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PA Week Oct 18

by Don Rich, PennTrackXC.com, the site for PA news.

| Highlights | Elite marks | Lehigh Valley | Ches-Mont | Ed Narkewicz | Freedom | Mountain AC | Mountain Valley |
| Schuylkill | Southern Chester | Tri State Coaches | Lancaster-Lebanon | Suburban One American | Suburban One National |
| Bicentennial Lg | Shikellamy | Central Lg | Erie County | Mercer County | Northern Tier |



Frances Koons alone in 18:16 @ Lehigh Valley Conference @ Lehigh University

Henderson boys hold off county rival by one point @ Ches-Mont Champs, Greg Williams 1st, Ian Gottesfeld 2nd

Mt. Lebanon's James O'Toole beats Ian North Hills' Fitzgerald for 2nd time in three weeks and breaks Slippery Rock course record by 12 seconds, going 15:42 @ Tri-State Coaches

Craig Miller win 2nd consecutive league title. Twin Brad is coming back nicely from a stress fracture over the summer, finishing 2nd as Manheim Twp. takes League title

Kate Vernon, 18:08 5k @ Tyler State Park leads Gwynedd-Mercy to Bicentennial League crown

US#23 Hatboro-Horsham wins by 60 points @ Suburban One American

Chris Spooner breaks own course record at Shikellamy Classic, going 15:27


Lehigh Valley Conference @ Lehigh University, 5k
Frances Koons, Allentown Central Catholic, 18:16
Lauretta Dezubay, 11, Freedom, 18:51

10/15-Ed Narkiewicz All-League Meet @ Luzerne County Sports Complex, 5k
Lisa Giacometti, Dallas, 19:02

10/16-Lebanon-Lancaster League @ Ephrata Middle School, 5k
Miller, Craig, 10, Manheim Township 15:59

10/16-Tri-State Coaches @ Slippery Rock University, 5k
James O'Toole, Sr, 15:42, Mount Lebanon

10/17 Bicentennial League @ Tyler State Park, 5k
Kate Vernon, Gwynedd-Mercy, 18:08
Lynn Morelli, St. Basil, 18:14
Kahke Mealy, Gwynedd-Mercy, 18:39
Christina Morelli, St. Basil, 18:41

10/17-Suburban One National @ William Tennett 5k
Liz Kearins, Central Bucks West, 18:53

10/18-Shikellamy Classic 5k
Chris Spooner , Lewisburg, 15:27

10/14-Lehigh Valley Conference @ Lehigh University 5k - Frances Koons toured the Lehigh University 5k in 18:16, unchallenged. Parkland's squads are looking like state contenders heading into Districts. Frances Koons, the Allentown Central Catholic star senior, ran her final race at Lehigh's Goodman Campus, and took a ton of time off her race there a year ago. Her 18:16 was 35 seconds better than first-time XC runner (and reformed Field Hockey player) Lauretta Dezubay of Freedom. Koons won in 18:15.3 over Lauretta Dezubay's 18:50.8. Koons went out hard and by the mile mark had 9 seconds on Dezubay; 5:24 to 5:33. CCHS had the lead at 2 miles 32 to 35, but Paula Giguere, who is rounding into shape for Parkland, moved from 9th to 7th, while Kristen Knouse moved up from 13th at 2m to 11th and that was it. Parkland remains undefeated with this 30 to 34 win. Parkland's boys were not challenged by anyone on the way to their second straight league title with 28 points. Soph Steve Finley was first in 16:21, followed by teammates, freshman Tim Stepp in 2nd Kevin Collins in 4th, and Mark Hoaglund in 7th, and Kent Zwickl in 11th.

10/15-Ches-Mont League @ Malvern Prep 3.2+?- Henderson boys hold off charging Coatesville by one behind one-two tie between Williams and Gottesfeld. Henderson girls win behind Farkas. On a blustery day with winds gusting to 40 mph, the Coatesville boys let Henderson know that defending their state title may just come down to the two powerful Chester County teams. Each has won a state title in the past three years. Running a new course (estimated at 3.2) because of construction at Malvern Prep, West Chester Henderson held off a rapidly-improving Coatesville squad by one point, 40-41. According to a fan at the meet, Henderson was up by three points with 800 meters remaining, but with just 400 left, it was a tie with Coatesville's 6th in the lead for the tie-breaker. Coatesville had previously led at the 1k mark and the mile. Henderson's "4th runner" (Ravi Raj) returned for the 1st time in over a month, but dropped over five places in the final 800 meters as he is just not yet "back to form." Coatesville had only lost to Henderson by three points in a dual meet a week earlier (when Henderson took the top 3 places) and looked even more impressive yesterday, with Amin Garnett placing 3rd overall and the rest of their team placing their remaining six runners in front of Henderson's 4th runner. Greg Williams and Ian Gottesfeld finished one-two in the same time, 16:56. In the girls race, Henderson was also victorious behind the 20:31 win by Karen Farkas. Handerson, placing four in the top ten.

