Notes: The 2019 District 6 class AA champion were the Red Devils of Central Cambria. They placed 4th at the state championship. Stella Kuntz of Central Cambria won last year’s individual title.
Last year’s class A champion, Westmont Hilltop, moves up to AA this season.
1 team and 5 additional individuals qualify for the state championship. District 6 only qualifying 1 team is a real shame. Central Cambria and Westmont Hilltop are likely 2 of the top 4 teams in the state this season, but only one will advance to Hershey. This district championship race may end up being one of the the closest in the state.
Pre-Season Rankings (District VI class AA)
Our model shows Central Cambria edging out Westmont Hilltop in a close one, 30-37. Should be an awesome race!
1. Central Cambria – Central Cambria has won the last 2 district titles, but going for the 3-peat won’t be easy. They return everyone from last season’s team that ended the year 4th in the state. They have a legitimate shot at winning their 2nd state title in just 3 years, but will need to get past Westmont Hilltop to give them that chance. Stella Kuntz (jr) took home the district title last season, running 19:48. She went on to place 22nd at states. Annaliese Niebauer (so) and Abbie George (so) placed immediately behind her at districts in 2nd and 3rd, each running 19:53. Placing 5th was Faith Wilson (jr) in 20:12. Looking to join the mix up front will be newcomer Lilianna Janosko (fr). She ran well as a middle-schooler and could be counted on for “low” points this year. Keep an eye on Jenna Smith. The senior dropped massive amounts of time between her sophomore and junior seasons. She ran well indoors and could be set up for a big 2020.
2. Westmont Hilltop – The Hilltoppers should easily transition to AA this season. They placed 5th in the state’s class A championship last fall without the team’s top district performer, Bridget Barbato (sr). Barbato finished 3rd in class A at districts, running 19:49. Finishing very shortly after was Ellie Dorian (sr) in 19:54. Look for both to challenge Stella Kuntz for the individual district crown. Dorian placed 16th in the state (A) last year. Julia Dill (so) and Avari Admire (jr) also return following their 9th and 10th place finishes where they ran 20:17 and 20:20, respectively. Admire earned a state medal with her 24th place finish in Hershey. Freshmen Ada Dorian and Morgan Mann could be key in helping Westmont Hilltop close the gap with Central Cambria.
3. Forest Hills – Forest Hills returns a deep group from 2019, led by Paige Greathouse (sr). Greathouse was 4th at districts in 2019, running 20:02. She’s a state medal contender this fall. Sophomores Danielle and Delaney Dumm both finished inside the top 15 last season. They could both make big jumps in year 2. This is a really strong team that likely falls somewhere inside the top 10 of the state. They just happen to compete in a really tough district where only 1 team advances.
Bedford should push Forest Hills for 3rd. They too have a solid team returning and will add at least 2 potential impact freshman.
Individuals to watch who are not on one of these top 3 teams – Returning District VI class AA rank (after adding in Westmont Hilltop) in parentheses:
Savanna Nesbitt, so – Bedford (9th)
Meah Eshleman, so – Bedford (11th)
Mia Elmore, jr – Bellefonte (13th)