NEWVILLE >> It was an exceptional day for Chambersburg's cross country teams on Saturday at the Bulldog Invitational in Newville.
"This was our best invitational performance since the year we won the district in 2011," Trojan boys coach John Ambrosio said.
Chambersburg's girls team finished second with 118 points, while Manheim Township won the invite with 108 points. The boys grabbed third place with 142 points. Hempfield won with 92.
On the girls side, Abby Yourkavitch placed second overall with a time of 18:50, which was the fastest time on the course in Chambersburg history. Kaylee Mowery (20:27) and Cadie Kiser (20:31) followed her in 16th and 17th place, respectively.
"Overall, I was really pleased," Trojan girls coach Chris Monheim said. "We've raced a lot lately, and we keep getting good efforts. I don't think we've come close to running our best, but I thought this was a pretty decent day. We managed to beat a few really solid programs."
The Bulldog Invitational saw an influx of last-minute entries because Big Spring is hosting the District 3 Championships this year, and it was a good opportunity to see the course.
"The meet was great because a few really good teams from around the district rolled in," Ambrosio said. "Everyone wanted to see the district course, and I was very pleased with how we performed. Our time gap was pretty decent, and we accomplished just about every one of our goals. We seem to have the ship headed in the right direction."
Chris Wurtz led the Trojans, finishing in 10th with a time of 16:49. Alex Hayden wasn't far behind, taking 14th in 17:00.
1.Nathan Henderson (McC) 15:51, 2.Zach Lefever (Eph) 16:09, 3.Kyler Shea (LD) 16:25, 4.Nate Becker (Eph) 16:25, 6.Justin Yurchak (Hempfield) 16:33, 7.Jared Kearns (Northern) 16:41, 8.Jared Giannoscoli (LD) 16:47, 9.Evan Kreider (Coc) 16:48, 10.Chris Wurtz 16:49, 11.Rhett Hart (Eph) 16:52, 12.Jesse Cruise (Cedar Crest) 16:58, 13.Colton Cassel (LD) 17:00, 14.Alex Hayden (Chbg) 17:00, 15.Brodie Skrocki (Wil) 17:01.
Other Chambersburg runners — 33.Tanner Amsley 17:36, 37.Andrew Feldman 17:43, 58.Matt Hoover 18:06, 65.Ian Mangan 18:13, 67.Patrick Zook 18:14.
1.York Suburban 49, 2.Milton Hershey 107, 3.East Pennsboro 133, 4.Boiling Springs 134, 5.Mifflinburg 214. 21. James Buchanan 483.
1.Dan Filler (Gettysburg) 16:14, 2.Quincy Amabile (Mif) 16:25, 3.Sam Signor (EP) 16:27.
James Buchanan runners — 86.Nick Garbinski 19:14, 89.Alex Giffin 19:18, 97.Ethan Izer 19:26.
1.Camp Hill 29, 2.Delone Catholic 72, 3.Tulpehocken 78, 4.Faifield 118, 5.York Catholic 120.
1.William Greene (Del) 16:43, 2.Leslie Cooper (CH) 16:51, 3.Ian Gabig (CH) 17:11.
1.Manheim Township 108, 2.Chambersburg 118, 3.Governor Mifflin 147, 4.Wilson 170, 5.Hempfield 185, 6.Lower Dauphin 217, 7.Ephrata 231, 8.Manheim Central 258, 9.J.P.McCaskey 275, 10.Dallastown.
1.Alison Willingmyre (Wil) 18:46, 2.Abby Yourkavitch (Chbg) 18:50, 3.Ella Breidenstine (LD) 19:29, 4.Jamie Zamrin (Cocalico) 19:38, 5.Lindsey Lord (Penn Manor) 6.Isabella Fife (McC) 19:47, 7.Ashlie Kline (GM) 19:50, 8.Jessie Hogbin (Hedgesville) 19:54, 9.Taylor Rettig (Massapequa) 19:56, 10.Samantha Shields (Warwick) 20:00, 11.Hannah Dieterle (MT) 20:07, 12.Sydney Myers (Central Dauphin) 20:10, 13.Lindsay Sanger (Wil) 20:12, 14.Molly Conrad (Hemp) 20:13, 15.Siena Gates (Hemp) 20:14
Other Chambersburg runners — 16.Kaylee Mowery 20:28, 17.Cadie Kiser 20:31, 42.Cassie Essis (21:19), 56.Ally Neidigh 21:44, 59.Livvy Sommers 21:45, 86.Rachael Sollars 22:26.
1.Donegal 88, 2.Mifflinburg 105, 3.York Suburban 143, 4.Boiling Springs 146, 5.Northern 170, 18. James Buchanan 448.
1.Maddie Ferner (Kennard-Dale) 19:02, 2.Maddie McLain (Eastern York) 10:10, 3.Leanne Weaver (Boil) 19:47.
James Buchanan runners — 68.Janelle Garbinski 23:34, 81.Kaylee Kriner (23:59, 94.Rachel Kimmel 24:20.
1.Delone 31, 2.York Catholic 37, 3.Fairfield 59.
1.Jordan Haberstroh (Columbia), 2.Leanne Sneeringer (Del) 20:29, 3.Nicole Chelton (Christian School of York) 20:33.
MERCERSBURG BOYS WIN INVITATIONAL >> Mercersburg Academy's boys cross country team found itself in a dead heat at the Mercersburg Invitational, and it beat out Nova Academy and St. Maria Goretti for the win.
The girls team, which was missing two key runners, finished sixth.
The Blue Storm boys won by the slimmest of margins over Nova Academy, 52-53. St. Maria Goretti was right behind with 55.
Gabriel Allgayer took first place in the meet, finishing with a time of 16:50, and Chris Doyle also finished in the top 10, placing seventh in 19:03. Adam Cromwell (11th, 19:31), Leslie An (16th, 20:23) and Alexander Wood (17th, 20:32) rounded out the scoring for Mercersburg.
"Four of the seven runners in the varsity lineup were running in their first-ever varsity race," Mercersburg assistant coach John Bennett said.
On the girls side, Sydney Hirokawa was the top finisher, placing 20th with a time of 23:34. Ryan Geitner (24:53), Duda Lima (25:08), Campbell Drennan (25:18) and Jane Kistler (25:31) all finished in the top 40 to contribute to the Blue Storm's score.
"We were missing two of our top five runners, but it was great to see how we stacked up against Hill and to finish on top of our MAPL rival," Mercersburg coach Betsy Cunningham said. "Campbell Drennan had an especially good day, taking almost three minutes off her time from Tuesday."
1.Mercersburg 52, 2.Nova Academy 53, 3.St. Maria Goretti 55, 4.Episcopal 67, 5.Saint James 134, 6.Middleburg 153.
1.Nova 31, 2.Notre Dame Prep 47, 3.Mount De Sales 62, 4.Goretti 127, 5.Episcopal 133, 6.Mercersburg 182, 7.Hill 182, 8.Madeira 192.