10/15-Ed Narkiewicz All-League @ Luzerne County Sports Complex 5k- The Dallas girls dominated the race behind Lisa Giacometti; while the Fritz brothers tied @ Ed Narkiewicz All-League, formerly knows as the Wyoming Valley Coaches Meet.Dallas won the AA girls titles, but they would have won the AAA as well by placing five runners in the top ten for just 33 points. Hazleton won the AAA with 52 points. Lisa Giacometti paced Dalls with a 19:02 finish. Calab and Josh Fritz of Northwest went 1-2, both times in 16:45, but Wyoming Seminary won the AA title with 134 points. Hazleton took AAA with 101.

10/15-Freedom Invitational @ Brush Creek Park 5k- Mars emerges winner a from 3-way tie with Center and Riverview; Northgate boys win @ Freedom Invite. Mars, Center and Riverview each placed two runners in the top ten, and each finished the race with official five scorers at 77 points, but Mars got the nod on the basis of their sixth runner, who was 27th. Ali Briggs of Washington won the race in 21:17. Brentwood junior Andrew Pope won the race in 18:12, but his team finished 2nd to Northgate by 12 points. Northgate was led by Peter Stahl, 5th in 18:54.

10/15-Mountain Athletic Conference @ Indian Valley Middle School 5k- The State College boys held off rival Altoona by two points to win the Mountain Athletic Conference title. Penns Valley's Jud Brooker was the only guy under 17 at Indian Valley Middle School in the Mountain Athletic Conference Championships. State College, behind the 7th place finish of Peter Crowe in 17:54, won the team title with 66 points. Altoona was 2nd, two points back.

10/15-Mountain Valley Conference @ Lehigh University 5k- The Pleasant Valley boys take East Stroudsburg South, as Brian Cullin wins for South. Stroudsburg girls win, as Lehighton's Krystyn Fenon takes individual honors. With three runners in the top ten, including Rich Little (17:23) and Matt Frable (17:41) in 2nd and 3rd respectively, Pleasant Valley held off East Stroudsburg South by six points in the boys race. Brian Cullin, the East Stroudsburg South sophomore, won the race in 16:46. He had been 2nd at the Centaur Invitational in September. The Stroudsburg girls were victorious behind the 3rd place finish of Katie Armitage in 22:01. Krystyn Fenon of Lehighton was 1st in 20:20 on the very windy day over a muddy course.

10/15-Schuylkill League @ Tuscarora State Park, 5k-Wind and upperclassmen didn't intimidate the two freshmen from Tamaqua who ran off with league titles in their first try. Wind gusts over 40 mphs didn't slow the field down as the much as expected, as underclassmen/women showed they had no fear of the wind, hills or those who have been through this before. Tamaqua's frosh Isaac Dunkelberger led the "upstarts" with a 16:10 win. He was joined by two other teammates in the top six. Alexa Griffiths, another Tamaqua freshman, wont he girls' race in a strong 19:15.

10/15-Southern Chester County League @ Nottingham Park 5k- Unionville and Great Valley have strong girls and boys teams this season, so it was no surprise they split the titles at the Southern Chester County League Championships. It was a battle in both races between Unionville and Great Valley, with Katie Thaeder (19:21) leading Unionville to the title in the girls race 27-33, and 2nd place John Hughes (17:50) leading Great Valley to the 42-53 title in the boys race. Colin Leak of Unionville was the top in the guys' race in 17:34. Unionville girls placed four in the top ten.

10/16-Tri-State Coaches Association @ Slippery Rock University 5k-James O'Toole smashes the Slippery Rock course record while clipping Ian Fitzgerald for the 2nd time this season, but Fitzgerald's team is victorious. Katie Grimm wins a sophomore-only sprint with Liz Brickley, but North Allegheny wins team title. Mount Lebanon's James O'Toole not only beat Ian Fitzgerald of North Hills for the 2nd time this season, he smashed the course record at Slippery Rock University, going 15:42 on a cold and wet day. The course record had been set last year by Greenville's Jed Christiansen, in 15:54. Anything approaching 16:00 on the course is considered great. Fitzgerald was gapped by 75 meters by the finish, and was timed in 16:10. But Fitzgerald's North Hills teammate deliverd a nice pack with a 1:10 spread to tally just 60 points and top Mount Lebanon by 46. Katie Grimm, the Penn Hills sophomore, outsprinted fellow soph Liz Brickley of Latrobe to win individual honors, with both clocked in 19:28. North Allegheny, behind senior Amy Ruffolo (and with Kelly O'Brien being held out to rest for WPIAL's next
week) won with 112 points, 26 up on Mount Lebanon. Ruffolo finished 3rd in 19:42.

