Youth will be served at the PIAA Cross Country Championships this Saturday in Hershey.
For that matter, so will experience.
Warren sophomore Ellis Beardsley qualified for the PIAA meet for the first time and Youngsville senior Abel Robinault made himself a three-time qualifier after their performances at the District 10 Cross Country Championships held Saturday at Sharon's Buhl Park.
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Warren’s Ellis Beardsley pulls away at the end to finish third in the Class AAA girls race at the District 10 Cross Country Championships held Saturday at Sharon’s Buhl Park. Beardsley finished the race in 20:27 and advanced to the PIAA Championships for the first time in her career.
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Third time’s a charm
Youngsville’s Abel Robinault finished fourth in the Class AA boys race at the District 10 Cross Country Championships held Saturday at Sharon’s Buhl Park. With the impressive run of 16:31, Robinault advanced to the PIAA Cross Country Championships for the third time in his stellar high school career.
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Quite an effort
Eisenhower sophomore Anthony Amoroski charges toward the finish line while competing in the Class AA boys race at the District 10 Cross Country Championships held Saturday at Sharon’s Buhl Park.
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TCCS’ Clayton Roxberry
Competing in the Class AAA girls event, Beardsley was a front runner throughout the late Saturday morning race. With the members of the top finishing team as well as the top five runners not on that team advancing to the state meet, Beardsley knew that a top-five finish would guarantee her first trip to Hershey.
She did that - and then some.
Beardsley finished the event in third-place with a run of 20:27. Her time was just eight seconds slower than that of race winner Heather Zeigler of Meadville.
District 10 Cross Country Championships
Saturday, October 30, 2010
at Sharon's Buhl Park
Class AAA girls
Team results: 1. Meadville 29, 2. McDowell 58, 3. Conneaut Lake 75, 4. Warren 94, 5. Central Tech 118, 6. Strong Vincent 170.
State qualifiers: 1 Heather Ziegler, Jr. 20:19 Meadville, 2 Libby Volna, Fr. 20:19 Meadville, 3 Ellis Beardsley, So. 20:27 Warren, 4 Lacey Murray, Fr. 20:29 Conneaut Lake, 5 Alicia Weiss, Sr. 20:35 Meadville, 6 Katie Manno, Jr. 20:38 McDowell, 7 Shelby Barger, So. 20:40 Central Tech, 8 Melissa Perseo, So. 20:41 McDowell, 10 Antiqua King, Sr. 21:24 Meadville, 11 Maddy Kassab, Jr. 21:28 Meadville, 14 Samantha Whitney, Fr. 21:49 Meadville, 27 Olivia Raczka, Jr. 23:47 Meadville
WARREN: 3. Ellis Beardsley 20:27, 19. Amanda Castagnino 22:09, 23. Summer Walter 22:36, 25. Sydney Paris 23:08, 36. Vanessa Kelly 25:31, 40. Laura Neuhaus 26:11, 43. Taylor Klark 28:42
Class AA girls
Team results: 1. Mercyhurst Prep 138, 2. West Middlesex 141, 3. North East 167, 4. General McLane 175, 5. Seneca 178, 6. Corry 240, 7. Union City 283, 8. Grove City 284, 9. Villa Maria 285, 10. Greenville 289, 11. Fort LeBoeuf 306, 12. Youngsville 310, 13. Fairview 310, 14. Hickory 319, 15. Cambridge Springs 373, 16. Saegertown 373, 17, Kennedy Catholic 413, 18. Maplewood 440, 19. Harbor Creek 458, 20. Cochranton 490, 21. Titusville 498, 22. Slippery Rock 514, 23 Sharpsville 588, 24. Oil City 595, 25 Lakeview 610.
