GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Trojans win at Big Spring: Chambersburg won the team title by the narrowest of margins at the Ben Bloser Bulldog Invitational at Big Spring on Saturday, by one point over Northeastern.
The Trojans, who are now ranked No. 8 in the state in Class 3A, scored 99 points to edge the Bobcats, and Wilson was 10 points further back.
Chambersburg also ran without one of its top runners, Olivia Rieck, who is out with an injury.
“We were worried because Olivia wasn’t running, and we just got ranked,” Trojan coach Chris Monheim said. “But we had a great day. Northeastern and Wilson are right behind us in the rankings, so for us to beat them while missing of one of our top runners should be big for our confidence.”
Freshman Camryn Kiser finished fifth with a time of 18:46.9; which is the second-fastest time a Chambersburg runner has produced at that meet, behind only Abby Yourkavitch.
“She ran right with some of the top kids in the district,” Monheim said.
Also running for the Trojans were Maddie Kinton (13th, 19:25.1), Keira Whitehead (19th, 19:43.7), Abigail Bricker (39th, 20:47.0), Anna DeGrange (45th, 21:01.7) and Amelya Mauriello (68th, 22:09.4).
Monheim said, “Somebody had to come up big, and that was Bricker. She was outstanding, and since we won by one point, we needed everybody. We had a lot of personal bests.”
Samantha Herman was the top finisher for Shippensburg, 70th in 22:16.4.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Chambersburg places 5th: The Trojans had two runners in the top 30 and took fifth place in the team standings at the Ben Bloser Bulldog Invitational on Saturday.
Brayden Boyd was 26th with a time of 17:02.4, while Joe Corwell was right behind in 27th at 17:03.6.
Also competing for the Trojans were (46) Zack Yourkavitch (17:17.3), (55) Justin Maxwell (17:35.6); (58) Dakota Strait (17:43.7), (74) Ian Brechbiel (17:57.3) and (93) Ben Colli (18:13.2).
Shippensburg’s Eli Spence and Hayden Hunt placed seventh and eighth, respectively, in 16:18 and 16:19, to pace the Greyhounds to a fourth-place finish as a team.
Chambersburg 1, State College 0: Is was a big night for the Trojan girls, who came into the game 0-14 vs. the Little Lions, and came home with a streak-snapping Mid Penn Commonwealth victory Saturday.
Adeline Williams scored unassisted in the first half and the defense made the goal stand up for the shutout.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the way the girls played,” Chambersburg coach Ed Franchi said. “They really wanted to win this game and it showed.”
On the scoring play, a through ball sent Williams into the heart of the State College defense. The goalkeeper came out as a defender battled with Williams for possession and she poked it past the defenders into the net.
Franchi said, “Every player had a good game, and we pressured the ball all over the field. Lindsey Swanger played an outstanding game, coming back countless times to win the ball.”
Goalkeepers Annie Metzger and Faith Johnson split time and both came up with four saves for the Trojans (3-4, 2-3 MPC).
Chambersburg’s home game on Monday night at 7 p.m., vs. James Buchanan, can be watched via live stream on MidPennBroadcasting.com or TheSportsPage.blog.