Coherent Stingers claim another medal | Sports


HERSHEY – There’s no shame in being fourth in the state. Regardless of the sport. Regardless of expectations.

And when a team maintains this sustained level of success year after year, it must be celebrated.

The Marion Center women’s team finished fourth in the Class 1A team standings at the PIAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday. With that result, the Stingers finished among the state’s top four Class 1A schools for the fifth time in the past six seasons, a stretch unmatched by any Indiana County school in game history. of State.

While they may have had higher expectations, the Stingers left the Hershey Parkview course with their heads held high.

“Basically our women’s team has done the last four, if you will, five of the last six years, so we have to take advantage of that,” said Marion Center coach Chris Peters. “Now we didn’t go to finish fourth. We were hoping to do better than that, but the gap between second and fourth was five points.

“There’s a ton of talent there, and we faced him, and we ran tight with them. We must take advantage of the accomplishment of being in this last square again in 2021. “

Sophomore Lydia Miller, who had a stellar year in her first college season, led Marion Center with a 24th place finish in 20 minutes and 46.2 seconds. Making her first appearance at the PIAA Championships, Miller returned home with a PIAA medal. The first 25 of each race obtain the status of PIAA medalist.

Meanwhile, in the boys’ Class 1A race, Marion Center junior Dillon Green also finished 24th with a time of 17: 30.8 to give the Stingers a pair of state medalists.

“We’re really happy with this,” said Peters. “The day before, the three of us coaches got together and talked about it. And we said maybe we could just leave Hershey with nothing. Or we could leave Hershey with a whole bunch. And we ended up leaving Hershey with two medals for two grown kids, so we’re very happy with that.

“Marion Center has a great cross country history, but really, throughout our history, we haven’t had a lot of state medalists. So for Lydia and Dillon, these medals were a big accomplishment.

Notre Dame Green Pond won the women’s team title with 117 points. Mohawk was second with 160 points, Montrose third with 161 and Marion Center fourth with 165.

“Second (place) would have put us on the podium, and that was our goal,” said Peters. “Three teams separated by five points is a blink of an eye in such a fast race. We are not looking back. We’re not fighting, but we would certainly have been happier to be on the podium than to get out.

Before winning the PIAA title in 2018, the Marion Center girls finished third in 2016 and fourth in 2017. And in 2019, they finished second. The only year since 2016 the Stingers haven’t sent a full squad to the PIAA meeting was 2020, when pandemic regulations cut the number of qualifiers in half.

A week before the PIAA meet, Green won the District 6 1A boys ‘individual title on October 30 to supplant Tim Barrett as the Marion Center boys’ No.1 runner. While this may have come as a surprise to those who weren’t on the Stingers’ schedule, it came as no shock to the Marion Center coaches.

“Dillon has been there all year. He’s been right with Tim all year, ”said Peters. “So it’s not really a big change. Dillon in the offseason, he ran the miles and he worked with the coach (Nicole)

Dann, who is of course a sports dietitian to compose his diet, and he sees the benefits.

“He’s also a very patient runner. He doesn’t get too excited. He remains calm. … He seizes opportunities and acts. And in the championship season, when the races are much faster, that really makes a difference. “

The top five riders at the Marion Center for girls were junior Reagan Ryen, who placed 38th (21: 21.2), senior Lilly Ryer, who finished 52nd (21: 37.6), followed by students. Freshmen Mikayla Gatskie (128th, 23: 10.1) and Brynnley Haggerty (132nd, 23: 14.0).

Juniors Maggie Hood (156th, 23: 37.2) and Olivia Vehovic (206th, 25: 13.6) were also competing for the Stingers.

Penns Manor junior Savanna Orner, the only other local runner in the girls’ 1A race, finished 115th (22: 44.1) in her first PIAA competition.

The top five boys runners at the Marion Center were junior Tim Barrett (65th, 18: 21.3), freshman John Ferraro III (213th, 20: 18.9), sophomore Julian Sandoval (231st, 20: 59.3) and freshman Rayden Long (250th, 22: 38.3).

Freshmen Liam LaVan (255th, 24: 31.7) and Ryan Dicken (258th, 28: 59.9) also competed for the Stingers.

The other local boys competing in Race 1A were River Valley senior Frankie Benko (147th, 19: 06.3), Purchase Line senior Aaron Wright (178th, 19: 27.1) and United freshman Colton Henning (187th, 19: 31.9).


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