York-Adams runners, led by Northeastern's Margaret Carroll, excel at District 3 meet
NEWVILLE — Northeastern senior Margaret Carroll was an individual winner and York Catholic captured boys' and girls' team titles to highlight a stellar day for York-Adams League runners at the District 3 Cross Country Championships Saturday at Big Spring High School.
The Irish started the morning with their team titles in Class 1-A, with Kennard-Dale‘s boys (Class 2-A) and Northeastern‘s girls (Class 3-A), led by Carroll, adding team titles as well.
Other top-five individual finishers for York-Adams runners came from Kennard-Dale’s Garrett Quinan (second in 2-A boys), York Catholic’s Moseley Driscoll (fourth in 1-A boys), Delone Catholic’s Julia O’Brien (fourth in 1-A girls), Kennard-Dale’s Collin Wolf (fourth in 2-A boys), York Catholic’s Maggie Motter (fifth in 1-A girls) and York Suburban’s Cole Adams (fifth in 3-A boys).
“It feels good,” said Carroll of her 3-A championship finish in 17 minutes, 58.2 seconds. “I just wanted to get out and feel (the rest of the pack) out, and find the right place to go.”
“I just let it up to her. I let her decide her own race plan,” said Northeastern coach Pete LoBianco. “She’s really earned it with all the work she’s put in.”
Driscoll led a group of four top-15 finishers for York Catholic with a time of 17:41.3 to help the Irish edge out Trinity 49-53 for the boys' 1-A team title and the lone team berth from District 3 in next weekend’s PIAA Meet at the Hershey Parkview Course.
Driscoll, who came into the meet as one of top runners to beat, said an energy drain early in the race kept him from finishing higher.
“I pushed really hard to get back into it,” he said. “By the end, I felt like I was doing way better and I got a good finish.”
Motter finished in 21:25.2, leading the York Catholic girls’ pack that all finished in the top 15.
“I’m very happy,” said Motter of her personal-best time. “When I started cross country, I never thought I’d get this far, so it’s kind of amazing.”
“It’s awesome, no doubt about it. It’s the first girls' district title and only the boys' second in school history,” said York Catholic coach Jeff Alloway of his teams’ two crowns. “Obviously, everyone had to run well. No one could have an off day. This is something that the boys' and girls' teams talked (about) back in January.”
K-D grabs 2-A boys' title: The Rams, who captured the York-Adams boys' team title last week, put four runners in the top 10, led by Quinan’s runner-up finish in 16:10.8, to easily outdistance Lampeter-Strasburg 45-68 for the 2-A boys' crown.
“Me and my teammate, Dan Gibney, kind of sat back and then I started pushing about a mile and a half in,” said Quinan. “Last year, we were runners-up here so I guess we came through this year.”
“They did their jobs,” said K-D coach Mike Twigg. “They’ve already done the training, so that is what allowed them to show up today and do exactly what each individual had to do.”
Big year for York County: Adams took fifth in 16:00.1, which left him “a little disappointed.
"I was going in thinking like top three,” said last week’s York-Adams winner, who finished third in 2-A in last year‘s district meet. “I definitely faded at the very end.”
Behind Carroll, Northeastern’s girls posted the fourth team title of the meet for the York County.
“York County’s come a long way,” said LoBianco, whose team bested Warwick 63-80. “We’re definitely getting more competitive in the district.”
Perfect weather: While the seasonably-cool temperatures might not have pleased everyone, it spurred on Delone’s O’Brien, who ran her personal-best time.
“I felt great for most of the race,” she said. “And the weather was just perfect. Cold weather is good.”
Other top-10 finishers from York County:
Girls' Class 2-A (six advance)
8. Angelina Hammond, Kennard-Dale, in 20:28.0.
Girls' Class 3-A (12 advance)
10. Lydia Tolerico, Dallastown, 18:53.4.
Boys' Class 2-A (five advance)
7. Matthew O’Brian, Susquehannock, 16:37.9 (qualifies for states due to team placers), 8. Dylan Cunningham, Kennard-Dale, 16:39.0, 10. Dan Gibney, Kennard-Dale, 16:45.7;
Boys Class 3-A (12 advance)
7. Cole Perry, Northeastern, 16:02.8; 10. Grant Kern, York Suburban, 16:10.6.
Also qualifying for states were York Suburban’s Brooke Sargen, who was 11th in 18:55.2, and Gettysburg’s Winter Oaster, who was 12th in 18:57.5, in Class 3-A.
Class 1-A girls: Braetan Peters, Annville-Cleona, 20:08.4; Class 1-A boys: Mitchell Brett, Kutztown, 17:02.4; Class 2-A girls: Peyton Ellis, Boiling Springs, 19:17.0. Class 2-A boys: Weber Long, Greencastle-Antrim, 15:47.7; Class 3-A girls: Carroll; Class 3-A boys: Graham Thomas, Penn Manor, 15:41.5.
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