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St. Marys Girls, Punxsutawney Boys D9 Class 2A XC Titles; Pistner, Friar Win Individual Titles in 2A

St. Marys dominated in winning the District 9 Class 2A girls cross country title. Photo courtesy of PIAA District 9

RIDGWAY, Pa. – The St. Marys girls and the Punxsutawney boys won the District 9 Class 2A team cross country titles while St. Marys’ Gabby Pistner and Ridgway’s Eli Schrieber won individual titles.

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Also see: Also see: District 9 Class 1A race results  • District 10 Class 2A race resultsDistrict 10 Class 1A race results

St. Marys dominated the girls’ race taking the first five places led by Pistern, who ran a time of 18:54.7.

Marry Defilippi was second (20:31.3), Christian Frontz was third (20:37.1), Kelsie Bellott was fourth (20:37.8), and Raechel Braun was fifth (20:44.5).


That helped the Lady Dutch beat second-place Bradford 15-55. The entire Lady Dutch team, which also included Megan Shine and Paige Bauer, qualifies for the state championship being held Nov. 4 in Hershey.

Bradford had three state qualifiers with Punxsutawney earning the additional two state-qualifying spots.

The Lady Owls qualifiers included Caitlyn Taylor (7th place, 21:10, Korie Dixon (9th place, 21:51.3), and Lelia Blines (10th place, 21:58.6).

The two state qualifiers from Punxsutawney were Riley Miller (6th place, 21:02) and Hannah Surkala (8th place, 21:44.2).

Girls’ Class 2A state qualifiers. Photo courtesy of PIAA District 9


In the boys’ race, Punxsutawney used its depth to win the team title despite not having a finisher in the Top 3.

What the Chucks did have was three finishers between fourth and seventh place with Garrett Bartlebaugh taking fourth (17:30.9), David Kunselman taking sixth (17:52.2), and Chris Setree finishing seventh (17:56.9).

Additional scoring members for Punxsutawney included Adin Bish (18;41.6) in 11th and Nolan Lewis (19:14.8) in 16th place. The entire Chuck team, which also included Evan Mohney and Michael Setree, qualify for the PIAA championships.

Punxsutawney won the District 9 Class 2A boys title. Photo courtesy of PIAA District 9

Friar, meanwhile, won the title by just under nine seconds – 16:50.8 to 16:59.4 – over St. Marys’ Jacob Nedimyer.

Joining Friar and Nedimey in becoming state qualifiers were Brandon Henry of St. Marys (17:13.4), Eli Fox of Clearfield (17;41.7), and Leo Paterniti of Bradford (18:08.2).

Boys’ Class 2A state qualifiers. Photo courtesy of PIAA District 9



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