The Berks Catholic, Wilson and Conrad Weiser girls are off and running along with Gov. Mifflin sophomore Kaitlyn Highduch as the 2021 high school cross country season got started with events Friday and Saturday.
Highduch covered the 3.1-mile Hempfield course in a record time of 18:33 to win the Keystone Cup against runners from Dallastown, Lower Dauphin and Hempfield.
Berks Catholic, Wilson and Conrad Weiser won team titles at three different invitationals.
Berks Catholic, the defending District 3 Class 2A champion, won the Diocesan Invitational at York’s Rocky Ridge County Park. The Saints scored 43 points to defeat runner-up Trinity by 13 points in the six-team, 53-runner event.
Michaela Burkey was the top Berks Catholic runner, finishing fourth in 22:20. Also earning top 10 finishes for the Saints were Mackenzie Langdon (sixth), Kierra PIckard (ninth) and Caitlyn Bailey (10th).
The Berks Catholic boys finished third with Paul Impellizzeri placing eighth in 18:30.
Wilson captured the Bear Mountain River Run girls championship at Lock Haven by placing four runners in the top 10 in a race that featured 135 runners and 16 teams. Wilson won the title with 36 points followed by Punxsutawney with 135.
Wilson seniors Caryn Rippey and Katie Dallas pulled away from the rest of the field for a 1-2 finish. Rippey, the two-time defending Berks champ, won in 18:12.5, followed by Dallas in 18:14.6. Portage’s Lauren Shaffer was third in 18:48.1.
Grace Mangold finished seventh and Emily Foight placed eighth for the defending Berks County champion Bulldogs.
The Wilson boys finished second in a 15-team field that included 152 runners. Williamsport edged Wilson 58-60 for the team title.
Elijah Stoudt led Wilson with a fourth-place finish in 17:04.2. Zack Wendel was sixth and Spencer Hahn was eighth for the Bulldogs.
Conrad Weiser finished first among 13 Class 2A teams at the Northampton Invitational. The Scouts finished with 68 points to defeat runner-up Allentown Central Catholic by 13 points.
Individually, Conrad Weiser’s Sydney Werner finished fifth in 19:20.9. Ava Lottig of Oley Valley finished eighth and Laura Posh of Twin Valley finished 10th among 186 runners.
In the boys race, Schuylkill Valley’s Luke Seymour finished fifth in 16:11.4 and Boyertown’s Cameron Kratz finished seventh out of 237 runners.
Source: Berkshire mont