The 23rd annual Big Red Cross Country Invitational is set for Saturday in West Middlesex.
The 34-team event will begin at 9 a.m. with girls’ and boys’ middle-school races, followed incrementally by varsity girls’ and boys’ races in two distinct PIAA enrollment classifications. Junior varsity girls’ and boys’ races will conclude the 1,185-competitor event.
Varsity races (by enrollment) will include:
Red Division: New Castle, Knoch, Oil City, Conneaut Area, Hickory, Ellwood City, Slippery Rock, Franklin, Titusville, Girard, Riverside, Sharon, Greenville, North East, Wilmington, Laurel, Cranberry.
White Division: Cambridge Springs, Lakeview, Maplewood, Neshannock, Sharpsville, West Middlesex, Union City, Reynolds, Youngsville, Rocky Grove, Cochranton, Union Twp., Kennedy Catholic, Commodore Perry, Jamestown, Tidioute Community Charter.
Red Division: New Castle, Knoch, Oil City, Conneaut Area, Slippery Rock, Girard, Ellwood City, Franklin, Hickory, Sharon, Titusville, Wilmington, North East, Riverside, Greenville, Reynolds, Sharpsville.
White Division: Laurel, Neshannock, Maplewood, West Middlesex, Cambridge Springs, Lakeview, Union City, Cranberry, Youngsville, Rocky Grove, Kennedy Catholic, Cochranton, Union Twp., Jamestown, Commodore Perry, Tidioute Community Charter.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
ä Hickory 18, Sharon 45 — At Buhl Farm Park, Kyle Boyd (17:39) and Logan Griffen swept the top 2 spots in leading the Hornets past the Tigers in the season-opener for both squads. Matt Dilts finished 3rd for Sharon.
ä West Middlesex 25, Commodore Perry 32; West Middlesex 26, New Castle 29 — At West Middlesex, the Big Reds opened the season with a pair of wins over the Panthers and NC. Trevor Blackwell took 1st for NC in 17:26, CP’s Nate White was 2nd and Levi Canon placed 3rd for WM.
“That was the most competitive triangular meet I’ve seen in years at West Middlesex,” said coach Bob Morris.
ä Slippery Rock 23, Reynolds 36 — At Slippery Rock, the host Rockets rolled behind winner Andrew Maxwell, who copped a 68-second win over Reynolds runner-up Justin Pago.
ä Lakeview 15, Mercer 50 (forfeit) — At Brandy Springs Park in Mercer, the Mustangs did not field a full team. Alex Miller (19:11), Robbie Stringer and Chris Drozynski placed 1-2-3 for the Sailors.
ä Wilmington 25, Greenville 32 — At New Wilmington, Greenville’s Dylan Foley finished 1st in 18:12, but the Hounds captured 6 spots in the top 10. Calvin Gealy was 2nd for Wilmington in 18:23.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
ä Hickory 18, Sharon 41 — At Buhl Farm Park, Lexi Bible (19:43), Jackie Abraham, Hailey Boyd and Bailey Brown finished 1-2-3-4 for the Lady Hornets. Xsila Powell finished 5th for the Lady Tigers.
ä West Middlesex 17, Commodore Perry 43; West Middlesex 19, New Castle 38 — At West Middlesex, Kristen White (20:20), Chloe Tyillian and Alyson Pierce swept the top 3 spots for the Ms. Reds. Shae Grinnell finished 3rd for CP and K. Seth was 6th for New Castle.
ä Slippery Rock 15, Reynolds 50 (forfeit) — Slippery Rock was led by Tabitha Donaldson (23:51); Reynolds did not field a full squad.
ä Lakeview 23, Mercer 33 — At Mercer, Andrea McConnell clocked in at 22:59 to finish 1st overall for Lakeview. Jamie Burdette took 2nd for the Lady M’s.
ä Wilmington 18, Greenville 39 — At New Wilmington, Kate Robb (21:17) and Allison Baldwin (21:54) captured the top 2 spots for the Lady Hounds. Nanami Mano (22:12) placed 3rd for the Lady Trojans.
ä Mercyhurst Prep 197, Hickory 206 — At Hickory VFW Golf Course, Georgia Capotis fired a 44 in leading the Lady Lakers past Hickory. Alena Lancia shot a 48 to lead the locals.
Mercyhurst Prep: Capotis 44, Grace Brozocyski 45, Nevada First 53, Rachel Loringer 55. Hickory: Lancia 48, Ashley Addicott, Annie Cricks 52s, Kristina David 54.
˝ Hickory returns to action today in the 4th Region 1 mega-match of the season, hosted by West Middlesex at Deer Creek Golf Course.
ä Lakeview 190, Greenville 190 — At The Greens of Greenville, coach Ralph Sundelin’s Sailors (2-3) beat the Trojans on 1st medalist score. Chris Palutro shot a 41 for Lakeview;e Nick Dietrich 43 for Greenville.
Lakeview: Palutro 41, Keith Kepner 46, Sean Carlson 51, Austin Milliren 52. Greenville: Dietrich 43, Brandon Beilstein 46, Colton McCright 49, Luke Seiver 52.
