PIAA Cross-Country – WPIAL Runners Come Up Empty on Gold

Saturday, November 3, 2012 | 11:22 PM

While there was plenty of gold in WPIAL soccer and volleyball being won, there was no gold to be had in the 2012 PIAA Cross-Country championships Saturday at Hershey Park.

One of two medalists from District 7 was Shaler sophomore Brianna Schwartz, the 2012 WPIAL champion who finished second to Marissa Sheva of Pennridge with a time of 18:39 in the Girls Class AAA state championship. Mary Malone of North Hills finished in 4th place in the same race.

The Mount Lebanon Blue Devils ended up finishing in fifth place in the Girls Class AAA team standings.

Uniontown senior Julie Friend, the 2012 WPIAL Class AA champ, finished in fourth place in the Girls Class AA race with a time of 19:32. She helped the Red Raiders to an eighth place team finish.

WPIAL Girls Class A champion Emily Maxwell of Laurel finished in fourth place in the Girls Class A state race with a time of 19:53, helping the Spartans to a sixth place team finish.

2012 WPIAL Boys Class AAA champion Brent Kennedy of Kiski Area finished second overall in the Boys AAA race behind Tony Russell of West Chester Henderson with a time of 15:52, seven seconds from the title. Ethan Martin of Fox Chapel finished fifth.

The North Allegheny Tigers finished in fourth place in the PIAA Class AAA boys team standings.

The top finisher in the Boys Class AA state race was Tyler Rigby of South Park, who was tenth overall. The Quaker Valley team was eighth in the team standings.

In the PIAA Boys Class A race, WPIAL champion Ryan Archer of Vincentian Academy finished 18th while Ryan McGuire of Trinity Christian was 13th. The Royals team ended up in fifth place in the team standings.

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