Chambersburg rdp 9/28: Girls X-C 3rd at Carlisle; volleyball is 2-0

Carlisle Invitational: Chambersburg pushed two runners into the top 20 Saturday morning and ended up third in the team standings in a loaded girls Challenge race at the Carlisle Invitational.

Olivia Rieck

Olivia Rieck

“Because it was such a good field of teams, we knew it was possible to run well and still be around eighth-to-10th place,” Trojan coach Chris Monheim said. “We did run well. Although we didn’t have our very best day, everyone was solid, and most of the teams had at least one girl not do well.”

Camryn Kiser placed 14th with a time of 18:54 for the 5K course, while Maddie Kinton turned in a 19:05 for 17th place.

“There were eight of the top 10 teams in the state there, and we finished behind only (winner) State College, and University High from Morgantown, W.Va.,” Monheim said. “So we should move up in the state rankings from No. 8 to maybe fourth or fifth.”

The other scorers for Chambersburg were Keira Whitehead (50th, 19:55), Olivia Rieck (56th, 20:05) and Abigail Bricker (78th, 20:30), while Anna DeGrange (118th, 21:11) and Amelya Mauriello (136th, 21:26) also competed.

Monheim said, “Camryn and Maddie were a good 1-2 punch up top. It was really nice to have Olivia back (from an injury); that makes us considerably stronger. Keira held it together and we got a great performance from Abigail.”

Greencastle-Antrim’s Taryn Parks placed third, behind the winner, Marlee Starliper of Northern York (17:05) and Jenna Mulhern of W.C. Henderson (17:33). Parks’ time was 18:00.

In the Champions race, G-A’s Isabella Weaver placed seventh in 19:59, Addie Geitner of Mercersburg Academy was 17th in 20:37, Hailey Embree was James Buchanan’s first finisher, 57th in 21:52, Samantha Herman of Shippensburg placed 62nd in 22:00 and Waynesboro’s Madelyn Sheffler was 96th in 22:38.

Carlisle Invitational: Chambersburg took 13th place in the Challenge race at the Carlisle Invitational on Saturday, despite one of its top runners being under the weather.

Zack Yourkavitch

Zack Yourkavitch

“We did fairly well, although the downer was that Joe Corwell wasn’t feeling well,” Trojan coach John Ambrosio said. “Our goal was to get five runners in the top 100, and if Joe felt better we might have done that.”

Brayden Boyd had a fine day for Chambersburg, hitting the line in 16:11 to place 23rd.

“He had a sensational day,” Ambrosio said. “If you place in the top 30 here, you’re probably good for the top 20 at districts.”

Behind Boyd were Zack Yourkavitch in 63rd (16:57), Justin Maxwell in 82nd (17:04), Billy Prentice at No. 100 (17:14), then Corwell (148th, 17:45), Ben Colli (188th, 18:13) and Dakota Strait (237th, 19:29).

Ambrosio said, “We almost accomplished all of our goals. I think if Joe had been OK, we might have been as high as seventh. There were a lot of good things.”

Also in the Challenge race, Hayden Hunt of Shippensburg took 47th in 16:40.

In the Champions race, Weber Long of Greencastle placed third, posting a time of 11:14 for the 2.1-mile race.

Other top area finishers included Aakash Kodura of Mercersburg Academy in 16th (11:27), Danny Miller of G-A (29th, 12:02), Isaac Moats of Waynesboro (72nd in 12:27) and Brandon Boyer of JB (81st in 12:31).

Trojans go 2-0 on road trip: Chambersburg traveled to Berks County and came away with two non-league wins Saturday — 3-1 over Daniel Boone, and 3-0 over Muhlenberg.

Rachael Meyers

Rachael Meyers

“It was a great day of volleyball against a couple of good opponents,” Trojan assistant coach Bobby Culler said.

Chambersburg lost the first game vs. Daniel Boone, but ripped off wins of 25-19, 25-15 and 25-10. It was a little easier vs. the Muhls, as the Trojans (9-3) won games of 25-21, 25-18 and 25-21.

Culler said, “Our middle blockers stepped up today, the setters did a great job of distributing the ball and we also served well.”

Rachael Meyers ended the day as the leader in kills, with 22, while Taylor Myers dug up 42 balls.

Isabella Fidler picked up 20 service points and 6 aces, while other top point getters were Robyn Stepler (19 points, 8 aces), Raelyn Johnson (19 points), and Willa Moats (14 points, 5 assists).

Moats (43) and Stepler (37) split up the assists, while Marlee Wrights posted 19 kills and 7 blocks.

In addition, Johnson had 33 digs and 8 kills, Fidler had 15 digs and 16 kills, Stepler had 3 blocks, and Moats had 8 kills.