The Carlisle Invitational has become one of the area’s largest over the last several years and this year will be no different. 80 teams from 5 states will converge upon Carlisle High School for the 28th edition of this invite. Carlisle’s course offers runners an opportunity to run a fast 5k on a spectator friendly course, making it an athlete and fan favorite. There are two divisions at Carlisle. The “Champions Race” usually features schools with smaller enrollment while the Challenge Race features larger schools.
Here we highlight the District 3 and 6 competitors in both fields.
Champions Race – 11AM
Central Cambria enters this race ranked #1 in PAMilesplit’s Top 5 Class AA rankings and #10 in the overall state rankings. They are your favorite for the team title. District 3’s top challengers include our #5 and #6 ranked teams in class AA, Trinity and Bishop McDevitt.
Individually, look for Kaitlyn Dietrick (sr, Bishop McDevitt) to perform well. She already has two invite wins to start her season. She won the smaller Diocesan Invite early season and then two weeks ago won the LVC Invitational in 19:31. She’s shown nice year over year progression and could challenge for the individual title on Saturday. Central Cambria’s Annaliese Niebauer (jr) and Stella Kuntz (sr) are returning state medalists, placing 16th and 20th in class AA last year. They more recently finished 6th and 10th within their division at the Red, White, and Blue Classic (RWB) running 19:51 and 20:07, respectively. Central Cambria has 3 other athletes with top 10 potential – Morgan Brandis (fr) was 8th at RWB (19:59), Abigail Walwro (sr) and Alaina Sheehan (so) both ran 20:33 at RWB, placing 15th and 18th overall.
Additionally, Lila Shore (fr, Trinity), Kaydence Strange (so, Eastern York), and the Northern duo of Allie Engle (sr) and Anslee Depasqua will be looking for top 10-20 place finishes. Shore finished 3rd (20:31) and Strange 4th (20:36) in their division at Ben Bloser last weekend. Don’t be surprised to see them crack the 20-minute mark at Carlisle. Engle and Depasqua placed 7th and 8th at the LVC Invite.
Challenge Race – 12PM
Dallastown enters the weekend ranked #5 in PAMilesplit’s latest state top 10 rankings. Hershey is ranked #9 on that same list. Dallastown got a boost this past week as top 3 runner Mae Treml (so) returned to action. With the Wildcats back to full strength (or close to it) I expect them to have a big day. They are currently ranked #1 on our CPAR District 3 Team Rankings for class AAA. Hershey (#3), Chambersburg (#6), Northeastern (#9), Cumberland Valley (#10), Warwick (#11), and JP McCaskey (#12) are all currently ranked in District 3 class AAA. Elizabethtown has been one of the surprise teams this season. They could make their way onto the rankings page with a good showing on Saturday.
This race is not short on individual talent. Let me start with those athletes from District 3 currently ranked inside my top 10 in class AAA:
Claire Paci, so Greencastle Antrim – Ran 18:46 to place 6th at the Oatlands Invite in VA and followed that up with a 18:32 10th place finish at the Adidas XC Challenge in North Carolina. She was 4th in the state last year as a freshman.
Vanessa Alder, jr Carlisle – The NC transfer opened her season with a win at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational, running 18:39. She was 2nd at the NC State Championships last year.
Isabella Shertzer, so JP McCaskey – Won the sophomore class 2-mile at the Unionville Two Mile Bash. Finished 4th last weekend at Ben Bloser running 19:22. The 2:15 800m runner is showing she can run great 5ks as well.
Cami Kiser, jr Chambersburg – Finished 2nd at PTXC 12.2 in 19:03. Last weekend she placed just behind Shertzer at Ben Bloser to finish 5th while running 19:24.
Brooke Preputnick, jr Hershey – She’s on the verge of running her first sub-19 5k; I think she gets it this weekend. She ran 19:14 at PTXC 12.2 to finish 3rd.
Ella Wolfe, so Hempfield – placed 2nd at the Keystone cup, running 19:09.
Others ranked between 11-25 on my individual performers list and competing at Carlisle include:
Nicole Dauberman, jr Susquehannock – Finished 6th at Ben Bloser, clocking a time of 19:43
Kailey Granger, jr Dallastown – One of the early season breakout stars, Granger was 3rd at the Keystone Cup in 19:21. She followed that up with a 7th place finish at Ben Bloser, hitting the finish line in 19:44.
Lydia Tolerico, sr Dallastown – 4th at the Keystone Cup (19:21). Was 8th at Ben Bloser running 19:52. Tolerico has shown over the years that she gets stronger and stronger as the season progresses.
Emma Taylor, sr Hershey – 2nd at the late August “Run for Chocolate.” She ran 19:39 for 9th place at PTXC 12.2.
Bella Treglia, sr Northeastern – Has been leading the way for Northeastern so far in 2021. Was 11th at PTXC 12.2 in 19:42.
Victoria Rodriguez, fr Dallastown – Was 6th at the Keystone Cup, opening her season with a 19:44 time. Placed 9th at Ben Bloser running 19:59.
Winter Oaster, so Gettysburg – Ran well at the Oatlands (VA) Invite 2 weekends ago, finishing in 19:41 for 12th place.
Sophia Breschi, sr Red Lion – 7th in the senior division of the Unionville 2-Mile Bash. Placed 10th at Ben Bloser running 20:04.
Mae Treml, so Dallastown – 5th at the Keystone cup in 19:27. She missed a couple of regular season contests and Ben Bloser, but was back in action this past Tuesday.
Ella Hartel, so Warwick – Ran to a 13th place finish at PTXC 12.2 with her time of 19:57.
Olivia Rieck, sr Chambersburg – Finished 17th at PTXC 12.2 with her 20:14 performance.
Finally, here are a few other names close to the top 25 who could break into that range with a good showing on Saturday: Marissa Pritchett (sr, Northeastern), Ally Wilson (jr, Hershey), Lexi Boyd (so, Chambersburg), and Milana Breuninger (jr, JP McCaskey).