8/31/19 – Northampton Invitational

Complete results here

Six BCIAA schools competed in the Northampton Invitational on Saturday. If I were to use one word to describe these races it would be FAST. Many athletes set new personal record 5ks.

Here is a look at how each local team performed.

Boys:

Exeter Twp – The Exeter boys placed 9th overall (out of 27 total teams) and were led by Jason Fisher‘s 21st place finish. It was a great way for Fisher to open up his senior season. His time of 16:47 was a 14 second 5k PR (he ran 17:01 at last year’s Northampton Invite). He wasn’t the only one to set a new PR today. Joining Fisher in setting new 5k PRs for Exeter (2018 Northampton times in parenthesis) were:

Tucker Ahrens (sr) – 17:16 (17:47)

Cody Schabener (so) – 17:50 (18:37)

Colin Pinkerton (sr) – 17:59

Nicholas Lountzis (so) – 18:50 (19:30)

Their other teammates also set PRs, but it was their first varsity HS 5ks on record. Exeter was dealt a blow when they lost sophomore Alex Holbrook for the year to injury, but the team seems to be responding well.

Conrad WeiserAlfonso Knoll (sr) led the Scouts while also pacing all BCIAA athletes today placing 11th overall in a new PR of 16:31.67. This time was a minute faster than he ran all of last season! Knoll is making an early statement to his competitors in Berks County and in District III AA. Conrad Weiser placed 12th/27, but were the 2nd place team amongst A/AA schools. Conrad Weiser is currently ranked #4 in our PIAA District III AA (D3AA) team rankings.

Fleetwood – The Tigers finished only 3 points back of Conrad Weiser in the A/AA team scoring. Riley Wentz (sr) paced Fleetwood with his 42nd place overall finish running 17:24 which was nearly 40 seconds faster than he ran at this meet a year ago. Fleetwood may be looking to make their debut within the D3AA top-5 team rankings.

Oley Valley – The Lynx had a solid day, placing 4th amongst A/AA teams and immediately behind BCIAA partners Conrad Weiser and Fleetwood. Mason Shirey was the first Lynx to cross the finish line, placing 53rd overall in 17:43.

Schuylkill Valley – Super Sophomore Luke Seymour placed 13th overall today running, you guessed it, a new 5k PR – 16:34. That time was nearly 1 minute faster than he ran on this course a season ago. He had a fantastic freshman track and field campaign and seems poised to have a breakout sophomore XC season. Schuylkill Valley placed 6th/16 amongst A/AA schools.

Hamburg – Hamburg placed 10th/16 in A/AA competition. Shane Conrad (jr) paced the Hawks running a new PR of 17:47 (55th overall).

Girls:

Oley Valley – Oley Valley was the top BCIAA girls team at today’s Northampton Invite. Ava Lottig (so) ran 20:15 to finish 24th overall. Her time was a whopping 1:31 faster than she ran at this meet a year ago and was a 5k PR of 1:02. The Lynx placed 4th/12 amongst A/AA squads. This team was a bit off my radar heading into the year, but their performance today, along with the experience they have on their roster, makes them one to watch.

Conrad WeiserSydney Werner (fr) made her debut for the Scouts today. She opened up her HS career with a 5th overall finish, running an impressive 19:42. She is one of the area’s top freshman this season. Weiser only had 5 athletes compete, so depth could be a concern as the year moves forward. They placed 5th/12 in A/AA only 7 points behind Oley Valley.

Schuylkill Valley – The Panthers ran a top 7 today comprised of all sophomores which could be a very positive sign for the future. The team was led today by Averi Hidalgo who placed 51st overall running 21:16. This was a 1:05 5k XC PR and was 5:45 faster than she ran here a year ago. Her time drops from beginning of her freshman year to now are remarkable.

Hamburg – The Hawks had only one competitor today, but she ran very well. Quinn Hall (sr) ran 20:25 and placed 28th overall. This time was 12 seconds faster than she opened with at Northampton in 2018. Hall was 3rd amongst BCIAA competitors behind only Werner and Lottig.

Fleetwood – Sophomore Lauren Paules was the loan Tiger athlete today. She ran 23:57 today.

Note – Exeter Twp girls competed at the Oakbourne Relays