Lady Crusaders place first at Bradford Invitational

The Elk County Catholic High School girls' and boys' cross country teams both took part in the Bradford Invitational on Saturday in Bradford.The Lady Crusaders finished first out of four teams, ending the day with 35 points, while Bradford was second with 44 points. Out of the 37 runners in the girls' event, Kennedy Weisner placed first with a time of 18:41, a course record. Her teammate Tori Dippold was second with a time of 20:04. Cassie Thompson finished in 22:28, Nicki Florio was 14th in 23:16, Ellie Pearson was 22nd in 24:02, Alli Prokop was 24th in 24:23, and Maria Scacchitti was 30th in 25:54. In the boys' race, the Crusaders finished sixth place out of eight teams. Oswayo Valley was first followed by Northern Potter, Kane, Punxsutawney, Bradford, ECC, Clarion, and Otto-Eldred. Bradford's Aziz Yousif finished in first in the field of 75 runners in the boys' event with a time of 16:26, one second off of the course record. The top finisher for the Crusaders was Ryan Detsch, who came in third with a time of 16:59. Also for the Crusaders, Drew Bille was 10th in 17:56, Lucas Knight was 34th in 19:48, and John Kaul was 49th in 21:17. Other Crusader finishers were Scott Brazinski, Luke Hoffman, and Duncan LaValle. "It (Saturday) was a beautiful day to run, and I think our runners really took advantage of the opportunity," said ECC coach Wee J Fernan. "They, as a group, have also been taking advantage of their daily opportunities to improve, and it showed in 11 season bests today. More importantly, it showed in our demeanor-- we were willing to battle for position and fight for our best. We're making progress and are looking forward to see where that progress might lead as we move into the second half of our season."Both ECC squads will be back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Punxsutawney for a meet that will also feature St. Marys and DuBois Central Catholic.