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Weekly Roundup - Oct 19

by Don Rich,
PennTrackXC

| Berks Co | Lebanon-Lancaster | Schuykill | Lehigh Valley | Grove City | Erie |
| Susquehanna | District 8 | French Creek | Tri-State Coaches | Ches-Mont | Bicentennial |
| Pioneer | Mid-Penn | Wyoming Valley | Mountain Valley | Suburban One National |
| Suburban One American | Central League | NTL | York Area | Midwestern |
| Southern Chester |


Highlights

Kate Papenberg 18:35.3 to win York County League Title.

Northeast #2 Wyomissing girls cruise behind one-two Amy-Debbie Huss performances of 18:50-18:54

Miller twins get the best of Clark twins in Lebanon-Lancaster League battle, with Craig/Brad going 1st and 6th, and Pat/Ben going 2nd and 8th. Pat Clark ran a 3200 of 19:15 at PA States this past spring.

Jesi & Jed Christiansen win comfortably. Little brother Jake wins Jr. High 1.5 miles in 8:12. Hickory girls nip Slippery Rock and Mercer. West Middlesex uses 40-second spread to dominate

Brian and Eric Soder lead Harbor Creek to Erie County Championships.

Parkland girls, 2000 AAA State Champs, beat 2001 State Champs Allentown Central Catholic for 2nd time in two weeks.

Henderson takes Ches-Mont League behind Gottesfeld-Williams tie.Bair experiences breathing problems and fades after mile at Tri-State Coaches Invitational.Ian Fitzgerald win. Taranto girls' champ. Fuller holds off Philbin at Mid-Penn Champs. Blood wins AA.

Summaries

Thursday, October 17: Tri-State Coaches' Association Invitational @
Slippery Rock - Not to take anything away from North Hills' Ian
Fitzgerald, who captured the Tri-States Coaches' Association
Invitational in 16:20, but he did beat favored Sam Bair of Shaler. Bair
experienced breathing problems after the first mile, and faded. Mount
Lebanon, behind the 3rd place finish of Jim O'Toole in 16:46, won the
team title with 97 points. North Hills was 27 back. In the girls' race,
Christine Taranto, West Allegheny, set a brisk early pace, and pulled
away from the field to win in 19:17. Favored Hempfield senior Lauren
Bricker was 8th. Mount Lebanon took the team win with 128 points behind
the 13th place finish of Casey Depasquale in 20:36. Quaker Valley was
2nd, while North Allegheny was 3rd.

Thursday, October 17: Ches-Mont League Championships @ Malvern Prep -
Ian Gottesfeld and Greg Williams led Henderson to their league crown,
both clocked in 16:23. And as expected, Jessie Yester led her
Downingtown teammates to the team win over Coatesville, as they placed
four in the top ten.

Thursday, October 17: Bicentennial League Championships @ Tyler State
Park - Bill Ference had been leading Holy Ghost Prep most of the year,
but teammate Rob Burns saved the league championships to take the front,
going 16:47 for a nine-second win. Prep took the first six spots, plus
8th place to tally just 15 points. Gwynedd-Mercy , behind Meghan
Bishop's 18:49, totaled just 36 points for the easy win.

Thursday, October 17: Pioneer Athletic Conference @ Daniel Boone
Homestead - Lansdale Catholic, behind the first place finish of Patrick
Gould in 16:33, held off Owen J. Robert's by four points. OJR's Tim
Egolf was 2nd, 14 seconds back. The girls' team race was even closer, as
Perkiomen Valley nipped St. Pius X by a point, 35-36. Javi Hartenstine,
SPX, was first in 19:40, followed by Brittany Long, of Perkiomen Valley
in 19:54.

