BF’s Dom Peretta & QV’s Zach Skoinekovich Repeats as Boys Cross-Country Champs

Friday, October 30, 2015 | 12:55 AM

Two of the three boys’ individual cross country winners were repeat champions, as Beaver Falls’ Domenic Peretta and Quaker Valley’s Zach Skolnekovich defended their championships, while Nick Wolk of Peters Township earned his first title. Meanwhile, all three reigning team champions successfully defended their titles in the event, which was held at Coopers Lake Campground near Slippery Rock.

In Class A, Peretta, who is also a standout in track and field for Beaver Falls, notched a winning time of 16:15, 13 seconds better than Sewickley Academy’s Griffin Mackey. A senior, Peretta will be competing for the Penn State track and field team next year.

In the team competition, Sewickley Academy took first, edging Winchester Thurston. Riverview earned the third and final state qualifying spot, as the Raiders advanced via a tiebreaker over Shenango. The top 15 individual times from competitors not on a qualifying team also earned spots in the PIAA Championship.

In Class AA, Skolnekovich captured a convincing triumph, besting his closest competitor by more than 40 seconds. A junior, Skolnekovich actually recorded a slower time than his performance last year, but harsh winds partially contributed to that.

Meanwhile, the Knoch Knights took first in the team category, holding a sizeable margin over South Fayette, Greensburg Salem and Mars, the other three qualifying teams. In this classification, 20 runners aside from those on the qualifying teams advanced to the state finals.

With the 2014 Class AAA Champion Matt McGoey graduated, Nick Wolk became the only first-time boys’ winner. Wolk, a senior, notched a narrow victory, as North Allegheny’s Marc Migliozzi finished just three seconds behind.

In the team scoring, North Allegheny turned in a dominant performance. The Tigers’ top five runners all finished in the top 13, while their other two participants finished in the top 22, as well. Seneca Valley and Mount Lebanon also earned bids in the PIAA event.

Boys Class A Team Qualifiers
1.    Sewickley Academy Panthers – 79 points
2.    Winchester Thurston Bears – 100 points
3.    Riverview Raiders – 162 points
Boys Class A Individual Qualifiers
1.    Domenic Peretta, 16:15 Beaver Falls
2.    Griffin Mackey, 16:28 Sewickley Academy
3.    Ben Clouse, 16:36 Sewickley Academy
4.    Tristan Forsythe, 16:48 Winchester Thurston
5.    Will Loevner, 16:58 Winchester Thurston
6.    Cody Divecchio, 17:12 Burgettstown
7.    Gannon Leech, 17:26 Shady Side Academy
8.    Ben Littman, 17:33 Winchester Thurston
9.    Ben Barnes, 17:37 Riverview
10.Ben Heim, 17:40 Washington
11.Tyler Wisniewski, 17:40 Northgate
12.Christopher Kocent, 17:52 Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
13.Nyoah Marteny, 17:54 Frazier
14.Jarrett Boyd, 17:56 Freedom Area
15.Brendan McGuire, 17:56 Trinity Christian
16.Chase Waldschmidt, 17:56 Shenango
17.Jon Frye, 17:59 Greensburg Central Catholic
18.Matt Salem, 17:59 Shenango
19.Brandon Anglemeyer, 18:03 South Side Beaver
20.Kyle Campbell, 18:05 Shenango
21.Michael Noethiger, 18:06 Avonworth
Boys Class AA Team Qualifiers
1.    Knoch Knights – 97 points
2.    South Fayette Lions – 153 points
3.    Greensburg Salem Golden Lions – 160 points
4.    Mars Fighting Planets – 167 points
Boys Class AA Individual Qualifiers
1. Zach Skolnekovich,16:11 Quaker Valley
2. Ben Bickerton,16:53 Southmoreland
3. Max Freyermuth,17:05 Knoch
4. Sam Snodgrass,17:06 South Fayette
5. Samuel Lenze,17:13 Indiana Area
6. Aaron Pfeil,17:14 South Fayette
7. Ben Bumgarner,17:23 Waynesburg Central
8. John Ejzak,17:27 Knoch
9. Micky Phillippi,17:29 Derry Area
10. Anthony Voto,17:29New Castle
11. Brandon Grumski,17:30 Knoch
12. Frankie King,17:31 Greensburg Salem
13. Cameron Binda,17:33 Greensburg Salem
14. Mark Brown,17:42 Greensburg Salem
15. Sean Rendar,17:42 BeaverArea
16. Jackson McTaggart,17:43 Trinity
17. Logan Stancombe,17:47 West Shamokin
18. Billy Lott,17:50 Ellwood City
19. Riley Lamison,17:53 BeaverArea
20. Jake Pittner,17:53 Beaver Area
21. Rocco Fanella,17:58 Indiana Area
22. Johnathan Asay,17:59 Freeport Area
23. Evan Klatt,18:01 Uniontown Area
24. Lukas Johansson,18:05 Mars Area
25. Austin Metts, 18:06 Uniontown Area
26. Turner Wilson,18:09 Hopewell
27. Brian Harr,18:09 Derry Area
28. Zack Skrabski,18:10 South Park
29. Cade Rush,18:10 Waynesburg Central
Boys Class AAA Team Qualifiers
1.    North Allegheny Tigers – 39 points
2.    Seneca Valley Raiders – 80 points
3.    Mount Lebanon Blue Devils – 121 points
Boys Class AAA Individual Qualifiers
1.    Nick Wolk, 16:12 Peters Township
2.    Marc Migliozzi, 16:15 North Allegheny
3.    Mark Provenzo, 16:23 Franklin Regional
4.    Jake Susella, 16:30, Plum
5.    Jacob Stupak, 16:31 North Allegheny
6.    Mike Kolor, 16:32 Seneca Valley
7.    Sam Blechman, 16:41 North Allegheny
8.    Joseph Westrick, 16:45 Chartiers Valley
9.    Todd Gunzenhauser, 16:45 Mount Lebanon
10.Tyler Laughery, 16:57 Norwin
11.Ian Harris, 16:57 Mount Lebanon
12.Zack Zeible, 16:59 North Allegheny
13.Jacob Greco, 16:59 North Allegheny
14.Trey RAzanauskas, 17:00 Seneca Valley
15.Zach Case, 17:02 Hampton
16.TJ Robinson 17:02 North Allegheny
17.Grant McCarthy, 17:02 Seneca Valley
18.Seth Ketler, 17:05 Seneca Valley
19.Noah Beveridge, 17:05 Butler
20.Casey Conboy, 17:05 Baldwin 
21.Czar Tarr, 17:07 Chartiers Valley
22.Mark Hartigan, 17:08 North Allegheny
23.Joshua Kalapos, 17:14 Mount Lebanon
24.Jordan Stack, 17:15 Hempfield Area 
25.Clay Taylor, 17:18 Seneca Valley
26.Alex Kubala, 17:20, North Hills
27.Sam Gatti, 17:23 Central Catholic 
28.Jonas Wudkwych, 17:26 Canon-McMillian
29.Bennet Sneath, 17:27 Upper Saint Clair
30.Tucker Helms, 17:27 Central Catholic

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