HERSHEY, Pa. — District 9 runners combined to claim five top-20 state medals, including two in the top six, while Elk County Catholic finished second in the Class 1A boys standings for the second straight year at Saturday’s PIAA Cross Country Championships.
Elk County Catholic finished second in the Class 1A boys’ team standings for the second straight year. (Photo submitted)
Northern Potter sophomore Danielle Perry, the D9 Class 1A champion, ran to a fourth-place finish at the Parkview Cross Country Course in 19:17. That was just 16 seconds behind winner Tina Capperell, a senior from Marian Catholic, and 40 seconds better than her 19th-pace medal finish last year.
Two girls medaled in Class 2A, led by senior D9 champion Amanda Foster of St. Marys who earned her second state medal with a sixth-place finish in 19:08. Karns City senior Rebecca Pennington was 19th in 19:44.
Elk County Catholic finished second to Penns Valley in the Class 1A team standings by a margin of 68-95. Last year, the Crusaders were second to Winchester Thurston at 62-110. The Crusaders got a medal finish from sophomore Ben Hoffman, the D9 Class 1A champion who was eighth in 16:41. Also medaling was Smethport junior Darion Gregory in 12th at 16:53.
Just missing top-20 medal finishes in Class 1A were three other runners in the top 39 with ECC’s Logan Hoffman (26th) and Isaac Wortman (31st), and Smethport’s Christian Tanner (39th).
Bradford’s Logan Caruso (44th) was the highest D9 finisher in Class 2A boys.