PIAA District III AAA Boys and Girls Championship (10/26/19)

Boys Complete Results

Girls Complete Results

Boys

The Boys AAA race went out fast through the first two miles and that pace had an impact on numerous athletes come the final mile. Muhlenberg’s Jonathan Thrush (sr) managed the race incredibly well and took home the victory running 15:52. He paced the race incredibly well and pulled ahead from 2nd place finisher, Graham Thomas (jr) of Penn Manor, in the final half-mile. Thomas has bounced back very nicely after dealing with an early season injury. He’s gotten faster each week he’s been back. The break-out star this season in District III has been Central Dauphin freshman TJ Roden. Roden placed 3rd today in 16:10. He has obvious leg speed and has shown he can handle the 5k distance very well.

Cedar Crest picked up their 2nd District III title in as many years. They earned the victory today with 119 points. Hershey is going to states for the 2nd year in a row with their 2nd place finish today. Twin Valley missed out on states last year, but bounced back this season finishing 3rd. The surprise of the day was Cumberland Valley. The Eagles had a great day and earned the 4th and final team qualifying berth to states.

PIAA Qualifiers

Team Qualifiers (4 teams) – Cedar Crest, Hershey, Twin Valley, Cumberland Valley

Individual Qualifiers (top 20 not from a qualifying team) –

Girls

The girl’s individual championship featured a runner from each of the conference/county/league’s that make up District III. Sophia Toti (sr, Carlisle, Mid-Penn), Gwyneth Young (jr, Cedar Crest, LL League), Margaret Carroll (jr, Northeastern, YAIAA), and Caryn Rippey (so, Wilson, BCIAA) took to the front immediately.

Toti timed her kick perfectly and started to pull ahead from Young over the final 0.5 miles of the course. The Penn State commit would take home the win in 18:00. Young finished 2nd with an 18:06. Carroll finished 3rd in 18:27 and Rippey was 4th in 18:36.

The team race was a toss up. In my preview leading up to this race I said, “The girl’s team race is much more difficult to predict. I could honestly see any team in the top 10 of our rankings qualifying as one of the 4 teams to states.I’m glad I put that in there because I was 0/4 with my projections.

Congratulations to team champion Carlisle! The Thundering Herd scored 152 points for the win. Mechanicsburg was 2nd with 157, Dallastown was 3rd with 163 points, and Hershey was 4th with 168 points. Chambersburg was 5th with 173 points and Wilson was 6th with 190 points. You’d have to go back to 2014 to find the last time 173 points didn’t get you into states (Chambersburg was 4th that year with 172 points). Incredible racing from the District III girls.

District III could make a strong argument with the PIAA that they are undervalued in the number of teams and individuals they qualify through to states in the AAA classification, especially this year.

My sincerest apologies to Mechanicsburg!! Seriously 🙂 – lol. Good luck next week!!

PIAA Qualifiers

Team Qualifiers (4 teams) – Carlisle, Mechanicsburg, Dallastown, Hershey

Individual Qualifiers (top 20 not from a qualifying team) –