NEW CASTLE —
CLASS AA GIRLS
More history was made in the Class AA girls race. New Castle junior Andrea Lansdowne became the school’s first girl to make it to the PIAA Championships.
“It’s so exciting,” Lansdowne said. “I’ve worked hard since last year, and my time has dropped six minutes. It’s emotional.”
Lansdowne finished 22nd overall with a time of 21:37. Since runners from teams that qualify automatically advance, only one girl from qualifying schools can be counted in the top 15. This allows runners finishing outside the top 15 to qualify.
“Andrea is amazing,” New Castle girls coach Susan Harlan said. “She’s the hardest worker on our team. She’s a great teammate. She never misses practice. She’s just a leader.”
Quaker Valley won the team title with a score of 65. The field included 210 finishers. Julie Friend of Uniontown won the event with a time of 19:23.
New Castle finished in 16th with a score of 517. Caitlin Adamo (88th overall) was second on the team with a time of 24:09. Rebecca Paul (110th, 24:57), Rachel McNickle (149th, 27:18) and Gabby Matarazzo (154th, 27:41) were the other top finishers for the Lady ’Canes.
“They did so great, we’re so proud of them,” Harlan said. “I think we’re just going to get better and better each year. I’m excited for our future.”
Ellwood City Lincoln finished 29th as a team with a score of 743.
Mallory Angelucci (98th) finished first on the team with a time of 24:38. Abigail Horton (124th, 25:49) was next, followed by Paige Mason (127th, 25:51), Goldie Bookamer (196th, 31:20) and Janelle Fox (204th, 32:44).
North Allegheny won the boys AAA race handily with a score of 50. Fox Chapel finished second with 136.
Brent Kennedy (Kiski Area) won the race with a time of 15:59. Ethan Martin (Fox Chapel Area) was second with 16:04 and Ean DiSilvio (Taylor Allerdice) was third with a 16:13.
New Castle finished 27th with 741. Trevor Blackwell (38th, 17:33) led the ’Canes. Alex Shepherd (164th 19:35) and Corey Niles (166th, 19:35) were next. Chris Mazzanti (177th, 19:48) and Ryan Abraham (200th, 20:43) were the other finishers.