PENN STATE CLUB XC--IN
ITS FIRST APPEARANCE IN THE
CHALLENGE--WON THE 20-29 RACE. LEFT TO RIGHT:
JOHN TERRY, RICK STRABLE, JOSH VERBANO, BILLY WEISSER
AND BRIAN MCNULLY.
ERICH DINKFELT PHOTO
Host West Penn Track Club Dominates
at Pittsylvania XC Challenge
BY JOHN HARWICK
PITTSBURGH, PA--Pre-race favorites prevailed in the Pittsylvania
XC Challenge on November 12 at Frick Park, and the host West
Penn Track Club dominated the team competition.
Former Edinboro U. of PA distance ace Pete Boyd, third in
the Pittsburgh Great Race 10K, won the 6K in a quick 19:46 to
claim a comfortable :17 margin of victory.
Defending champion Charlie Ban (20:03) had to settle for second
place. Last year the former University of Richmond distance ace
won the 8K (now a 6K) in 27:14.
Central Cambria Highs Carly Seymour--one week after
winning the PIAAs--won her 6K in a convincing 22:22. WPIAL runnerup
Diana Filtz of Penn-Trafford High took second in 23:09.
Canon McMillan Highs Kyle Gibson (13:51) and Fox Chapel
Highs Rachel Humphrey (16:08) won the 14-15 4K races. Each
of them broke the meet record.
Penn State Club XC won the mens 20-29 team title, but
West Penn countered by sweeping the 30-39, 40-49, and 50+ titles
with the 30-39 team posting the lowest score of 80.
St. Vincent College (16-19 and 20-29) and West Penn (30-39
and 40+) split the womens team titles with the West Penn
30-39 team posting the lowest score of 66.
FINISH LINE--Twelve of the runners in the 2K/4K competed
in the USATF Region 2 Junior Olympic XC Championships on November
20 at Holmdel, NJ. Challenge 8-9 2K winner Morgan Ansell of the
Greensburg YMCA won the JO Sub-Bantam 2K title
three 2K/4K records and established 19 6K records as the race
replaced the 8K contested from 1999-2004. Owen Baillie of Pittsburgh
ran 10:51 to break the 8-9 2K 11:09 record set by Will Nabors
in 2001, Kyle Gibson of Canon McMillan High ran 13:51 to break
the 14-15 4K 14:08 record set by Ben Hahn of Smethport High in
2003 and Rachel Humphrey of Fox Chapel High ran 16:06 to break
the 14-15 4K 16:14 record set by Lauren Sittler of Ambridge High
West Penns Mike Cain claimed his third straight
Challenge age-group win: 10-11 in 2003-2004 and 12-13 this year
records remain from the 1999 or 2000 Challenges. Dario Donatellis
12-13 4K 15:05 from 2001 ranks as the oldest record
Craig Eddy of Somerset High and Rachel Humphrey of Fox Chapel
High led West Penn to a sweep of the 12-15 team titles. Both
Craig and Rachel competed in the PIAAs for the second straight
West Penn and St. Vincent College staged the closest
team competition in the womens race with captain Lisa Falenskis
30-39 West Penn team edging the 20-29 Bearcats, 66-68
Penners own 18 Challenge records. Nearly half of them belong
to members of three families. Jim Humphrey (45-49) and three
of his children--David and Mary (both 5-U) and Rachel (14-15)--own
four records. Jeanette Boyd and husband Pete own 30-34 records.
John Harwick (70-74) and granddaughter Katie (6-7) own a pair
Seven of the runners in the 6K competed in the
USATF National Club XC Championships on November 19 at Rochester,
Participation hit 132 to rank as the second highest in
the meets seven-year history: 99 in 1999, 78 in 2000, 97
in 2001, 90 in 2002, 157 in 2003, and 96 in 2004
long-time USATF National Official, served as the meet referee
schoolgirl XC champion Carly Seymour of Central Cambria High
ranks as the sixth state champ to win Challenge titles. She follows
Baldwins Dan Mazzocco (16-19 in 1999 and 2000), Wheeling
Park/WVs Ricky Moore (20-24 in 2001), West Alleghenys
Lauren Shaffer (16-19 in 1999), Oak Glen/WVs Justin Simpson
(16-19 in 2001 and 2002) and West Alleghenys Christine
Taranto (16-19 in 2002)
Runners ranged in age from 6-year-old
Madissen Steiner of Saegertown to 72-year-old John Harwick of
Marty Uher, veteran California U. of PA XC coach,
started the races with his usual efficiency. Marty served as
the meets honorary chair
TEAMS FROM THE HOST
WEST PENN TRACK CLUB
SWEPT THE 12-15 RACES. KNEELING (LEFT TO RIGHT):
ANGELICA PECK, RACHEL HUMPHREY,
LAURA HUMPHREY AND OLIVIA MCQUADE.
MISSING: LESLIE KOVACH AND NOELLE KUMMANT.
STANDING: MIKE CAIN, KEVIN MAY, CRAIG EDDY,
PETE ALTER AND NATE ALTER.
ERICH DINKFELT PHOTO