Familiar faces flash their fast feet
Seniors Coppolella, Pender in top form at Lions Invitational
The scholastic cross country season opened up this past weekend and several familiar faces already showed off some of their fast form.
Pen Argyl senior Anthony Coppolella won the boys varsity race at the Lions Invitational in 16 minutes, 36 seconds, while Northern Lehigh senior Reagan Pender, the Colonial League and District 11 Class A champ a season ago, placed second in the girls varsity race in 19:10 on Friday at Moravian Academy.
Palisades’ Thomas Smigo (fourth), Nazareth’s Daniel Brunner (fifth), Anthony Kositz (seventh), Adam Kollgaard (ninth) and John Riley (10th), Bangor’s Marino Bubba (sixth) and Central Catholic’s Nathan Harris (eighth) all finished among the top 10 in the boys competition.
Nazareth easily won the team title with 43 total points.
Blue Mountain’s Olivia Haas won the girls race in 18:59. Notre Dame-Green Pond’s Grace Medei (third), Northwestern Lehigh’s Angelina Klein
(sixth), Allison Costa
(ninth) and Central Catholic’s Isabel Devos all excelled with top-10 performances.
Northwestern was the top local finisher in the team standings, taking third overall with 102 points.
On Saturday at the Northampton Invitational, Southern Lehigh sophomore Alex Kane, the Colonial League champ last year, took third overall (in 15:48) among the 189 boys who competed, while Stroudsburg junior Ciara Conboy captured the girls individual championship in the 23-team event in 18:51.
Matthew Chaikowsky of Saucon Valley (fifth), Marco Cardone of Easton (sixth) and Diego Lera-Lozano of Pennridge (seventh) all placed in the top 10 in the boys race.
Easton was third overall with 144 team points and was the top finisher among area schools.
Northampton’s Georgia Wiswesser (third) and Amber Poniktera (seventh), and Southern Lehigh’s Lauren Meinhold (eighth) and Alaina Patel (ninth) all picked up top-10 finishes in the girls race.
Southern Lehigh won the team title with 106 points. Emmaus was second with 110.
Parade of champions: Three individual champions from the Colonial League and Eastern Pennsylvania Conference are among the favorites to win titles again this season.
Southern Lehigh’s Kane is back as the Colonial League boys champ and Northern Lehigh’s Pender is back as the girls champ. Southern Lehigh won the boys team title a season ago, while Northwestern took the girls team title.
Freedom junior Lauren Charboneau returns as the EPC’s girls champ. Easton’s Joey Ozgar won last year’s boys race but has graduated. Parkland captured the boys team title last year and Easton took the girls crown.
Ready, set, go: The Colonial League cross country season commences Wednesday with a six-way meet at Salisbury and a seven-way meet at Moravian Academy.
The EPC schedule opens up Sept. 10, with multi-team meets at several locations.