Cross country: State College teams run strong at Big Valley Invitational

State College’s Emma Cousins placed second and Natsha Fedkina was just a second behind to lead the Lady Little Lions to a convincing girls’ victory in the Big Valley Invitational cross country meet Saturday morning.

State College totaled 59 points, easily outdistancing Lewisburg (104) and Mifflin County (174) in the 26-team season-opening meet.

Cousins covered the 3.1-mile course in 19 minutes, 47 seconds with Fedkina on her heels. Hannah Catalano (20:22) was ninth, while Victoria Scutti (21st, 21:13) and Cathry Curtin (24th, 21:22) rounded out the Lady Little Lion scorers.

“I thought it was a real strong showing for the first meet,” State College coach Rebecca Donaghue said. “We have a lot of work to do, but that’s OK. We have a lot of girls who are going to develop into strong players. We were faster overall than we were last year at this meet.”

Shikellamy’s Treicy Cedeno won the race in 19:29.

Penns Valley had four runners among the top 100 to finish 12th with 322 points. Alyssa Limbaugh led the Lady Rams in 21:53 to finish 36th, while Emma Federinko was one spot back in 21:56. They were followed by Maralie Yoder (53rd, 22:42) and Mackenzie Wenrich (93rd, 24:40).

Bellefonte had two runners among the top 40 and took 17th as a team with 441 points. Anya Hoaglund (30th, 21:31) and Alexis Franks (39th, 21:59) led the Lady Red Raiders.

Taylor Guelich’s 25:12 time was good for 107th to lead Philipsburg-Osceola, which was 24th as a team.

Boys’ cross country

State College boys triumph

Will Cather led five State College finishers in the top 11 as the Little Lions dominated a 28-team field to capture the Big Valley Invitational title Saturday.

Cather finished second overall in 16 minutes, 17 seconds on the 5-kilometer course in the first meet of the season. He was followed by teammates Kyle Adams in fourth (16:49), Alex Milligan in sixth (16:55), Chris Golembeski in seventh (16:57) and Matt Beyerle in 11th (17:11) as the Little Lions posted 30 team points.

Altoona was a distant second with 77 points. Bedford’s William Kachman won the race in 16:16.

Bellefonte placed ninth as a team with 292 points, led by Matt Dabiero (33rd, 18:15), Michael O’Donnell (56th, 19:13), Ethan Diefenbach (59th, 19:25), Daniel Tanney (70th, 19:42) and Brett Finley (74th, 19:47).

Penns Valley was 15th as a team with 432 points, led by Nick Fuller (45th, 18:46), Issac Duvall (73rd, 19:46) and Adam Mothersbaugh (81st, 20:04).

Payton Moore led Philipsburg-Osceola with a time of 21:24 to finish 129th as the Mounties were 27th as a team with 724 points.