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Warrior Run girls, Lewisburg boys win state cross country titles

CHRIS MANNING/Special to the Sun-Gazette Montgomery's Kennedy Marsh competes in the PIAA Class A race in Hershey on Saturday morning.

Warrior Run earned the third state team title in school history Saturday as the Defenders outpaced five-time state champion Central Cambria to win the Class AA title at the PIAA Cross Country Championships in Hershey.

The Defenders’ cross country team joins the 2010 and 2011 girls soccer teams as the only team state champions in school history. They did it by having runners in the second, fifth, 10th, 11th and 12th scoring places in the race to finish with a winning total of 40 points. Central Cambria was second with 77.

Lauren Trapani was Warrior Run’s top finisher, placing at states for the fourth consecutive season, with a fifth-place finish in 20:04. Alyssa Hoffman also earned medalist honors for the Defenders, taking 17th in 20:44. Sage Dunkleberger was 35th overall in 21:27, and Sienna Dunkleberger was 37th in 21:32. Alanna Ranck closed out the scoring for Warrior Run taking 40th place in 21:33.

Warrior Run is just the sixth District 4 girls team to win a cross country championship joining Williamsport (1986, 1987, 1991), Wellsboro (1997) and Danville (2017).

The Lewisburg boys team won its second consecutive PIAA Class AA team title yesterday, scoring 56 points to top Central Cambria (71) and Kennard-Dale (81). The Green Dragons also won last year’s state championship when it tied York Suburban, but won on a tiebreaker.

CHRIS MANNING/Special to the Sun-Gazette South Williamsport's Ethan Laudenslager competes in the PIAA Class A race in Hershey on Saturday.

No tiebreaker was needed Saturday as Jacob Hess paced the Green Dragons with a second-place finish in 16:37. Hess finished second to Archbishop Wood’s Gary Martin, who won in 16:12.

The Green Dragons had great grouping to be able to pull away from the rest of the field. Senior Gianluca Perrone also earned medalist honors with an 18th-place finish in 17:30. Calvin Bailey was also a medalist, taking 23rd place in 17:36.

Lewisburg’s Bryce Ryder added a 30th-place finish (17:42) and Thomas Hess was 44th in 17:58. Lewisburg had all five scoring runners in the top 20 in the team scoring, something no other team had.

Also in the Class AA race, Milton’s Brody Bender was 59th in 18:15. Warrior Run’s Caden Dufrene was 64th in 18:21, and Milton’s Timothy Marvin took 81st in 18:47.

In the boys Class AAA race, J. Henry Lyon earned his second consecutive state medal by placing fifth for Williamsport. The senior clocked a time of 16:24 for his second Top-10 finish in a row. Lyon finished seventh last year. State College’s Brady Bigger (16:07) won the individual title.

CHRIS MANNING/Special to the Sun-Gazette South's Port Habalar competes in the PIAA Class A race in Hershey on Saturday.

In the boys Class A race, Hughesville took fourth in the team race, finishing with 128 points. Jenkintown won the championship with 44 points, followed by Penns Valley (84) and Winchester Thurston (89).

Hunter Foust paced the Spartans with a state medalist finish, taking 18th overall in 17:30. Morgan Gavitt was 33rd for Hughesville in 18:07, with Kenny Draper taking 43rd in 18:16. Logan Long finished 75th for Hughesville in 19:06, and Camden Fetterman rounded out the Spartans’ scoring taking 93rd in 19:31.

South Williamsport’s Port Habalar earned medalist honors, finishing 20th overall in 17:36. Mounties teammate Evan Laudenslager was 47th in 18:27.

In the Class A girls race, Montgomery’s Kennedy Marsh, who won the district title last week, finished 47th overall in her first state meet. Marsh finished in 22:28. She was the third District 4 runner to finish the race behind Northeast Bradford’s Melanie Shumway (45th, 22:21) and Southern Columbia’s Kate Moncavage (46th, 22:21).

In the Class AAA girls race, Williamsport’s Ellie Fisher finished 91st overall in 23:33.

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