State qualifiers: 1 Morgan Richards, Jr. 19:26 Hickory, 2 Maggie Prorok, Fr. 19:35 Rocky Grove, 3 Marina Wareham, Jr. 19:47 Kennedy Catholic, 4 Carly Vicary, Jr. 19:55 Mercyhurst Prep, 5 Anne' Lewis, So. 19:58 North East, 6 Ashley Bolles, Jr. 20:01 Maplewood, 7 Olivia Mamula, Fr. 20:04 Cambridge Springs, 8 Montana Sparks, Sr. 20:06 Union City, 9 Becca Reichbaum, Sr. 20:07 Union City, 10 Jenny Jones, Sr. 20:09 Fort LeBoeuf, 11 Makenzie O'Connor, Jr. 20:11 General McLane, 12 Jessica Bennett, Jr. 20:14 Slippery Rock, 13 Sarah Kupniewski, So. 20:17 Mercyhurst Prep, 14 Danielle Stanko, Jr. 20:18 Saegertown, 15 Rikki Brumbaugh, Fr. 20:18 Wilmington, 16 Paige Scurpa, So. 20:21 Sharpsville, 17 Kim Demjanenko, So. 20:23 Villa Maria, 18 Rebecca Easly, So. 20:25 Villa Maria, 24 Lauren Winschel, Fr. 20:38 Mercyhurst Prep, 25 Kelsey Murray, So. 20:40 West Middlesex, 27 Brittany Ruffo, Jr. 20:44 West Middlesex, 28 Alex Artise, So. 20:46 North East, 30 Taylor Marcucci, Fr. 20:50 West Middlesex, 32 Shelby Pontera, Jr. 20:57 West Middlesex, 38 Kia Howe, So. 21:08 West Middlesex, 41 Katie Perkins, Jr. 21:13 North East, 44 Leah Fails, So. 21:20 North East, 52 Kaeli Stolar, Fr. 21:39 Mercyhurst Prep, 55 Olivia Berquist, Fr. 21:46 Mercyhurst Prep, 59 Julia Yurkovic, Sr. 21:51 Mercyhurst Prep, 61 Lynsay Girts, Sr. 21:55 North East, 74 Mary Eidell, Fr. 22:13 North East, 82 Alissa Robbins, Jr. 22:24 Mercyhurst Prep, 102 Emma Verdonik, Fr. 22:45 North East, 107 Madison Weimer, Fr. 22:57 West Middlesex, 108 Emily Masotto, Jr. 22:59 West Middlesex
YOUNGSVILLE: 23. Devon Gruver 20:34, 53. Cassie Swartzbaugh 21:42, 58. Katelyn Maille 21:50, 97. Abbie Swartzbaugh 22:41, 99. Kate Baker 22:42, 114. Kellie Lindstrom 23:09, 157. Kylie Westover 25:21
EISENHOWER: 81. Lacey Stanko 22:22, 183. Kayla O'Brien 28:12, 193. Carissa Lauffenburger 30:40
TIDIOUTE CHARTER: 112. Alexis Morrison 23:07
Class AAA boys
Team results: 1. Grove City 38, 2. Cathedral Prep 49, 3. McDowell 103, 4. Meadville 108, 5. Fort LeBoeuf 143, 6. Slippery Rock 171, 7. Corry 184, 8. Central Tech 235, 9. Conneaut Lake 236, 10. Oil City 252, 11. Strong Vincent 270, 12. Warren 342.
State Qualifiers:1 Jacob Kildoo, Sr 15:47 Grove City, 2 Daniel Jaskowak, So 16:21 Grove City, 3 Alex Simon, Sr 16:35 Cathedral Prep, 4 Austin Pondel, So 16:44 Corry, 5 Josh Makepeace, Sr 16:51 Meadville, 6 Caleb Cordell, Jr 16:53 McDowell, 7 Ethan Louis, So 16:57 Cathedral Prep, 8 Jordan Powell, Fr 17:04 Grove City, 12 Caleb Thrasher, Sr 17:11 Grove City, 15 Ben Hoffman, Jr 17:13 Grove City, 20 Ryan Whiteman, Fr 17:27 Grove City, 30 Alex Knaby, Jr 17:51 Grove City
WARREN: 43. Caleb Hultman 18:21, 67. Rob Bablak 19:26, 75. Kory Thomas 20:01, 78. Jake Park 21:33, 79. Jordy Ewing 21:47, 80. Christian Johnson 21:48, 81. Drew Williams 21:49
Class AA boys
Team results: 1. Fairview 94, 2. North East 105, 3. West Middlesex 121, 4. Mercyhurst Prep 125, 5. General McLane 145, 6. Saegertown 255, 7. Maplewood 281, 8. Lakeview 305, 9. Union City 306, 10. Cochranton 354, 11. Harbor Creek 363, 12. Hickory 384, 13. Youngsville 392, 14. Reynolds 395, 15. Greenville 406, 16. Seneca 422, 17. Commodore Perry 434, 18. Iroquois 449, 19. Franklin 450, 20. Eisenhower 474, 21. Sharon 494, 22. Rocky Grove 499, 23. Jamestown 553, 24. Sharpsville 583, 25. Titusville 651, 26. Cambridge Springs 679, 27. Kennedy Catholic 759.
