CROSS COUNTRY: Warren, Ike fare well at invitationals

COCHRANTON-Blake Ristau placed 28th out of 139 varsity boys runners and Deanna Hahn finished 36th out of 98 in the girls’ varsity race to lead the Warren cross country teams at the 2013 Cochranton Invitational.

“We had some great races today for a relatively challenging course,” said Warren coach Kevin Dustin. “Another weekend full of personal bests for the runners. They continue to keep improving race to race.”

“On the girls’ side, Deanna Hahn had a huge breakout race and will be someone to keep an eye on toward the end of the season. Blake Ristau had another big race, but Christian Olson came out of nowhere to break 19 minutes and really help out the team,” added Dustin.

Olson finished 50th in the boys race with his time of 18:50, Brandon Nielson finished 71st, Mark Reiff 73rd, Seth Johnson 86th, James Sturdevant 113th, and Ryan McGuiness 137th.

Following Hahn for the Lady Dragons was Alyssa Cumberland (86th) and Brittany Massa (92nd).

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-The Eisenhower Knights put together a strong showing at the McQuaid Invitational on Saturday, the boys finishing 16th out of 42 teams and the girls finishing 16th out of 25.

Devin VanGuilder earned a medal in the boys’ varsity race, finishing 10th out of 304 runners with a time of 16:23, and Julia Bauer picked up a medal for the Lady Knights, finishing 20th out of 232 with a time of 20:11.

“It’s one of the biggest meets in the northeast with thousands of runners. Everywhere you look you’ll see packs of them,” said Eisenhower coach Darlene Beach. “Teamwise, this was one of our boys’ best performances of the season. Tim Lange, Jacob McCool, and Jason Morine all had their best races of the year. Julia Bauer and Hannah Bortz also had their best times for the girls.”

After VanGuilder was Lange (81st), Ben Morrison (123rd), McCool (151st), Derek Lasecki (170th), and Morine (182nd), all with times under 20 minutes.

Rounding out the finishers for the Lady Knights were Lacey Stanko (125th), Kate Daugharthy (126th), Grace Thompson (133rd), and Bortz (151st).

Eisenhower will return to action next Saturday at the Southern Tier Invitational held at Allegheny-Limestone High School.