Area roundup - Peer wins W.Va. cross country crown

November 04, 2002


MINERAL WELLS, W.Va. (AP) - Berkeley Springs freshman Valerie Peer won the individual Class AA-A title at the West Virginia state cross country championships Saturday.

Peer covered the 5,000-meter course in 19 minutes, 47 seconds. Sissonsville's Jennifer Povick was second in 20:08, 12 seconds ahead of Charleston Catholic's Sarah Coyle.

Ravenswood and Cabell Midland captured their third consecutive cross country boys team championships Saturday in Class AA-A and AAA, respectively.

Ravenswood edged Oak Glen by two points. Scott finished third.

Oak Glen's Justin Simpson edged his twin brother, Joshua, on a lean at the finish line to win the Class AA-A boys race in 15:21.

Grafton's girls team avenged a loss to Charleston Catholic in 2001, taking the Class AA-A crown by 15 points over the Irish.


The Cabell Midland duo of Jon Nelson and Eric Cooper finished first and second, respectively. Nelson's time was 16:24, two seconds ahead of Cooper. Buckhannon-Upshur's Tim Andrew was third in 16:49.

Behind Karen Wigal's individual victory, Morgantown won its first-ever Class AAA girls cross country title, 11 points ahead of Elkins.

Schuler finishes 31st at PIAA state championships

HERSHEY, Pa. - Chambersburg junor Kylee Schuler finished 31st Saturday at the PIAA state cross country championships in the Class AAA girls race.

Schuler, who covered the rolling 3.1-mile course in 20:12, paced the Trojans to an 18th-place team finish. Chambersburg's other competitors were: Krystal Rodkey (110th, 20:57), Regina Heiser (118th, 21:01), Jennifer Wetzel (174th, 21:36), Maria Sciamanna (218th, 22:30), Christina St. Fort (236th, 23:09) and Ashley Jacobs (239th, 23:15).

Waynesboro's Stacey Ferree finished 87th in 20:40 in girls Class AAA.

In Class AA girls action, James Buchanan's Leigh Miller was 146th in 21:52, while Shayna Weir was 165th in 22:10.

Paced by the Huss twins - Debbie and Amy - Wyomissing rolled past the field with 37 points to win its fourth consecutive Class AA girls title.

Debbie Huss finished fourth and Amy right behind in fifth as the Spartans placed four runners in the top 25. Senior Heather Wilmoth of Eisenhower won the race with a time of 18:57.

In girls Class AAA, West Allegheny senior Christine Taranto turned in a winning time of 18:57 to outlast Red Lion ace Kate Papenberg, the District 3 champion, who finished second at 19:12.

Hatboro Horsham grabbed the team title followed by Governor Mifflin with 187 and North Penn with 207.

Ian Gottesfeld, a junior from West Chester Henderson, outkicked Bishop Shanahan's Eric Fleming to win the boys Class AAA race. Gottesfield turned in a time of 16:04, while Fleming registered a 16:06.

In boys Class AA, Lewisburg junior Chris Spooner grabbed the lead from East Pennsboro senior Ryan Blood around the final turn to grab the victory in a time of 16:01. Blood, who was nursing a sprained right hip, finished in a time of 16:06.

Scranton Prep won the team title with 80 points.


Hawkins, Spinnler win Run For Your Life 5K

Jaron Hawkins topped the field Saturday morning at the Run For Your Life 5K road race at Marty Snook Park.

Hawkins clocked a winning time of 15 minutes, 56 seconds.

The women's winner was Hagerstown's Maria Spinnler, 40, who crossed the line in 19:17.

Male results

Overall winner: Jaron Hawkins 15:56.

Age 10-under: 1. Daniel Quinn 27:54.

Age 11-19: 1. Stephen Heagy II 17:53; 2. Kevin Worley 20:11; 3. Eric Fitzgerald 22:00.

Age 20-29: 1. Kevin Clapp 20:05; 2. Zach Camp 20:22; 3. Antonio Morales 21:34.

Age 30-39: 1. Jeremy Downie 17:46; 2. Terry Artz 18:07; 3. Christopher Hohl 18:24.

Age 40-49: 1. Michael Fitzgerald 17:51; 2. Bill Osuch 18:25; 3. Neal Riemenschneider 18:33.

Age 50-59: 1. D. Roger Kigore 20:44; 2. Bruce Attavian 20:54; 3. David Downin 21:34.

Age 60-99: 1. Jim Becker 19:32; 2. Felipe Celestino 25:00; 3. Fred Wolf 25:51.

Female results

Overall winner: Maria Spinnler 19:17.

Age 11-19: 1. Tara Murphy 22:31; 2. Amy Taylor 25:27; 3. Anna Hanlin 28:35.

Age 20-29: 1. Stephanie Ebersole 23:36; 2. Michelle Higginbottom 25:19; 3. Kim Young 25:22.

Age 30-39: 1. Becky Orndorff 23:24; 2. Susan Itell 25:25; 3. Jodee Cubbage 25:26.

Age 40-49: 1. Ruth Riemenschneider 20:56; 2. Carol Veil 23:45; 3. Shelly Dick 24:24.

Age 50-59: 1. Marlys Palmer 22:56; 2. Dee Nelson 24:06; 3. Ruth Obadal 30:00.

Age 60-99: 1. Helen Schley 34:28; 2. Mary Foo 49:17; 3. Eleanor Young 58:49.


McCarty, Diffenderfer help Mount harriers

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Mount St. Mary's Kari McCarty, a North Hagerstown graduate, finished 27th Saturday at the Northeast Conference Cross Country Championships.

McCarty, the Mount's third finisher, covered the 5,000-meter course in 19:38, helping her team to a sixth-place finish.

On the men's side, Greencastle-Antrim grad Andrew Diffenderfer finished 42nd for the Mount, which placed fifth. Diffenderfer, the Mountaineers' No. 3 runner, clocked a 28:04 on the 8,000-meter course.


Shippensburg 31/ Greencastle 12

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