Jewett leads NEB boys to Coach's Invite win
LERAYSVILLE - Northeast Bradford's Curt Jewett became a back-to-back NTL Coaches' Invitational Champion on Saturday.
And he did it in record breaking fashion.
"It was a little cold," Jewett said about the race. "I worked the second, third mile as much as I could. I relaxed on the first to see what was there and it felt great."
The Panther senior led the whole race and finished in 15:32, setting a new course record.
"It feels good," Jewett said about the course record. "Sam (Williams) and I tied it a couple weeks ago at our dual meet. Getting it again was pretty nice."
He also led Northeast Bradford to a team win as they scored 44 points.
Towanda was second with 71, followed by Canton (82), Wellsboro (112), Sayre (115), Troy (134), Wyalusing Valley (140), Athens (170) and Cowanesque Valley (239).
Towanda's Aaron Valoroso finished right behind Jewett in 15:38 while Northeast's Sam Williams was third in 15:45. Both times were below the old course record of 15:48.
"With the cold weather it was perfect conditions," Valoroso remarked.
Being his last race against Jewett and Williams, the senior Knight went all in to get the win.
"I was trying stick with the guys for the first lap and see what I could do and see where my body was at this certain point in time and just go with it," Valoroso explained.
As for Williams, he felt it wasn't his best race.
"I didn't feel the greatest today," he said. "Curt had a great race and Aaron ran phenomenal. It was their day and not mine, it happens."
Despite taking third Williams was pleased with his time.
"I was happy with it," he said. "That's not bad, I can't be disappointed in that but I would have hoped to be a little faster."
Wellsboro's Jordan Jackson took fourth in 16:02.
"I felt awesome," Jackson said. "I felt great the whole race, not too strenuous. My hands are really cold, the weather was definitely a factor today."
Coming in the senior Hornet figured he would hold down the fourth spot.
"We've got premier runners in this league," Jackson said. "I just went for a good time and I got what I wanted."
He hopes this sets him up well for the district meet.
"Since it's shorter now I really want to make it and not have a bad day," Jackson said. "I want to make it in and hopefully contend for a district championship as an individual."
Rounding out the top five was Canton's Emmett Watson in 16:18, edging out Towanda's Simon Smith (16:19) at the finish line.
"I felt great," Watson remarked.
He enjoyed the brisk morning air.
"It's the perfect weather for running," Watson explained. "Not too cold, not too hot, body temperature stays nice. I liked where I placed at."
Coming in Watson was looking at sixth as where he would land.
"Simon Smith and I, we raced each other two other times," he said. "At the dual meet and the Bloomsburg invite. I beat him at the end but he smoked me the other week so I knew we were going to be close."
Sayre's Nick Sweet had a good day, taking seventh overall in 16:34.
The sophomore has had an up and down season but looks ready for districts after his top 10 finish Saturday.
"My coach has said that I have to work on my consistency of races," Sweet explained. "Sometimes I do good and really not that good."
Sweet will be looking for a top 10 individual spot come districts and knows he needs another race like Saturday.
"I'm thinking of a little strategy," he said. "I kind of worked on it today."
Rounding out the top 10 were Wellsboro's Bobby Hill (16:44), Northeast Bradford's Levi Upham (16:48.30) and Canton's Brooks Gleckner (16:48.90).
Athens' Matt Millard finished 11th in 16:51 followed by Canton's Brennan Gleckner (16:54) in 12th, NEB's Brandon Devonshire (16:56) in 13th, Wellsboro's Joe Doganeiro (16:58) in 14th, Towanda's Kevin Blackman (17:06) took 15th, Sayre's Nate Romanauski (17:12) was 16th, Wyalusing's Zamien Benditt-Parks (17:16.10) was 17th, Northeast Bradford's Derek Allabaugh (17:16.50) was 18th, Troy's Robin Vanhoutte (17:23) took 19th and Towanda's Schuyler Smith (17:24) was 20th.
Troy's Ethan Calkins (17:31) was 21st followed by Athens' Alex Walter (17:32) in 22nd, Sayre's Lorenzo Servedio (17:36) in 23rd, Canton's Darren Killian (17:38) finished 24th and Wyalusing's Brenten Gerould (17:40) was 25th.
In junior high action Northeast Bradford cleaned up.
They won the team title with a perfect score of 15, an invitational first, and took five of the first six places.
Leading the way was Austin Senn-Bishop (8:53.0) who edged out teammate Garrett Smith (8:53.30).
Mansfield's Blake Nelson was third in 9:30 followed by three Panthers, Brian Horton (9:32), Nate Mosier (9:33) and Tyler Devonshire (9:47).
Wellsboro's Johnathan Rowland was seventh in 9:50, Athens' Jeffrey Gao (9:51) was eighth, CV's Evan Miller (10:04) was ninth while fellow Indian Matthew Freeman (10:05.60) rounded out the top 10.
Taking 11th was CV's Caleb Bieser (10:05.80), followed by Sayre's Jeremy Marshall (10:07), Troy's Kale Weidner (10:13.30), NEB's Evan Brown (10:13.80) while Wellsboro's Joshua Hood (10:20) rounded out the top 15 award winners.
In the team standings, after Northeast Bradford was Wellsboro (59) with Troy (75) third, Canton (100) fourth and Athens (117) fifth.
All these teams will be in action at the District IV Championships at Bloomsburg University on Thursday, October 23rd.
Things will be a little different for the top runners this year.
"I'm kind of bummed that Aaron isn't in our classification anymore, I won't be able to run against him," Jewett remarked. "I did get to run against him today, he brought it all."
As for Valoroso, he doesn't plan on taking anything for granted at districts.
"I'm going to go in like no other race," he said. "I will be prepared to do whatever I've got to be up in the front."
He, too, is upset that this is his last high school race against Jewett and Williams.
"It's kind of upsetting," Valoroso said. "It's kind of sad that they broke us up our last year together. It's horrible. It's great to have this last race together but I would love to keep racing with them at states and districts."