State Qualifiers: 1 Nate Tallada, Jr 16:11 Saegertown, 2 Ryan Smathers, So 16:13 North East, 3 John Hurd, Sr 16:30 Fairview, 4 Abel Robinault, Sr 16:31 Youngsville, 5 Luke Gilliland, Sr 16:46 Wilmington, 6 Cuyler Lewis, Sr 16:48 North East, 7 Patrick Anderson, So 17:02 Fairview, 8 Shane Saginak, Sr 17:03 Mercyhurst Prep, 9 John Sochor, Jr 17:03 West Middlesex, 10 Zachary Baumgartner, Sr 17:05 General McLane, 11 Dan Flaherty, Sr 17:06 Harbor Creek, 12 Hunter Johnston, So 17:08 Saegertown, 13 Kevin Reno, So 17:08 Mercer, 14 Lukas Hallett, Fr 17:09 General McLane, 15 Adam Cain, Jr 17:11 Sharon, 16 Phil Martone, Jr 17:13 Mercyhurst Prep, 17 Adam Watson, Sr 17:15 Lakeview, 18 Derrick Mausser, Jr 17:15 Jamestown, 19 Cody Peterson, Sr 17:15 Maplewood, 20 Joe Zukowski, So 17:15 General McLane, 21 Jason Devlin, Sr 17:22 West Middlesex, 22 Ben McAuley, Jr 17:28 North East, 25 Connor Mackelvey, Sr 17:36 Fairview, 28 Rich Klumph, Jr 17:41 West Middlesex, 30 Chase Whelan, Jr 17:43 West Middlesex, 31 Pete Sweny, So 17:45 Fairview, 35 Doug Squires, Jr 17:50 Fairview, 36 Tyler Anderson, Sr 17:50 North East, 42 Trey Powell, Jr 17:56 West Middlesex, 43 Lee Bochert, Sr 17:57 West Middlesex, 44 Aaron Fitzgerald, So 17:57 West Middlesex, 46 Doug Drab, Jr 17:59 North East, 52 Joe Muscarella, So 18:07 Fairview, 62 Tyler Giesen, Jr 18:16 North East, 95 Carl Pastore, Jr 18:49 Fairview, 106 Scotty Torrance, Sr 19:06 North East
YOUNGSVILLE: 4. Abel Robinault 16:31, 61. Tanner Rosenberg 18:15, 70. Patrick Hoover 18:23, 128. Eli Gruver 19:35, 144. Max Lalwani 19:49, 161. Andy Lalwani 20:19, 177. Joe Kellogg 21:14
EISENHOWER: 33. Anthony Amroski 17:47, 58. Brent Foster 18:13, 96. Devin VanGuilder 18:51, 153. Matt Jewell 20:05, 154. Tim Lange 20:08, 169. Ben Morrison 20:43, 187. Zach Perrotti 21:51
TIDIOUTE CHARTER: 114. Clayton Roxberry 19:21
"I was super excited (when I crossed the finish line) and also very proud of myself," said Beardsley. "I put a lot of effort into this season. I think the reason I performed better this year (as compared to last) was that I was a lot more mentally prepared this time around."
When Beardsley takes to the course this Saturday, she'll be keeping an eye on the duo that finished ahead of her in Sharon.
"I know the (Hershey) course is hard and I want to run a good time, but I also want to catch the girls that beat me at districts."
Warren coach Jen Madril was pleased with the determination and effort shown by her number one runner.
"Ellis was determined to get out good and stay with the lead pack," she said. "She raced smart and stayed strong until the end."
Robinault competed in the Class AA boys event and also ran near the front of the pack all morning. Robinault's run was one of his best all season as the Eagle senior dashed across the finish line in 16:31 - just 20 seconds behind winner Nate Tallada of Saegertown.
At the Class AA level, the members of the top three teams as well as the top 15 finishers not on those teams secured state berths.
With his third trip to Hershey in hand, Robinault's goals are clear for what will be his final trip to states.
"I want top 20," he said. "This is the first year that I've felt that I've fully dedicated myself to being a runner and finishing in the top 20 in the state would certainly mean a lot. It takes a lot of work to compete with the best in the state and I would be extremely happy to meet that goal."
According to Youngsville coach Ray Bennett, the type of run that Robinault had Saturday didn't surprise him in the least.
"Abel ran slightly faster than his last trip to Sharpsville and well ahead of his District time last year," said Bennett. "He was outkicked by Fairview's best, John Hurd, and got fourth instead of third. But he ran an incredibly good race... Although they didn't go head to head today, his time bested his close rival in Class AAA (Corry's Austin Pondel) by 14 seconds. (He) executed a very smart plan in a race that started ugly (he was running about 19th at the half-mile mark) but finished just fine."
