Local runners place at PIAA cross country championships

The local cross country runners fared very well at Saturday’s PIAA cross country championships, held at Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey.Elk County Catholic’s Kennedy Weisner placed second and Harley Thompson placed third in their respective Class AA championships, while St. Marys Area’s Adair Gennocro was third in the AA girls’ race.The Elk County Catholic girls’ team placed 11th overall with 296 points. Elk Lake won the girls’ team title with 77 points. In the Class AA boys’ team race, the Crusaders finished in 17th place with 359 points. Elk Lake also won the boys’ team title with 102 points.In the Class AA girls’ race, Angel Piccirillo of Homer Center won the event with a time of 18:44. Freshman Kennedy Weisner of ECC was second in 19:10 and sophomore Adair Gennocro of St. Marys Area placed third with a time of 19:17.In the boys’ AA race, Thompson finished third in 16:40. Tommy Gruschow of Trinity was first with a 16:30, while A.J. Limongelli of Holy Redeemer was second in 16:31.In the boys’ Class AAA race, St. Marys Area’s Gideon Woelfel finished in 112th place in 17:20 and teammate Justin Huey finished in 176th in 17:52.Behind Weisner for the Lady Crusaders was Maggie Sorg, who placed 53rd in 21:00. Cassie Thompson was 127th in 21:55, with Kate Singer taking 158th in 22:18. Tess Onink crossed the finish line in 24:12, Hannah Pontzer in 24:15 and Jessica Franco in 29:46.Behind Thompson for the Crusaders was Caleb Lecker, who placed 30th in 17:18. Robert Prokop was 201st in 18:57. Joe Hoffman was 220th in 19:16, with Ryan Detsch finishing in 238th in 19:37. Ben Crowe crossed the finish line in 19:48 and Nick Erich in 20:53.Johnsonburg’s Cody Schreiber finished in 186th place with a time of 18:47.