Trojans’ Abby Yourkavitch places 7th: Northern York’s Marlee Starliper was in fine form Saturday, running a time of 16:50 to win the Girls Challenge race at the 25th annual Carlisle Invitational on Saturday. That time is the best in the nation at 5,000 meters this season and is the best time in the state at that distance since 1981, according to PennTrackXC.com.
Chambersburg senior Abby Yourkavitch placed seventh in that race in a time of 17:54, which was her best time ever and fastest in the Trojan program history.
“From a time standpoint, we had an incredible day, with six girls under 20 minutes,” Trojan coach Chris Monheim said. “In my years of coaching I’ve never had the entire varsity even close to those times. Hard to believe our times got us only seventh place as a team. The competition was very elite and included many top out-of-state teams. We did bounce back to finish ahead of Carlisle, which beat us Tuesday.”
Other Trojan finishers included Sydney Parson (37th, 19:25), Maddie Hinton (46th, 19:39), Kaylee Mowery (54th, 19:49), Ana DeGrange (60th, 19:54), Kiera Whitehead (63rd, 19:58) and Kyleena Purvis (67th, 20:02).
In the Girls Champions race, the top finishers for area schools included Teddi Powell of Shippensburg (48th, 20:42), Renee Sollenberger of James Buchanan (128th, 21:48), Virginia Cooley of Waynesboro (141st, 22:00) and Rebecca Duvall of Greencastle-Antrim (167th, 22:26).
G-A’s Taryn Parks did not compete; she is dealing with an injury.
Trentin Overcash was the top finisher for Chambersburg in the Boys Challenge race, taking 33rd in 16:23. Other Trojans included Donovan Hazelton (72nd, 16:59), Orion Kimberly (73rd, 17:00), Joe Corwell (83rd, 17:10), Patrick Zook (86th, 17:12), Matt Hoover (96th, 17:22) and Chris Diaz (107th, 17:32).
In the Boys Champions race, Marcus Cooley of Waynesboro was 61st (17:08), Alex Giffin of James Buchanan took 67th (17:12), Dylan Neikirk of Greencastle finished 131st (17:49) and Ship’s Bailey Renfrew was 148th (17:58).