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High school cross country: Penns Valley boys’ and girls’ teams cruise past Bald Eagle Area

Penns Valley’s Rebecca Bierly leads the race against Bald Eagle Area in cross country on Tuesday.
Penns Valley’s Rebecca Bierly leads the race against Bald Eagle Area in cross country on Tuesday. CDT Photo

The top five performers for the Penns Valley boys’ cross country team finished within one minute of each other, a statistic that pleased coach Terry Glunt.

Penns Valley’s performance earned its runners eight of the top 10 positions, giving the team the 15-46 victory over Bald Eagle Area in Tuesday’s meet. The competitive atmosphere was set before any runner took his first step on the course.

“The boys set some solid goal times and were pretty close to meeting them,” Glunt said.

The Penns Valley girls’ team defeated Bald Eagle Area, 15-45, as well on Tuesday. The Lady Rams placed the top-six finishers: Rebecca Bierly (first, 20:26), Malarie Yoder (second, 20:53), Karly Smith (third, 24:16), Abbey DuVall (fourth, 25:22), Alex Witherite (fifth, 25:45) and Maddie Bair (sixth, 26:17).

Emma Spackman led BEA with a time of 26:34.

For the boys, led by Chris Colwell’s time of 17:57, Penns Valley recorded the five best times at the event. He was followed by Keith Griffith (second, 18:11), Mark Bierly (third, 18:33), Sam Gray (fourth, 18:45) and Charlie Romig (fifth, 18:53).

Matthew Manning rounded out the top 10 by running a 22:37.

BEA’s Garrett Proctor led his team with a time of 20:11, good for sixth overall, and was followed closely by teammate Austin Klinger, who posted a 20:13.

The victory brings Penns Valley’s record to 4-0. The Rams will look to continue their winning streak when they host Hollidaysburg on Monday.

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