Boys Cross Country: 2016 North Season Recap

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The Seneca Valley cross country team had a noteworthy year as it beat North Allegheny, the toughest competition in Class 3A, not once, not twice, but three times to end the season.

The Raiders beat the Tigers in the section meet before claiming the WPIAL title, knocking North Allegheny off the podium for the first time in 11 years. They also beat the Tigers at PIAAs, but took fourth place overall.

Sophomore Sam Owori led the Raiders at the WPIAL meet taking fourth place, while senior Trey Razanauskas was fifth and sophomore Seth Ketler took seventh.

Owori was the only Raider to finish in the top 20 at PIAAs in 19th place.

Top performers for North Allegheny at WPIALs were junior TJ Robinson in eighth place, senior Bobby Lutz in 10th place and freshman Daniel McGoey in 12th place. Seniors Clark Smith, Jacob Greco and Mark Hartigan took 14th, 18th and 21st place, respectively.

The Tigers took sixth place at the state meet with McGoey taking 26th place.

Butler grabbed third place at WPIALs with a great performance from Noah Beveridge. The junior took second place, improving from last year's 19th place finish. Beveridge advanced to PIAAs where he finished in third place with a time of 15:59.

Junior Brett Brady grabbed 19th place at WPIALs, while sophomore Aden Dressler took 30th place. The Golden Tornadoes finished their season with a 15th place finish at the state championship.

In Class 2A, Quaker Valley took second place at the WPIAL meet. The Quakers advanced to PIAAs where they finished in fifth place.

Senior Zach Skolnekovich ended his high school cross country career with this third WPIAL title and first PIAA title.

Senior Jake Smiley and freshman Daniel Ford took 13th and 14th place at WPIALs, respectively.

Senior Max Freyermuth led Knoch to a sixth-place finish at the WPIAL championships. Senior John Ejzak joined him in the top 20 with a 17th-place finish.

Both advanced to the state meet where Freyermouth took ninth place and Ejzak grabbed 68th place.

In Class 1A, Sewickley Academy earned bronze at WPIALs and 12th at PIAAs.

Senior Griffin Mackey finished in fourth place. Mackey advanced to PIAAs where he took fifth place, relinquishing his title to Seneca's Donovan Myers.

Juniors Austin Farmerie and Jared Washington took 26th and 45th place at WPIALs, respectively.

Avonworth finished in fourth place behind Sewickley Academy at WPIALs. Senior Matt Cubellis took 22nd place and junior Michael Sefick grabbed 25th place.

Northgate's Jonas Jason took ninth place at the WPIAL meet.