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September 7, 2013

Cross country: D-10 represents at Red, White & Blue Invite

SCHENLEY PARK — The District 10 contingent held its own at the challenging Red, White and Blue Invitational, hosted by Schenley Park on Saturday.

Mostly all of the girls and boys teams that participated from district 10 finished in the top half of the team standings.

In the boys race, for instance, Grove City was sixth overall, led by Aaron Benka’s 13th place time of 16:23.

Saegertown was the highest local finisher, taking 12th overall (first out of all the Class A competition). Brendon Barclay led the Panthers in 23rd place (16:32), Morgan Schenberg wasn’t far behind, finishing 29th (16:43).

Cathedral Prep took 21st. And Meadville was 30th overall. Kyle Rose was the Bulldogs’ top runner with a 54th place time of 17:02. Louis McUmber was 120th in 17:44.

Among just class A and AA teams, Grove City would have been first, followed by Saegertown in fifth (Barclay would have been seventh overall) and Meadville ninth (Rose would have been 20th).

The overall winner was North Allegheny with 30 points, followed by Mt. Lebanon with 155. Fox Chapel was third (193) despite placing runners in the first (Colin Martin, 15:18) and third positions (Ethan Martin, 15:35).

In the girls race, Villa Maria was fourth overall. Bernadette Prichard was 14th in 19:18. Grove City was 24th. And Meadville was 29th. The Lady Bulldogs were led by Paige Yoder (81st place, 20:40) and Libby Volna (117th place, 21:19).

Against class A and AA competition, Villa Maria would have been first while Meadville would have taken eighth (Yoder was 19th against runners from similarly sized schools).

Overall for the girls, Mt. Lebanon was first with 92 points, led by the day’s top time of 17:47 by runner Kelsey Potts. Morgantown, W.V. was second (119 points) and North Allegheny was third (192 points).

’Wood boys go 1-2-3 at Big Red Invite

WEST MIDDLESEX — The Maplewood boys cross country team had the top three times in the 23rd annual Big Red Invitational on Saturday.

Racing in the White division, the Tigers were led by Jeremy Parsons in first in 16:25, Jake Parsons in second in 16:46 and Hanz Wentz in third in 16:57. Those were the three fastest times of the day. The fastest time in the Red division — the bigger school division — belonged to North East’s Gary Olsen, who finished in 16:59.

Maplewood took second as a team with 94 points, following West Middlesex in first with 66 points.

Cochranton was third with 102 points. The Cardinals were paced by Logan’s Herzberger’s seventh-place time of 17:46. Nate Kline finished 11th in 17:51. Nathan Lindeman (23rd, 18:41) and Kyle Mudger (27th, 19:03) both finished in the top 30.

Cambridge Springs was fifth in the White division, led by Connor Walsh who was eighth in 17:50, while Steele Henderson took 20th in 18:27.

Union City was seventh. Drake Burgess finished 26th (19:02) and Aaron Taylor was 29th (19:06).

Lakeview was 10th and Jamestown was 12th in the White race. Chris Drozynski was 30th (19:07) for the Sailors. Christian McElhaney was fastest for the Muskies with a 14th place finish (18:15).

In the Red race, Knoch was first with 71 points, North East was second with 83 and New Castle was third with 126.

Titusville finished 11th, led by Ben Roberts who was 29th in 18:59.

Conneaut finished 14th overall. Christian Ladebu was the top finisher for the Eagles, finishing 14th (18:04).

The fastest time for the girls yesterday belonged to North East’s Emma Verdonik, who won the Red division with a time of 18:50, leading the Lady Grapepickers to a invitational title with 46 points. Hickory was second in the Red team standings while Wilmington was third.

Conneaut finished 10th as a team. Brooke Phelps claimed 13th with a time of 21:16. Teammate Lacey Murray was 33rd in 22:29.

Titusville didn’t have a team score, but Sarah Jones finished 30th in 22:22.

In the White division, West Middlesex was the top team with 54 points.

Union City claimed second with 90 points. The Lady Bears had a strong group in the top 25, including Alyssa Boyd (11th, 21:32), Sabrina Kosnick (13th, 21:50), Ashley Keefer (16th, 22:18), Virginia Fletcher (19th, 22:45) and Olivia Trauner (21st, 23:11).

Cambridge Springs finished third in the White team standings. Reilly Walsh was third individually with a time of 20:19. Fellow Blue Devil Olivia Mamula took fifth in 20:48. And Sadie Brown added a 14th place finish (22:00).

Maplewood was seventh with 194 points. Savannah Phillips led the way for the Tigers with a  seventh-place time of 21:00.

Other local individuals in the race included Lakeview’ Andrea McConnell (22nd, 23:17), Jamestown’s Lindsey Anderson (25th, 23:21) and Cochranton’s Brittany Jackson (26th, 23:29).

The top finisher in the White division was Neshannock’ Lizzie Manickas in 19:27. West Middlesex’s Kristen Walsh was second in 20:07.

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