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PA Week Sept 6

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

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Super soph Craig Miller breaks Gettysburg record

Craig Miller, the sophomore who set the US Frosh record for 1600, broke his own meet record at Gettysburg. Henderson's one-two of Ian Gottesfeld (FL 02) and Greg Williams ran the fastest recorded splits at the Twin Valley Relays, with Williams getting the edge by three seconds. Ian Fitzgerald, North Hills, debuted at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, going 15:29. Jed Christiansen, Greenville, posted a 15:28 win at Big Red.

Big Red - Leuenberger, Christiansen and Allen just after the mile mark. (photo by Kerry Barry)

Gettysburg - For a moment, it appeared Fuller (135) would pull it out, but a smart move at the finish gave Miller the win. (Photo byPennTrackXC)


8/30 - McDowell
Brian Soder, 12, Harbor Creek, 15:27
Grant Allen, 12, Eisenhower 15:56

9/6 California
Dave Mock, 12 Westmont Hilltop 16:00
Marissa Umbel, 11, Indiana Area HS 18:44

9/6 - Big Red
Jed Christiansen, 11, Greenville  15:28
Grant Allen, 12,Eisenhower  15:52
Josiah Leuenberger, 12, West Middlesex  15:58

9/6 - Gettysburg
Craig Miller, 10, Manheim Township 15:45
Brian Fuller, 10, Cumberland Valley 15:45
Janelle Young, 11, Cedar Cliff 18:45
Kylee Schuler, 12, Chambersburg 18:53

9/6 - Abington
Steve Hallinan, 12, Cardinal O'Hara 15:41
Kate Vernon, Gwynned Mercy 18:53

9/6 - Duquesne Invitational @ Schenley Park, Pittsburgh
Ian Fitzgerald, Sr* 15:29 North Hills
James O'Toole, Sr* 15:42 Mt. Lebanon
Ken King, Jr* 15:50 Connellsville
Josh Eddy, Jr* 15:56 North Hills
Katie Grimm, So* 18:30 Penn Hills
Amy Ruffolo, Sr* 18:36 North Allegheny

Gettysburg Invitational @ Gettysburg HS - Manheim Township super soph
Craig Miller didn't surprise anyone today. But he still went out and
topped his own meet record against top senior Brian Fuller of Cumberland
Valley. Miller went out hard and took a commanding 30 meter lead before
the mile, but the experienced Fuller, running his own race, worked his
way back before two miles and hoped to outkick the younger harrier like
he did at States in 2002 when both received the same time, going 4th and
5th. But Miller won this dual and broke his course record of 15:58 he
had run last year. (Twin Brad has resumed training following a fractured
foot, and expects to race again by the end of September.) In the girls
Varsity A race, junior Janelle Young of Cedar Cliff ran much of the way
stride-for-stride with senior Kylee Schuler of Chambersburg, winning in
18:44.The boys small school race was won by Andrew Montgomery of George
Mason, VA in 16:35, while Lancaster Mennonite frosh Shertzer, Lindsey
held off senior teammate Kristen Groff by four seconds to win in 20:03.

Twin Valley Relays (4 member team, 2 miles each) - West Chester
Henderson has been doing relays so far this season, but it's hard to
hide their one-two punch of Ian Gottesfeld and Greg Williams (or is it
the other way around?). Four runners each run a two-mile loop, and
Williams had the day's best split of 10:27, while Gottesfeld was 2nd
best at 10:30. The two marks are also the fastest on record for the
meet. Henderson's "A" squad won with a total time of 45:06, 19 seconds
better than Tulpehocken.

Duquesne Invitational @ Schenley Park, Pittsburgh - Ian Fitzgerald
cruised to a 15:29, followed by three of his teammates in the top six,
to lead his team to a 78-81 win over rival Mount Lebanon. Fitzgerald's
effort with two other teammates in the top six, led his team to a 78-81
win over rival Mount Lebanon. North Allegheny, Hampton, Central Catholic
and Baldwin were 3-6. Jim O'Toole of Mount Lebanon went 15:42 for
second. In the girls' race, sophomore Katie Grimm of Penn Hills went
18:30 to win by six seconds over North Allegheny's Amy Ruffolo. But
North Allegheny posted only 56 points. North Hills was 2nd, 133 points,
Hampton 3rd, 169.

Abington Invitational @ Abington HS - The Cardinal O'Hara boys took 1st
and 2nd places in the Varsity race this morning, but Coatesville
prevailed 53-61 at the Abington Invitational XC Meet behind Shane
Synders 4th place effort. O'Haras' Steve Hallinan cruised to a 48 second
victory (15:40.03) over teammate Greg Thomas (16:28.40). In capturing
the team title Coatesville went 4-7-10-11-21 to Cardinal O'Hara
1-2-5-26-27. Gwynedd-Mercy took 1st behind Katie Vernon's 18:53.

Mill Street Run, Bristol - Buddy Davis won the race and led his Council
Rock North team to 20 points and a win. Four other teammates were in the
top ten. The Council Rock North girls were led by Jessica Cickay's 2nd
place 17:45. Bensalem's Ashley Kelly took the race in 16:59. Holy Ghost
Prep won the boys Division II race, while the Villa Joseph Marie girls
captured the other Division II race.

Big Red @ West Middlesex - Jed Christiansen of Greenville holds off the
strong challenges of Grant Allen of Eisenhower, and Josiah Leuenberger
of West Middlesex. But it is Quaker Valley that posts the team win by
just two (85-87) over Eisenhower behind the 4th place finish of Zach
Thomas. Greenville 3rd with 100, and West Middlesex 4th with 118 Points.
In the other Red Division (larger AA schools), Anna Hoffman of Mohawk is
first in 19:28, with Slippery Rock taking 1st with 83 points behind the
5th place finish of Erin Cranmer-Hart. Youngsville took the boys' White
(smaller AA schools) division and West Middlesex captured the girls

California Invitational @ California University of PA -
Westmont-Hilltop's David Mock stayed close to defending state champ
Chris Spooner a week ago, but had no competition this week, winning
going away in 16:00. Indiana junior Marissa Umbel went 18:44 to win by
1:04 over sister Rachel. Greensburg Central Catholic took the boys
varsity title with 46 points, placing four in the top ten, led by Adam
Smith's 4th place 17:04. Kim Hohlweg led Franklin Regional to a team
win, totalling just 59 points. She finished 7th in 21:15.00.

Bear Mountain @ Lock Haven University - The State College girls and Owen
J. Robert's boys win with nice pack scoring. The State College girls,
behind the 2, 5, 8, 10, 13 score of 38, beat Oakland Catholic by 12.
Warrior Run's Shannon Hoffman took first in 20:06.00. State College's
Meghan Mason was 2nd in 20:16.00. Owen J. Roberts used a pack scoring 3,
4, 6, 7, 11 for just 31 points to win by 16 over State College. Northern
Lebanon's Chris Herr won the race in 17:00.00.

Blue Gold Classic @ Middleburg - The Jersey Shore boys and the Jersey
Shore girls scored wins over five other teams, including Williamsport.
The Jersey Shore boys, behind the 2nd place 18:14 by Zach Lengel, and
the Jersey Shore girls, behind the 4th place 23:10 by Bethany Young,
scored team wins over five other teams, including Williamsport. Amber
Hackenberg, Middleburg, won the girls race in 20:12 Middleburg, and
Williamsport's Curtis Carnes took the boys race in 17:32.

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