Pennridge’s Sheva, GMA girls, shine at districts
Pennridge’s Marissa Sheva raced to the runner-up spot in Class AAA and the Gwynedd Mercy Academy girls were tops in Class AA as several local competitors put on impressive performances at the District One Cross Country Championships at Lehigh rniversity Friday morning.
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Sheva, just a sophomore, mastered the Lehigh course in 17 minutes, 45 seconds, second only to Courtney Smith of rnionville (17:36).
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Sheva, a two-sport athlete, helped the Pennridge soccer team earn a 4-1 win over Council Rock South Thursday night in the District One Playoffs. She battled through the fatigue on Friday morning and nearly pulled out the win.
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Also placing in the top 25 were Methacton’s Kara Steinke (fourth, 17:57), CB :HVW’V (PRUy GULIfiQ (13WK, 18:24) and Maddie sillalba (20th, 18:34), who led the BuFNV WR D WKLUG-SODFH fiQLVK as a team, and North Penn’s Ali salenti (24th, 18:46) and Phoebe Clowser (25th, 18:50), whose efforts helped propel North Penn into fourth and onto states.
Wissahickon’s Lotte Black is also headed to Hershey, as she took 26th in 18:55.
,W wDV WKH fiUVW WLPH DW /Hhigh for several runners on Friday. Gwynedd Mercy’s Emma Keenan hadn’t run cross country anywhere before this season, but the state champion 800 runner showed that she has made the transition quite well, leading the Monarchs to the district title in Class AA. GMA outscored secondplace St. Basil 78-85.
“It’s very exciting, very rewarding,” Keenan said. “Everyone’s worked really hard all season so we’re really happy about (winning the title).”
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“Having not run this course before, I wasn’t really sure how to do everything, but I really just wanted to stay with the leaders for as long as I could and just try to kick it at the end,” the senior said. “I think maybe I went out a little too hard, something I will learn for next time, but I was happy with my race.”
The middle distance ace looked pretty comfortable out on the course.
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Macauley (15:28) was able to outrace defending state champion Conner nuinn of Hatboro-Horsham (15:32), as the two rivals put forth a tremendous race, SODFLQJ fiIWK DQG VLxWK.
Methacton’s Curtis Watro (28th, 16:04), CB West’s Chris Berry (29th, 16:05) and A.J. Morgan (35th, 16:15), Souderton Area’s Connor Linse (30th, 16:08), and Pennridge’s Joe Logue (37th, 16:15) also earned state berths in Class AAA.
Christopher Dock’s Jonathan Capps finishes seventh in the District One Boys Class A Cross Country championships.