PIAA State XC Championship Viewer’s Guide – Class AAA

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:

Central PA teams will very much be in the team title race Saturday afternoon. Both District 3 champion Northeastern and District 6 champion State College should battle for the team title. North Allegheny and West Chester Henderson also figure to be in the mix. Northeastern, State College, and West Chester Henderson all run together in section 1. North Allegheny runs in section 2.

Individually, Margaret Carroll (sr, Northeastern) and Caryn Rippey (jr, Wilson) are the top ranked girls from District 3 heading into tomorrow’s championship. Carroll hasn’t been defeated this season. She and 2018 champion, Jenna Mulhern (jr, West Chester Henderson) provide a tasty match-up in section 1. Looking to keep pace will be State College Area’s Jordan Reed (sr) and Marlee Kwasnica (so). Reed has gotten stronger as the season has progressed and took home the District 6 title one week ago. Rippey will run in section 3 alongside District 3 competitor Claire Paci (fr, Greencastle-Antrim). They finished 2-3 at last weekend’s District 3 meet and will look to push each other to fast times and top 5 places. Arielle Breuninger (sr, JP McCaskey) and Alyssa Fedorshak (sr, Ephrata) both broke 18:40 at districts when they placed 4th and 5th and should both battle for top 10-15 place finishes. Camryn Kiser (so, Chambersburg), Anna Martin (sr, Warwick), and Lydia Tolerico (jr, Dallastown) are all returning state media lists from 2019.

It took 18:59, which 13 girls achieved, to qualify into states out of District 3 this year. Don’t be surprised if any one of the top 13 girls from District 3 bring home a state medal.


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

Schedule for District 3 and 6 runners:

1p start time

Starting Block 3: Northeastern Team

Margaret Carroll, sr

Bella Treglia, jr

Marissa Pritchett, jr

Trinity Schraudner, sr

Hannah Herr, jr

Haylie Kurilla, so

Rylie Kurilla, so

Riley Bell, so

Starting Block 4: State College Team

Jordan Reed, sr

Marlee Kwasnica, so

Karsyn Kane, sr

Amy Devan, so

Grace Morningstar, so

Vivian Scott, sr

Maggie Leahey, sr

Ava Langelan, so

130p start time

Starting Block 4: Individual Qualifiers

Camryn Kiser, so Chambersburg

Lydia Tolerico, jr Dallastown

Madeline Quinn, sr Elizabethtown

Alyssa Fedorshak, sr Ephrata

Kaitlyn Highduch, fr Governor Mifflin

Starting Block 5: Individual Qualifiers

Claire Paci, fr Greencastle-Antrim

Arielle Breuninger, sr JP McCaskey

Anna Martin, sr Warwick

Caryn Rippey, jr Wilson

Brooke Sargen, sr York Suburban

Starting Block 6: Individual Qualifiers

Mackenzie Kelley, jr Altoona

Reese Wilber, so Altoona

Kylee Cubbison, jr Mifflin County

Addie Parson, fr Mifflin County

Ellie Fisher, jr Williamsport

145p start time

Starting Block 6: Individual Qualifiers

Winter Oaster, fr Gettysburg

Ella Hartel, fr Warwick


Boys

The team race could be won by at least 5 teams. In preparing for this post, my projections have North Allegheny taking home the team title, with an incredibly close battle for 2nd between Downingtown West, Hempfield, and LaSalle. I’ve learned throughout the year to never count out State College, making them the 5th team in contention. Hempfield has a legitimate shot at the team title if their 1-4 runners do what they’ve done all year (and especially this post-season) and if their #5 has a great day. The good news for Hempfield is that any number of guys could be their #5 on any given day. In a crazy year with minimal invitationals, predicting any outcome is dangerous!

Individually, Penn Manor’s Graham Thomas (sr) and State College Area’s Brady Bigger (sr) enter the meet riding a ton of momentum. Thomas was the LL League and District 3 champ while Bigger took home the Mid-Penn and District 6 crown. Bigger tends to run from the front while Thomas has hung back and used superior strength over the 2nd half of the race to pull away. In this time trial format, however, Thomas may not be able to sit back too long. I’ve liked what I have seen from both athletes and think both could challenge for the state title.

Brayden Harris (sr, Mifflin County) and J Henry Lyon (sr, Williamsport) are the two other District 4/6 competitors looking for high finishes tomorrow. As for District 3, it took 16:15 to qualify into the state championships this season. Same as it was in the girl’s preview, I wouldn’t be surprised if any one of those 15 athletes at/under 16:15 challenge for a state medal tomorrow. Stephen Schousen (sr, JP McCaskey) and sophomores Jordan Tiday (Cumberland Valley) and Aidan Hodge (Hempfield) went 2-4 at the districts and look to be peaking at the right time.


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

Schedule for District 3 and 6 runners:

2p start time

Starting Block 3: Hempfield Team

Aidan Hodge, so

Evan Eshleman, sr

Joseph Fahrney, so

Dale Winand, jr

David Jackson, sr

Isaiah Hollinger, so

Sam Freedman, fr

Chris Titter, so

Starting Block 4: State College Team

Brady Bigger, sr

Trent Dinant, jr

Sean Adams, jr

Bennett Norton, sr

Nick Sloff, so

Jacob Messner, sr

Tony Tzolov, jr

Charles Endres, jr

230p start time

Starting Block 3: Individual Qualifiers

Ryan Wolfe, jr Cedar Crest

TJ Roden, so Central Dauphin

Jordan Tiday, so Cumberland Valley

Stephen Schousen, sr JP McCaskey

Cole Perry, jr Northeastern

Starting Block 4: Individual Qualifiers

Graham Thomas, sr Penn Manor

Eli Spence, sr Shippensburg

Noah Taylor, sr Twin Valley

Cole Adams, sr York Suburban

Grant Kern, jr York Suburban

Starting Block 6: Individual Qualifiers

Ben Love, jr Hollidaysburg

Chris Love, jr Hollidaysburg

Brayden Harris, sr Mifflin County

Christopher Royer, jr Mifflin COunty

J Henry Lyon, sr Williamsport

245p start time

Starting Block 6: Individual Qualifiers

Tyler Stevens, jr Manheim Township

Jakolby Fackler, sr Palmyra