Boys X-C preview: Grouping will be huge factor for Trojans

It’s not about the stars, it’s about the group for the Chambersburg boys cross country team this fall.

Brayden Boyd

Brayden Boyd

“We’ve gotta have as good of a No. 5 runner as we can to do well in duals and in the postseason,” Trojan coach John Ambrosio said. “We may give up points at No. 1 and No. 2, but if our No. 5 guy beats their No. 5 guy, we can still be in it.”

Chambersburg will miss last year’s No. 1, Trentin Overcash, who qualified for states .

But only one other senior contributor graduated from the team that placed ninth in District 3.

“We’re hoping to be competitive,” Ambrosio said. “Our goal is always to be in the top four at districts and qualify as a team for states.”

Based on the team’s time trial, the top five runners are No. 1 Nick Monheim (so.), No. 2 Brayden Boyd (jr.), No. 3 Joe Corwell (sr.), No. 4 Billy Prentice (so.) and No. 5 Zack Yourkavitch (so.).

The top three are returners to the varsity team, while Yourkavitch — brother of former Trojan girls cross country star Abby Yourkavitch — played soccer last year.

Nick Monheim

Nick Monheim

Ambrosio said, “The gap in the time trial was 49 seconds (from 1-5). If we can get that gap under 45 seconds and our No. 5 guy is there in position, we can be competitive with anybody.

“With the small gap, the order of runners may flip-flop during the year.”

Two other runners are pushing to break into that group, senior Justin Maxwell and sophomore Karter Reath.

“We only have the two seniors on that list, so we might be even better next year,” Ambrosio said.

NOTES: Chambersburg hosts its annual Enos Yeager Invitational this Friday at 5:15 at Falling Spring Elementary School … No team scores are kept in that event, which includes most area teams … Central Dauphin East comes to town on Sept. 3 for the first dual meet of the season, at 4:30 … Last year, the Trojans were 5-1 in dual meets … In the District 3 meet, Boyd placed 55th, Maxwell 72nd and Monheim 107th.