G-A’s Weber Long wins District 3 Class AA cross country title

NEWVILLE — For the second straight week, Greencastle-Antrim junior runner Weber Long dominated his race. So for the second straight week, he brought home a gold medal.

If he can do that again next Saturday, he’ll be a state champion.

Long ran a time of 15:47.7 to win the District 3 Class 2A race by 23 seconds on Saturday at Big Spring High School.

In girls Class 3A, Greencastle’s Claire Paci placed third and Chambersburg’s Camryn Kiser took sixth, both qualifying for the PIAA Championships next Saturday at Hershey. Also advancing to states was Shippensburg’s Elias Spence, who took 8th in the boys Class 3A race.

Weber, who won the Mid Penn title last week by a minute and a half, with a time of 15:48, easily outdistanced the runner-up, Garrett Quinan of Kennard-Dale on Saturday. Greencastle teammate Caden Hudson placed 33rd in 17:40.1.

G-A coach Rich Secrest said, “Weber ran to win today, hoping to save something for next weekend. He said he felt good and he did look strong. Caden almost matched his time from last week.”

In girls 3A, Paci, a freshman who won a Mid Penn crown last week in 18:22, improved to 18:14.0 to take third place. The winner, Margaret Carroll of Northeastern, posted a time of 17:58.2.

“Claire raced with a pack of girls for the first time this season and did great,” Secrest said. “Placing in the top three at this meet in AAA is a huge accomplishment, especially for a freshman. We are looking forward to another week of training and another opportunity to compete at states.”

The Trojans’ Kiser took 49 seconds off her time from last week, from 19:35 to 18:46.5. The sophomore qualified for the second time for states.

Chambersburg coach Chris Monheim said, “Cammie equaled her fastest time ever on that course. She didn’t have a great day last week, but had a good race today and was the second Mid Penn runner. She had no real competition coming into last week, so this should help her confidence. She was 14th at states last year and she’s in a similar position this year.”

Monheim said Kiser had a nice finish.

“She was in the 20’s or so at the mile mark,” he said, “but she worked her way back up the rest of the way.”

Trojan teammate Olivia Rieck finished in 59th place with a time of 20:51.1.

In addition to Spence, who improved his time from 16:30 to 16:03 in boys 3A, Chambersburg’s Nick Monheim took 31st in 16:51.0 and Brayden Boyd was 52nd in 17:15.5.

In girls Class 2A, James Buchanan had two runners compete: Sydney Fleming took 45th in 22:39.6 and Hailey Embree was 85th in 27:14.