ä Kennedy Catholic 5, Franklin 0 — At Buhl Farm Park, the host Lady Golden Eagles eased to a handful of straight-sets wins, as visiting Franklin won only 15 games in 5 matches.
Singles: Jensen Kirila (KC) def. Mimi Terman, 6-4, 6-2; Rebekah Kish (KC) def. Lexi Weaver, 6-1, 6-3; Abby Lenhart (KC) def. Beth Pfohl, 6-0, 6-0. Doubles: Avi Danta-Jillian Dunn (KC) def. Emily Lemanski-Kristen Curtis, 6-3, 6-2; Jessie Micco-Kendra Kneisl (KC) def. Reagan Scott-Cierra Barefoot, 6-0, 6-0.
ä Hickory 5, Wilmington 0 — At Westminster College, Marissa Works beat Alanna Elliott in a 3-hour, 3-set marathon (4-6, 6-4, 6-4) at 1st singles and Rachel Mettee (7-0) remained unbeaten this year as the Lady Hornets (6-0, 6-1) won the battle of previously undefeated region teams. The Hounds dropped to 4-1.
Singles: Works (H) def. Elliott, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; Mettee (H) def. Lexi Donati, 6-3, 6-0; Anna Derloni (H) def. Nikki McCown, 6-3, 6-4. Doubles: Nikki Marone-Lauren McGonigle (H) def. Lydea Kraynak-Holly Vernon, 6-0, 6-1; Bailey McLaughlin-Annalise Bianco (H) def. Taylor Cox-Allison Krupa, 7-5, 6-0.
ä Grove City 5, Sharon 0 — At Grove City, the Lady Eagles improved to 3-2 with 5 straight-sets sweeps.
Singles: Claire Casalnova (GC) def. Jackie Bradshaw, 6-0, 6-1; Molly Somora (GC) def. Hannah George, 7-5, 6-1; Katie Kosick (GC) def. Isabella Scarmack, 6-2, 6-1. Doubles: Maddie Jazwinski-Morgan McCommon (GC) def. Lauren Wood-Natalie Liscio, 6-2, 6-2; Lauren Steele-Emily Krofcheck (GC) def. Erin Hosick-Monica Campbell, 6-0, 6-1.
ä Hickory 5, Sharpsville 0 — At the McCullough Run Complex, South Py Twp., Nick Tantuo had 2 goals and an assist in leading the Hornets to the win in the season lidlifter for both.
Zack Walters had a goal and 2 assists for Hickory and David Liszewski and Richard Murphy scored the other goals. Donté Green made 5 saves in net for the shutout. Brady Leunis and Justin Peidle were credited for their “outstanding defense” by Hickory coaches.
JV: Hickory, 10-0.
ä Slippery Rock 2, Waynesburg 1 — At the recent Hempfield tournament, Nick Statz and Luc LaChance tallied 2nd-half goals to lead the Rockets, who erased a 1-0 halftime deficit. Josh Statz assisted Nick Statz’s goal; LaChance’s was unassisted.
˝ Slippery Rock also edged Steel Valley, 1-0, on Josh Statz’s goal, assisted by LaChance, but bowed to Pittsburgh Central Catholic, 3-0.
Jason Bluedon played in goal in all 3 matches. He made 2 saves in the win over Waynesburg, and made 13 saves against Central Catholic.
ä Hickory 5, Wilmington 0 — At New Wilmington, Sara Suler and Jackie White both had 2 goals and Morgan McBride notched the shutout for Hickory.
Suler also had 2 assists, Isabella Spadafora notched 3 assists, Lauren Bell scored a goal and McBride made 2 saves between the pipes.
ä West Middlesex 3, Sharon 0 — At West Middlesex, the Ms. Reds rolled, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22.
West Middlesex: Tori Roberts 14 digs; Aly Andrusky 17 serving points (5 aces), 10 kills, 7 digs; Megan Hazlett 11 points (3 aces), 28 assists; Marissa Pursel 8 kills; Ariel Pratt 7 points, 7 kills. Sharon: Leah Smith 8 points; Iman Morgan 10 points, 7 blocks, 6 digs; Delisa Smith 7 points, 6 kills; Tanayja Sanders 6 kills; Jessica Talbert-Kirsch 9 assists.
JV: West Middlesex, 25-10, 25-16.
ä Mercer 3, Reynolds — At Transfer, the visiting Lady M’s mustered a 25-20, 25-21, 25-23 sweep.
Mercer: Maddie Hessman 11 points; Lindsey Miller 18 points; Nikki Redmond 13 points (6 aces), 5 digs, 5 kills; Taylor Moon 11 points; Melissa Shoemaker 13 points (5 aces), 15 assists; Kaitlyn Nemeth 9 points, 6 digs. Reynolds: No stats reported.
JV: Reynolds, 25-10, 29-27.
The 23rd annual Big Red Cross Country Invitational is set for Saturday in West Middlesex.
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