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St. Joe's Girls Cross Country Wins State Championship

by on November 04, 2019 5:45 PM

The Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy girls cross country team won a state title in history-making fashion and the Penns Valley boys team's Colton Sands and Brendan Colwell claimed the top two individual finishes at the PIAA Class A Championships on Saturday in Hershey.

In Class 3A, the State College girls team took a second place finish behind North Allegheny while the Little Lion boys took ninth. Saint Joe's boys came in 12th in Class A.

Saint Joe's managed to win the state championship despite being a non-team qualifier with a third place finish at the district championships two weeks ago. Instead the Wolves qualified five individual runners to be eligible for a team score, and they powered Saint Joe's to the 93 team point, 23 ahead of defending state champion Marion Center.

It's third state tile in the Saint Joe's girls cross country program's history.

Kate Youngmark led the pack by medaling with a 10th place finish in a time of 20:10.8. She was followed by teammates Kathleen Simander (43rd, 21:08.9), Brandi Carmack (46th, 21:11.2), Myah Chappell (47th, 21:12.9), and Camryn Eby (57th, 21:25.8),

Just as they did at the District 6 championships, Penns Valley's Sands and Colwell finished first and second respectively at the state meet. Sands won the individual title with a time of 15:56. Colwell was close behind at 16:05. The Rams took fifth in the team race, with Sands and Colwell joined by Thaddeus Smith (52nd, 17:47), Daniel Kelly (55th, 17:51), Simon Smith (174th, 19:19), and Max Feidler (182nd 19:32)

The State College girls team claimed second-place in 3A, moving up a spot from last year for their best finish since winning the title in 1994.

Freshman Marlee Kwasnica led the way for the Lady Little Lions with a time of 19:09 and a 17th-place finish. Lizzie Gilpatrick was 28th at 19:30 and Jordan Reed came in 40th at 19:38 . They were followed by Elle Haushalter (107th, 20:27), Maggie Leahey (133rd, 20:46),  Karsyn Kane (185th, 21:42), and Mihret Strauss (189th, 21:48).

The Lady Little Lions finished 15 points behind state champion North Allegheny.

On the boys side, State College was paced by Brady Bigger's 20th place mark of 16:23.8. He was joined by fellow Little Lions Ben St. Pierre (34th, 16:40.70), Sean Adams (130th, 17:24.4), Bennett Norton (149th, 17:33), David Gluckman (157th, 17:35.8), Henry Ballard (187th, 17:52.4) and Charles Endres (201st, 18:10.0).

The Saint Joe's boys' 12th place finish in Class A was the best in program history. Josh Hershbine (30th, 17:19) and Carter Kauffman (35th, 17:28) led the way for the Wolves, followed by Isaac Hyman (92nd, 18:15), Aidan Cross (144th, 18:53), Jonah Clark (151st, 18:56), Asa Reynolds (170th, 19:15), and Josh Hyman (200th, 19:57) 

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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