District 6 cross country championships

Cross country: State College girls, boys run to district titles

From CDT staff reportsOctober 27, 2013 

— State College’s girls dominated, while the Little Lion boys ended a five-year drought, in winning titles at the District 6 Class AAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Forest Hills High School.

The triumphs led an outstanding afternoon for Centre County teams and individuals.

The Penns Valley boys placed second and also qualified for next Saturday’s PIAA Championships in Hershey. Individuals from Bald Eagle Area, Bellefonte, Penns Valley and St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy also qualified for the PIAA meet.

The most thrilling competition of the day came in the Class AAA boy’s race between State College and Altoona. Led by Will Cather’s second-place finish, the Little Lions finished in places 2, 4, 6, 7 and 11 for 30 points, which was one point better than Altoona, which placed 1, 3, 8, 9 and 10.

Cather (16 minutes, 9.7 seconds) led the Little Lions. Chris Golembeski (16:19.9), Kyle Adams (16:28.8), Alex Milligan (16:40.0) and Matt Beyerle (17:1.82) completed the scoring.

“We’ve been edged out the last several years,” State College coach Dave Felice said. “We finally punched our tickets to Hershey. It was a great feeling and they earned it. It probably was the worst race we’ve run, but it was good enough. To bring back the district title to State College is an awesome feeling.”

The Lady Little Lions cruised to their 12th straight title. Led by winner Emma Cousins (19:19.4), State College runners took six of the top seven spots.

Following Cousins were Larissa Burka (second, 19:31.8), Hannah Catalano (third, 19:45.9), Kaelyn Yoder (fifth, 20:03.1), Catherine Curtin (sixth, 20:16.2) and Natasha Fedkina (seventh, 20:37.2).

Nick Fuller’s second-place finish overall helped Penns Valley grab one of the two team spots available in Class A.

Central Cambria dominated with 42 points, while the Rams had 100, which was 16 points clear of third-place Westmont Hilltop.

“The boys surged through their second and third miles, passing just enough runners to give them their second-place finish,” Penns Valley coach Terry Glunt said.

Fuller ran 16:56.7, finish 12 second behind Williamsburg’s Bryce England for the individual crown.

Angelo Nicosia (10th, 17:44.9), Keith Griffith (26th, 18:36.2), Isaac Duvall (33rd, 18:51.5) and Andrew Hankinson (34th, 18:53.3) rounded out the scoring.

“It was a perfect storm of runners peaking at just the right time,” Glunt said. “It’s easier to single out the team than any individual, since they all ran phenomenal races. It was one of the most memorable of my 24 district days.”

Bellefonte finished third, St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy took fourth, Philipsburg-Osceola placed ninth and Bald Eagle Area was 10th in the Class AA boys’ event.

Matt Dabiero (17:58.7) was 10th and Michael O’Donnell (18:01.2) was 11th to pace the Red Raiders.

Three Centre County individuals qualified for the PIAAs out of the Class AA race. Bald Eagle Area’s Zach Moody (17:28.7) earned a berth with a fifth-place finish. He’ll be joined by St. Joseph’s Brian Hackman (17:38.9) and Eli Urban (17:50.6), who finished sixth and eighth, respectively.

“They ran their best races of the season,” Wolves coach Jayson Jackson said of Hackman and Urban. “They’re very excited. They had some Hershey bars after the meet and they’re looking forward to getting some more chocolate into their systems.”

Scott Yarger (37th, 19:48.6) was Philipsburg-Osceola’s top finisher.

Penns Valley just missed qualifying, placing third in the Class A girls’ meet. Alyssa Limbaugh (20:25.5) placed seventh and earned a return trip to Hershey. Mackenzie Wenrick (21:43) was 18th for the Lady Rams.

Bellefonte took fifth, St. Joseph’s was eighth and Philipsburg-Osceola was ninth in the Class AA meet.

Bellefonte’s Anya Hoaglund (21:10.5) placed eighth and qualified for the PIAA meet. Teammate Alexis Franks (21:32.5) placed 11th.

Grace Cousins (21:51.3) was 14th to pace St. Joseph’s. Kylie Whitehead (23:17.3) led Philipsburg-Osceola.

Competing as an individual in the Class A meet, BEA’s Maddie Cingle (21:55.9) was 23rd.

Cross country

District 6 Championships

(Saturday at Sidman)

Boys

Class AAA

Team: 1. State College 30, 2. Altoona 31, 3. Mifflin County 69, 4. Central Mountain 127, 5. Hollidaysburg 129.

Top 5: Dominic Stroh, Altoona, 15:54.6; 2. Will Cather, SC, 16:09.7; 3. Brad Foust, Altoona, 16:17.8; 4. Chris Golembeski, SC, 16:19.9; 5. Darien Knudsen, MC, 16:21.6.

State College finishers: 6. Kyle Adams 16:28.8; 7. Alex Milligan 16:40.0; 11. Matt Beyerle 17:12.8; 12. Kevin Drago 17:22.9; 17. Eric Heatwole 17:55.0.

Class AA

Team: 1. Somerset 41, 2. Bedford 69, 3. Bellefonte 81, 4. St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy 87, 5. Forest Hills 155, 8. Tyrone 225, 9. Philipsburg-Osceola 226, 10. Bald Eagle Area 239

Top 5: William Kachman, Bedford, 16:18.6; 2. Nick Bastian, Somerset, 16:53.8; 3. Ravi Desai, Somerset, 17:13.1; 4. Zane Baker, Bedford, 17:25.4; 5. Zach Moody, BEA, 17:28.7.

