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Weekly Roundup - Sept 7

by Don Rich,
PennTrackXC

Miller twins debut | Invaders win at Penn State: Nicole Blood 17:54 leads Saratoga NY girls 23. Chris Kollar OH 15:42


Miller brothers make big debut at Gettysburg
Do not adjust your browser. Those really are two freshmen running with
Ryan Blood - PA Indoor 3000 Champ & top returning PA underclassman from
Northeast Foot Locker - at the 9/7 Gettysburg Inv. Manheim Township's
Craig Miller (#317) would finish 1st in 15:58, while bro Brad, would get
4th in 16:17. Blood 2nd in 16:01.


photo by Don Rich

Highlights

Gettysburg XC Invitational @ Gettysburg HS (Frosh Craig and Brad Miller
burst onto the PA XC scene with a 1-4 finish, with Craig going 15:58 to
beat Ryan Blood - Emily Kruger, Lampeter-Strasburg 18:37

Spiked Shoe Invitational @ Penn State (Saratoga Springs 23 points behind
Nicole Blood's 17:53.42 - Chris Kollar, Strongsville OH 15:41.50,
Scranton Prep's Jonathan Pastore 15:49

St. Basil Academy Invitational (Lynn Morelli wins home meet 19:24- Pat
Taggart, Fr Judge 17:35)

Big Red Invitational @ West Middlesex HS (Jesi Christiansen 18:42,
younger brother Jed 15:43)

Twin Valley Raider Relays in Morgantown (O'Hara boys sweep one-two)

Summaries

Gettysburg Invitational @ Gettysburg High School - Do not adjust your
browser. Those really are two freshmen running with Ryan Blood - PA
Indoor 3000 Champ & top returning PA underclassman from Northeast Foot
Locker - at the 9/7 Gettysburg Inv. Manheim Township's Craig Miller
(#317) would finish 1st in 15:58, while bro Brad, would get 4th in
16:17. Blood 2nd in 16:01. Blood said he was "pleased with his race
because I was faster this year than last at the same meet." However,
Blood had no advance warning that these two would be that good. Blood
was gapped on the final turn toward home. "I just didn't have it." In
the girls' race, Lampeter-Strasburg senior Emily Kruger pulled away from
Cedar Cliff's Janelle Young and Western Allegheny star Christine Taranto
just past the mile to win in 18:37.61. Taranto said she took the summer
off after a grueling junior year, and just started training August 12.
Hempfield's boys took Cedar Cliff by 11 points, while the Cumberland
Valley girls defeated Lampeter-Strasburg by 18.

Spiked Shoe Invitational @ Penn State University - New York and Ohio
teams came into PA and took individual and team titles. Saratoga
Springs, the nation's #1 ranked team (Harrier) went 1-3-4-7-8 (23
points) behind Nicole Blood's 17:53.42 to easily out-distance Governor
Mifflin and North Allegheny. Red Lion's Kate Papenberg was 2nd 1:01
back. Jenny Stevens, Wyolusing Valley, was PA's next finisher, getting
5th in 19:16.22. Chris Kollar, of Strongville, Ohio, held off Scranton
Prep star Jonathan Pastore by eight seconds, going 15:41.50. The Soders
of Harbor Creek, were 3rd and 4th, with Eric at 16:07.85, and Brian at
16:08.86. Strongville tallied 125 points, 36 better than Scranton Prep.
Results courtesy of Penn State University.

St. Basil Academy Invitational @ St. Basil Academy - The 1st annual St.
Basil Invitational was a success. The meet was attended by seven girls
schools and four boys schools. Individual honors went to Lynn Morelli of
St. Basil's and Pat Taggart of Father Judge. Morelli, running on her
home course, ran away from the field early and finished nearly a minute
ahead of runner up Mora Tipping of Merion Mercy, 19:24 to 20:22. Taggart
(17:35) and teammate Tim Creelman (17:48) pulled away from a pack of
Monsignor Bonner runners midway through the race to take the top two
spots in the boys competition. The girls team title went to Merion Mercy
Academy with 33 points, just three points ahead of Mount Saint Joseph's
Academy. Merion placed four runners in the top ten and five in the top
13. Monsignor Bonner took the boys title over Father Judge, 25-60.
Bonner took the next eight places after the top two runners from Judge.

Big Red Invitational @ West Middlesex High School - Two-time state AA XC
Champ Jesi Christiansen and her brother, Jed, take the Red Division
titles in the day's best times, 18:43, 15:44. But it is a strong host
West Middlesex guys team that wins the team title with 62 points over
Quaker Valley. The Quaker Valley girls teams took top honors with just
40 points, behind Maxine Markfield's 3rd place 19:24. White Division
team winners were Lakeview boys and the Youngsville girls.

Twin Valley Raider Relays @ Twin Valley, Morgantown - In 2001, Cardinal
O’Hara set a course record at the 20-year old meet, obliterating the old
mark of 45:40 (Solanco, 2000) with a 43:56 clocking for the 4 x 2 Mile
cross country relay. On Saturday, the Lions accomplished another first
at Twin Valley ~ a 1st and 2nd place sweep. The winning team of senior
Vince Gravelle, junior Mike Callanan, freshman Greg Thomas and senior
Paul Kazanjian crossed the line in 45:50. O’Hara’s 2nd place team,
featuring junior Steve Hallinan, senior Dan Boyle, freshman Matt Willard
and junior Jack Braconnier, was timed in 46:10. Host Twin Valley
finished 3rd in 46:57. Hallinan, who ran the fastest split in the race,
bettered his number 2 all-time performance at Twin Valley, running
10:43.0. In 2001, Joe Francisco, then of O’Hara, now of Widener, ran
10:37.5, still the fastest split in Twin Valley history. In that same
year Hallinan ran 10:45.7. O’Hara also swept 1st through 10th in the
open JV race, won by senior Bernie Rendler. Freshmen Ryan Newland and
Matt Berrodin were 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Mill Street Run in Briston (2.9 Miles) - Council Rock-North took both
the boys and girls championships in this early season road race. Jessica
Cickay returned to her winning ways, going 17:40 to win by :59. North's
John Palumbo was the fastest in two divisions, taking his race in 14:44.
Rock-North took the first seven spots. Bill Ference, Holy Ghost Prep,
won Division II in 15:04, while Lauren Coincella, Villa Joseph Marie,
went 18:46, to lead their teams to wins.

Maroon & Gold Invitatonal @ Kutztown University - West Chester East's
Justin Woodruff went 16:18 for the 3.1 miles to lead his team to the
win. Chambersburg's Kylee Schuler won in 18:52, but it was three-time AA
state champs Wyomissing behind the 2-3 finishes of twins Debbie and Amy
Huss (19:11 - 19:14) that gave them the team victory with just 33 points
(2-3-5-6-17). Cardinal O'Hara was 2nd with 74 points.

 

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