Final Thoughts from a Very Busy Day at the 2020 PIAA District III XC Championships

Thank you to the crew at Big Spring High School for pulling off another incredible District 3 Championship meet. The course was in fantastic shape after the pounding rain on Thursday and Friday. Thank you to PIAA District 3 for their commitment to holding the event this year and for figuring out a way to allow spectators to watch.

Here are my final thoughts from yesterday’s PIAA District III XC Championships.


BCIAA, LL League, Mid-Penn, and YAIAA are the 4 conferences/leagues (leagues) making up PIAA District III. Who led the way yesterday?

Team Champions:

BCIAA (1)- Berks Catholic (Girls – AA)

LL League (1)- Hempfield (Boys -AAA)

Mid-Penn (0)

YAIAA (4) – York Catholic x2 (Girls – A and Boys – A); Kennard-Dale (Boys – AA); Northeastern (Girls – AAA)

ADVANTAGE – YAIAA

Indiviual Champions:

BCIAA (1) – Mitchell Brett (sr), Kutztown (Boys – A)

LL League (2) – Braetan Peters (jr), Annville-Cleona (Girls – A); Graham Thomas (sr), Penn Manor (Boys – AAA)

Mid-Penn (2)- Peyton Ellis (so), Boiling Springs (Girls – AA); Weber Long (jr) Greencastle-Antrim (Boys – AA)

YAIAA (1) – Margaret Carroll (sr), Northeastern (Girls – AAA)

ADVANTAGE – LL League and Mid-Penn

League Scores:

Compiling results from all classes, then taking the top 7 performers from each league to form a “league” team, and then scoring those 4 teams against each other, this is what you would get…

Boys Team Champion – Team LL League (32 points); Boys Team Runner-Up – Team Mid-Penn (38 points)

Girls Team Champion – Team LL League (38 points); Girls Team Runner-Up – Team YAIAA (49 points)

ADVANTAGE – LL League

The LL League appears to have been the most competitive league this season, accumulating 70 points between their boys and girls top 7 yesterday. The YAIAA was 2nd with 105 points, just edging out the Mid-Penn who accumulated 107 points.


With the reduced fields at states, qualification was tougher than ever. What times did it take in each class to advance to the state meet?

Girls:

Class A – 21.26 or faster

Class AA – 20:10 or faster

Class AAA – 18:59 or faster

Boys:

Class A – 17:47 or faster

Class AA – 16:40 or faster

Class AAA – 16:15 or faster

So, PIAA, if you are reading this, any chance AAA can get more qualifiers into states? Please? AAA still has 21 less qualifiers than class A and class AA for the state meet. It took 18:59 (!!) to qualify for the girls state championship and it took (16:15!!) to qualify for the boys state championships! Those times would’ve placed 10th and 8th, respectively, at last year’s District 3 Championship meet. Heading into the meet, I thought as many as 30 individuals could earn a trip to states. Of the 13 girls and 15 boys who did qualify, any one of them could win a state medal with a good day next Saturday; thats how good I think this group is.


In a normal year, where would the cut-off have been in each of the three classes?

Class AAA

The girls were to receive 5 team bids and 25 additional individuals not on one of those 5 teams.

The 5 team qualifiers, based on those who ran yesterday would’ve been:

1. Northeastern; 2. Warwick; 3. Mechanicsburg; 4. Dallastown; 5. Wilson

* Shout out to Hershey who was unable to compete. They would’ve likely been in this top 5.

The top 45 individuals would have then qualified into the state meet. Yesterday’s 45th place finisher was Exeter’s Kira Marr (jr) who ran 20:30.

The boys were to receive 4 team bids and 20 additional individuals not on one of those 4 teams.

The 4 team qualifiers, based on those who ran yesterday would’ve been:

1. Hempfield; 2. York Suburban; 3. Cedar Crest; 4. Carlisle

The top 33 individuals would have then qualified into the state meet. Yesterday’s 33rd place finisher was South Western’s Shernel Singh (so) who ran 16:51.

Class AA

The girls were to receive 3 team bids and 15 additional individuals not on one of those 3 teams.

The 3 team qualifiers, based on those who ran yesterday would’ve been:

1. Berks Catholic; 2. Wyomissing; 3. Lampeter-Strasburg

* Conrad Weiser would have likely been in the top 3 in a normal year had their entire team run. Their 4 athletes who competed yesterday ran great!

The top 24 individuals would have then qualified into the state meet. Yesterday’s 24th place finisher was Kennard-Dale’s Charlotte Crowl (so) who ran 21:45.

The boys were to receive 3 team bids and 15 additional individuals not on one of those 3 teams.

The 3 team qualifiers, based on those who ran yesterday would’ve been:

1. Kennard-Dale; 2. Lampeter-Strasburg; 3. Boiling Springs

The top 25 individuals would have then qualified into the state meet. Yesterday’s 25th place finisher was West York’s Thomas Urrunaga (sr) who ran 17:24.

Class A

The girls were to receive 2 team bids and 10 additional individuals not on one of those 2 teams.

The 2 team qualifiers, based on those who ran yesterday would’ve been:

1. York Catholic; 2. Delone Catholic

The top 19 individuals would have then qualified into the state meet. Yesterday’s 19th place finisher was Susquenita’s Carmichael Sherwood (sr) ran 22:29.

The girls were to receive 2 team bids and 10 additional individuals not on one of those 2 teams.

The 2 team qualifiers, based on those who ran yesterday would’ve been:

1. York Catholic; 2. Trinity

The top 18 individuals would have then qualified into the state meet. Yesterday’s 18th place finisher was Kutztown’s Phoenix Kellogg (fr) who ran 18:31.


# of top 20 performers who will be back in 2021:

Girls:

Class A – 13 out of the top 20 return in 2021

Class AA – 15 out of the top 20 return in 2021

Class AAA – 13 out of the top 20 return in 2021

Boys:

Class A – 13 out of the top 20 return in 2021

Class AA – 9 out of the top 20 return in 2021

Class AAA – 13 out of the top 20 return in 2021


Congratulations!

Congratulations to all of the athletes and coaches who participated in the race yesterday. Best wishes to the team and individual qualifiers who are advancing to next weekend’s state championships. District III is sending an incredibly talented group to Hershey. Here’s hoping a record number bring home state medals!

Congratulations to District III for making it through the season and for hosting the championship event. My condolences to Lebanon and Hershey who were the 2 team casualties (hope I am not missing anyone else) and to the few individuals who were quarantined and unable to compete. Keep your head’s up and keep training. Hoping there are some indoor opportunities this winter, but even if not, that there will be an outdoor track and field season this spring where all can showcase their hard work!