Lead­ers of the pack

CB West girls, North Penn boys stay on course

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Kev Hunter khunter@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @khunter10 on Twit­ter

DOYLESTOWN >> A warm, sunny day on the course shed even more light on the North Penn boys and Cen­tral Bucks West girls cross coun­try teams, both dom­i­nant in their Sub­ur­ban One League Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence tri-meet with ri­val Pen­nridge.

“We try as hard as we can to stick with each other,” said the Knights’ Noah Demis, “be­cause we know we’re a team and we know we can al­ways count on each other.”

“We feel re­ally con­fi­dent,” Demis said. “We def­i­nitely have a shot at win­ning the con­fer­ence. And I think we can go to states as a team.”

“We’ve been pack­ing on the miles and just try­ing to pre­pare our­selves for the sea­son and ev­ery­thing be­yond,” said the Bucks’ Piper Wil­son. “We’re ex­cited for the con­fer­ence meet and dis­tricts. There’s a lot to look for­ward to.”

The West girls raced to im­pres­sive 15-50 vic­to­ries over the Knights and Rams while the NP boys earned a 23-35 win over West and a 17-43 vic­tory over Pen­nridge.

The Bucks took the top seven spots in their race Wed­nes­day, charg­ing around Lake Galena in great num­bers.

“It’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent from other cross coun­try races, where you’re run­ning on the grass and ev­ery­thing, but I still re­ally love it,” Wil­son said of West’s home course at Peace Val­ley Park. “It’s around the lake — you got the scenic views. It’s awe­some. I love it.”

Wil­son won the race for the Bucks, cross­ing the fin­ish line in 19 min­utes, 5 sec­onds.

Asked if she took it out strong, Wil­son said: “The whole team did.”

The first seven fin­ish­ers were all West and nine of the top 11 also were for the Bucks.

Ju­lia Flood placed sec­ond, fol­lowed by Katie Jenk­in­son, Darby Roth, Emmi Si­mon, Grace Kolbe and Shan­non Roy. Me­gan Ly­sek-Hagy came in eighth for Pen­nridge and was fol­lowed closely by team­mate Olivia Cor­bett, who grabbed ninth.

An­gela Wu had a nice race for North Penn, lead­ing the Knights’ pack.

In the boys race, Demis surged to the lead early and never gave it up. He pulled away to a win in 16:28.

“I ran that first mile in 4:58,” he said. “I felt pretty com­fort­able.”

The Knights went one and two, as Samir Razi helped give North Penn a solid one-two punch. Brian John­son raced to fifth for NP, and team­mates Dy­lan Reid and Erik Kull were eighth and ninth.

The Bucks were paced up front by Luke Ci­makasky and Nick Gillespie — third and fourth — while the Rams fol­lowed Ethan Sav­ille.

Boys Cross Coun­try North Penn 23, CB West 35 North Penn 17, Pen­nridge 43

CB West 21, Pen­nridge 37 1. Noah Demis (NP) 16:28; 2. Samir Razi (NP) 16:37; 3. Luke Ci­makasky (CBW) 16:53; 4. Nick Guille­spie (CBW) 16:55; 5. Brian John­son (NP) 17:00; 6. Carter Laatsch (CBW) 17:10; 7. Ethan Sav­ille (P) 17:21; 8. Dy­lan Reid (NP) 17:28; 9. Erik Kull (NP) 17:35; 10. G. Zanck (NP) 17:36; 11. Cole Doster (P) 17:47; 12. Matt Vaders (P) 17:54; 13. Julien Mack­ensen (CBW) 17:58; 14. Jack Shive (NP) 17:59; 15. I. Kelly (NP) 18:06.

Girls Cross Coun­try CB West 15, North Penn 50 CB West 15, Pen­nridge 50 Pen­nridge 17, North Penn 41 1. Piper Wil­son (CBW) 19:05; 2. Ju­lia Flood (CBW) 19:19; 3. Katie Jenk­in­son (CBW) 19:52; 4. Darby Roth (CBW) 19:54; 5. Emmi Si­mon (CBW) 20:04; 6. Grace Kolbe (CBW) 20:09; 7. Shan­non Roy (CBW) 20:53; 8. Me­gan Ly­sek-Hagy (P) 21:25; 9. Olivia Cor­bett (P) 21:33; 10. Steph Hilt­pold (CBW) 21:53; 11. Lexi Garten­berg (CBW) 22:10; 12. Annabelle Huckerby (P) 22:27; 13. Is­abella Mus­grove (P) 22:38; 14. Sofie Gor­don (CBW) 22:45; 15. Fran­cie Ebert (CBW) 22:54.


North Penn’s An­gela Wu keeps pace at the start of the race.


CB West’s Piper Wil­son fin­ishes first in her race.

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