The top high school runners in Pennsylvania will converge on Hershey Saturday for the PIAA Cross Country Championships.
Six races will take place at the former Parkview Golf Course, with the first one beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Medals will be awarded in Boys' Class AAA, Girls' Class AAA, Boys' Class AA, Girls' Class AA, Boys' Class A and Girls' Class A.
Dallastown's Patrick Reilly, who won the District 3 title last week, will be in the Boys' AAA race. Reilly recorded a time of 16 minutes flat over the 3.1-mile course to earn the district gold medal.
However, the course for the state meet is not identical to the district course. The state layout features more hills, including one right before the homestretch.
Reilly said following his victory at districts, that he hopes to finish in the top 10 at states. The Wildcats' senior recorded a time of 16:54 in placing 53rd at states last year. He's been running extremely well this year and will almost certainly better his 2012 time and move up on the list of finishers.
Two other York-Adams runners, Aaron Gebhart of New Oxford and J.D. Groff of Central York, qualified for states in Boys' AAA.
The York-Adams League did not have any state qualifiers in Girls' AAA.
In Class AA, the York Suburban girls' and boys' teams will head to states after winning District 3 titles.
Olivia Gettle, Emma Leik, Kimberly Hall, Lauren Shrader, Sarah Cardone, Danielle Cardone, Rachelle Walker and Savannah Wilt make up the girls' team, and Donovan Mears, Brad Clark, Adam Barley, Peter Wagner, Zach Lofties, Matt Curry, Quentin Schorr and Matt LeCates comprise the boys' team.
The girls, who placed fifth at states last season, have been ranked among the top five in the state all season. They're in a challenging field that includes Villa Maria, Archbishop Wood, Dallas and Palmyra, the District 3 runner-up.
The York Suburban guys took 13th in states last year. Clark is only senior for the Trojans, who won the state team title in 2009.
The Susquehannock girls' team will also be running at states this year. Rachel Banchiere, Emily Fourhman, Courtney Rodgers, Jackie Ditt, Katie Steines, Jenna Bradford, Brigit Duffy and Gabby Martuszewski took third in the district AA meet.
Along with the teams, Gabe Lloyd and Danty Pagan, both of Dover, Theo Kioussis of Kennard-Dale, Ben Linne of Northeastern and Jacob Thomas of Susquehannock qualified for states in Boys' AA. Kayla White of Kennard-Dale put up a state-qualifying time in Girls' AA.
Delone Catholic's District 3 Class A champion girls' team will be at states. Kate Mowrey, Alyssa Alberghini, Andrea Resciniti, Abbey Sweeny, Kristlyn Whitlock, Megan Mall, Jenna Salter and Carrie Kauffman run for the Squirettes. York Catholic's Amanda Falvey also earned a spot at states in Class A.
Biglerville teammates Brady Wilt and Victor Solalinde will compete in Class A Boys. Wilt is a two-time District 3 champion.
Wagner in state tennis: Cross country isn't the only sport that will conduct its state championships in Hershey this weekend.
The PIAA Girls' Tennis Singles and Doubles tournaments are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Hershey Racquet Club.
Katie Wagner of Susquehannock, who became the first York-Adams girls' player in 26 years to win back-to-back District 3 singles titles, is in the Class AAA bracket.
Wagner will take on District 9 champion Natalie Newcamp of DuBois in the opening round.
If Wagner wins, she'll most likely face last year's runner-up, Callie Frey of Mount Lebanon, in the quarterfinals.
The defending champion, Cristina Kaiser of Plymouth-Whitemarsh, is in this year's girls' AAA field.
-- Reach Dick VanO linda at dvanolin email@example.com.