PIAA District III Look-back (2014-2017)

Oct 18, 2018

Here is a 4 year look back at team scoring for the state qualifying spots in each classification. We also take a look at the top team performances in each class over this time.


AAA 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

2014 150 154 176 179

2015 141 167 211 216

2016 105 151 175 187

2017 110 152 156 212

The 2016 boys from Carlisle scored a four year low of 105 points for the AAA competition. That team was led by Noah Affolder (now a 2nd team all-American steeplechaser at Syracuse). The Carlisle indoor DMR team went on to set a national record that winter. Sam Affolder, now a senior standout at Loudon Valley (VA), has committed to the University of Washington. The third runner on this team was Isaac Kole. Kole went on to upset Sam to win the Outdoor state title in the 1600m. Kole now runs for Division 1 Mount Saint Mary’s. Team #4 in 2016 is this year’s #1, Jack Wisner. A sophomore in 2016, Wisner finished 24th at Districts, running 16:24. Classmate Bryce Dunkelberger finished 73rd as the #5 runner that year. He is Carlisle’s #2 this year. Carlisle would eventually finish as state runner-up to Council Rock North. Noah Affolder won the individual state title, followed by McCaskey’s Nathan Henderson (now teammate of Affolder’s at Syracuse). Sam Affolder would finish 3rd and Ephrata’s Zach Lefever (now at Pittsburgh) would finish 4th overall.

AA 1st 2nd 3rd

2014 41 150 162

2015 45 165 189

2016 48 101 191

2017 52 61 157

The 2014 Trojans from York Suburban dominated District 3, scoring only 41 points. They went on to win the State Championship a week later scoring only 86 points. Brady Wilt led the squad with an individual 16th place finish at the state meet. At Districts, York Suburban put their top 6 runners in the top 15.

A 1st 2nd 3rd

2014 31 69 76

2015 24 70 84

2016 35 93 93

2017 59 70 75

The top A team over the past 4 championships was Camp Hill, who in 2015 scored just 24 points! At the District meet, their top 5 all finished in the top 10; their #6 runner was 11th, and #7 runner finished 20th. Cooper Leslie (now at William and Mary) led the team with an individual District 3 title. Blake Behney finished 3rd. Ian Gabig (now at Saint Francis University) was a junior in 2015 and would finish 4th in 16:59. At the PIAA State Championships, Leslie would finish 6th overall and Camp Hill would win the team title over Sewickley Academy, scoring 113 points.


AAA 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

2014 140 163 169 172

2015 105 135 192 194

2016 110 162 168 189

2017 67 122 177 181

Manheim Township rolled through the 2017 season, capping their year off with a district title and state runner-up finish. The team managed to score just 67 points at the district meet. Their top 5 runners all placed inside the top 21. Cassandra Wilk (now at Lafayette) was the top finisher at Districts, placing 9th overall. Two other seniors on this team are also running division one XC. Kira Jenkins is at Univ of South Carolina and Sam Side is at the Univ of Delaware. Another runner who missed the 2017 season is also running division 1; Leah Sassaman (14th at districts in 2016) is running at LaSalle. Only 2 runners from last year’s team are back for the 2018 District Championships – Annabelle Lapp and Chloe Kline. The Blue Streaks just won the Lancaster Lebanon League Championship title on 10/16.

AA 1st 2nd 3rd

2014 116 129 165

2015 88 157 160

2016 70 76 113

2017 44 68 102

The team from Northern improved upon their 70 point total in 2016 by scoring only 44 points at Districts in 2017. The team placed all 5 runners inside the top 23 and were led by Marlee Starliper. Starliper won the individual title in 17:25 and is back in 2018 with a couple of sub 18 min efforts already under her belt. Katie Anthony finished 7th individually last year and is also back for the 2018 championships. Morgan Starliper, now at Messiah, finished 13th. Also back for a 2018 championship run is Amber Swaisgood who finished 14th at Districts in 2017. Northern would place 4th as a team at the 2017 state championship meet. Starliper dominated the individual race, running 17:50 on the very tough Hershey course. Anthony finished 26th overall. Northern has state title aspirations in 2018. Their top 4 runners have all run 5k times that rank in the top 10 in AA District 3 this year.

A 1st 2nd

2014 41 52

2015 40 48

2016 61 68

2017 65 67

Veritas Academy won the District A title in 2015, scoring 40 points. They placed 4 girls in the top 13, including #4 overall finisher Leigha Martin. Martin is now running for Johns Hopkins University. She was a junior back in 2015. Veritas Academy would finish 9th as a team a week later at states.