CROSS COUNTRY: Tuesday's roundup, Chambersburg sweeps Cumberland Valley and State College
CHAMBERSBURG >> Chambersburg opened its cross country dual meet season with a pretty impressive one-two punch Tuesday afternoon at the Tim Cook Memorial Course.
The Trojans took down Cumberland Valley and State College in the boys and girls meets to take a leg up in the Mid Penn Commonwealth Division standings. The boys won 25-30 over CV and 19-36 over the Little Lions. In a preseason poll, the Eagles were ranked No. 3 in the state and State College No. 6.
"That's as good of a day as we've had on our home course in quite a while," Chambersburg boys coach John Ambrosio said. "As lackluster as we were on Friday, that's as much fire in the belly as we had today."
Alex Hayden broke through for the Trojans to put up a time of 16:34 to win the race by 26 seconds over teammate Chris Wurtz.
Ambrosio said, "Alex ran the third-fastest time ever by a Chambersburg runner on the course, and he did it in 90-degree heat. With three-quarters of a mile to go, Chris was behind two CV runners, but he shut the door on them to go 1-2 with Alex, and that was huge."
Tanner Amsley took fifth for the Trojans, Andrew Feldman was 10th and Matt Hoover (14th) rounded out the scoring.
"Tanner got out well and stayed ahead of CV's No. 3 man (Yahya Soliman), who he hadn't beaten since eighth grade, which made a huge difference," Ambrosio said. "Feldman ran a tremendous race – he and Hoover went out easy and looked good throughout."
The girls also scored a 25-30 win over the Eagles, and won 23-32 over the Little Lions.
Chambersburg's girls caught a huge break when Eagles' star Maddy Clahane was sick and could not run. But the Trojans still beat a quality team by taking the first three places to make up for a big separation after them.
"We had a big time gap after our third runner – more than a minute – which could hurt in an invitational," Chambersburg coach Chris Monheim said. "But we had lots of girls have pretty good days and it was nice to get these two wins."
Abby Yourkavitch had a stellar day, finishing first in 19:19, while teammates Kaylee Mowery (20:47) and Cadie Kiser (20:50) took second and third.
Monheim said, "Yourkavitch had one the top 10 times we've had on the course, and she was running all by herself. It's hard to push yourself in those conditions. Mowery and Kiser both had really big days – it's tough to lose when you go 1-2-3."
Also for the Trojans, Ally Neidigh captured 12th and Olivia Sommers was 15th.
"For Sommers, that was her first full race, and (Sydney) Parson (18th) got her first varsity points."
Chambersburg 25, Cumb. Valley 30
Chambersburg 19, State College 36
Cumb. Valley 18, State College 38
1.Alex Hayden (Ch) 16:34, 2.Chris Wurtz (Ch) 17:00, 3.Josh Higgins (CV) 17:05, 4.Drew Brown (CV) 17:09, 5.Tanner Amsley (Ch) 17:31, 6.Yahya Soliman (CV) 17:46, 7.Andrew Feldman (Ch) 17:49, 8.Owen Seeber (CV) 17:51; 9.Nick Feffer (SC) 17:57, 10.Owen Wing (SC) 17:57, 11.Alex Milligan (SC) 17:57, 12.Riley Park (CV) 18:07, 13.Anthony Degers (SC) 18:13, 14.Matt Hoover (Ch) 18:15; 15.Josh Cahil (CV) 18:18.
Other Chambersburg runners: 18.Ian Mangan 18:34, 21.Patrick Zook 18:44, 23.Dylan Culler 19:01, 25.Donovan Hazelton 19:09, 33.Nathan Snyder 19:32, 36.Carlos Vera 19:35, 37.Trentin Overcash 20:04, 39.Shiloh Lehman 20:12.
Chambersburg 25, Cumb. Valley 30
Chambersburg 23, State College 32
Cumb. Valley 20, State College 35
1.Abby Yourkavitch (Ch) 19:19, 2.Kaylee Mowery (Ch) 20:47, 3.Cadie Kiser (Ch) 20:50, 4.Marie Rulapaugh (CV) 20:57, 5.Annabelle Wenger (CV) 21:22, 6.Grace Bechtel (CV) 21:25, 7.Natasha Fedkina (SC) 21:28, 8.Catherine Curtin (SC) 21:32, 9.Ally Austen (CV) 21:36, 10.Sarah Almarzoogi (SC) 21:44, 11.Beth Ryan (CV) 21:56, 12.Ally Neidigh (Ch) 22:08, 13.Julia Neely (SC) 22:18, 14.Caitlin Saylor (SC) 22:19, 15.Olivia Sommers (Ch) 22:30.
Other Chambersburg runners: 16.Cassie Essis 22:41, 18.Sydney Parson 22:43, 22.Rachael Sollars 23:06, 23.Maddie Essis 23:07, 24.Kayla Denlinger 23:12, 31.Marygrace Depp 24:22, 33.Julia Scroggs 24:37, 25.Abbie Reichelderfer 25:03, 37.Madison Ford 25:06.
GREENCASTLE SPLITS TRI-MEET >> Greencastle-Antrim had just three girls race, but the boys managed a victory in a Mid Penn Colonial Division tri-meet with Boiling Springs and Big Spring.
For the boys (2-0, 2-0 MPC) Andrew Johnson took second with a time of 18:06, and Daniel Salazar's time of 18:08 was good for third to lead the Blue Devils to a 25-30 win over the Bubblers and 15-49 over Big Spring. Kaleb Hurley (18:23) took fifth, Billie Schemel (18:35) finished seventh and Dylan Neikirk (18:37) was eighth to round out the scoring for G-A.
For the girls (0-2, 0-2 MPC), Madison Hurley was the top finisher, taking third in a time of 22:12. Caramina Cogan (24:39) was 10th, and Abriana Cain (27:01) was 18th.
Greencastle 25, Boiling Springs 30
Greencastle 15, Big Spring 49
1.Zach Bitner (Boil) 18:05, 2.Andrew Johnson (GA) 18:06, 3.Daniel Salazar (GA) 18:08, 4.Justin Lewis (Boil) 18:09, 5.Kaleb Hurley (GA) 18:23, 6.Noah Reighard (Boil) 18:27, 7.Billie Schemel (GA) 18:35, 8.Dylan Neikirk (GA) 18:37, 9.Alex Eshleman (Boil) (18:43), 10.Liam Aro (Boil) 18:48.
Boiling Springs 15, Greencastle 55
Big Spring 15, Greencastle 55
1.Leanne Weaver (Boil) 21:04, 2.Elaina Claney (Boil) 21:38, 3.Madison Hurley (GA) 22:12, 4.Ashlyn Booher (Boil) 23:09, 5.Sam Crouse (BS) 23:16, 6.Emma Fertig (BS) 23:39, 7.Stephanie Swartz (BS) 23:44, 8.Darien Kase (Boil) 23:46, 9.Dannie Hoover (24:04), 10.Caramina Cogan (GA) 24:39.