High school sports re­sults

Phoenixville boys, Potts­grove girls pick up wins in key Fron­tier Di­vi­sion matchup

The Phoenix - - FRONT PAGE - By Jeff Stover js­tover@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mer­curyXS­tover on Twit­ter

He’s still try­ing to fa­mil­iar­ize him­self with his new team.

But it’s a safe bet Car­los Shultz will not re­main an un­known-quan­tity around the Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence — much less Phoenixville High School — for very long.

Amonth into his time with the Phan­tom boys squad, Shultz is emerg­ing as lit­er­ally a run­ner to beat. The pre­co­cious sopho­more con­tin­ued his cur­rent fly­ing run Wed­nes­day by head­ing Phoenixville’s 16-46 vic­tory over Potts- grove in a pair­ing of the PAC’s top Fron­tier Di­vi­sion schools.

Shultz, who trans­ferred from Con­estoga two weeks into the cur­rent school year, turned in the race’s lone sub-17 clock­ing on the Phoenixville course at the Tech­ni­cal Col­lege High School’s Pick­er­ing Cam­pus. He led a flurry of eight Phan­toms plac­ing in the Top 10 to high­light the pro­gram’s Se­nior Day fes­tiv­i­ties.

On the girls’ side, the Fal­cons were keyed by Naomi Hillen’s win­ning run as they edged Phoenixville, 27-28.

“He’s the real deal,” Phan­tom boys coach Justin Win­ters said.

“He’s the real deal. He’s in­cred­i­ble. I don’t knowif I’ll ever coach another run­ner like him” – Phoenixville head coach Justin Win­ters on Car­los Shultz.

“He’s in­cred­i­ble. I don’t know if I’ll ever coach another run­ner like him.”

Shultz’ learn­ing curve in­cludes his home course. Even though hewent off the lay­out at one point, he re­cov­ered suf­fi­ciently to cross the line in 16:52, al­most 20 sec­onds ahead of sec­ond-place team­mate Chris­tian Schaaf’s 17:11.

“I got a lit­tle con­fused,” he said, “but I was able to fig­ure it out.”

Shultz’ early cred­its this sea­son in­clude win­ning Phoenixville’s PAC meet with Pope John Paul — he ran a 17:17 in the process — and the Coun­cil Rock North In­vi­ta­tional. He­was com­ing off a stel­lar show­ing in the Paul Short In­vi­ta­tional last week­end at Le­high Uni­ver­sity, cov­er­ing the course in 15:21 for a fifth-place fin­ish that knocked more than 30 sec­onds off his personal best.

“We’d seen the re­sults,” Potts­grove head coach Larry Rechtin said. “He’s an ex­cep­tional tal­ent.”

“He’s a huge tal­ent who works hard,” Win­ters added. “He’s nat­u­rally tal­ented ... he’s got a lot of room to grow.”

Be­hind the 1-2 fin­ish of Shultz and Schaaf, Phoe- nixville (4-0) got a 3-4 fin­ish from Gabe Puleo and Aaron Hin, both of whom were clocked at 17:35. Bryce Hamp­ton was the first Potts­grove run­ner to cross the line, plac­ing fifth in 17:44, but the Phan­toms scored four of the next five slots to make the meet a run­away.

Connor Wilchusky took sixth for Phoenixville, with Zach Kleppe sev­enth (17:59). Fol­low­ing Cole Gold­camp’s eighth-place run (18:06) for the Fal­cons (3-1), the Phan­toms got a ninth from Pa­trick Darcy (18;12) and 10th from Nick Gatcha (18:47).

The re­main­der of Potts­grove’s Top Five were Gabe Craig (14th, 19:02), Jonah Kor­mann (32nd, 21:24) and Steven Lin (38th, 23:48).

“We’re small in num­bers,” Rechtin said, “but we’re shap­ing up.”

In the girls’ race, Hillen out­ran the field en route to a win­ning time of 20:49. It­was more than 20 sec­onds faster than Vic­to­ria Wright (21:15) and Emma Vis­nov (21:21), who went 2-3 for Phoenixville (2-2).

The key for the girls, ac­cord­ing to Rechtin, was how many fin­ish­ers Potts­grove (22) could muster ahead of the Phan­toms’ third run­ner. Megan Cz­er­pak and Amie Wil­der­muth de­liv­ered with their re­spec­tive fourth (22:19) and fifth (22:27) ahead of the Phan­toms’ Ju­lia Hihi, sixth in 23:03.

“This was one where I ac­tu­ally looked at the page and thought it could be close,” said Win­ters. “Get­ting three in ahead of them was the dif­fer­ence.”

Madi­son O’Neill got a sev­enth for Phoenixville (23:09) be­fore Potts­grove’s Molly Nee­son (eighth, 23:21) and Cal­ista Faust (ninth, 23:27). Kerri Ma­har rounded out the Top 10 in 24:59.

NOTES » Fol­low­ing the meet, the Phoenixville boys and girls teams rec­og­nized their se­nior run­ners: Jack Arm­strong, Eric Beery, Co­ley Des­jardins, Kerry Hal­lo­ran, Hin, Kleppe, Jake New, Miles Noecker, Paniel Proc­tor, Schaaf, Shanno and Dy­lan Texas on the boys’ side, Jes­sica Dauphi­nais, Megan Gibbons, Ma­har, Carly Michaud, Cindy Nguyen, Al­li­son Stal­lone, Vis­nov and Wright for the girls. ... The read­out on Phoenixville’s new home course, re­plac­ing the for­mer lay­out at Uni­ver­sity of Val­ley Forge: “It’s flat, fast and sim­ple,” Win­ters and

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Phoenixville’s Car­los Shultz took first place dur­ing the Phan­toms’ cross coun­try meet against Potts­grove on Wed­nes­day.

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Mem­bers of the Phoenixville and Potts­grove boys cross coun­try teams jockey for po­si­tion at the start of Wed­nes­day’s race.

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Phoenixville’s Emma Vis­nov, left, and Vic­to­ria Wright run side by side dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s meet against Potts­grove.

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