2020 BCIAA XC Championship Preview – Girls

The BCIAA will be live-streaming the XC championships via Spotlight on Berks here

Race date: Tuesday, October 20

Race time: 12pm

Race location: Schuylkill Valley High School

Regular Season Review

Exeter and Governor Mifflin were the top AAA teams this season with Wilson not far behind. Berks Catholic, Wyomissing, and Conrad Weiser were very closely matched in class AA. Come Tuesday, expect a very tight battle between these teams in their respective classes for the opportunity to earn the 2 team spots for the district championships.

Individually, Caryn Rippey (jr, Wilson) rolled through the regular season. Her only blemish, a 2nd place finish to teammate Katie Dallas (jr), was due to her taking on pacing duties for a teammate. Make no mistake about it, she is the favorite heading into Tuesday’s race. Wyomissing senior Grace Kuhn won 4 of the 5 races she competed in this season. Her only losses on the year came in week 3 at Wilson where Rippey and Dallas went 1-2. Erika Moriarty (sr, Kutztown) took home 3 wins this season. Her only defeats came to the legs of Rippey and Kuhn. She most recently took home the victory at Kutztown in week five, defeating the counties top freshman, Kaitlyn Highduch of Governor Mifflin, by nearly 1 minute.

BCIAA Meet Projections

The top 2 teams in both class AAA and class AA will advance to the District 3 Championships. The next 10 individuals, not on one of the two qualifying teams will also advance to districts. Here are our projections for who qualifies into districts from the BCIAA this season:

Class AAA Teams (2)

The top 2 teams will advance to compete at districts on 10/31.

This is a battle between Governor Mifflin, Exeter, and Wilson. I was really high on Wilson at the beginning of the year, but they started slower than expected. 2 weeks a ago I would have said this is a done deal and Mifflin and Exeter would advance. That said, in the last two weeks, we have begun to see the Bulldogs come on strong. Exeter’s #1 runner at the beginning of the season, Kira Marr (jr), hasn’t run since week 2. I’m hearing she is a go for Tuesday, which is good news for Exeter. If she returns on Tuesday as she ran in week’s 1 and 2, then Exeter gets in and will challenge Governor Mifflin for the county title. If she isn’t able to go, or isn’t back to 100%, then look for Wilson to snag the #2 team spot.

Our pick to win the county title are the Mustangs of Governor Mifflin. Who get’s the 2nd team qualifying spot? We’re going with the Eagles of Exeter. Expect Wilson to put up a fight, however!

Take a look at each squad’s stats for the regular season:

Class AAA Individuals (10)

The top 10 individuals, not on one of the two qualifying teams, will advance to the district championships.

Here are our picks of who will advance individually to the district meet:

In these projections, 6 Wilson athletes advance, which I believe would allow them to score as a team at the district meet.

On the Bubble

Class AA Teams (2)

Like it is in AAA, class AA has 3 closely matched squads in Berks Catholic, Wyomissing, and Conrad Weiser. Our model predicts Berks Catholic winning the AA title with 52 points and Wyomissing 2nd with 55 points. Conrad Weiser scores 62 for third. Each of these teams could challenge for the District 3 AA title if given the opportunity. We’re following the model and picking Berks Catholic and Wyomissing as the two teams advancing to Big Spring.

Here is a look at how each team performed throughout the regular season:

Class AA Individuals (10)

On the Bubble

Class A

Tulpehocken freshman Isabella Headley had a good rookie campaign and will be moving onto districts.