The St. Marys Area cross country teams opened their seasons on Saturday by competing in the Big Valley Invitational held at Reedsville.
The Dutchmen took fifth place with a total of 176 points. State College won the team title with 45 points, followed by Mifflin County 66, Altoona Area 78, Bellefonte 167 and St. Marys. There were a total of 12 teams represented in the boys’ AAA race.
The Dutchmen were led by Gideon Woelfel’s third-place finish in a time of 16:41. He was followed by Alec Foster in 18th place in 17:52. K.O. Deyev placed 42nd in 19:14, with Dylan Shields taking 51st in 19:40 and Nathan McFadden 62nd in 20:57 to account for the Dutchmen’s points. Austin Frey completed the course in 21:16 and Mitchell O’Vell finished in 21:37.
In the junior varsity boys’ race, Jordan Agosti of the Dutch placed 94th with a time of 23:07.
The Lady Dutch placed third in the girls’ Class AA race behind first-place Lewisburg and second-place Elk County Catholic.
The Lady Dutch were led by Adair Gennocro, who placed second with a time of 19:35.
Behind Gennocro for St. Marys was Kaley Williams with a time of 22:20. Gina Schneider finished with a time of 23:57. Sloan Foster was next for the Lady Dutch in 24:05. Alette Krakenes finished the race with a time of 25:23 to account for St. Marys Area scoring. Alexis Hanes finished the race in 27:39, while Ashley Mertz finished in 28:02.
In the girls’ junior varsity race, Rachel Schreiber finished in 29:45, while Casey Kline finished in 30:13 and Cassie Wonderling completed the course in 31:36.
St. Marys will open their dual meet season this afternoon when they travel to DuBois Area for a 4:15 p.m. meet. Johnsonburg will also be competing in this event.