Fa­mil­iar faces flash their fast feet

Se­niors Cop­polella, Pen­der in top form at Lions In­vi­ta­tional

The Morning Call - - SPORTS - By Michael Blouse Michael Blouse is a freelance writer.

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.

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