Greencastle has big day at PIAA cross country meet

HERSHEY — Greencastle-Antrim runners earned a pair of top-five finishes Saturday at the PIAA Cross Country championships at the Hershey Parkview course.

Taryn Parks PIAA

Taryn Parks

Taryn Parks’ final race of her career was a runner-up finish to her rival, Marlee Starliper of Northern York in the girls Class 2A event. Starliper posted a time of 17:11, a course record, pulling away at the end, and Parks came in at 18:07, which was her best time ever at states.

Starliper led Parks by just a second (5:32 to 5:33) after a mile, but by the end of the second mile she held an 11-second lead.

The Blue Devils’ Isabella Weaver, a sophomore, hit the line in 20:16 for a 31st finish.

In the boys Class 2A race, G-A sophomore Weber Long ran a fine time of 16:15.9 to take home the bronze medal for third place. He passed a pair of runners in the final mile. Dylan Throop of General McLane won the race in 15:57.1.

Chambersburg had a pair of runners each in the Class 3A races.

In the girls race, freshman Camryn Kiser crossed the line in 19:07 to earn 14th place, while sophomore Olivia Rieck came in 114th in 20:29. Moon’s Mia Cochran won in 17:53.

For the Trojan boys, Brayden Boyd, a junior, placed 125th in 17:20.4, and sophomore Zack Yourkavitch was 207th in 19:14.73.

Shippensburg also had a pair of runners in the race — senior Hayden Hunt was 65th (16:56.3) and junior Elias Spence was 79th (17:03.4).

Southern Fulton qualified two runners for the boys Class 1A race. Senior James Buchheit took 65th in 17:58, while freshman Kasey Fitz ran a time of 19:16 to place 171st.