PIAA XC Championship Preview: Class AA Girls

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Projected top 5 Teams and Individuals

Here is a look at our top 5 team and individual projections. We also include projected finishes for Central PA Teams. Central PA state medal hopefuls are outlined below.

Team Top 5 Projections

Danville appears to be the class of the field. Expect a very close battle for 2nd amongst Cathedral Prep, North Catholic, and Saint Marys.

Individual Top 5 Projections

Look for the individual state title to come down to Baylee Espinosa and Madison Hedglin. The two placed 1st and 2nd respectively at PIAA Foundation earlier this season. At the Carlisle Invitational, Espinosa won the “Champions” race in 18:37. At Paul Short, Hedglin claimed victory in the “White” Race running 18:27. Both won their respective District titles in convincing fashion. A dark horse pick could be Somerset freshman Emily Fisher. She blasted a 19:10 performance at the District 5 Championships to beat fellow freshman Chloe May (Bedford) by :55s. The two finished in reverse order at the LHAC Championships. Fisher also won the Altoona Mt. Lion Invitational earlier in the year with May finishing as runner-up.

Central PA State Medal Hopefuls (with recent performances):

  • Addie Cohen, sr Wyomissing – The University of Richmond commit will look for her first state XC medal on Saturday. It’s hard to believe she has yet to win a state XC medal with all of the success she has had. This speaks to how competitive Pennsylvania is at cross country and how challenging the course at Hershey can be. Cohen won the District 3 title in 19:40. She was 3rd at BCIAAs (19:52) finishing behind a pair of Class AAA state medal hopefuls. She ran 19:19 to place 5th in the Lehigh University Paul Short Run “White” race. (Projection: top 12)
  • Kaydence Strange, sr Eastern York – Was runner-up to Cohen at the District 3 Championships running 19:49. Placed 2nd at YAIAAs (19:32) and in the Carlisle Invitational “Champions” Race (19:15). Ran well on the state XC course at PIAA Foundation finishing 7th in 19:47. (Projection: top 15)
  • Lila Shore, jr Trinity – Paced the leaders for much of the District 3 Championships and wound up 3rd (19:55). She placed 9th at the Mid-Penn Championships (19:53) and was 17th in the Carlisle Invitational “Challenge” race (19:17). She placed 19th at the 2022 PIAA State Championships. (Projection: top 15)
  • Aubrey Ressler, so Pequea Valley – Had an “off” performance at Districts and still managed to place 10th overall (20:31). Her performances up to that point showed someone capable of a top 20 finish at states. She was 8th at the LL League Championships (19:16), 7th at the Gettysburg Invitational (19:37), and 16th at PIAA Foundation (20:07). A top 20 finish at states seems well within her reach.
  • Sylvia Brubaker, fr Juniata – Brubaker took home the District 6 title with a time of 19:33. She also won the TVAA League Championships in 19:11. She ran 19:44 (13th) in the Lehigh University Paul Short Run “White” race and 21:33 at Foundation (43rd). She’s been coming on strong over the latter part of the season.
  • Caleigh Vincent, sr Pequea Valley – Had a monster performance at the PIAA District 3 Championships to finish 4th in a time of 20:06. She may be peaking at the perfect time. She finished 23rd at the LL League Championships (20:16), 22nd at the Gettysburg Invitational, and 31st at PIAA Foundation (21:13).