PTXC10 presented by Brooks at “the Farm Course” at Kutztown University
September 8, 2017
The Farm Course at Kutztown University is deceivingly tough. The first 1k is downhill and is then followed with a short climb before another downhill beyond the water tower takes you through mile 1. The second mile levels out a bit before rolling into an uphill back towards the starting line, followed by a relatively flat stretch to mile marker 2. Heading into the last mile the runners are faced with a long, gradual uphill back to the water tower and then end with a 1k climb to the finish. Each mile is more difficult than the one before. The course was soft in spots from early morning rain, but in relatively good shape overall.
The weather was in the 60s with significant cloud coverage at race start.
The Boys Gold Race featured several of the top PIAA AAA District III (D3AAA) teams; in fact, the top D3AAA teams in attendance placed in succession in the team standings between 7th and 13th, led by Chambersburg. The Trojans used a tight pack that saw only a 1:06 spilt between runners 1-5 to narrowly edge out Warwick, 283-287. Warwick actually had the largest split between runners 1-5 at 2:09, but still placed 2nd amongst D3AAA competitors.
Boiling Springs were the top team from the district in the Blue Race. The Bubblers placed their top 5 runners within the top 50 and were led by soph Evan Kase who finished 9th in 17:11.5. Boiling Springs will undoubtably be moving up in our District III AA polls when they are released for this upcoming week.
Here is how all D3 teams placed today:
If today’s results are any indication of what is to come, then the PIAA District III AAA championships will be very exciting. If we extrapolate the D3AAA results from today’s race and then compare those teams head to head the team results change slightly.
Let’s take a look at what a D3AAA head to head meet would have resulted in today:
XC is a team sport. A trip to states will take all 7 runners competing at their best at Districts. Look at how closely each of the top D3AAA team’s #3-7 runners finished today.
The individual race in AAA just became deeper as Cumberland Valley sr Luke Klingenberg is a newcomer to district III this year. He was the top central pa runner amongst the boys.
Chambersburg and Cumberland Valley will move up in the centralparunner D3AAA rankings when they are released for this upcoming week. Chambersburg showed a lot of depth today and will look to build upon this performance in the weeks ahead.
The girls Gold Race was dominated by Greencastle-Antrim jr Taryn Parks. She led from the gun and the lead grew each mile. She wasn’t challenged at any point in the race, winning in 18:08. We thought this may be an early season showdown between 2 of the country’s best, but we will have to wait as Northern jr Marlee Starliper did not compete today. In total, 5 D3 girls finished in the top 10 in the Gold Race. Joining Parks in the top 10 was Governor Mifflin sr Andrea Miller (3rd, 18:59.3), Elizabethtown so Madeline Quinn (8th, 19.21.3), Hershey sr Faith Mark (9th, 19.28.2), and Elizabethtown sr Cat Shontz (10th, 19.29.4).
The top D3 girl’s team was Governor Mifflin. The Mustangs finished 3rd overall, placing 4 girls in the top 50 and all 5 point scorers within the top 60. Hershey (5th), Cumberland Valley (6th) , Elizabethtown (9th), and Northern (10th) rounded out the top 10.
Here was how all district 3 teams finished today:
Look for some changes in the week 2 team rankings to reflect the performance of Governor Mifflin and Hershey. Cumberland Valley may also be making their debut in the rankings this upcoming week.
Elizabethtown was our week one #1 ranked team based on the strength of their top 3 runners. The Bears will need to develop runners 4-7 if they will challenge for a state team spot. If not as a team, Elizabethtown will likely get 3 of the 20 individual qualifying spots as jr Katie Locker (15th today) will be looking to join teammates Quinn and Shontz for individual medals at Districts.