LD Sweeps at Tri-meet

By Emily Horn

Jared Giannascoli Jared Giannascoli Cross Country Wrap

The cross country season kicked off with rivals, Palmyra, Lower Dauphin and Cedar Cliff clashing at a tri-meet hosted by Palmyra on Thursday, September 7.

The Palmyra boys defeated Cedar Cliff but fell to Lower Dauphin. The Palmyra girls lost to both teams. Coach Dave Hollen called the loses “disappointing,” but said he was encouraged by some of the performances on the boys’ side.

Scores for the boys were: LD 25, Palmyra 30; Palmyra 17, Cedar Cliff 44 and Lower Dauphin 16, Cedar Cliff 47.

Lower Dauphin’s senior Jared Giannoscoli held off a strong kick by Palmyra’s Matt Carroll to finish first and lead his team to a sweep. Freshman Jakolby Fackler and Markus Vottero ran very strong races for Palmyra finishing in fifth and sixth place respectively. While Lower Dauphin’s sophomore Mark Walsh finished third overall.

Palmyra’s Markus Vottero (above left) runs in Palmyra’s invitational at LVC, while Palmyra’s Ellie Keck runs for the girls. Photos: Emily Horn. Palmyra’s Markus Vottero (above left) runs in Palmyra’s invitational at LVC, while Palmyra’s Ellie Keck runs for the girls. Photos: Emily Horn. The top five boy finishers of the tri meet were; Giannoscoli (LD) 17:13, Carroll (Palmyra) 17:15, Walsh (LD) 17:24, Josiah Helmer (LD) 17:40 and Fackler (Palmyra) 17:45.

The girls scores: LD 20, Palmyra 38; LD 19, Cedar Cliff 38 and Cedar Cliff 26, Palmyra 29.

Lower Dauphin’s junior Halle Colletti won the race overall and senior Madison Marto was second leading the Falcons the whole race.

The top five girl finishers were; Colletti (LD) 21:04, Marto (LD) 21:07, Hollen (Palmyra) 21:20, Firestone (CC) 21:22 and Koons (LD) 21:38.

Hershey, LD and Red Land Tri Meet

The Hershey boys lost Tuesday, Sept. 12 to rivals Lower Dauphin, 28-30 for the first time ever on its home course.

The top five boys runners from the meet were Mark Walsh (LD) 18:09, Jared Giannascoli (LD) 18:17, Josiah Helmer (LD) 18:21, Casey Sisco (Hershey) 18:26 and Luke Sheppard (Hershey) with a time of 18:52.

The Hershey girls beat Lower Dauphin by a 44-16 mark. The top runners for the meet were Andie Demko (Hershey) 21:45, Faith Mark (Hershey) 21:45, Karie Jones (Hershey) 22:05, Brooke Geyer (Hershey) 22:33, Sidney Koons (LD) 22:43, Olivia Wilson (Hershey) 23:00 and Madison Marto (LD) with a time of 23:04.

Both Hershey boys and girls defeated Red Land at the tri meet. The boys’ score was 36-22 while the girls won 44-18.

Kutztown Invitational (Hershey)

On Saturday, September 9, Hershey ran at the Kutztown invitational with the boys finishing 10th, while the girls finished fifth.

Top boy finishers were Andrew Sullivan (26), Casey Sisco (55), Ethan Rogers (56) and Luke Sheppard (57). The boys team this year is very young with the top 10 runners being two seniors and eight sophomores.

Top girl finishers were Andi Demko (5), Faith Mark (8), Brooke Geyer (47), Katie Jones (69), Olivia Wilson (72) and Grace Murray (77). The girls team is returning the top three runners from last season, led by Andi Demko, who was a state medalist last season. According to Coach Al Fricke, “if they stay healthy, this should be a fun year and highly competitive season. This is a start.”

LVC Invitational (Palmyra)

On Saturday, September 9, Palmyra Cross Country competed at the LVC Dutchmen invitational hosted by Lebanon Valley College. The boys finished third overall in a very close race. The first three teams were only separated by two points.

Oxford High School won the team title with 86 points, Central York was second with 87 points and Palmyra third with 88 points.

Matt Carroll led Palmyra by finishing first with a time of 16:35, eight seconds ahead of runner-up Ethan Knoebel of Southern Columbia.

Palmyra’s next three runners were Jakolby Fackler (8), Markus Vottero (22) and Jake Klucinec (26). Senior Derek Wadas (31) rounded out the scoring for Palmyra.

For the girls, Palmyra finished sixth in team scoring. Central York won the girls title with 58 points. Palmyra was led by Sarah Hollen in ninth place. Other scorers for Palmyra were Ellie Keck (21), Claire Keck (26), Emily Cowfer (33) and Caroline Williams (38).

“We were very pleased with our overall performance today. All of our runners ran their fastest times of the season so far and many of them ran career bests,” Hollen said.

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