Thursday, October 17: Mid-Penn Conference Championships @ Gettysburg
High School - Cumberland Valley's Brian Fuller held off Cedar Cliff
senior Pat Philbin by 10 seconds, going 16:10. But Carlisle placed five
in the top 19 behind the 7th place finish of Nick Brousse in 17:08. The
effort held off defending state champ Cedar Cliff by a point.
Chambersburg junior Kylee Schuler returned the Steel City favor on Cedar
Cliff soph Janelle Young by 22 seconds, going 19:12. But Cumberland
Valley, behind the 3rd place finish of Beth Troutman in 19:37, easily
captured the team title with just 54 points. Ryan Blood, East Pennsboro,
and Kyleigh Millhouse, Boiling Springs, easily defend individual titles.
Bishop McDevitt girls, behind 2-3 finish of frosh Chelsea Lacko in
20:35 and junior Whitney Bradley in 20:58, with just 33 points.

Thursday, October 17: Wyoming Valley Coaches' Association Championships
@ Luzerne County Sports Complex in Forty Fort - Brad Baird led Lake
Lehman to the boys' AA team championship, taking the race in 16:46.
Hazleton captured the boys' AAA championship with two runners in the top
ten. Jessica Jones, Bishop Hoban, won the girls' race in 20:05. Hazleton
took the AAA crown behind the 2nd place of Marie Monk's in 20:12. The AA
champions were Dallas, behind the 3rd place finish of Whitney Adams in
20:35.

Wednesday, October 16: Mountain Valley Conference @ Indian Valley Middle
School - Rich Little, Pleasant Valley, led his team to 2nd in the
Conference with a 17:03. But it was the 2nd place 17:24 of Bob Cohowicz,
Stroudsburg, that was the top effort for the winning team. Robin
Szarzynski, Pleasant Valley, led her team to the Conference win with her
20:01. Stroudsburg was 2nd, 11 points back.

Thursday, 10/17 - Berks County Conference Championships @ Kutztown
University - Wyomissing, the #2 team in the Northeast US according to
Harrier Magazine, tuned up for the post-season with strong performances
at the Berks Conference meet. Amy and Debbie Huss went one-two,
controlling the pace and finishing in 18:50 and 18:54. The team's 27
points was 19 better than 2nd place Governor Mifflin. For the boys, the
Wyo scorers split 1:15 with team leader Paul Stoltzfus finishing 2nd in
16:28, after being outkicked by Twin Valley's Shawn Moore.

Thursday, 10/17 - Lebanon-Lancaster League Championships - Two families
(four twins) take half the top eight spots in Ephrata at the
Lebanon-Lancaster Championships. Pat Clark, Cedar Crest, is returning to
form after some early season illness. That's the good news for Cedar
Crest. The bad news was there's a new set of twins on the scene (Pat's
twin Ben is also on the team) - the Millers of Manheim Township. And it
was frosh star Craig who held off the veteran by five seconds with his
winning 16:36.3. In the battle between Brad (Miller) and Ben (Clark), it
was the younger who prevailed, getting 6th in 17:09.8 over Ben's 17:18.2
8th place finish. Manheim Township prevailed by just two over Cedar
Crest, but it was Solanco, behind the 5th place 17:07.7 of Derek
Jennings, that took the boys title by eight points. In the girls' race,
Emily Kruger, Lampeter-Strasburg, had been winning invitationals this
fall, but ran into Lancaster Mennonite sophomore Kristen Groff and her
19:36.9. Kruger was 16 seconds back. Ephrata's Betsy Sensenig finished
3rd in 20:18.6 to lead her team to the league title, over 2nd place
Lampeter-Strasburg.

Thursday, 10/17 - Schuylkill All-League Championships - Nativity B.V.M.
placed their five scorers in the top ten to total just 28 points behind
the winning effort of Sam McBreen in 20:07. Tamaqua was a distant second
with 100 points. Pottsville's Shane Clauser captured the boys'
championship in 16:15 to win by 24 seconds. His effort led his team to a
60 point win over North Schuylkill, as they placed all scorers in the
top 22.

Friday, October 18: Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference
Championships @ Lehigh University - Greg Macri of Parkland, last year's
runner-up to Dorian McDonald of Liberty in final Mountain Valley meet,
made a big move at the two mile mark to beat soph Sam Luff of Emmaus to
become the first champion at the inaugural Lehigh Valley
Interscholastic Athletic Conference Meet in 16:28. Parkland packs 4 in
the top 9 to win the team title. Frances Koons of Allentown Central
Catholic surges at the mile mark and comfortably cruises to victory in
18:59. Paula Giguere, back from injury, places second and leads her
Parkland team to victory.

