North Penn runner Ryan Grace pulls ahead of Central Bucks South and Central Bucks West competitors as he crosses the finish in their cross country meet at
North Penn runner Ryan Grace pulls ahead of Central Bucks South and Central Bucks West competitors as he crosses the finish in their cross country meet at North Penn High School on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. (Mark C Psoras//The Reporter)

The PIAA Cross Country State Championships will be held Saturday at Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey, beginning with the Class A girls race at 9:30 a.m.

Christopher Dock sophomore Madison Landis, fresh off a District One Class A title, will make her first appearance in the big race. It was a busy week for Landis, who also helped the Pioneer soccer team win its third straight District One Class A title Wednesday night with an overtime win over Delaware County Christian.

She will be joined by senior teammate Megan Bishop, giving the Pioneers a one-two punch in Class A.

Next up will be the Class AA girls race at 10:15. Gwynedd Mercy Academy was able to capture its second consecutive district crown last week at Lehigh University and aims for a strong finish in Hershey.

The Monarchs will be sending freshman Stephanie Szekely, senior Allie Flint, sophomores Caroline Dennin, Allie Szekely, and Tara Webster, and juniors Sydney Hirokawa and Caroline Bauer.

Class AAA (11 a.m.) will have several runners from the Suburban One League's Continental Conference.

North Penn will be sending a solid trio to the line, as seniors Brianna Mengini and Melanie Vlasic will tackle the Hershey course along with sophomore teammate Phoebe Clowser.

Rival Central Bucks West has a place in the pack, as junior Lindsey Gerlach and sophomore Maddie Villalba make the trip, and Pennridge junior Marissa Sheva aims for another state medal.

Wissahickon sophomore Lotte Black, who had back-to-back solid races at Lehigh, helps represent the SOL American while Pioneer Athletic Conference standout Kara Steinke of Methacton is another one to watch in Class AAA.

The gun sounds for the Class A boys race at 11:45 a.m., with Christopher Dock sophomore Michael Gunden hitting the course. Class AA gets going at 12:30 p.m., with junior Mick Gadaleta representing Lansdale Catholic and the Philadelphia Catholic League.

The Class AAA boys race will cap things off at 1:15 p.m. North Penn senior Ryan Grace and junior Ryan Tung race for a medal along with Pennridge senior Joey Logue.

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