District 2 runners will look to have another successful day at the PIAA Cross Country Championships in Hershey.
Wallenpaupack senior Tyler Wirth (Class 3A) and Holy Cross junior Andrew Healey (Class 1A) are among the top contenders to win individual titles in their respective classes, while Montrose boys could be in the hunt for the team title in Class 1A. Other Lackawanna League runners such as Scranton Prep senior Mia Bellucci (Class 2A) and Elk Lake seniors Peyton Jones and Shyanne Bennett (Class 1A) look to bring home another state medal for placing in the Top 25.
Wyoming Valley Conference runners Mitchell Rome of Dallas and the Holy Redeemer boys team could fare well in Class 2A.
It all starts Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with the Class 1A girls race. The weather forecast calls from morning clouds and afternoon sunshine with a high temperature of 53 degrees. Wind will be west-northwest at 15 mph with 67 percent humidity and a 20-percent chance of precipitation.
Due to the rainy weather this fall, the PIAA has altered the course. Gone is the hill in the final quarter-mile leading to the finish line, appropriately dubbed “Poop-Out Hill.” Instead, the course that held the PIAA Foundation Invitational in September will be used. Here is link to the course map on the PIAA website.
A look at each of the six classes:
CLASS 1A GIRLS
Start: 9:30 a.m.
Last year’s champions: District 10 Fairview (team); Tina Capparell, District 11 Marian Catholic (individual)
Top returning finisher: Haley Hamilton, District 7 Our Lady of Sacred Heart (7th)
District 2 runners: Holy Cross (Gianna Calciano, Kaitlyn Farrell, Emily Ferguson, Claire O’Connor, Ericka Pica, Molly Repecki, Mya Schimilifineg, Alex Tomanine); Shyanne Bennett, Sadie Bosscher, Krista Jones, Elk Lake; Danielle Setta, Lakeland; Georgia Smith, Montrose
Around the state: Fairview is in Class 2A this year, so there will be a new team champion. … Last year’s team runner-up, Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy, finished second in District 6 to Marion Center, which was fourth last year at states. … Vincentian Academy won the District 7 title, led by the second-place finish of sophomore Tara Lucot in 20:14. Lucot was ninth at states last year. … Union City placed six runners in the top 20 to win the District 10 title. Senior Abby Anaya led the way, finishing sixth in 22:18. … Senior Abigail Brown won the District 1 title in 19:05.3, leading Calvary Christian Academy to the team title. … Loyalsock senior Isabel Sagar won the District 4 title in 17:56. Sagar placed ninth last year at states in the Class 2A race. … Senior Sera Mazza from Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy won the District 6 title in 20:08.1. Mazza won the state title as a sophomore in 2016 and was eighth last year. … Northern Lehigh junior Reagan Pender won the District 11 title in 19:14.31. Notre Dame Green Pond sophomore Grace Medei was second in 19:29.51, helping NDGP win the team title. … Camp Hill took the District 3 team title, led by the second-place finish of junior Laura Sakol in 20:24.8. High Point Baptist senior Anna Steich was the individual District 3 champion in 19:38.3. Steich was 22nd last year at states. … Shenango sophomore Carmen Medvit won the District 7 individual title in 19:55. … Senior Anya Gizis won the District 12 title in 20:43.3, leading Masterman to the team crown. … Elk Lake’s Bennett is a four-time state qualifier who won a state medal last year by finishing 16th.
CLASS 2A GIRLS
Start: 10:15 a.m.
