Every two years the PIAA uses school enrollment reports to adjust state classifications in an effort to maintain competitive balance. The 2022 XC season starts a new 2 year cycle. What does this mean for District 3? For starters, these changes will result in a change in the number of team and individual state qualifiers for girls and boys in class AAA.
Girls class AAA will have a net decrease of 3 teams. For 2022 and 2023, 4 teams and 20 individuals (not on one of the qualifying teams) will advance to states. This is a reduction of 1 team and 5 individual qualifiers from the past 2 seasons. Class AAA boys will see the opposite effect. With a net add of 3 teams, 5 teams and 25 individuals will now qualify for the state meet.
There are no changes to qualifying numbers for class AA and class A for 2022-2023.
Here are the schools making a change in XC classification for 2022 and 2023. Previous classification are marked ().
1. The Annville-Cleona boys should challenge Tulpehocken, Kutztown, and York Catholic for the class A title.
2. The Donegal girls return 6 from last season and will contend for one of the 3 team state qualifying births in class AA.
3. Lancaster Catholic could be the team to beat in the District 3 class A girl’s competition.
4. Aidan Hodge (sr, Hempfield) and Matthew O’Brien (sr, Susquehannock) could be set-up for a terrific showdown for the District 3 individual title in class AAA.
5. Nicole Dauberman (sr, Susquehannock) becomes the fastest District 3 returner for class AA from last season. Her 19:01 time from 2021 is >:50s better than anyone else in the field.