Twin Valley seeks their fourth championship in as many years as they enter the 2021 cross country season. Expect this year‘s team title in Berks to be much closer than last year‘s, however. Both Exeter Township and Governor Mifflin look to be viable threats to to end Twin Valley’s title streak. These three schools appear to have separated themselves from the rest of the field heading into the season. If you’re looking for which team may make it the furthest in the postseason then you need to look to Class A Tulpehocken. They return a lot of depth for a small school and have even added to it since last season. I expect them to be in contention for the District 3 “A” Title.
Individually, I expect the championship to come down to Alex Holbrook (sr, Exeter Township) and Luke Seymour (sr, Schuylkill Valley). Seymour was runner-up to Noah Taylor (now at Rider University) last year. Holbrook finished 3rd, but was on his way to winning the title before heat exhaustion slowed him over the last quarter mile. He and Seymour both had tremendous outdoor track and field campaigns. Alex set new 3200m (9:22) and 1600m (4:18) PRs. Luke is arguably the state’s top returning middle distance runner as he ran a 4:17 1600m and 1:52 800m this past spring.
Anthony Engle (jr, Twin Valley), Ben Meister (jr, Twin Valley), and Cody Schabener (sr, Exeter Township) are the #3-5 returnees from the 2020 BCIAA Championships. These three are closely matched as we enter the season. Check out their previous year XC and track and field performances:
Looking for someone outside of the returning top 10 who could crack the top 5 this year? How about Zach Zerbe (so, Governor Mifflin), David Bednarczyk (jr, Tulpehocken), or Denis Fantilli (sr, Exeter Township). All 3 athletes showed strong progress between XC and outdoor track last year.
Pre-season Team Rankings
(More in depth team by team analysis will be provided in the District 3 Previews)