Four York-Adams League runners capture all-state recognition in cross country

STEVE HEISER
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Margaret Carroll.
  • The Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association has named all-state runners in cross country.
  • Northeastern's Margaret Carroll and York Suburban's Cole Adams earned first-team honors.
  • York Suburban's Grant Kern and Northeastern's Cole Perry grabbed second-team recognition.

Four York-Adams League runners have earned all-state recognition in cross country from the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association.

The two individual league champions – Northeastern’s Margaret Carroll and York Suburban’s Cole Adams – earned first-team honors.

York-Adams League coaches honor top cross country runners from 2020 season

Earning second-team accolades were York Suburban’s Grant Kern and Northeastern’s Cole Perry.

The latest honor caps off a standout career for Carroll, who earned Y-A and District 3 Class 3-A girls’ crowns in 2020, followed by a third-place finish in the state 3-A meet. She was the only female runner from the Y-A League to earn an all-state mention. She won the past two league runs and was named the Y-A Division I Girls’ Runner of the Year by the coaches. She helped the Bobcats capture a second consecutive D-I team title and the 2020 overall league team championship.

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Like Carroll, Adams is also a two-time league champion. The junior will have an opportunity at a third league crown in 2021. The Y-A D-II Boys’ Runner of the Year also finished fifth in the district 3-A meet and seventh in the state 3-A event.

Cole Adams.

Perry, a junior at Northeastern, took third in the Y-A run, seventh in the district 3-A event and 15th in the state 3-A meet. He was the Y-A D-I Runner of the Year.

Kern, a junior at Suburban, was fourth in the league run, 10th in the district 3-A event and 11th in the state 3-A meet.

Moon Area junior Mia Cochran was named the Pennsylvania Girls’ Athlete of the Year and State College senior Brady Bigger was picked the Pennsylvania Boys’ Athlete of the Year. Each won a state 3-A crown.

North Allegheny’s John Neff was selected the Pennsylvania Coach of the Year in both boys’ and girls’ competition. Both of Neff’s teams won PIAA 3-A titles.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.

GIRLS' ALL-STATE CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

Athlete of the Year: Mia Cochran (Moon Area).

Coach of the Year: John Neff (North Allegheny).

First Team

Margaret Carroll, Northeastern.

Mia Cochran, Moon Area.

Olivia Haas, Blue Mountain.

Shana Kearney, Bensalem.

Jenna Lang, Bethel Park.

Keeley Misutka, North Allegheny.

Jenna Mulhern, West Chester Henderson.

Claire Paci, Greencastle-Antrim.

Jolena Quarzo, Brownsville.

Caryn Rippey, Wilson.

Second Team

Claire Belton, McDowell.

Korie Dixon, Bradford.

Alyssa Fedorshak, Ephrata.

Tesslyn Helms, Oakland Catholic

Carlin McFadden, Central Bucks West.

Carmen Medvit, Shenango.

Meredith Price, Pine Richland.

Jordan Reed, State College.

Meaera Shannon, Conneaut.

Claire Zubey, Owen J. Roberts.

BOYS'  ALL-STATE CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

Athlete of the Year: Brady Bigger (State College).

Coach of the Year: John Neff (North Allegheny).

First Team

Cole Adams, York Suburban.

Aiden Barnhill, Downingtown West.

Brady Bigger, State College.

Devon Comber, Hatboro Horsham.

Jacob Hess, Lewisburg.

J. Henry Lyon, Williamsport.

Gary Martin, Archbishop Wood.

Colton Sands, Penns Valley.

C.J. Singleton, Butler.

Graham Thomas, Penn Manor.

Second Team

Drew Brill, LaSalle.

Brian DiCola, Hatboro Horsham.

Grant Kern, York Suburban.

Weber Long, Greencastle-Antrim.

Ethan McIntyre, Unionville.

Scott Nalepa, North Allegheny.

Cole Perry, Northeastern.

Noah Petersen, Seneca Valley.

Stephen Schousen, J.P. McCaskey.

Jordan Tiday, Cumberland Valley.