REEDSVILLE 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.”
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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
REEDSVILLE 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.