SOL Cross Country Wrap (9-22-12)

Several SOL schools excelled at the PIAA Foundation XC meet, and the North Penn Maidens finished third in the Bull Run Invitational in Hereford, Md.

Pennsbury senior Connor Harriman won the individual title at Saturday’s prestigious PIAA Foundation XC Boys’ Gold AAA meet in Hershey, finishing the course with a time of 16:23.1. Joining Harriman in the top 10 were Pennsbury sophomore Sam Webb (7th, 16:49.5) and Central Bucks East senior Alec Brand (8th, 16:49.6.

Other SOL runners who finished in the top 100 were:
25. Jack Brophy, Central Bucks East (Fr.) 17:27.5
30. Kyle Francis, Bensalem (Jr.) 17:38.2
32. Connor Linse, Souderton (Sr.) 17:39.4
38. Liam O’Connell, Pennsbury (Jr.) 17:46.3
42. Will Johnson, Pennsbury (Sr.) 17:52.2
47. Tom Martin, Pennsbury (Sr.) 17:57.6
49. Joe Sulon, Neshaminy (Sr.) 18:00.1
50. Alek Sauer, Pennsbury (Soph.) 18:03.1
52. Conner Sands, Central Bucks East (Soph.) 18:03.8
61. Brad Rivera, Bensalem (Sr.) 18:15.0
64. Eric Chapman, Neshaminy (Soph.) 18:18.1
97. Bobby Grave, Souderton (Sr.) 18:40.2
98. Jonathan Molloy, Pennsbury (Sr.) 18:40.7

Pennsbury was the top SOL finisher in team competition, finishing third with 135 points behind only Cardinal O’Hara and North Allegheny. Central Bucks East was seventh with 301 points, which included contributions from Luke Ryan (18:45.6), Billy Rollo (18:52.3), Dylan James (19:26.6) and Frank Brophy (19:56.2).

Bensalem was 15th (504 points), also receiving contributions from Alex Ramirez (18:56.1), Matt French (19:11.5), Pratik Patel (19:18.5), Kyle Brockett (19:21.9) and Saad Trabulusi (21:51.1).

Neshaminy finished 16th with 523 points and also received contributions from Seth Mazzeo (18:59.6), Gerard Tessier (18:59.7), Nick Hoffman (19:24.0), Kayra Fisher (19:52.8) and Jack Haines (20:58.1). Souderton was 23rd with 620 points and also received contributions from Dan Bedell (18:59.6), Mitchell Schlegel (19:17.6), Mike Boguslaw (20:09.9), Ty Kuhns (20:25.9) and Dan Alderfer (21:06.4).

In the PIAA Foundation XC Girls Gold AAA competition, Pennsbury finished second behind only Unionville with 80 points, and Central Bucks East finished fifth with 220 points. The top SOL individual finisher was Pennsbury senior Sara Sargent, who finished seventh with a time of 19:30.

SOL runners finishing in the top 100 were:
11. Hannah Malloy, Pennsbury (Fr.) 19:44
16. Maddie Sauer, Pennsbury (Fr.) 20:06
17. Caitlyn Sheva, Pennridge (Sr.) 20:09
19. Olivia Sargent, Pennsbury (Fr.) 20:22
20. Marisa Hawley, Central Bucks East (Sr.) 20:23
27. Elizabeth Wedekind, Pennsbury (Sr.) 20:46
29. Erica Gray, Pennsbury (Jr.) 20:57
37. Lizzy Morris, Central Bucks East (Soph.) 21:13
39. Erin O’Connell, Pennsbury (Soph.) 21:13
49. Meaghan Willcoxen, Central Bucks East (Jr.) 21:26
55. Louise Huuki, Central Bucks East (Jr.) 21:35
59. Elizabeth Huuki, Central Bucks East (Fr.) 21:41
87. Sarah Romanus, Central Bucks East (Jr.) 22:10
99. Jen Rutkowsky, William Tennent (Soph.) 22:37

Also contributing for CB East was Kendall Savage (23:01). William Tennent finished 23rd with 610 points and, in addition to Rutkowsky, received contributions from Lindsay Mueller (22:45), Abby Miller (23:18), Julia O’Donnell (23:23), Alyssa Ruffolo (23:54) and MaryKate Killoran. Pennridge finished 30th with 714 points and also received contributions from Natalie Mamrol (22:41), Sophie Hicks (24:13), Katrina Przybylowski (24:45), Mary Davis (25:39) and Brienne Faucette (26:00). Souderton was 33rd with 764 points, receiving contributions from Sarah Hughes (23:03), Reaghan Murphy (23:22), Natalie Ross (23:52), Steph Dowd (24:20), Alyssa Qahash (24:35), Jill Batten (25:00) and Elizabeth Morris (25:05).

The Central Bucks West girls' team captured the team title at the Bulldog Invitational Cross Country meet on Saturday with 24 points. West's Maddie Villalba finished first with a time of 19:34.40. Six other West runners placed in the top 20, including Gretchen Krause (3rd, 19:42.30), Meghan Iatraola  (5th, 19:44.60), Emory Griffin (6th, 20:05.00), Shelby Bingamen (9th, 20:33.50), Keelan McDonald (11th, 20:43.30) and Olivia Detorre (16th, 21:04.20).

Wissahickon finished third with 98 points. Lotte Black led the Trojans with a second place finish, posting a time of 19:37.50. Jessica Quesenberry (18th, 21:09.10), Marissa Fritz (22nd, 21:23.00) and Nicole Schafer (25th, 21:27.50) also finished in the top 30.

Upper Dublin was fourth at the Bulldog Invitational with 109 points. Top 30 finishers for the Flying Cardinals were Emily Wu (12th, 20:53.10), Tina Lee (19th, 21:10.20), Marissa Holl (20th, 21:17.60), Candice Ionescu (21st, 21:19.30), Isabel uribe (27th, 21:36.70) and Lucile Ioonescu (29th, 22:04.00).

Neshaminy finished seventh with 192 points, followed by Plymouth Whitemarsh in eighth place with 193 points. Kate Pinker (24th, 21:26.30) and Kelly Larson (26th, 21:34.70) were the top finishers for Neshaminy while PW's top finisher was Lauren Harper (30th, 22:12.30).

On the boys' side at the Bulldog Invitational, Plymouth Whitemarsh finished fourth (129 points) while Wissahickon (140 points) was fifth out of 12 squads. Top finishers for PW were Cassidy Silverthorn (12th, 17:07.10), Robert Biddle (18th, 17:23.50) and Dan Shalala (30th, 17:50.30). Wissahickon's top performers were Tristan Marcelis (8th, 16:57.90) and Lukas Marcelis (11th, 17:05.40).

The North Penn girls’ team participated in the Bull Run Cross Country Invitational at Hereford High School in Parkton, Md. The Maidens finished third in the Girls’ Elite Championship Race (3.0 miles) behind Tatnall (Del.) and Hereford (Md.). North Penn’s top finishers were Ali Valenti (15th, 21:20), Courtney Kern (16th, 21:21), Phoebe Clowser (19th, 21:32), Brianna Mengini (29th, 21:57), Colleen McGovern (32nd, 22:10), Melanie Vlasic (37th, 22:17) and Janki Patel (39th, 22:22).