Krush Campers: Week 4 XC Action

Big weekend across the state for campers and counselors!

NVRC-CRPR Youth All-Comers #2
Let’s start with the future and our junior campers as they had NVRC-CRPR All-Comers #2. Ella McCrum ran her winning streak to 3 as she shaved 14s off her season debut to run 11:33. We will need to check the CR to see if she has a shot in the final race at Oak Hall. Neil Maguire was victorious in the boys 11-12 race with a season’s best of 11:41. Marlee Kwasnica, Brandi Carmack, and Grace Morningstart dominated the 13-14 4k as they finished 1-2-8, respectively.

Henry Adams droped 15s from his first 4k of the season to claim runner-up honors in the 13-14 4k. Jackson Bodner added a fifth-place finish to his resume to continue his strong season.

IUP Crimson Hawk Invite
It was Hammer Time at the Crimson Hawk Invitational on IUP’s campus. Blake continued his march to go sub-19 this season as he ran 19:11 for 23rd-place, fifth on his team, which helped Pittsburgh Central earn second-place team finish.

Sharpsville Blue Devil Invite
The Fairview Trio of Maddison Hayes, Halle Myers, and Juliana Robinson were all in action at the Sharpsville Blue Devil Invitational. Maddison lead the way with a sixth-place effort, while Halle and Juliana, finished 65th and 70th, respectivel, to help the Tigers finish 6th in the 37-team field!

Lock Haven Invitational

Anna Shields blazing around the cornfields at the Lock Haven Invite.

Anna Shields blazing around the cornfields at the Lock Haven Invite.

Counselor Anna Shields continues her demolition of everyone in her path. As she won her third meet of the season in 20:37 at the Lock Haven Invitational. Anna and her team are now ranked 16th in the NAIA.

PIAA Foundation XC Invitational
Our campers started and ended the day by breaking the finish line tape and we had a lot of great performances in between as well.

Girls’ Class A

Sera Mazza enjoying her hard-earned win in the Class A PIAA Foundation Invite.

Sera Mazza enjoying her hard-earned win in the Class A PIAA Foundation Invite.

In the girls Class A race, two campers earned medals as Sera Mazza captured her first invitational win of the season in 19:44, 8th fastest time on the day! Kelsey Hull finished 6th to make the podium and was one of the few runners on the day to have new course personal best on the revamped Hershey layout. Kate Youngmark (28th), Lindsey Carmack 42nd), and Myah Chappell 52nd) had strong races as they enabled the team to finish 4th. Hailey Prestash added a 57th place finish to lead her team.

Girls’ Class AAA
Rebecca’s Army was in full force as they finished 4th in Class AAA as the triple threat combo of Jordan Reed (24th), Mihret Strauss (29th), and Lizzie Gilpatrick (38th) had top-40 finishes in the deep field that featured PA #1, 2, 3, 4, and 7.

Boys’ Class A
The Boys Class A race didn’t disappoint as Colton Sands (2nd) and Carter Kauffman (5th) continue to put their name witht he state’s top runners, regardless of classification. Josh Hershbine just missed a medal as he finished 21st for his first time in Hershey. Leland Calistri continues his strong season as he cuts nearly 2 mins from last year’s race to finish 164th.

Boys’ Class AA
Austin Melius is keeping his name in the hunt to make the podium (top 25) in November as he finished 30th in the Class AA for his first time on the Hershey Parkview course.
The JV races are tough affair as all three classifications are combined, so there is no place to hide.

Boys’ JV
In the boys JV race, Sean Adams made his first race a triumphant one as he was second in 17:41. Charles Endres (39th), Ethan Morningstar (47th), and John Brownstead (49th) continued their strong freshmen campaigns as they continue to make the travel squad.

Girls’ JV

Karsyn Kane for the win in the no-holds barred JV race at the PIAA Foundation Invite. Photo Credit: PennTrackXC.com

Karsyn Kane for the win in the no-holds barred JV race at the PIAA Foundation Invite. Photo Credit: PennTrackXC.com

To close out the day, Karsyn Kane delivered a huge effort to krush the field and win the girls’ JV race in 21:07. Her lowstick combined with Anna Kwasnica (8th) and Maryanne Knappenberger (18th) helped State College win the JV Girls title! The future is bright.

Next up for many teams will be the Carlisle Invitational on Saturday.