PIAA State XC Championship Viewer’s Guide: Class A

Note: If you are not able to attend in person, PCN will be having live feeds from several different points on the course. Here is the link – https://pcntv.com/crosscountry/

Girls:

The first of four groupings takes off at 9a with the district champions from District 1-6. Representing Central PA from District 3 is York Catholic and from District 6 is Penns Valley.

The Penns Valley girls, led by Kelsey Hull (sr) and Anna Stitzer (jr) could challenge for the team title. In their heat, York Catholic may give them their biggest challenge. Mohawk and Wilmington, in section 2, appear to be the other two teams with a title shot.

Individually, Portage Area’s Lauren Shaffer (jr) may be Central PA’s top runner in this race. She’s improved her 5k performances each season and looks ready to contend for the Class A individual title this year.

Bolded are athletes with top 40 5k times run in the state (Class A) this season. They may be best positioned to earn one of the state medals (top 25).

9a start time

Starting Block 3: York Catholic Team

Magdalene Motter, so

Madelyn McKee, so

Aleya Miller, jr

Gabbie Tully, jr

Briana Bradley, fr

Isabella Pearl, jr

Starting Block 6: Penns Valley

Kelsey Hull, sr

Anna Stitzer, jr

Alexis Durn, so

Danielle Fetterolf, sr

Abigail Stitzer, fr

Grace Navigilia, so

Ann-Marie LaPean, so

Lisa Bierlein, sr

9:30a start time

Starting Block 3: Individual Qualifiers

Cassi Clemson, so Annville-Cleona

Braetan Peters, jr Annville-Cleona

Anna Long, sr Camp Hill

Julia O’Brien, sr Delone Catholic

Amiyah Priebe, sr Newport

Starting Block 6: Individual Qualifiers

Morgan Hess, jr Juniata Valley

Lilly Ryer, jr Marion Center

Alex Chobany, fr Portage Area

Lauren Shaffer, jr Portage Area

Kathleen Simander, sr Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy

Boys:

Penns Valley entered the season as the team favorite as well as having the top 2 individual favorites for the state title. Unfortunately, it’s been reported that Brendan Colwell (sr) will miss the state meet with an injury. Colton Sands (sr) has dealt with his own injuries throughout the season, but returned for the district meet to win in a sub-16 minute time. He will look to bring home another state title Saturday morning.

The loss of Colwell opens the door to Jenkintown and Winchester Thurston to take the team title from Penns Valley. Expect a close race! York Catholic could battle for a top 3 spot with a strong day.

Bolded are athletes with top 40 5k times run in the state (Class A) this season. They may be best positioned to earn one of the state medals (top 25).

10a start time

Starting Block 3: York Catholic Team

Moseley Driscoll, jr

Jonathan Stromberg, sr

Joseph Rizzuto, sr

John Marinelli, sr

Daniel Giesselbach, so

Jack Driscoll, fr

James Volk, so

Dominic Marinelli, sr

Starting Block 6: Penns Valley

Colton Sands, sr

Thaddeus Smith, sr

Simon Smith, so

Daniel Kelly, sr

Max Feidler, sr

Malachi DuVall, sr

Brendan Colwell, sr

1030a start time

Starting Block 3: Individual Qualifiers

Mitchell Brett, sr Kutztown

Jasper Burd, jr Trinity

Connor Pushart, jr Trinity

Jack Warner, sr Trinity

David Bednarczyk, so Tulpehocken

Starting Block 6: Individual Qualifiers

Tim Barrett, so Marion Center

Anthony Scott, sr Marion Center

Aaron Wright, jr Purchase Line

Jonah Clark, sr Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy

Colin Simander, fr Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy