PIAA District III AA Girls Cross Country Preview

PIAA District III AA Girls Cross Country Preview

The two top runners in the state of Pennsylvania both compete in AA District III. Northern junior Marlee Starliper was recently ranked the #9 runner in the US by Milesplit. Greencastle Antrim junior Taryn Parks is likely also deserving of a top 50 US ranking. In their two years, they represent a combined 8 state titles in XC, Indoor and Outdoor track. You’d be hard-pressed to find a stronger 1-2 punch in the same district, let alone conference (MidPenn), in the entire country.

The top 3 teams and top 15 individuals not on one of the 3 qualifying teams earn berths to the state championships.

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Here’s a closer look at the top 5 returning teams from last year’s district meet and 2 other teams worth watching.

Northern
2017 District Finish: 1st
Returns: 4 of top 7 from 2017 PIAA District 3 AAA Girls Championships
District 3 returning rank
Marlee Starliper #1
Katie Anthony #4
Amber Swaisgood #10
Meredith Engle #34
York Suburban
2017 District Finish: 2nd
Returns: 5 of top 7 from 2017 PIAA District 3 AAA Girls Championships
District 3 returning rank
Courtney Ohl #8
Emma Trout #9
Ruby McKeown #16
Olivia Lantz #32
Bryn Walsh #41

Boiling Springs
2017 District Finish: 3rd
Returns: 5 of top 7 from 2017 PIAA District 3 AAA Girls Championships
District 3 returning rank
Abbie Erme #12
Christi Fertich #23
Abby Samella #45
Ana Sparages #47
Stephanie Szabo #59

Big Spring
2017 District Finish: 4th
Returns: 6 of top 7 from 2017 PIAA District 3 AAA Girls Championships
District 3 returning rank
Gabrielle Reifsnyder #5
Fawn Bennett #18
Melanie Maciocie #21
Erica Paisley #44
Katelyn Cornman #62
Nicole Donovan #81
Oley Valley
2017 District Finish: 5th
Returns: 2 of top 7 from 2017 PIAA District 3 AAA Girls Championships
District 3 returning rank
Abriel Franckowiak #51
Sarah Beard #65

Wyomissing
2017 District Finish: 7th
Returns: 5 of top 5 from 2017 PIAA District 3 AAA Girls Championships
District 3 returning rank
Grace Kuhn #6
Alexandra Amin #19
Cameron Hoke #25
Sarah Mitchell #63
Lily Seyfert #68

Gettysburg
2017 District Finish: 8th
Returns: 5 of top 5 from 2017 PIAA District 3 AAA Girls Championships
District 3 returning rank
Kelly Oaster #30
Megan Yingling #38
Julia Geesaman #42
Marrin Crist #46
Elizabeth Balas #50

Season Outlook: Appears to be a battle between Northern and York Suburban for the District Title. Big Spring, Wyomissing, Boiling Springs, and Gettysburg will battle it out for the 3rd and final state qualifying spot.

Pre-season top 3 (Alphabetical Order): Big Spring, Northern, York Suburban