Danville brings a state title to District 4.

By: Chris Manning | Towanda Daily Review | November 5, 2017


HERSHEY — For the past couple seasons, a state title has eluded the Danville girls' cross-country team.

Second two years ago and third in 2016, it looked like the Lady Ironmen were destined for heartbreak.

But on the strength of three state medalists, Danville finally broke through and took home the Class AA title with a total of 121 points, 18 less than second place Allentown Central Catholic (139).

"We had a great race," said Danville coach Jeff Brandt. "We had good grouping, our fourth and fifth really moved up throughout the race. Last year, we went out too hard, this year kept moving up throughout the race."

Elaina Klinger (19:43) was 18th while right behind her was Emma Mikita (19:55) and Marisa Maffei (19:59) in 24th and 25th.

Nikaela Haas (20:43) was 67th and fifth runner freshman Grace Petrick (21:02) took 97th clinch the title.

Lewisburg (329) took 17th as a team.

Individually, Loyalsock's Isabel Sagar (19:22) took ninth to get a medal in the race as well. Northern York's Marlee Starliper (17:50) ran away with the state title, winning by 52 seconds.

In the Class A race, Warrior Run's Lauren Trapani (19:09) was second after running much of the race in first place. Marian Catholic's Tina Capparell (19:01) won the state title.

As a team, Warrior Run took fifth with 151 points while Fairview (96) and St. Joseph's Catholic (99) battled for first and second.

In Class AAA for girls Fox Chapel (104) won followed by Manheim Township (123) beating Oakland Catholic (123) by tiebreaker for second.

Cardinal O'Hara's Elizabeth Mancini (18:18) won the race.

On the boys' side in Class AA, Jersey Shore's Isaac Davis (15:56) won the state title by 20 seconds.

Loyalsock's Quinn Serfass (16:23) was fourth with teammate Ryan Sullivan (16:51) sneaking in the medals at 25th.

The Lancers (200) were sixth as a team with Milton (202) eighth. Wyomissing (105) and York Suburban (107) went 1-2.

In boys' Class A, Penns Valley (68) won with Elk County Catholic (95) second and Montrose (101) third. Mt. Carmel (231) was ninth.

Winchester Thurston's Tristan Forsythe (16:12) won the state title.

In Class AAA LaSalle College (130) beat Council Rock North (130) on tie breaker for the state title.

Neshaminy's Rusty Kujdych (15:47) won the state title by 10 seconds.