The boys championship ended up being a Distrcit 6 showcase. The State College Boys took home the team title, and Brady Bigger (sr) of State College took home the individual title. Furthermore, Brayden Harris (sr) took 2nd, setting up a tasty rematch in one week at the District 6 Championships. Bigger’ s win was impressive. He took the lead from the gun and never looked back. He finished with a time of 15:49! Harris ran 16:00. The top 3 finishers from District 3 were Central Dauphin sophomore TJ Roden (3rd, 16:15), Cumberland Valley sophomore Jordan Tiday (4th, 16:16), and Northern senior Reid Weber (5th, 16:17). Rounding out the the top 5 from D3 were Palmyra’s Jakolby Fackler (sr) in 6th and Shippensburg’s Eli Spence (sr) in 7th. They ran 16:24 and 16:30, respectively.
Carlisle’s Kevin Shank (so) and Evan Peachey (sr) went 8-9 to lead Carlisle to 2nd place and the top finish for a district 3 team, advancing them to next weekend’s District Championship. Joining them at Districts will be Hershey. The Trojans used a 28 second spread between their #1 and #6 runners to secure third place overall. They had only a 43 second spread between #1 and #7. Evan Alander (sr) led the way for Hershey with his 15th place finish.
The boys class A/AA was dominated by Weber Long (jr) of Greencastle-Antrim. Long was never challenged and still ran a time of 15:48! Long is the individual favorite heading into Districts next week. Middletown’s William Brown (sr) was 2nd in 17:01, Trinity’s Jasper Burd (jr) was third (17:04), Susquenita’s Michael Singley (jr) was 4th (17:08), and the Boiling Springs duo of Gibran Varahrami (sr) and Evan Kase (sr) round were 5th and 6th, running 17:09 and 17:10. Burd was the top class A performer and will seek a district title in one week.
Boiling Springs took home the AA title with only 44 points. They will be joined at Districts next weekend by Bishop McDevitt. McDevitt placed 2nd with 89 points.
Trinity should battle for the District Class A title.
The State College girl’s got fantastic performances from Jordan Reed (sr, 2nd place, 18:38), Marlee Kwasnica (so, 3rd place, 19:01), and Karsyn Kane (sr, 8th place, 19:28). Placing 3 in the top ten helped lead the Little Lions to another Mid-Penn Conference title. They will bring home another district title next weekend. Taking home the individual title, winning by 16-seconds with an 18:22, was Greencastle-Antrim freshman Claire Paci. Paci looked relaxed throughout the race and has positioned herself as one of the favorites to win Districts next weekend. Kylee Cubbison (jr, Mifflin Co) was 4th running 19:02, and Emma Taylor (jr) and Brooke Preputnick (so) of Hershey placed 5th and 6th in 19:17 and 19:20. Preputnick just edged out Mechanicsburg’s Hope McKenney, who also ran 19:20 to place 7th.
Mechanicsburg and Hershey earned the 2 coveted team berths for the District 3 AAA Championships. The Wildcats top 5 all placed in the top 22 and had a spread of only 1:02. They will be in contention for the district title. We all knew that the qualifying process for districts this season would leave at least one very deserving team out of the meet. No one could afford to have an off day. Well, that unfortunately rang true for Chambersburg. Our #1 ranked team in the district had a rare off day at the worst possible time. The Trojans finished the day 5th. Carlisle was 4th. Cumberland Valley was 1-point back of Chambersburg in 6th.
Peyton Ellis (so, Boiling Springs) found herself in a similar position as the AA boys winner, Weber Long, in not being challenged on Saturday. She cruised to an easy win in 19:30. She cleared the field by 1:20. Finishing 2nd was Katryn Yocum (sr), also of Boiling Springs, running 20:59.
Bishop McDevitt took home the Class AA title scoring 50 points. Boiling Springs earned the 2nd district qualifying spot with 62 points. McDevitt won the title by placing 3 inside the top 10, led by Anna Burke’s (so) 3rd place finish in 21:08.
Camp Hill won the class A title over 2 other teams. Amiyah Priebe (sr) of Newport won the A title in 21:20.