Saturday, October 19: Rain, wind, and the Greenville Christiansen's were
slip-slidin' to conference championships at Grove City HS. Jesi was
timed in 18:26, to finish a minute ahead of her closest persuer. The
Hickory girls, behind the 4th place finish of frosh Lauren Baldarelli in
19:50, held off Slippery Rock by four points, and Mercer by eight. Jed
Christiansen won easily in 15:46. West Middlesex, with just 40 points
and with just a 38-second spread between 1st and 4th, was led by the 4th
place finish of Bradley Ruffo, in 16:41, to beat Greenville.

Saturday, October 19: Erie County Championships @ Fairview HS - Harbor
Creek went 1-2-4-10-12 to tally just 29 points and capture the Erie
County Championships on a cold, wet, windy day, 16 better than General
McLane. Brian and Eric Soder went one-two in 16:46 and 16:57,
respectively. Seneca's Leah Coveleski went 20:52 to lead her team to the
win by 17 over Corry. The best combined score went General McLane with
125 (girls 80, boys 45).

Saturday, October 19: Susquehanna Valley Conference Championships @
Shikellamy Statium Course in Sunbury - Lewisburg's Ashleigh Wetzel ran
the 3rd fastest time in course history, behind only the last two by
Angie Saterstad, going 19:09 for the win. She was a 48 second winner
over over Amber Hackenburg of Middleburg. Danville took the team
championship behind Adrienne Sharp's 4th place 20:34 and placed all five
runners in the top 18. Central Columbia took second led by Karen Hause
in 7th. On the boys side, Lewisburg's Chris Spooner notched a 30-second
win over Williamsports's Curtis Carnes in 16:03.4, a new course record.
However, his team was second to Shikellamy, with 42 points
(3-7-8-10-14), led by Steve Thompson's 3rd place 16:51.

Saturday, 10/19 - District 8 Championships - The Allderdice girls and
boys teams became the first teams to qualify for the PIAA Championships
by winning the District 8 (Pittsburgh City League) Championships. Three
days of rain had turned much of the course to mud, forcing runners to
slog through large puddles and causing some harriers to fall on the
sharper turns. Times were significantly slower than at the last league
meet held October 10, and the rain and wind literally tore bibs right
off the runners, so scoring the race was difficult. In the boys' race,
Tom Jech (Allderdice) won in 17:24, and teammate Ron Warnock second in
18:05. Khafre Wade (Langley), Rich Hanlon (Carrick), and Micah Chaney
(Schenley) all finished in the top six, and qualified for States as
individuals. Allderdice finished its seven runners in the top ten places
for 22 points. Allderdice's Molly Ainsman, who was also the City League
winner last year, defended her title in 20:29. Mara Horwitz (Schenley)
qualified for States, finishing second in 20:49. Allderdice then swept
the next six places to tally just 19 points. Anne Stadler (Langley) and
Madeline Seltman (Schenley) rounded out the top ten. Josh Delouis
(Langley) and Lili Knezevich (Allderdice) won the junior varsity boys'
and girls' races, respectively.

Saturday, October 19: French Creek Conference Championships @ Cambridge
Springs HS - What a day up here in northwestern PA. Cold and pouring
rain - terrible running conditions!! There are no team scores because
the county champion is determined during the dual meet season. (Both the
Union City Boys and girls won the county titles, the boys for the 21st
consecutive year). We had a surprise in the Varsity boys race with
Richard Gawlinski of Union going 17:27 to beat pre-race favorite, and
teammate, Reuben Smith. Linesville's Molly Walker took the girls' race
in 22:29.

Thursday, October 17: York Area Interscholastic Athletic Association
League Meet @ John Rudy Park - Red Lion sweeps individual titles: Kate
Papenberg 18:35.3, Travis Balley, 16:18.7.

