2020 YAIAA XC Championships – Girl’s Preview

Where: Gettysburg High School

When: Saturday, October 24th

Girls – 10:00 am

Boys – 12:00 pm

Individual Race

Margaret Carroll (sr, Northeastern) has had a terrific season this year. She’s won every head to head race she’s raced and finished 2nd at PIAA Foundation Invitational (staggered start). At her last home meet of her career she dropped a 17:31! She is your pre-race favorite. Looking to push Carroll throughout the race will be Dallastown’s Lydia Tolerico (jr) and Helen Zardus (sr) who provide the Wildcats with two legitimate #1 runners. After not running in the two weeks prior, Zardus returned in week 5 to claim victory over Dover star and YAIAA top 10 runner, Summer Hogan (so). Tolerico did not run against Dover. Brooke Sargen (sr, York Suburban) is a new name to keep an eye on this Saturday. The dual sport athlete has been undefeated in the regular season and should be considered a top 3 contender. She most recently set a course record against Susquehannock AFTER finishing a soccer game 15 minutes before the race! Fairfield’s Honey Strosnider (jr) has put together a strong season for herself and will be one of the class A favorites at District’s next weekend. She most recently ran 20:29 to win by over 1:30 against a strong York Catholic squad. Another top class A and YAIAA performer is Delone Catholic’s Julia O’Brien. Her only loss on the season came against Strosnider.

Here are some other athletes looking for top finishes: Nicole Dauberman (so) of Susquehannock, Bella Treglia (jr) and Marissa Pritchett (jr) of Northeastern, and Winter Oaster (fr) of Gettysburg.

Team Race

It’s tough to see someone upsetting Northeastern in this one. The Bobcats are loaded throughout their roster and could place as many as 5 runners inside the top 15-20 runners. They should snag 1 of the 2 team district qualifying spots in AAA. Dallastown looks to be the 2nd team to earn a district qualifying spot in AAA. Their 1-2 punch of Tolerico and Zardus are tough to match, especially in an invitational setting. 2 low-sticks goes a long way. Delone Catholic and York Catholic set-up a good class A match-up.