When: Saturday, October 30 – 11:30 AM
Where: Big Spring High School
This Saturday, 15 scoring teams and an additional 37 individuals will compete for a chance to advance to Hershey for the PIAA State Championships. The top 3 teams and next 15 individuals not on one of those three teams advance to Chocolatetown. The girls class AA Championship field may hold the most intrigue. There does not appear to be a heavy favorite in the team or individual race, which should make this a fun one to watch!
Wyomissing may enter Saturday as the team to beat. One of the BCIAA teams have been ranked #1 in our District 3 rankings all season and the Spartans had the best day at their county championships. They placed 4th overall, behind 3 ranked class AAA squads, and finished ahead of Conrad Weiser and Berks Catholic in the class AA scoring 28-46-52. Their #1-5 finishers were separated by only 60-seconds. Addie Cohen (so) and Lauren Riddle (sr) pace Wyomissing and both look like top 10 contenders. Maddie Hyde (sr), Olivia Fisher (sr), and Kylie Rodenberger (sr) will all look for top 25 finishes.
Conrad Weiser will work to keep it close with Wyomissing and enter Saturday with a strong 1-2 punch. Sydney Werner (jr) leads the Scouts and could bring home the individual title. Team #2 Indiana Auchenbach (fr) should challenge for a top 10-15 place finish. The difference in scoring between Weiser and Wyomissing at BCIAAs was between each teams #3-5 runners. Wyomissing placed 5 girls in front of Conrad Weiser’s #3. Bella Auchenbach (sr), Sarina Neiswender (fr), Erin Tighe (sr), and Kamella Gechter (jr) will look to close the gap with the Spartans #3-5 runners.
Rising in the team rankings heading into districts is Boiling Springs. They come in just ahead of Berks Catholic, but we project an incredibly close race between both teams. Catholic may have more team depth, but the low scoring expected from Peyton Ellis (jr) and Anna Chamberlin (sr) could make the difference. Both Ellis and Chamberlin look like top 10 performers and Ellis could challenge for the individual title. She is the defending champion. Haylee Erme (jr) could also find her way onto the award stand (top 15). Julia Steel (jr) has been closing the gap between herself and the top 3 throughout the season and serves as a solid #4.
Berks Catholic‘s top 7 have been interchangeable at times throughout the season. That depth could serve them well on Saturday. Their top 3 runners coming into the meet look to be Michaela Burkey (jr), Mackenzie Langdon (so), and Madison Langdon (fr). Those three could all push for top 15-25 place finishes. Their next 4 athletes will look to displace as many Boiling Springs athletes as possible in their quest to advance to states. Those 4 include: Caitlyn Bailey (so), Kierra Pickard (sr), Abby Wolf (sr), and Joanna Kerchner (jr).
Trinity, Lampeter Strasburg (LS), and Bishop McDevitt all look like potential challengers for the third team qualifying spot to states. Of the 3, LS may have the best depth. Senior Aubrey Magagna has been coming on strong and could give the Pioneers a top-15 finisher. Teammate Jaclyn Martin (so) could join her in the top 15. Their next athletes could all finish within a minute of each other. Trinity’s chances may hinge on the availability of team #2 Alina Torchina (jr). Torchina did not post a time at Mid-Penns. Lila Shore (fr) does give the Shamrocks a low-stick. She has had a terrific freshman campaign and will be looking for a top 5 individual finish. Bishop McDevitt enters Saturday with 2 potential low-scorers in Katelyn Deitrick (sr) and Anna Burke (jr). Look for Deitrick to compete for the individual title.
Here is how we project the Team Race to play out on Saturday:
This one is wide open. At least 7 runners (and maybe more) could contend for the individual title. The top finishers from each of the 4 “leagues” were Katelyn Deitrick (Mid-Penn), Ava Lottig (sr, Oley Valley; BCIAAs), Claire Thomas (so, Lancaster Mennonite; LL League), and Kaydence Strange (so, Eastern York; YAIAAs). Sydney Werner, Lila Shore, and Peyton Ellis should also figure into the title run.
In alphabetical order, here is a look at these girls performances at their respective league meets and at the Carlisle and Ben Bloser Invitationals where there were some good head to head match-ups:
So, who do you think brings home the district crown?
The top 15 finishers will all receive a district medal. Here is a look at 20 more competitors (in alphabetical order) who should battle it out for medals and for a trip to states: