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Monday, November 5, 2012

OV Cross Country 4th in PIAA

OV Cross Country 4th in PIAA

On Saturday, November 3rd, the Oswayo Valley cross country team competed in the PIAA Championships in Hershey, PA. The event featured the top teams and individual qualifiers from all twelve districts in the state. Despite the previously wet conditions due to Hurricane Sandy, the Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey was in reasonably good condition.

In the Girls Class A race, O.V. senior Bailey Kemp competed at Hershey in her fourth trip to the state championships. Battling a leg injury all season, she finished in a time of 21:42, racing to 75th place overall out of 207 girls among state competition.

Leading into the race, Class A District 9 boys champs, Oswayo Valley were looking to make a big statement on Saturday. One of 19 state-qualifying district teams, the Green Wave showed that they were a team to be reckoned with in Pennsylvania. Coming off of his district championship win, senior Barrett Kemp finished an impressive 6th overall out of 227 runners in a time of 16:34. Junior Spencer Cole was second for O.V. and ran to a 24th place finish in 17:11. Barrett and Spencer both earned All-State honors by finishing among the top 25 boys. Senior Gabe Rees finished 28th in 17:18, missing All-State honors by only a few seconds. Senior Spencer Howard was 134th in 18:38, and junior Grant Nolan was 141st in 18:43. Senior Caleb Moyer finished 169th in 19:18, and sophomore Ryan Matviichuk was 192nd in 20:07.

The Green Wave boys scored 155 points, making them 4th out of 19 class A teams. They were a mere 22 points behind 2nd place team Elk Lake. O.V.’s fourth place finish was the highest team position in state competition for a District 9 boys team in over 10 years. The heart, dedication, and determination of these boys has been evident throughout their 2012 campaign. It has led them to wins, championships, and a place in history among the North Tier's and OV’s greatest teams - in any sport.

Other North Tier League runners at the PIAA meet included Northern Potter’s boys team, who finished a very respectable 8th place in team scoring. They were: Sophomore Tim Adams (17:51), junior Ethan Kibbe (18:07), senior Caleb Byron (18:20), senior Mike Adams (18:28), junior Matt Morgan (18:48), junior Aaron Olney (19:02), and senior Aaron Schweigart (19:24). Coudersport sophomore Gabe Trimbur finished in 18:14. In the girls competition, Northern Potter junior Morgan Soule was 59th in 21:25, and Smethport freshman Liz Tanner was the 115th in 22:39.

Full results and coverage for the PIAA championships is available online at PennTrackXC:http://pa.milesplit.com/meets/121094-piaa-state-championships


Anonymous said...

What an incredible accomplishment! I cannot believe that there wasn't more coverage of these boys during their season. Great Job!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations guys on a great performance and on a great season. Kudos as well to the NoPo team. Together you did a fine job in representing our district. Well done!

George Riley said...

Congratulations to both teams, a special shout out to Barrett Kemp, he works hard, is a great person, and deserves all the accolades. Another shout out to the group of coaches, all good people. Way to go, OV guys and girls, and NO PO boys,

Anonymous said...

Way to go OV runners! Don't forget that T.R.A.C.K. is working hard to provide a real track for all the athletes of the Oswayo Valley. Just think what great things could happen if our track team had a real track to run on. T.R.A.C.K. is doing it all for the community.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to the OV runners. We are so proud of all you have accomplished. Hold your heads high.

Coaches Hoffman said...

What an accomplishment! You represented Oswayo Valley well. You have laid the stepping stones for future runners to build upon your successes. We cannot wait to coach the returning veterans. To you seniors...you are truly irreplaceable and will be missed! We have loved every mile!
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