G-A’s Taryn Parks wins race; Trojan girls 2nd at Mid Penn X-C

NEWVILLE — Greencastle-Antrim senior Taryn Parks won the Mid Penn Conference girls cross country race for the third time in her career Saturday, turning in a personal-best time of 17:53 to beat Carlisle’s Sophia Toti by 51 seconds.

Chambersburg placed second as a team, behind only State College, putting four girls in the top 16.

In the boys race, G-A’s Weber Long was the runner-up, and Chambersburg came in sixth in the team standings.

Keira Whitehead

Keira Whitehead

For the Trojan girls, Keira Whitehead was the first finisher, taking eighth in 19:23, and Maddie Kinton was 10th in 19:35.

“Whitehead ran maybe the best race of her career,” Chambersburg coach CHris Monheim said. “We feel like we have three girls who could be No. 1’s and she came up big today.”

Camryn Kiser placed 15th (19:45) and Olivia Rieck was right behind in 16th (19:51). The other Chambersburg scorer was Abigail Bricker (36th, 20:41), with Anna DeGrange (46th, 21:10) and Amelya Mauriello (84th, 22:40) also competing.

Monheim said, “We had a solid day, although a few kids were a little off. So far, we’ve not had any disaster races this year. Now we have two weeks to get ready for the District 3 race.”

The Trojans finished 17 points behind the winner, State College.

Parks’ big rival, Marlee Starliper, did not race Saturday. Her G-A teammate, Isabella Weaver, came in 14th in 19:44.

The Blue Devils’ Long made a late kick in the boys race, passing several runners and nearly catching the winner, Casey Padgett of Carlisle. Padgett crossed in 16:11 and Long in 16:13.

Zack Yourkavitch

Zach Yourkavitch

Chambersburg had three runners place in the top 35 to win a medal — Brayden Boyd (11th, 16:31), Zach Yourkavitch (32nd, 17:09) and Billy Prentice (35th, 17:11).

“I’m happy — three guys were all-conference,” Trojan coach John Ambrosio said. “We didn’t quite as good as last week, but we still did OK.”

Also for the Trojans, Justin Maxwell took 40th in 17:17, Ian Brechbiel was 69th in 17:44, Carter Reath was 76th in 17:54 and Ben Colli was 77th in the same time.

Ambrosio said, “Brechbiel did a nice job getting in the 17:40s. I’m as happy with the guys as I can be.”

Shippensburg had a good day and finished fourth in the team standings behind Hershey, Palmyra and State College. For the Greyhounds, Hayden Hunt ran 16:23 to place sixth and Elias Spence was right behind in 16:25 to take seventh.