Both Beardsley and Robinault have one week remaining in their respective seasons with the PIAA Class AA and AAA events scheduled for Saturday morning in Hershey.
Robinault and Beardsley weren't the only runners competing Saturday as the remainder of the county runners completed the 2010 season.
In the Class AA girls event, the Youngsville girls recorded an impressive 12th-place team finish. The Lady Eagles were led by senior Devon Gruver who clocked in at 20:34 in 23rd place. Gruver missed a trip to states by just nine seconds and five finishing positions.
Also competing for the Eagles were Cassie Swartzbaugh (53rd, 21:42), Katelyn Maille (58th, 21:50), Abbie Swartzbaugh (97th, 22:41), Kate Baker (99th, 22:42), Kellie Lindstrom (114th, 23:09) and Kylie Westover (157th, 25:21).
The Lady Knights of Eisenhower also wrapped up the season and freshman Lacey Stanko saved one of her best runs for last. Stanko was 81st in the running order, finishing the 3.1-mile course in 22:22. Behind Stanko were teammates Kayla O'Brien (183rd, 28:12) and Carissa Lauffenburger (193rd, 30:40).
"Lacey was very strong the second half of the season," said Eisenhower coach Darlene Beach. "Kayla and Carissa were also both very dedicated seniors that ran their last races for Eisenhower."
Tidioute Community Charter School's Alexis Morrison was also in the field, finishing 112th with a run of 23:07.
In the Class AA boys race, Youngsville finished 13th in the team standings with Eisenhower running home 20th. The Eagles were paced by Robinault, but also got strong runs from the remainder of the roster.
Freshman Tanner Rosenberg ended his first cross country season with a 61st place, 18:15 run. Close behind was Patrick Hoover who finished 70th in 18:23. Also competing for the Eagles were Eli Gruver (128th, 19:35), Max Lalwani (144th, 19:49), Andy Lalwani (161st, 20:19) and Joe Kellogg (177th, 21:14).
Sophomore Anthony Amroski was the top Ike runner to finish Saturday's race. A season of improvement for Amroski ended with a 33rd-place run of 17:47. Amroski was followed by Brent Foster whose career ended with a 58th-place showing in 18:13.
Rounding out the Knights' finishers were Devin VanGuilder (96th, 18:51), Matt Jewell (153rd, 20:05), Tim Lange (154th, 20:08), Ben Morrison (169th, 20:43) and Zach Perrotti (187th, 21:51).
"Anthony has really started to shine this season," said Beach. "He ran over two minutes faster in this meet than last year's. Brent also had a personal best for this meet. He has been an outstanding captain for the team in the example he set for the younger boys."
Tidioute's Clayton Roxberry was among the other runners in the field, finishing 114th in a time of 19:21.
In the Class AAA girls race, Beardsley's performance wasn't the only solid run of the day for the Dragons. Amanda Castagnino finished 19th for Warren, finishing in 22:09. Behind Castagnino were Summer Walter (23rd, 22:36), Sydney Paris (25th, 23:08), Vanessa Kelly (36th, 25:31), Laura Neuhaus (40th, 26:11) and Taylor Klark (43rd, 28:42).
"Last Saturday (at regions), the majority of my girls team 'ran'," said Madril. "Today they 'raced.' We were without our number two so in order to do well as a team, all seven girls had to step up to make up the points and they did."
While not advancing any runners to Hershey, the Warren boys team closed out a hard-fought season in the Class AAA boys race. The male Dragons were paced by the 18:21, 43rd-place run of Caleb Hultman. Next across the line for Warren was Rob Bablak in 67th, 19:26.
Also competing for Warren were Kory Thomas (75th, 20:01), Jake Park (78th, 21:33), Jordy Ewing (79th, 21:47), Christian Johnson (80th, 21:48) and Drew Williams (81st, 21:49).
"The boys team impressed me once again," added Madril. "Since the beginning of the season, the boys have gotten better and better with every race."
Fairview won the Class AA boys championship over North East and West Middlesex while Mercyhurst Prep won the Class AA girls title over West Middlesex and North East. All members of all six of those teams will compete in Hershey on Saturday.
Grove City won the Class AAA boys title while Meadville brought home the D-10 title in the Class AAA girls competition. All runners on those teams will also compete in Hershey on Saturday.