- First-year runners take three of four top spots again in a big Central
PA meet, this one at Carlisle. Miller twins go 2-4 and Cumberland Valley's
Brian Fuller gets big win.
- Coatesville boys showing signs of challenging Henderson.
- Big dual meet this week to set up Steel City next Saturday. Soders
go 1-3 in Sharpsville, as Jed Christiansen
gets 2nd. Jesi wins. Again.
- Cardinal O'Hara wins both girls and boys titles at Bulldog.
JR Kate Papenberg, Red Lion
Brian Fuller, Cumberland Valley JR.
First year running cross country. Was 3rd @ Gettysburg, and learned
not to let anyone go early in a race. Hung on frosh Craig Miller,
and pulled away to win in final 400.
||The leaders at 1000 meters, left to right, Brad Miller, Manheim
Township, Ryan Blood, East Pennsburo, Craig Miller, Brian Fuller,
Carlisle HS Meet of Champions @ Carlisle HS - East Pennboro
Blood must feel like he's in a bad cross country movie called 'Attack
the Novices.' At Gettysburg three weeks ago, the senior star was 2nd to
frosh sensation Craig Miller of Manheim Township. Miller's twin, Brad,
was 4th in the race. And first time XC runner Brian Fuller of Cumberland
Valley, a junior, was 3rd.
But at Carlisle, Fuller used his first
experience to learn the importance of not letting anyone get a gap on
you, and pulled away over the final 400 to win on the great Carlisle
home course in 15:59.4. Craig Miller, staggering slightly in the final
straightaway, held on for 2nd. Blood, fighting allergies, was 3rd, and
Brad Miller again garnered 4th.
In the other "Challenge", or "A" race,
juniors Kate Papenberg, Red Lion, and Kylee Schuler, Chambersburg,
battled most of the way, before Papenberg's power gave her the win in
18:37.5. Coatesville served notice that they are on a fast road to
challenging at States this year by placing four in the top 27 to win the
team title with 119 points. Governor Mifflin placed five in the top 31
for just 68 points behind Nikki Stoyer's 6th place 19:40.88.
In the other two varsity races, North Allegheny swept both. North Allegheny
registered for the "Challenge" race, but somehow ended up in
"Champions" race, and didn't get to run against the better teams.
Coatesville was still the better team on the day. But in the girls'
race, it would have been a close call either way with Governor Mifflin.
Upper Merion's Jon Gries won the 2nd varsity race in 16:46.4, while St.
Basil's Lynn Morelli cruised to a 19:03.50 win.
Paul Short Invitational @ Lehigh University - There's
another top runner
emerging at Springfield (Montco) in the person of Mark Korich, who
controlled the Lehigh course with a 15:46.1, to win by 23 seconds over
West Chester East's Justin Woodruff. Holy Ghost Prep's Bill Ference was
3rd in 16:25.7 to lead his team to a second place showing behind
Maryland's Northwest HS, placing five in the top 14. In the girls' race,
Gwynedd Mercy went one-two behind Meghan Bishop, 18:54.1, and Khaki
Mealy, 19:27.5, easily outdistance Saucon Valley, tallying just 55
Sharpsville Invitational @ Buhl Park (3.0 miles) - The
(Eric + Brian) took it out hard, but Jed Christiansen, Greenville,
maintained a 25 yard gap (slightly obscured at right). With about 800
left, the gap grew smaller, and with 400 to go, Jed was with the Soders.
Christiansen passed Brian (15:14), but Eric (15:04) held on for a 2
second win on the 3-mile course. Harbor Creek cruised in the team
competition with their 34 points easily outdistancing McDowell's 78. The
developing story is that team behind the Soders, as all five scorers
were in the top 14. The gap of 1:45 is a bit wide, but there's time to
correct that. In the girls' race, Jesi Christiansen wins again, this
time in 17:58. Seneca, with 69, was 14 better than McDowell.
Bulldog Invitational @ Rose Tree Park - Cardinal O'Hara
used the second
place finishes of it's #1 runners, plus three more top 25 finishers
each, to take the Large School races. Frosh Katie Kelly fought off a
rough finish to go 19:19, seven seconds behind St. Hubert's Amy Kelly.
And Steve Hallinan was 2nd to St. Joe Prep's Tim O'Neill for the 2nd
straight year at Bulldog, six seconds back in 16:15. The O'Hara girls
had 69 points, while the O'Hara guys scored just 61. In the Small School
Race, Upper Moreland's Jim Holzwarth won in 16:41 and his team tallied
just 38 points. Wissahickon won the girls race with 58 points.
Brandywine's Jessica Leitsch went 19:54.
A.J. Everhart Invitational @ the Penn State-Fayette
Campus, Uniontown -
19:03 5K Michol Monaghan Laurel Highlands, Greensburg-Salem boys,
Allderdice girls win team titles.