Last year’s champions: District 4 Danville (team); Marlee Starliper, District 3 Northern York (individual)
Top returning finisher: Starliper
District 2 runners: Valley View (Samantha Adams, Nicole Chiricos, Charisse Mulherin, Kaitlyn Newberry, Sophia Pisarski, Taylor Seprosky, Rina Zambetti, Brianna Zipay); Honesdale (Kassie Diehl, Isabella Frigoletto, Tedra Harrison, Mackenzie LaMorte, Thea Miller, Rachel Olver. Dana Pratt, Alexandra Skidmore); Alana Kravitz, North Pocono; Mia Bellucci, Scranton Prep; Anya Rusnak, Annie Skirpan, Western Wayne; Molly DeMarzo, Crestwood; Kaitlyn Hodakowski, Dallas; Madison Dewees, Cameron Marcinkowski, Holy Redeemer; Madison Brdaric, Abby Paczewski, Lake-Lehman;
Around the state: Starliper won the District 3 title in 17:19.70, leading Northern York to the team title with six of the top 22 finishers. … Greencastle-Antrim junior Taryn Parks was second to Starliper at the District 3 meet in 18:02.8. Parks won the state title as a freshman in 2016 and was third last year. … Sharon sophomore Gianna Labbiento won the District 10 title in 1934. She was fourth last year at states as a freshman. Fairview sophomore Maddison Hayes was second at the District 10 meet in 20:18. She placed sixth last year in Class 1A at states. … Villa Maria edged Fairview for the District 10 team title, 96-97. Both should be in contention for the state team title. … Defending state champion Danville placed five runners in the top 13 to take the District 4 title. A 2-3 finish by seniors Elaina Klinger (19:40) and Marisa Maffei (19:52) led the way. Klinger was 18th last year at states and Maffei was 25th. … Warrior Run sophomore Lauren Trapani won the District 4 title in 19:03. Trapani was second in Class 1A last year at states. … Blue Mountain freshman Olivia Haas won the District 11 title in 18:25.19. Northwestern Lehigh put five runners in the top 18 to take the District 11 team crown. … Quaker Valley junior Annie Wicker captured the District 7 title in 19:18.0. … Central Cambria had the top four finishers to claim the District 6 team title. Freshman Stella Kuntz led the way, winning the individual title in 19:51.3. … Scranton Prep’s Bellucci is a four-time state qualifier who earned a state medal last year with an 11th-place finish.
CLASS 3A GIRLS
Start: 11 a.m.
Last year’s champions: District 7 Fox Chapel (team); Elizabeth Mancini, District 12 Cardinal O’Hara (individual)
Top returning finisher: Emily Schuler, District 3 Dallastown (5th)
District 2 runners: Abington Heights (Emma Arbuckle, Sarah Bath, Allison Dammer, Hannah Hughes, Abby Marion, Modupe Osuntokun, Ellie Sanders, Sabriya Seid); Laina Bogusta, Alexandra Antonecchia, Delaware Valley; Katie Balay, Sarah Myers, Hazleton Area
Around the state: Schuler, a junior, won the District 3 title in 19:06.80, leading Dallastown to the team championship. … Central Bucks West topped West Chester Henderson, 104-111, for the District 1 team title. West Chester Henderson was led by freshman Jenna Mulhern, who won the individual title in 17:41.40. … State College took the top six spots at the DIstrict 6 meet to claim the team title. Senior Kileigh Kane led the way, winning in 19:17.30. Kane finished 12th last year at states. … North Allegheny placed five in the top 13 to win the District 7 team title. Junior Hannah Lindgren, who was 13th last year at states, leads the way. … Oakland Catholic junior Hannah Schupansky won the District 7 individual title in 18:43. She was 15th last year at states. Fox Chapel senior Sarena Seeger was second in District 7 in 19:00. She was 11th last year at states. … Freshman Meghan Vizian won the District 11 title in 19:19.05, leading Easton to the team title. … Senior Christine Mancini ran 19:51.20 to claim the District 12 title and help Cardinal O’Hara take the team crown.
CLASS 1A BOYS
Start: 11:45 a.m.
Last year’s champions: District 6 Penns Valley (team); Tristan Forsythe, District 7 Winchester Thurston (individual)
Top returning finisher: Jack Miller, District 1 Jenkintown (3rd)
District 2 runners: Montrose (Maxwell Brewer, Collin Chidester, Nick Coy, Declan Giannone, Liam Mead, Damien Riley, Colin Spellman, Nick Summerville); Andrew Healey, Kevin Jumper, Thomas Lee, Holy Cross; Peyton Jones, Noah Staff, Elk Lake
Around the state: Miller won the District 1 individual title in 15:58.50 as Jenkintown had the top six finishers in the race to claim the team title. … Penns Valley captured the District 6 team title, led by individial champion sophomore Brendan Colwell in 17:03.70. Colwell was 18th at states last year and sophomore teammate Colton Sands was 10th last year at states. … Winchester Thurston placed four runners in the top 10 to win the District 7 team title. Freedom junior Adam Hessler was the individual District 7 champ in 17:03. Hessler finished 13th last year at states. … Cochranton won the District 10 team title, putting three runners in the top eight. Reynolds junior Troy Hart won the District 10 individual title in 18:31 and West Middlesex junior Luke Mantzell was second in 18:32. Mantzell was 22nd last year at states. … Elk County Catholic edged Cranberry, 54-56, for the District 9 team title. Junior Ben Hoffman’s fourth-place effort in 18:21 led Elk County Catholic. Hoffman last year at states placed eighth. … Smethport seniors Christian Tanner (17:59) and Darion Gregory (18:15) went 1-2 in the District 9 meet. Gregory finished 12th last year at states. … Holy Cross’ Healey (4th), Montrose’s Mead (6th) and Elk Lake’s Jones (19th) all are returning state medalists from District 2.
