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Local cross-country teams off and running

by on September 12, 2018 1:07 PM

Several county cross-country teams got off the blocks over the past two weeks. Here’s a quick glimpse of some of the action.

STATE COLLEGE

The State College girls’ cross-country team defeated University High School of West Virginia at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational on Sept. 7. The Little Lady Lions earned the victory by a score of 68-66.

Senior Kiliegh Kline, who was the team’s top finisher, earned a sixth-place finish at the meet with a time of 19:23. Shortly behind Kline, sophomore teammate Jordan Reed finished ninth overall at 19:40.

Junior Lizzie Gilpatrick broke a personal record of finishing inside of 20 minutes by running a 19:52 to earn a 13th-place finish.
Up next for the Little Lady Lions is the PIAA Foundation Meet at Hershey on Saturday, Sept. 22.

PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA 

Both the P-O boys’ and girls’ cross-county teams were defeated by West Branch on Sept. 6 at West Branch High School.
P-O’s Scott Frantz posted the best time individually with 19:46, followed by teammate Josh Rey, who finished right behind Frantz with a time of 20:00.

For West Branch, it was Jake Stag who led the way for the winning team, with a time of 20:03.

When the totals were added up, West Branch defeated P-O by a score of 35-20.

On the girls' side of the meet, Haley Pretash, of West Branch, led her team to a 30-25 victory  with a time of a 24:47.

P-O had two runners at the top of the scorecard with second- and third-place finishes: Samantha Baney, who ran a 25:44, and Megan Kosut with a time of 25:47.

P-O will travel to Big Springs High School to compete in the Bulldog Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 15.

BELLEFONTE

The Raiders competed at the Bear Mountain River Run Invitational at Lock Haven University on Sept. 1.

The girls’ team finished ninth out of 23 teams.

It was junior Amber Shirey leading the way for the Raiders with a 48th-place finish of 22:26. Sophomore Amaya Rothrock was shortly behind Shirey at 50th, while freshman Mia Elmore finished 54th.  

On the boys’ side, sophomore Austin Melius posted a 14th-place finish and a team-best time of 16:44. Freshman Eric Bennett’s finish at 64th place and sophomore John Decker’s 93rd-place finish also helped the Raiders finish 17th out of 25 teams.

The Raiders will take a trip to Big Springs High School on Saturday, Sept. 15, to participate in the Bulldog Invitational.

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