Friday, October 18: Suburban One League-National Conference @ William
Tennent - Split 'em up! Even though the Council Rock North boys are
missing an entire school of athletes, they are still rolling in XC. The
boys took the team title with just 35 points, placing five in the top
12, and six in the top 16. The 1-5 spread was a nice 31 seconds, behind
John Palumbo's 2nd place 16:29. Joe Dare, Souderton, won individual
honors with a 16:19. The North Penn girls, behind Cheryl Dingman's 3rd
place 19:31, were 21 better than Council Rock North. Val Myers, Central
Bucks East, was the top finisher, going 19:06.

Friday, October 18: Suburban One League-American Conference @ Ursinus
College - Quakertown's Adam Breisch bounced back from the Virginia
invasion last week at William Tennent to post a fast 14:55 on the 2.95
mile Ursinus College course, capturing the Sub-One American
Championship. Upper Dublin's Matt Lawson was eight seconds back. And
Janine Ricci, leading Hatboro-Horsham all season, continued her prep for
the major portion of the post-season by 17:28 to outdistance
Cheltenham's Marissa Pinzini by 24 seconds.

Saturday, October 19: Central League Championships @ Rose Tree Park,
Media - Haverford senior Eddie Dutch has been concentrating more on
running this year than ice hockey, and the work paid off with an
invitational win in his league championship. He toured the rolling Rose
Tree circuit in 16:20, to win by 27 seconds. But Strath Haven placed
three in the top nine to take team honors, behind the 2nd place finish
of Matt Jasnose.

Saturday, October 19: NTL Championships @ Northeast Bradford HS -
Mansfield's Chris Cummings posted a 16:19.1 to win the NTL Championship.
His team didn't fare as well, as North Bradford's Dillon Lockwood
finished 4th to lead his team to the title in 16:57.8. Wellsboro was six
points back. Wellsboro's Dailyn Cooney was 3rd in 19:15.6 to lead her
team to a win with just 43 points. Wyalusing Valley's Jenny Stevens was
the champ in 19:01.6.

Sunday, October 20: TCAC Meet @ Cranberry - Eisenhower boys, led by
Grant Allen. Meadville girls. Heather Milmoth of Eisenhower.

Thursday, October 17, 2002 5K
York Area Interscholastic Athletic Association League Championships @
John Rudy Park
The Red Lion girls, behind the one-two power of Kate Papenberg (18:35.3)
and Erin Zellers (18:49.2), placed four in the top ten. Brittney
Emenheiser was 5th in 19:35.8, and Sara Frey was 10th in 20:30.8. Red
Lion's Travis Bailey took the boys' YAIAA Championship in 16:18.6 by six

seconds over Susquehannock's Ron Kirchner. Red Lion placed all seven
runners in the top 30 with a 1-5 spread of 1:28.


Tuesday, October 8, 2002 5K
Midwestern Athletic Conference Championships @ Brush Creek Park
The Quaker Valley girls and boys teams took titles, but not without a
fight. Zach Thomas led both his team and other individuals with his 1st
place 16:58 (betters Zack Dorman's 2001 course record of 17:16). Ellwood

City was 2nd, ten points back. West Allegheny's Christine Taranto took
the girls' individual title in 19:11 (betters 19:45 course record of
Lauren Shaffer in 1999). But Quaker Valley, behind the 3rd place finish
of Maxine Markfield in 19:55, captured a five-point win over Montour.
Moon Area's Sam Howard was 2nd in 19:47.


Wednesday, October 16, 2002 5K
Southern Chester County League Championships @ Nottingham Park
Great Valley continued their excellence in the Southern Chester County
League, but the boys had an easier time than the girls. Villa Maria gave
them all they could handle, and just lost by three points. Erin
Schlesing led Great Valley with her 4th place 20:09. A resurging
Unionville (3rd in the team competition) was led by the first place
finish of Katie Thaeder in 19:36. On the boys' side, Eric Fleming of
Bishop Shanahan won with ease in 16:16. Great Valley placed five in the
top eleven for the win with 32 points. Ben Franczuszki, in 16:57, and
Jordan Stitzer in 17:02, led Great Valley with their 2-3 finish.


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