Bellefonte finishers: 10. Matthew Dabiero 17:58.7; 11. Michael O’Donnell 18:01.2; 18. Josh Cetnar 18:36.0; 19. Ethan Diefenbach 18:43.5; 23. Brett Finley 18:50.0; 26. Daniel Tanney 19:03.5; 31. Michael Cavone 19:19.2

St. Joe’s finishers: 6. Brian Hackman 17:38.9; 8. Eli Urban 17:50.6; 12. Stephen Forstmeier 18:12.1; 25. Ethan Fisher 18:59.8; 36. Michael Peters 19:38.0; 45. Nathan Mellace20:10.3; 58. AJ Youngmark 21:45.4.

P-O finishers: 37. Scott Yarger 19:48.6; 41. Michael Shimmel 19:56.6; 42. Payton Moore 19:56.9; 52. Nathan Quick 20:56.6; 54. Dallas Kephart 21:17.9; 61. Denver Greenawalt 21:57.1.

BEA finishers: 51. Hunter Brook 21:50.0; 59. Clayton Giedroc 21:50.1; 60. Jake Koleno 21:56.3; 64. Stone Woodring 25:52.2

Class A

Team: 1. Central Cambria 42, 2. Penns Valley 100, 3. Westmont Hiltop 116, 4. Blairsville 120, 5. Richland 138.

Top 5: 1. Bryce England, Williamsburg, 16:44; 2. Nick Fuller, PV, 16:56; 3. Janaunte Neumann, Central Cambria, 17:04.8; 4. Justin Jeffers, Central Cambria, 17:06.8; 5. JT Horwat, Penns Manor, 17:12.4.

Penns Valley finishers: 10. Angelo Nicosia 17:44.9; 26. Keith Griffith 18:36.2; 33. Isaac Duval 18:51.5; 34. Andrew Hankinson 18:53.3; 67. Andrew Hurd, 20:05.4; 89. Adam Mothersbaugh 21:22.5.

Girls

Class AAA

Team: 1. State College 17, 2. Altoona 69, 3. Mifflin County 85, 4. Hollidaysburg 90, 5. Central Mountain 101

Top 5: 1. Emma Cousins, SC, 19:19.4; 2. Larissa Burka, SC, 19:31.8; 3. Hannah Catalano, SC, 19:45.9; 4. Laurel Moyer, CM, 19:58.8; 5. Kaelyn Yoder, SC, 20:03.1.

State College finishers: 6. Catherine Curtis 20:16.2; 7. Natasha Fedkina 20:32.7; 26. Victoria Scutti 23:26.8.

Class AA

Team: 1. Somerset 42, 2. Westmont Hilltop 54, 3. Ligonier Valley 91, 4. Forest Hills 100, 5. Bellefonte 120, 6. Tyrone 152, 8. St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy 212, 9. Philipsburg-Osceola 225

Top 5: 1. Hannah Dorian, WH, 19:04.1; 2. Jane Woy, Somerset, 20:14.6; 3. Haylee Rohrer, Somerset, 20:21.7; 4. Maura Glennon, WH, 20:25.6; 5. Rebecca Herwig, Somerset, 20:34.3.

Bellefonte finishers: 8. Anya Hoaglund 21:10.5; 11. Alexis Franks 21:32.5; 30. Sara Caldana 24:04.7; 34. Summer Shirey, 24:15.2; 37. Erin Lemons 24:40.4; 40. Brooke Shirey 24:56.5; 48. Meagan Button26:26.0;

St. Joe’s finishers: 14. Grace Cousins 21:51.3; 43. Page Barnett 25:21.2; 46. Cecilia Surovec 26:06.0; 53. Sydney Simin 27:23.2; 56. Liz McNitt 27:42.5;

P-O finishers: 22. Kylie Whitehead 23:17.3; 32. Mandy Schmidt 24:12.9; 49. Emma Riglin 26:40.1; 59. Alysa Smart 28:37.4; 63. Taylor Guelich 34:35.6.

Class A

Team: 1. Central Cambria 35, 2. Penn Cambria 83, 3. Penns Valley 93, 4. Marion Center 95, 5. Cambria Heights 144, 11. Bald Eagle Area 307

Top 5: 1. Arlee Simendinger, Penn Cambria, 19:27.7; 2. Samantha Koss, Central Cambria, 19:38.8; 3. Emma Wess, Central Cambria, 19:58.4; 4. Heather Paynter, Homer Center, 20:04.2; 5. Ellen Crook, Bellwood-Antis, 20:07.2.

Penns Valley finishers: 7. Alyssa Limbaugh 20:25.5; 18. Mackenzie Wenrick 21:43.0; 24. Rebecca Bierly 21:57.6; 25. Malarie Yoder 21:59.8; 27. Emma Federinko 22:05.9; 35. Haley Brown 22:35.9; 60. Joanna Bierlein 24:48.2.

BEA finishers: 23. Maddie Cingle 21:55.9; 78. Haley Furrow26:40.4; 79. Abby Gunsallus 26:40.6; 81. Rylee Butler 26:47.6; 84. Haley Giedroc 26:55.8; 100. Lorilyn Weaver34:31.6; 101. Emily Quick 34:57.1.

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