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COLONIAL PARK >> Chambersburg's cross country teams are cruising through the Mid Penn Commonwealth Division, and they moved two steps closer to the division crown Tuesday.

Both the boys and girls swept Carlisle and Central Dauphin East, improving their records to 5-0 (5-0 MPC). The boys beat the Thundering Herd 26-32 and the Panthers 15-51, while the girls beat those two teams 24-31 and 16-52, respectively.

The biggest key for the boys was Chris Wurtz, who narrowly finished in second place with a time of 17:01. He beat the third-place finisher by one second.

"I'm tremendously pleased with how we ran today. We wouldn't have beaten Carlisle earlier in the year at the Enos Yeager Invitational," Chambersburg boys coach John Ambrosio said. "The big key was to not let them finish 1-2, and then we took the next three spots after that."

Alex Hayden (17:18), Andrew Feldman (17:39) and Tanner Amsley (17:41) finished 4-5-6 to propel the Trojans to the top, and Matt Hoover rounded out the scoring, finishing ninth in 18:09.

"We put nine guys in front of Carlisle's No. 5, and that turned out to be huge," Ambrosio said. "I was very pleased with our effort, especially after running a hard race on Saturday."

The Trojans girls took an early grasp on the meet, taking three of the top four spots. Abby Yourkavitch got the win and broke the course record in the process with a time of 19:39. The record was previously held by Chambersburg's Courtney Group at 19:42. Kaylee Mowery finished second in 20:12, and Cadie Kiser was fourth in 20:42.

"I knew once we had three of the top four that we'd be in good shape, and then we matched that with depth," Chambersburg girls coach Chris Monheim said. "We had the best day of the season so far. I've been looking for this kind of performance since the season started."

Cassie Essis finished seventh in 21:21 and Chambersburg then made a run, with all Trojans finishing 11th through 16th. Olivia Sommers capped off the scoring with the 11th-place finish, clocking in at 21:56.

"Cassie had a great day and out-kicked two girls right before the line, and Olivia is really starting to gain experience," Monheim said. "Our time gaps were smaller than they've been all season, too."

BOYS

Chambersburg 26, Carlisle 32

Chambersburg 15, CD East 51

1.Matt Wisner (Car) 16:57, 2.Chris Wurtz (Chbg) 17:01, 3.Isaac Kole (Car) 17:02, 4.Alex Hayden (Chbg) 17:18, 5.Andrew Feldman (Chbg) 17:39, 6.Tanner Amsley (Chbg) 17:41, 7.Max Fiorentino (Car) 17:42, 8.Jack Wisner (Car) 17:54, 9.Matt Hoover (Chbg) 18:09, 10.Greg Snow (CDE) 18:14, 11.Patrick Zook (Chbg) 18:16, 12.Quinn Mangan (Chbg) 18:20, 13.Gary Patterson (CDE) 18:31, 14.Ian Mangan (Chbg) 18:35.

Other Chambersburg runners — 16.Dylan Culler 18:51, 19.Donovan Hazelton 19:09, 20.Trentin Overcash 19:10, 24.Shiloh Lehman 19:33, 26.Wyatt Hill 19:59, 27.Kyle Stanalonis 20:03, 28.Orion Kimberly 20:07, 30.Luke Sharrar 20:21.

GIRLS

Chambersburg 24, Carlisle 31

Chambersburg 16, CD East 52

1.Abby Yourkavitch (Chbg) 19:39, 2.Kaylee Mowery (Chbg) 20:12, 3.Caitlyn Padgett (Car) 20:35, 4.Cadie Kiser (Chbg) 20:42, 5.Sarah Frick (Car) 20:59, 6.Meg Lebo (Car) 21:18, 7.Cassie Essis (Chbg) 21:21, 8.Hailey Midgley (Car) 21:24, 9.Emma Bateman (Car) 21:26, 10.Malarie Krebb (CDE) 21:31, 11.Olivia Sommers (Chbg) 21:56, 12.Sydney Parson (Chbg) 22:10, 13.Ally Neidigh (Chbg) 22:21, 14.Rachael Sollars (Chbg) 22:34, 15.Maddie Essis (Chbg) 22:36.

Other Chambersburg runners — 16.Kayla Denlinger 22:39, 20.Marygrace Depp 23:16, 22.Julia Scroggs 23:51, 23.Savannah Dymond 23:57, 26.Lindsay McGuire 24:08, 27.Abbie Reichelderfer 24:09, 28.Kameron Schuler 24:10.

ROCKETS, DEVILS SPLIT >> Greencastle-Antrim's boys cruised to a Mid Penn Colonial Division win over James Buchanan, but the Rocket girls rallied to steal a win from the Blue Devils.

The Greencastle boys (4-0, 4-0 MPC) finished in the top three spots to pull away for the win. Andrew Johnson won the meet with a time of 17:39, Daniel Salazar was second in 17:40 and Billie Schemel clocked in at 18:16 for third. Brock Widder (18:52) and Rylan Hummer (19:11) rounded out the scoring for the Devils.

Alex Giffin (18:37) and Nick Garbinski (18:47) finished fourth and fifth for the Rockets, and Ethan Izer finished seventh in 18:56.

On the girls side, Greencastle's Madison Hurley won the meet in 20:35, and Coramina Cogan was third in 23:05.

For JB, Janelle Garbinski took second in 23:03 and Kaylee Kriner was fourth in 23:31. Rachel Kimmel (fifth, 23:36), Alexa Jones (eighth, 25:17) and Madison Shupp (ninth, 26:13) helped the Rockets pull out the victory. Greencastle is 0-4 (0-4 MPC).

BOYS

Greencastle 20, James Buchanan 39

1.Andrew Johnson (GA) 17:39, 2.Daniel Salazar (GA) 17:40, 3.Billie Schemel (GA) 18:16, 4.Alex Giffen (JB) 18:37, 5.Nick Garbinski (JB) 18:47, 6.Brock Widder (GA) 18:52, 7.Ethan Izer (JB) 18:56, 8.Rylan Hummer (GA) 19:11, 9.Luke Norris (GA) 19:38, 10.Robert Swam (GA) 20:01.

GIRLS

James Buchanan 28, Greencastle 29

1.Madison Hurley (GA) 20:35, 2.Janelle Garbinski (JB) 23:03, 3.Coramina Cogan (GA) 23:05, 4.Kaylee Kriner (JB) 23:31, 5.Rachel Kimmel (JB) 23:36, 6.Abriana Cain (GA) 24:24, 7.Hannah Goldbach (GA) 24:39, 8.Alexa Jones (JB) 25:17, 9.Madison Shupp (JB) 26:13, 10.Abby Horst (JB) 28:43.

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