10/16-Lancaster-Lebanon League @ Ephrata Middle School, 5k- Craig and Brad Miller went one-two to lead their team to a big win, and Betsy Sensenig cruised, while Garden Spot topped Ephrata fors the girls team title. It looks like Brad Miller is rounding into shape nicely after spending much of the season recovering from a broken foot suffered over the summer. Brad joined soph twin Craig at the front of the race, finishing second in 16:26. Craig ran away from everyone to go 15:59 for his second consecutive league title. And Manheim Township placed five in the top 21 to tally just 40 points. Their spread of 1:35 was strong. And only one of the top five is a senior. Betsy Sensenig has been on a mission this season, and she got her championship run off to a good start with a 19:33 win. Garden Spot junior Emily Beahan lead her team to a nine-point win over LL power Ephrata, finishing 5th in 19:59.

10/17-Bicentennial League @ Tyler State Park 5k-Kate Vernon goes 18:08 to lead Gwynedd-Mercy, while Brandon Jones sets pace for nearly perfect Holy Ghost Prep. Gwynedd-Mercy and St. Basil each placed three runners in the top ten, but Gwynedd-Mercy, behind the first place finish by Kate Vernon in 18:08, won the team title with 44 points, 16 up on St. Basil. Holy Ghost Prep missed a perfect score by just two points, with Brandon Jones leading the team with a first place 16:37. HGP had six runners in the top seven.

10/17-Suburban One American @ Ursinus College 5k-Hatboro-Horsham took both teams titles. Frosh Kerry Swayne led Hatboro-Horsham in 18:03 for 2.9 miles for the girls, while Upper Dublin senior Matt Lawson was the boys champ, going 14:58.

10/17-Suburban One National @ William Tennett, 5k- Council Rock-North and North Penn staked their claims as states-contenders with divisional team wiins in the Suburban One National Conference Championships. Buddy Davis of North was the overall winner on the 5k course at William Tennent in 16:08. Kyle Murray of CB East was 2nd, four seconds back. CB West's Liz Kearins continued her strong season, going 18:53 for the best time of the day. North Penn's girls were first overall.

10/18-Shikellamy Classic @ Shikellamy Stadium 5k-Chris Spooner broke his own course record (by a lot) and led his team to the "league" title at the Shikellamy Classic. Lewisburg took the team title with a spread of 1:48, placing five in the top 11. Amber Hackenberg. Mid., won the individual title, as Danville scored five better than Warrior Run to take the team championship.

10/18-Central League Championships @ Rose Tree Park, 5k - Andrew Butler led two teammates across the line before another team crossed, as Upper Darby scored just 25 points. Julia Somers and Adriana Boyle went 1-2 for Haverford. Butler was timed in 16:43. Somers went 19:32 for her first League title.

10/18-Erie County Championships @ Fairview HS, 5k - Brian Soder and Lindsay Petri 1st as Fairview boys and General McLane girls win titles at Erie County Championships. Sophomore Lane King of host Fairview finished 3rd in 17:05 to lead his squad to the team championship, just three points better than General McLane, even though their first four were in the top ten. Harborcreek's Brian Soder was the individual champion with his 16:24. Lindsay Petri, a General McLane soph, paced her team to a convincing team title behind here 19:38. Fairview's Aryn Gruneisen was 2nd in 10:25.

10/18-Mercer County Championships @ Hickory HS, 5k - Jed and Jake Christiansen go 1-4 to lead Greenville. Hickory misses by a point to Slippery Rock in girls race. Jed Christiansen finished in 16:12, and four of his teammates were across the line within 2:03 to give Greenville the conference title with just 39 points, 33 better than West Middlesex. Frosh Jake Christiansen was 4th in 17:22. The Slippery Rock girls placed four in the top 13, and held on for a one point win over Hickory, 64-65. Hickory junior Kara Morris, won the race in 19:45 6:14 Hickory, 18 seconds up on Slippery Rock's Erin Cranmer-Hart.

10/18-Northern Tier Championships @ Northeast Bradford HS, 5k - The Northeast Bradford boys placed five in the top 12 and tallied just 37 points. Their top three went 4-5-6. Towanda's Ryan Mulcahy was the individual champs in 16:12. The Wellsboro girls were even more impressive behind the first place 19:08 by Caitlin Strahota. Wellsboro scored just 26 points by getting their five scorers in the top nine. Mansfield's Tricia Learn was 2nd in 19:16.


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