CLASS 2A BOYS
Start: 12:30 p.m.
Last year’s champions: District 3 Wyomissing (team); Isaac Davis, District 4 Jersey Shore (individual)
Top returning finisher: Jonah Powell, District 10 Grove City (3rd)
District 2 runners: Holy Redeemer (Bryce Zapusek, Dominic Capaci, Larry Coridoni, Joe Delaney, Chris Hine, Nick Pikul, George Strish, Lukas Volpetti); Abington Heights (Noah Bolus, Stephen Haggerty, Damon Martin, Ethan Mattox, Reid Mattox, Gavin Ross, Sloan Seid, Ryan Siebecker); Stephen Postupak, Justin Goodrich, Scranton Prep; Dustin Edsall, Honesdale; Zach Reeves, Chris Noldy, Matthew McGowan, Lakeland; Mitchell Rome, Dallas; Peter Sayre, Tunkhannock; Chandler Longstreth, Lake-Lehman; Joey Rowley, Hanover Area
Around the state: Powell captured the District 10 individual title in 17:38, leading Grove City to the team championship. … Harbor Creek senior Aiden Weber was second to Powell at the District 10 meet in 17:52 and North East senior Josh Lewis was third in 17:53. Weber was seventh last year at states. … Led by freshmen Cole Adams (6th, 17:20.5) and Shea Walsh (9th, 17:25.6), York Suburban won the District 3 team title. Wyomissing was second behind individual District 3 champion Ben Kuhn, who won in 16:18.0. … Juniata junior Garrett Baublitz won his third straight District 6 individual title in 16:28.10. Baublitz was ninth last year at states. … Seniors Mark Brown (16:52) and Cameron Binda (17:02) went 1-2 at the District 7 meet, leading Greensburg Salem to the team title. Brown was eighth and Binda 19th last year at states. … Notre Dame Green Pond senior John Koons won the District 11 individual title in 16:39.43. Koons was 14th at states last year. … Dallas’ Rome, the District 2 champion, was 12th last year at states. … Holy Redeemer had five of the top-10 finishers at the District 2 meet to win the team title.
CLASS 3A BOYS
Start: 1:15 p.m.
Last year’s champions: District 12 LaSalle College (team); Rusty Kujdych, District 1 Neshaminy (individual)
Top returning finisher: Daniel McGoey, District 7 North Allegheny (3rd)
District 2 runners: Wallenpaupack (Seth Brown, Dieter Burckes, Caleb Fylstra, Kyle Kellstrom, Nick Lancaster, Jack Monte, Michael Wildenberg, Tyler Wirth); Josh Christianson, Scranton; Jared Krick, Delaware Valley; Bobby Earley, Zack Keiner, Hazleton Area
Around the state: McGoey, a junior, won the District 7 individual title in 16:01. Senior teammate Zach Kinne was eighth in 16:50, helping North Allegheny take the team title. … Mount Lebanon junior Patrick Anderson was second at the District 7 meet in 16:20. Anderson was 22nd last year at states. … Unionville junior Cole Walker won the District 1 individual title in 15:34.50. Downingtown West won the District 1 team title, led by the second-place finish by senior Payton Sewall in 15:36.0. Sewall was 19th last year at states. … Manheim Twp. senior Evan Dorenkamp won the District 3 title in 16:20.70. … Mifflin County sophomore Brayden Harris won the District 6 title in 16:02.3 and senior teammate Chayce Macknair was second in 16:11.3. Macknair finished 18th last year at states. … Senior Owen Isham was third at the District 6 meet in 16:55.2, helping State College take the team title. … LaSalle College had the top seven finishers at the District 12 meet to capture the team title. Junior Vincent Twomey led the way, winning the individual title in 16:13,60. … Wallenpaupack’s Wirth was a state medalist last year, finishing fifth.
— SCOTT WALSH