CARLISLE >> It was a fine day of weather for a cross country run, and Chambersburg's teams did well at the Carlisle Invitational on Saturday.
The Trojan girls placed third as a team in the Challenge division behind Cumberland Valley and Manheim Township, and Abby Yourkavitch finished in fourth place overall. Chambersburg placed ninth in the boys Challenge, breaking a tie with Carlisle by having a higher-finishing sixth runner.
Trojan girls coach Chris Monheim said, "We did considerably better here than we did at last year's meet. District 3 will be tough. It was not our very best day, but it was a strong day."
Yorkavitch led CV's Mady Clahane for the whole race until Clahane nipped her at the line – both finished in 18:13. Yourkavitch's time is the best 5K time in Chambersburg history, bettering the 18:30 posted by Sarah Morrison in 2005 at the same event.
"I knew she'd get that sooner or later," Monheim said. "She led Clahane for all but about the last two feet – she's keeping some really good company."
Also for the Trojans, Kaylee Mowery posted a 19:12, and placed 11th.
Monheim said, "The time gap was 2:40, which is the best we've had, but it's still too big. Kaylee had her best-ever time and ran really well."
Chambersburg boys coach John Ambrosio said, "Overall, I'm kind of pleased. We don't usually gear up for this meet because it's a fast, flat course and the postseason courses are hilly. Our goals were modest – finish in the top 10 – and we did that."
Chris Wurtz was the top Trojan finisher in 28th place (16:40), while Alex Hayden took 50th and Andrew Feldman was 58th.
"Patrick Zook ran his best time (17:40) and Matt Hoover had a good time, too (17:36)," Ambrosio said.
Chambersburg took first place in the ninth-grade race.
In the boys Champions race, the top area finisher was Andrew Johnson of Greencastle-Antrim, in 27th place. Madison Hurley of G-A placed 20th to lead all area girls in the Champions race.
NOTE: The results below were taken from the PennTrackXC website, which included only Pa. teams, so some of the team standings are skewed.
1.Downingtown West (DW) 32, 2.West Chester Henderson (WCH) 107, 3.Lower Dauphin (LD) 171, 4.Altoona 185, 5.Cumberland Valley 207, 6.Carlisle 211, 7.Chambersburg 215, 8.Pittsburgh Central Catholic (PCC) 240, 9.North Penn 254, 10.Avon Grove (AG) 282.
1.Jaxson Hoey (DW) 15:28, 2.Josh Hoey (DW) 15:40, 3.Nathan Henderson (McCaskey) 15:41, 4.Henry Sappey (DW) 15:51, 5.Kyler Shea (LD) 15:59, 6.Dan Filler (Gettysburg) 16:02, 7.Spencer Smucker (WCH) 16:07, 8.Jake Ilgenfritz (AG) 16:23, 9.Morgan Cupp (Mech) 16:24, 10.Ryan Barton (DW) 16:27.
Chambersburg runners: 28.Chris Wurtz 16:40, 50.Alex Hayden 17:03, 58.Andrew Feldman 17:15, 81.Tanner Amsley 17:33, 85.Matt Hoover 17:36, 90.Patrick Zook 17:40, 107.Quinn Mangan 18:01.
Fannett-Metal runner: 152.Hunter Angle 19:59.
1.Cumberland Valley (CV) 109, 2.Manheim Twp. 122, 3.Chambersburg (Chbg) 124, 4.Padua Academy (PA) 140, 5.Carlisle 143, 6.Coatesville (Coa) 145, 7.Downingtown West (DW) 151, 8.Palmyra 194, 9.Lower Dauphin (LD) 201), 10.Red Land (RL) 215.
1.Aislinn Devlin (DW) 18:04, 2.Lydia Olivere (PA) 18:10, 3.Mady Clahane (CV) 18:13, 4.Abby Yourkavitch (Chbg) 18:13, 5.Brooke Hutton (Coa) 18:28, 6.Ella Breidenstine (LD) 18:41, 7.Emma Planck (DW) 18:56, 8.Kaylee Mowery (Chbg) 19:12, 9.Skye Christian (RL) 19:23, 10.Leanne Weaver (Boil. Spr.) 19:24.
Other Chambersburg runners: 32.Cadie Kiser 20:14, 57.Cassie Essis 20:52, 59.Livvy Sommers 20:53, 67.Sydney Parson 21:01.
1.Sam Signor (EP) 16:24, 2.Austin Maxwell (Kennett) 16:33, 3.Connor St. Germain (Corn) 16:37, 4.Jared Kearns (Northern York) 16:38, 5.David Brubacher (Corn) 16:42.
Greencastle runners: 27.Andrew Johnson 17:27, 30.Daniel Salazar 17:32, 123.Billy Schemel 18:43, 160.Rylan Hummer 19:08. 175.Luke Norris 19:27, 180.Brock Widder 19:35, 197.Spencer Swam 19:51.
James Buchanan runners: 114,Nick Garbinski 18:36, 115.Alex Giffin 18:37, 157.Ethan Izer 19:06, 201.Jacob Schaubroeck 19:55, 222.Jacob Asbach 20:37, 225.Kaiden Stinson 20:46, 251.Denver Norcross 22:09.
Waynesboro runners: 31.Christopher Maichl 17:32, 33.Ian Skroban 17:35, 171.Nick Stouffer 19:25, 181.John Foreman 19:37, 185.Shadrack Roundy 19:40, 253.Connor Garvin.
1.Kennett 110, 2.McCaskey 122, 3.Upper Dublin 132, 4.Ridley 200, 5.Northern York 241. Also, 10.Waynesboro 313, 28.James Buchanan 646.
1.Olivia Iswalt (Berks Cath) 19:33, 2.Lianna Tirado (McCaskey) 19:37, 3.Isabella Fife (McCaskey) 19:42, 4.Olivia McLain (E.York) 19:49, 5.Cheyenne Hansen (Garden Spot) 19:57.
Greencastle runners: 22.Madison Hurley 20:29, 193.Coramina Cogan 24:39
James Buchanan runners: 132.Janelle Garbinski 22:45, 141.Rachel Kimmel, 142.Kaylee Kriner 22:56
Waynesboro runners: 41.Chelsea Cover 20:59, 62.Virginia Cooley 21:24, 92.Chelsea Bricker 22:03, 108.Brooke Smith 22:17, 138.Ashlyn Beck 22:51
MERCERSBURG SWEEPS DUALS >> Both Mercersburg Academy's boys and girls came away with wins in impressive fashion.
The girls took five of the top seven spots to hand Garrison Forest a 20-40 defeat, and the boys downed Kiski, 25-30.
For the girls, Kate Hastings won the event in 22:01, and Sydney Hirokawa finished third in 22:44. Ryan Geitner took fourth in 23:35, Anna Mele was fifth in 24:03 and Duda Lima rounded out the Blue Storm, clocking in at 24:33. She finished seventh.
"It was a great race, and I'm so proud of the girls and how hard they have worked," Mercersburg girls coach Betsy Cunningham said. "Every person on our team ran a season PR by at least 30 seconds."
For the boys, Gabriel Allgayer won the meet, finishing in 17:21. Neither team had back-to-back finishers in the top 11.
Jan Smilek took third for the Blue Storm in 18:21, Chris Doyle (18:34) finished fifth, Adam Cromwell (18:59) seventh and Cole Kissam (19:05) placed ninth to round out the scoring for Mercersburg.