New Castle News

October 18, 2012

Cross Country: Laurel runners fare well

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Laurel had a strong showing at the Freedom Invitational yesterday at Brush Creek Park.

The Lady Spartans finished second at the event with a score of 73. Freeport finished first with 42. Bishop Canevin was third with 76.

Emily Maxwell (third overall) led Laurel with a time of 20:53. Alison Filer (10th) finished next with a time of 22:21. Sisters Kristin (24th) and Brooke (25th) Dicks finished seconds apart with times of 23:47 and 23:50. Kacee Caughey (28th, 23:54) and Vanessa Schwartzmiller (29th, 23:58) rounded out the squad.

The Spartans boys team proved to be just as successful, finishing third with a score of 115.

Burgettstown scored 66 to win the event. Freedom was second with 102.

Ethan Wilson (third) finished first for Laurel with a time of 17:40. Eddie Cracraft (18th) timed in at 19:21. Robert Schrantz (21st, 19:29), Bryan Taylor (34th, 20:13) and Austin McClelland (39th, 20:28) were the other top finishers.

New Castle also was at the event, but chose not to run its varsity players since they plan to run at the Tri-State Invitational today at Cooper’s Lake.

The junior varsity squads participated for both teams. The New Castle boys finished eighth with a score of 183. Laurel finished 10th with 256.

The top runner for New Castle was Matthew Hawkins (seventh) with a time of 13:16. Andrew Gonzales (10th) finished at 13:20.

For Laurel, Christopher Niles (40th) finished at 14:58. Jarod Smith (50th) was timed at 15:42.

On the girls side, Laurel JV continued its solid overall performance, finishing second at 39. New Castle finished seventh with 160.

Cassandra Patterson (third at 13:58)  paced a Laurel team that had four girls finish in the Top 10. Fourth-place Kathryn McClelland was timed at 14:03. Stephanie Kaminski (eighth, 14:22) and Heather Jewell (ninth, 14:29) rounded out the top 10 finishers.

The Lady ’Canes top runner was Jessica Hill. Her time of 15:25 was good enough for 20th. Megan Bunnell was second on the team and 30th overall with a time of 16:44.

The WPIAL Championships will be held Oct. 25 at Cooper’s Lake, beginning at 12:45 p.m.