The Enos Yeager Invitational cross country meet was held Friday afternoon at Chambersburg’s Tim Cook Memorial Course and the girls race came down to two outstanding local runners.
At a scrimmage last week, Claire Paci of Greencastle-Antrim edged Camryn Kiser of Chambersburg by just 4 seconds. On Friday, Paci was able to push the margin to 12 seconds — she finished the 2.33-mile shortened course in 14:28, while Kiser hit the line in 14:40.
The Trojans put four other runners in the top 11 of the race, which dies not crown a team champion. Madelyn Koons was fifth in 16:00, Lexi Boyd was sixth in 16:14, Fernanda Orihuela took seventh in 16:38 and Abigale Bricker was 11th in 16:58. Raegan Hepner was also in the top 20 (15th) with a time of 17:17.
For the Blue Devils, Katherine Board was 12th in 16:59 and Celeste Paniego-Martinez was 25th in 18:16.
Among other area schools, Waynesboro’s Bella Ruefle was fourth in 15:57, Shippensburg’s Katharine Shope was 17th in 17:39, and Sydney Fleming of James Buchanan finished in 17:51 for 19th place.
In the boys race, Carlisle put the first two runners across, with Kevin Shank winning in 12:14.
Chambersburg’s Ari Snyder (12:29) edged G-A’s Hayden Parks (12:36) for third place. The Blue Devils copped the sixth through eighth places as Dalton Noblit (13:12), Joel Amstutz (13:21) and Kyle Baker (13:21) ran strong, plus Caden Hudson was 11th in 13:42.
For the Trojans, Aiden Alleman placed fifth in 13:08, Kaden Rife was ninth in 13:25 and Ryan Benbow took 14th in 14:01.
Waynesboro had the 12th-place finisher in Joey Jacobs (13:54), Bryce Partillo of Ship was 35th (15:19), and Wyatt Boyer of JB was 38rd in 15:25.