Pen­nridge’s Sheva, GMA girls, shine at dis­tricts

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Kev Hunter khunter@jour­nal­reg­is­

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.

North Penn’s Jack Ma­cauOHy, wKR SODFHG fiIWK LQ CODVV AAA boys, and the Cen­tral Bucks West and North Penn girls also ad­vanced to states by putting to­gether solid races on a cool morn­ing on the course at Le­high.

Sheva, just a sopho­more, mas­tered the Le­high course in 17 min­utes, 45 sec­onds, sec­ond only to Court­ney Smith of rnionville (17:36).

“)RU WKH fiUVW WwR PLOHV, I felt re­ally good, re­ally strong,” said Sheva, who im­proved upon her fourthSODFH fiQLVK DV D IUHVKPDQ. “But then Court­ney started to pull away, and it kind of played a mind game with me be­cause I know how strong she is, es­pe­cially how well she runs Her­shey (at states). So, I guess it got in my head a lit­tle bit. I’m not say­ing it wasn’t hard, be­cause (my legs) hurt re­ally bad. The last half mile, I was shot. I tried to go with her.”

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.

“Court­ney took off a few times, in the woods and in WKH FRUQ­fiHOG, DQG , WULHG my hard­est to stay with her. There were cer­tain points where I was like, ‘you can go get her, you can go get her,’ and then my legs were just like, ‘no,’” Sheva said. “, wLVK , JRW fiUVW, EuW wH VWLOO have next week.”

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).”

Keenan raced to a sevHQWK-SODFH fiQLVK LQ WKH UDFH with a time of 19:54. St. Basil’s Me­gan McGar­rity won the race in 19:20, fol­lowed by Lower More­land’s Molly Davies (19:34) and St. Basil’s sa­lerie San­tan­gelo (19:41). Lower More­land’s Caro­line Har­mon (20:11) was eighth, while Spring­fiHOG’V 0LFKHOOH :KLWH (20:19) was 10th.

“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.

“,W wDV GH­fiQLWHOy D ELJ DGMuVWPHQW (WKLV fiUVW VHDVRQ), but I’m re­ally happy with it — I feel like I learned a lot,” she said. “I didn’t re­al­ize just how dif­fer­ent it is from track, so I re­ally en­joyed it. The team helped me a lot, calmed me down a lit­tle bit. It’s kind of funny ask­ing for ad­vice from the sopho­mores and ju­niors, but they’ve been the best. Mr. Wil­son (coach Larry Wil­son) has re­ally helped me a lot, so that whole process has re­ally been ex­cit­ing.”

Keenan looks for­ward to KHU fiUVW UuQ RQ WKH KLOOy HHUshey course while Ma­cauley will be mak­ing a re­turn trip for North Penn.

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.

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / AMANDA PIC­CIR­ILLI

Christo­pher Dock’s Jonathan Capps fin­ishes seventh in the Dis­trict One Boys Class A Cross Coun­try cham­pi­onships.

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