We couid use a photo or two or even a photo gallery from District 5 and from District 9.
Conferences week in PA
Many top teams will head up to the Bronx on Saturday to compete at the huge Manhattan Invitational! Other squads will have their final tune up races before league championships start next week! Elk County Catholic's Kennedy Weisner faced Tatnall's Reagan Anderson in 2012. This year she is facing Unionville's Courtney Smith.
According to the pop hit from the 1960s, “One” is the loneliest number, but all the “One(s)” – as in No. 1s – at the Grove City Invitational were wearing big smiles and far from sad Saturday.
PA has passed the halfway point of the 2013 season and one of the area's biggest meets has arrived! Over 150 high school squads will compete at Lehigh University for the annual Paul Short Run, one of PA's must see events! Delaware's big event, the Salesianum Invitational is also this weekend, with a PA contingent ready to continue their success at Brandywine State Park!
PA#1 Unionville beat 7-time NXN champions Fayetteville-Manlius 45-79 in the featured, seeded race, putting five ahead of FM's four, and eight ahead of FM's five. Elk County Catholic's Kennedy Weisner posted a solo effort of 16:54.6. Maplewood's Jeremy Parsons won the Boys Varsity A Race in 15:19.5.
Two of District 1's state qualifying contenders looked for a change of pace in their season and a positive boost to get them back into form.
Cumberland Valley sophomore Mady Clahane took her running career to a new level at the Carlisle Invitational - beating a returning Foot Lock Finalist, and setting the fastest time on new course or old in the 21st edition of the Carlisle Invitational. In the boys Challenge race, Carlisle junior Zach Brehm defended his home turf in a very fast 15:28.
We've reached the halfway point of the 2013 cross country season and Carlisle will mark the occassion with their big annual invitational. A handful of PA teams will run through Six Flags in New Jersey while Unionville will challenge themselves against the seven time defending national champions Fayetteville-Manlius of New York at the McQuaid Invitational. Kennedy Weisner of Elk County Catholic. She is the defending champion and course record holder.
Here are the starting box assignments for the 21st Carlisle Invitational, courtest of Meet Director and Carlisle Head Coach Ed Boardman
This year, Unionville returned to the 2 mile invitational and reminded everyone just how good this group really is. Conestoga, Downingtown West and North Penn all finished in the top five overall to give their seasons a major boost!
US#9, PA#2, Pennsbury girls survived a scare, winning by 12 points over PA#3 Mt. Lebanon by a score of 78 to 90. (Photo by David Beyerle)
Cardinal O'Hara boys successfully defended their Briarwood Championship title, but had to fight hard to keep it.
The senior Chambersburg trio of Courtney Group (19:51), Natalie Holder (20:00) and Alex Orr (20:26) finished 2-3-5 to help their squad cruise to the AAA team crown over Handley VA 39-79.
Ok, so it isn’t the proverb you learned as a child, but it was quite appropriate for the 2013 edition of the Sharpsville Blue Devil Invitational as heavy morning rain turned a dry circuit into a sloppy one once hundreds of harriers took the starting gun.
A new course record for Tessa Barrett at the PIAA Foundation meet. An incredible team performance by the North Allegheny guys at the same meet. The Unionville girls impressed at Cherokee in NJ. (Photo coursey of Margaret Smith)
Junior Kevin James shattered the meet record and led last year’s state team runner-up ~ Cardinal O’Hara ~ to a convincing win in their big meet debut at the Bulldog Invitational’s Large School Boys’ race in Rose Tree Park Saturday. (Photos by Chris Pastore)
Sophomore Madeleine Davison’s runaway victory powered North Allegheny to the top spot in the Division I girls’ race Saturday at the Spartan Invitational.
Carlisle's Zach Brehm nearly inspired his squad to the top of the team standings, but his Carlisle sqaud came up 7 points short of State College and their 46 second 1-5 spread 57-64. The winners were led by a 4th place finish from Will Cather and a 6th place finish from Chris Golembeski.
Week 3 of the PA Cross Country season will be the opening weekend for even more teams across the state. The Harry Grove Invite at Penn State, The Slippery Rock Invite, the Boardman Spartan Invitational in Ohio, and the Bulldog Invitational at Rose Tree Park highlight the PA weekend. Follow this page for all the updates!
They say that when you compete against the best, the best gets brought out of you.
NASCAR starts out each season with its biggest event. Saturday at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, cross country in western Pennsylvania put its crown jewel on display with the Red, White & Blue Classic.
Week 2 of the PA Cross Country season will be the opening weekend for many teams across the state. PennTrackXC will host the 5th edition of their annual cross country invitational at Kutztown University and Baldwin will host the 10th annual Red, White and Blue Invitational. Follow this page for all the updates throughout the weekend!
In this relay meet, each school has four two person relay teams. Unionville girls and West Chester Henderson girls show how strong they will be this season.
For 2013, the Viking Invitational was run at new venue, the Northampton Civic and Recreation Center. The brand new layout was very kind to Council Rock North's Ross Wilson and Pennridge's Marissa Sheva.
(Photo by Kathy Leister) This is the first weekend of what we anticipate will be another great season of cross country in Pennsylvania. Be sure to check here every week for the lates coverage, including results, photos, interviews and more.There are defending champs at many levels, and teams and individuals who hope to make post-season visits to Nike Cross Nationals and Foot Locker Nationals.