Cross country teams qualify for nationals

Category:  Sports
Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 11:03 AM

The women’s cross country team won the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Championship Saturday, while the men’s team took second. Both punched their tickets to the national meet.

Stefanie Parsons (21:02) won the women’s race, while Hope Pietrocarlo (21:19) took second, replicating the order of the PSAC championships. Tori Klimowicz placed 8th with a time of 21:59.

“Those three (Parsons, Pietrocarlo and Klimowicz) have been on all three of the regional title teams, so they are very familiar with what it takes to do it. It’s great to have them there and it was Stef’s first regional title win,” said Head Coach Clayton Foster.

Kimberly Goerss’ time of 22:15 earned her 15th place. Parsons, Pietrocarlo, Klimowicz and Goerss all earned All-Region honors.

Audrey MacPherson placed 36th and Megan Wisniewski came in at 46th. Aleziah Brooks finished for the Scots at 86th.

Edinboro topped Davis & Elkins, 62-68. Seton Hill placed third with 137 points.

The men’s team took second at regionals.

Ward Ries placed 10th, coming in at 32:08. Colton Cassel’s time of 32:10 had him at 12th. Cassel returned from an injury that kept him out of the conference championship.

“Colton plays a very vital part of the team with the comradery. He’s kind of like a leader in the team; a lot of the young guys look up to him, so it was having that back [that] was very important for the men’s team,” said Foster.

Jack Lacina earned 21st, Connor Volk-Klos placed 24th and teammate Danny Desmond followed two seconds later at 25th.

Ries, Cassel, Lacina, Volk-Klos and Desmond earned All-Regional Honors.

“It tells that you have a quality pack, or group of individuals, versus being really spread out as a team,” said Foster on the honors.
Eric Alu placed 30th with a time of 32:45 and Brendan Oswalt came in at 33:21, placing 56th.

The Scots will travel to Sacramento, California to compete at the national meet on Saturday, Nov. 23. Foster’s expectations for nationals are simple: “Keep running hard.”

Foster was named the women’s Head Coach of the year in the USTFCCCA awards and Parsons was named the women’s athlete of the year.

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