Rounding up the day in high school sports — that wasn’t elsewhere in the CDT — for Friday:
Boys’ cross country
State College wins Penn State’s Spiked Shoe meet
It was a race to remember for the State College boys’ cross country team.
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Not only did the Little Lions take home the title at Friday’s Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational over 17 other teams, but State College senior Mitchell Etter also individually finished in first place — out of 219 runners — with a time of 15 minutes, 51 seconds over the 5-kilometer layout around the Penn State Golf Course.
“Mitchell ran an outstanding race,” Little Lions coach Dave Felice said. “Very seldom do we have guys under 16, so he ran an extremely competitive race — and so did Owen Isham.”
Isham, a junior, was the second State College athlete to cross the finish line. He finished fifth overall in 16:20. Penns Valley’s Chris Colwell was just 10 seconds behind in sixth place, and Bellefonte’s Brett Pope finished just 10 seconds behind him for ninth overall.
Etter and University High’s Phillip White were neck-and-neck much of the race but — in the last 1,000 meters of the 5,000-meter race — Etter pulled away. The pair were the only runners to beat the 16-minute mark; Etter bested White by eight seconds.
Penns Valley finished third as a team, St. Joseph’s came in 11th and Bellefonte was 14th.
Girls’ cross country
State College grabs 2nd in team race
UNIVERSITY PARK The Lady Little Lions may not have taken the top prize Friday, but they still finished with a solid performance on their way to a second-place finish in the 16-team field at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational.
St. Joseph’s Sera Mazza was the top area finisher with an individual sixth-place finish out of 177 runners; she had a time of 19 minutes, 2 seconds — 61 seconds behind the top finisher, University High’s Tashala Turner (18:01). State College freshman Jordan Reed also cracked the top 10 with a ninth-place time of 19:29 over 5 kilometers.
Reed started working with her cross country coaches over the summer. So her performance didn’t come as a surprise.
“You could tell that it was only a matter of time before she stepped into her own as far as racing,” assistant coach Artie Gilkes said.
Five other State College girls finished within the top 25: Cailin Saylor, Emma Simon, Kileigh Kane, Elly Haushalter and Gabriella Bock. Two St. Joseph’s girls also cracked the top 25: Julia Cusatis (12th place) and Maggie Urban (19th place).
In the team race, University High came out on top. State College finished second, St. Joseph’s placed fourth, Penns Valley was eighth and Bellefote was 14th.
Bellefonte wins in 2OT
SPRING MILLS In a thrilling Thursday night game that was decided at the very end, Bellefonte slipped past Penns Valley 3-2 in double overtime.
The Lady Red Raiders trailed 2-0 at halftime but rallied in the second half on goals by Mallorie Smith and Bree McDaniel. The next score didn’t happen until about one minute left in double overtime, when Maddie Morelli found the back of the net on an unassisted goal.
Bellefonte’s Gabbie Pighetti finished with 12 saves in the victory, while Penns Valley’s Dayna Brown had seven.