Preview: 2020 PIAA District III Class A Championship

When: Saturday, October 31st

Where: Big Spring High School

Time: Girl’s Race – 10:00am; Boy’s Race – 10:45a

All class A teams and individuals registered will be able to compete. To earn a berth in next weekend’s PIAA Championship you must be on the winning team, or one of the top 5 runners not on the winning team.

Weather may make a difference this weekend. Those who prefer the cold may have a leg-up on those who enjoyed the warmth of the season to date. Hopefully, the wind on Friday will help dry out the course come Saturday morning.

Spectators will be allowed as each athlete will be receiving two vouchers that can be exchanged for $5 to enter the school parking lot. Spectators are asked to leave immediately following their athlete’s race to minimize any social gathering.

Boy’s Race

Until recently, who would take home the class A title was a bit of a mystery. Kutztown was our early season favorites. They took home the title last year and returned 2019 District Champion, Mitchell Brett (sr). The Tulpehocken Trojans are the young, up-start group in class A. They have shown their youth throughout the season by having some inconsistent performances; however, they have also shown their ability to compete with the best, defeating Kutztown most recently at the BCIAA Championships. They performed well against larger classifications in Berks County this season. Trinity has looked good throughout the year as well and saw their roster bolstered with the addition of Virginia transfer, Jack Warner (sr). Warner and teammate Jasper Burd (jr) should both challenge for the individual district title. All said, over the last couple of weeks, a team has emerged as the favorite, and maybe even a heavy favorite. That team is York Catholic. Catholic is led by Moseley Driscoll (jr). Driscoll is coming off of a 14th place finish at the YAIAA XC Championships where he ran 16:40. That performance puts him on the short list of potential district title contenders heading into the weekend. Joseph Rizzuto (sr) and Jonathan Stromberg (sr) provide the Fighting Irish with 2 additional top 10 runners.

Projected Team Finish (top 3):

York Catholic – 37 points – STATE QUALIFIER

Trinity – 57 points

Kutztown – 95 points

Projected Individual Top 5 + additional State IQs (in alphabetical order)

David Bednarczyk (so, Tulpehocken)

Mitchell Brett (sr, Kutztown)

Jasper Burd (jr, Trinity)

Moseley Driscoll (jr, York Catholic)

Allen Ebersole (fr, Tulpehocken)

Joseph Rizzuto (sr, York Catholic)

Jonathan Stromberg (sr, York Catholic)

Jack Warner (sr, Trinity)

On the Bubble:

Levi Davis (jr, Fairfield), Jack Driscoll (fr, York Catholic), Connor Pushart (jr, Trinity), Jack Kornfield (jr, Kutztown)

Girl’s Race

York County rivals York Catholic and Delone Catholic are the team favorites heading into Districts. York Catholic placed 6th at the recent YAIAA Championships with Delone placing 9th. They were separated by 38 points in that race. York Catholic had an impressive :52s spread between 1-5 at YAs and will be the favorite come Saturday. Annville-Cleona is the other team to keep an eye on this weekend. They have a strong 1-2 duo up front with Braetan Peters (sr) and Cassi Clemson (so) and if their 3-5 runners have a good day they could close the gap between themselves and the York County favorites. Individually, Delone Catholic’s Julia O’Brien (sr), Annville’s Peters, Amiyah Priebe (sr, Newport), and Fairfield’s Honey Strosnider (jr) appear to be the pre-race favorites.

Projected Team Finish (top 3):

York Catholic – 37 – STATE QUALIFIER

Delone Catholic – 52

Annville-Cleona – 71

Projected Individual Top 5 + additional State IQs (in alphabetical order)

Anna Long (sr, Camp Hill)

Magdalene Motter (so, York Catholic)

Julia O’Brien (sr, Delone Catholic)

Braetan Peters (jr, Annville-Cleona)

Amiyah Priebe (sr, Newport)

Honey Strosnider (jr, Fairfield)

On the Bubble:

Madelyn McKee (so, York Catholic), Aleya Miller (jr, York Catholic), Gabbie Tully (jr, York Catholic), Samantha Smith (fr, Delone Catholic), Cassi Clemson (so, Annville-Cleona)