Ridgway hosts annual Invitational

RIDGWAY — Ridgway cross country hosted the annual Ridgway Invitational Saturday morning at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School. A new meet record was shattered in the girls varsity race as Regan Rome of Dallas finished with a time of 18:15, breaking the old record of 19:03 which was set by Dani Kocjancic of Kane in 2008. Kennedy Weisner of Elk County Catholic also would have broken the old meet record with her runner-up finish at 18:41. Adair Gennocro of St. Marys was third at 19:04 and Victoria Dippold took fourth for ECC with a time of 19:37. "In the girls race, it was pretty neat to have three of the top runners in the state in Elk County," Elk County Catholic coach Wee J. Fernan said. "I'm pretty sure the two local girls (Kennedy and Adair) had race plans that were not conducive to running their best. Regan certainly ran well, shattering the course record by 48 seconds, but I'm also pretty sure both Kennedy and Adair will have more to say, speaking through their performances, in a few more weeks."Kristin Boyer was the top Kane finisher with a time of 20:44 for an eighth-place mark. Cassie Thompson of ECC was 16th at 21:35 and Taylor Beimel of Kane was 18th at 21:48. Kathryn Polaski of Johnsonburg was 28th with a time of 22:16. Shelby Schreiber of St. Marys finished with a time of 22:46 to place 36th and Gina Schneider clocked in with a mark of 23:11 for a 43rd-place finish. Jenna Cherry (48th) had a time of 23:43 for the Lady Dutch. Alexis Hanes finished 61st at 24:44. Allie Wonderling (78th) had a mark of 25:54 and Ashley Mertz (90th) finished at 27:31. Rachel Schreiber (100th) had a time of 31:56 and Cassandra Kline finished at 33:20 to place 104th. For ECC, Nicole Florio was 40th with a time of 22:57. Allison Prokop was 49th at 23:46. Ellie Pearson had a mark of 24:16 for 55th and Kylee Proudfit finished with a mark of 24:35 for 59th. Maria Scacchitti had a time of 25:55 for the Lady Crusaders to place 79th. Bettina Cherry (95th) finished with a time of 29:25 for Kane. Teammate Olivia Kuhmer finished with a mark of 32:44. In the boys' varsity race, Ryan Detsch of Elk County Catholic was the winner with a time of 16:55. "It was also pretty neat to have a Crusader lead the way in the boys race," Fernan said. "Ryan has worked hard to be toward the front of the pack. It was nice to see him at the front." Chris Hunt of Kane was second at 17:07. For the Crusaders, Drew Bille finished eighth at 17:32 and Lucas Knight was 40th at 19:36. Scott Brazinski (75th) had a time of 21:26. John Kaul (94th) had a time of 22:36 and Luke Hoffman (95th) finished with a mark of 22:41. Duncan LaValle (100th) had a time of 23:51. For St. Marys, Alec Foster finished tied for 11th at 17:40. Austin Frey had a time of 18:57 for a 28th-place finish. Nathan McFadden (53rd) finished with a time of 20:04. Ryan Brennen (57th) had a mark of 20:15. Jordan Agosti (77th) had a time of 21:33 and Mitchell O'Vell finished 79th at 21:35. Garrett Struble (86th) had a time of 22:04.For Kane, Avery Colson was 16th with a time of 17:58. Dan Blackmore finished 21st with a time of 18:15. Jon-Luke Gelsick was 24th with a time of 18:27. Bailey Colson was 30th with a time of 18:58. Andy Swartwood had a time of 20:22 and Isaac Robbins finished in 23:39. Clayton Colson had a time of 25:43. Justin Hunt had a time of 32:24. In the girls junior high race, Brooke Lenox of St. Marys was the top area finisher with a fourth-place mark of 12:03. Anna Raffeinner was eighth at 12:17. Jessica Lawson was the race winner with a time of 10:47. Cassie Cook of Ridgway was 26th with a 13:44 mark. "Our runners have really been working hard," Fernan said. "I'm sure they ran with tired legs today and still found a way to perform admirably. Hopefully they will continue to work hard, and we'll see the fruits of their labor as the championship season arrives at the end of the month."In the boys junior high race, Aaron Shilk of Ridgway was the top county finisher with a time of 10:16 for fourth place overall. Teammate Luke Guyer was 11th with a time of 10:42 and Brandon Kinkead was 17th with a mark of 10:59. Travis Huff of St. Marys was ninth with a time of 10:31. Noah Reynolds was 18th at 11:07. For ECC, Ben Troy finished in 22nd place with a time of 11:19. Matthew Dippold was just behind in 25th at 11:28. Vincent Funaki (32nd) was next at 13:29 for the Crusaders. Ridgway cross country is scheduled to compete at Punxsutawney at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday. Johnsonburg is scheduled to compete at DuBois with DuBois Central Catholic and Elk County Catholic Tuesday afternoon. The course at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School will host the District 9 Cross Country Championship on Saturday, Oct. 27.