Edinboro cross country teams take home PSAC titles

Category:  Sports
Thursday, November 7th, 2019 at 11:36 AM

The Edinboro cross country teams made good on preseason polls, winning the PSAC title on Oct. 25 on both the men's and women's sides. The men have now won twice in a row, and the women moved up from 2nd place last year to 1st.  

The men raced without upperclassman Colton Cassel, but Head Coach Clayton Foster doesn’t think that hurt the team.

“The team handled Colton not being there at PSACs really well. I thought kids stepped it up and realized, 'hey, our leader isn’t here so let's bring a little more intensity,' so the team ran really well despite not having him there."  

The men had seven runners that earned All-PSAC honors. Ward Ries placed 5th, while Jack Lacina improved from 88th last year to 8th this year. “He (Lacina) was hit or miss last year; [he] had a great race and then not a great race," said Foster. "This year he’s been really consistent because he believes in what he’s doing. It’s exciting for him. It just makes me happy as his coach because I see him improving, having success, smiling, having fun, and I love that."

Danny Desmond finished 12th, Connor Volk-Klos finished 18th, and Eric Alu and Cole Hanks followed him at 24th and 30th to round out all conference performers. Nick Amos placed 38th. 

Further down the line, Matt Wehrle finished 46th, Dylan Binda was 53rd, Bryan Geehrer was 75th and Charles Roberts was 94th. The men’s race had 137 runners.  

“It’s very exciting because of how young we are," said Foster. "We have two juniors and the rest are freshmen and sophomore eligibility, so that makes for a very exciting future." 

The women’s team took the top two spots in their race with Stefanie Parsons winning with a time of 21:43. Hope Pietrocarlo finished closely behind at 21:57. Tori Klimowicz rounded out the top five.

“I knew for sure we had the potential to do that; Stef and Hope did what I expected," said Foster.

Four total runners earned All-PSAC honors on the women’s side. Parsons, Pietrocarlo and Klimowicz were joined by freshman Kimberly Goerss, who placed 10th. Megan Wisniewski took 42nd, Michaela Lind took 102nd and Tifany Berry placed 116th. The women’s race had 178 competitors.  

Both teams compete at regionals on Saturday in Lock Haven and both teams continue to push in their training.

“They don’t take breaks. They had PSACS and then Saturday I let them run on their own whenever they had time. Sunday we come back to do a long run — anything from freshmen maybe 11 miles, but upperclassmen are still doing [a] 14-mile long run,” explained Foster.

The expectations for regionals?

“Be top three. Be top three because the top three teams advance to the national meet.” 

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