RIDGWAY, Pa. – The Brookville boys and Elk County Catholic girls won District 9 Class 1A cross country titles Saturday, while Ridgway’s Eli Schrieber and ECC’s Grace Neubert were the individual Class 1A champions.
The Cranberry boys and girls, meanwhile, both took second qualifying them for the state championships, being held Nov. 4 in Hershey, as well.
In the boys’ team race, Brookville had three finishers in the top six to top Cranberry 48-83. The Berries, meanwhile, outpaced third-place ECC, 83-107, to gain the second PIAA berth.
Evan McKalsen was the top finisher for Brookville taking second in a time of 17:06.1. Ty Fiscus was just behind him in third in a time for 17:26.6, while Brady Means was sixth in a time of 17:51.2. Additional scoring runners for the Raiders were Jack Gill in 16th place (18:24.1) and Jacob Murdock in 21st place (18:33.0). All the places are scoring places not necessarily overall places.
The entire Brookville team, which also included Cole Householder and Ian Clowes, qualified for the PIAA championship.
Cranberry was paced by Mariner Perry in seventh place (17:53.7) followed by Dalton Wenner in 12th (18:05.5), Dane Wenner in 14th (18:14.8), Kaleb Heath in 23rd (18:35.0), and Thatcher Matassa in 27th (18:43.1). Additional team members, who also qualify for the state meet, included Elia Fox and Sabastien Bemis. All the places are scoring places not necessarily overall places.
In the individual race, Schrieber outpaced McKalsen by just under eight seconds winning in a time of 16:58.4
Joining Schrieber as PIAA qualifiers were Kevin Sherry of Coudersport (4th place, 17:35.8), Andrew Coriaty of Oswayo Valley (5th place, 17:44.8), Jonathan Hansford of Keystone (6th place, 17:46.4), Jonas Wilshire of Clarion (9th place, 17:54.8), Jackson Nicewonger of North Clarion (10th place, 17:55.8), Aiden Magnusson of Ridgway (11th place, 18:02.3), Andrew Mawn of ECC (12th place, 18:03.6), Hayden Weber of Clarion (14th place, 18:13.7), and Deacon Hendrickson of ECC (16th place, 18:18.8).
In the girls’ team race, ECC dominated taking the top three places led by Neubert’s winning time of 19:21, which was well ahead of teammate and second-place finisher Sophia Bille (19:40). Sami Straub took third in a time of 20:12.
That allowed the Lady Crusaders to outpace second-place Cranberry, 30-66.
Additional scoring runners for ECC included Gianna Bille (8th, 21:16), and Katie Straub (16th, 23:04). All the places are scoring places not necessarily overall places.
The entire ECC team, which also included Andrea Baron and Isabella Macer, qualified for the state championship.
Cranberry also earned a PIAA berth by topping third-place Brockway, 66-76.
The Berries had three Top 10 finishers led by Kelsey Hanna in fourth place (20:26). Kayla Hanna finished seventh (21:05) and Karleigh Shaffer was ninth (21:28). Also scoring for Cranberry were Jordan Montgomery (22nd place, 23;41), and Gracee Hess (24th place, 23:53). All the places are scoring places not necessarily overall places.
Additional members of the Cranberry team, who all qualified for the state meet, included Zofia Earp and Taylor Hepler.
Ten additional runners qualified for the state meet including:
Kane’s Rowan Milliron (5th, 20:35), Clarion-Limestone’s Adisen Jackson (6th, 20:56) and Clara Coulson (10th, 21:45), Brookville’s Erika Doolittle (11th, 21:58), Karns City’s Miley Mooney (12th, 22:06), North Clarion’s Abby Hastings (13th, 22:20), Moniteau’s Alexis Kirschner (14thm 22:20), Oswayo Valley’s Oliva Cook (15th, 22:24), Ridgway’s Alexis Rohr (16th, 22:26), and Brockway’s Hayden Shick (22:35).