Learn, Lichty lead Mansfield girls to Lasagna Invite title
WYALUSING - Last Spring an injury ruined Violet Learn's cross country season.
With the injury healed, Learn made sure to start her cross country season on a high note, leading Mansfield to a 1-2 finish in the Lasagna Invite on their way to the team title.
Learn and teammate Simone Lichty finished 1-2, both recording times of 19:45 and Mansfield scored 50 points as a team to edge Sayre at 57.
Northeast Bradford had 72 points, Wellsboro had 75, Athens had 104, Wyalusing had 159, Canton had 185 and CV had 194 points.
"It's really nice, it's a good way to start," Learn said.
The last time she was running in high school races nothing was feeling good for Learn, so it was nice to come back out and be healthy this year.
"From having a stress fracture from the middle of the season on it really bothered me," she said. "I worked real hard to get back to where I was."
And, on Thursday she was right back in the front of the pack with teammate Lichty.
"It's very nice to have that," Lichty said of Learn being back to run with.
"Every since Susan (Learn, Violet's older sister) graduated I have said she (Lichty) is my twin," Learn said.
While Learn and Lichty were at the front of the pack, all five Mansfild runners were in the top 18 as the team got the victory.
"The team is coming along," Lichty said.
"We are really excited," Learn said of what the team is capable of this year.
Early in the race Lydia Werner of Northeast Bradford went out in the lead, but once Lichty and Learn were running together they realized they could challenge Werner.
"Once Simone got up with me that's when I knew we could go for it," Learn said.
With a lot of familiar faces in the NTL, like state medalists Casey Norton of Troy and Erika Huffman of Wyalusing, graduated, Learn and Lichty now find themselves among the league's veteran runners.
"It's different," Learn said.
"It's weird not seeing them out there," Lichty added.
Werner finished third in 19:45, followed by Sayre's Grace McClelland (21:03) and Wellsboro's Jada Jackson (21:29).
Athens' Maria Hudock (21:47), Wellsboro's Jordyn Coffee (21:49) and Sayre's Sydeny Beeman (22:07), Katherine Porter (22:13) and Kristen Johnston (22:17) round out the top 10.
Athens' Lauren Pruyne, Northeast Bradford's Alyssa Turner, Wyalusing's Pam Kelley, Mansfield's Ayla Rohl and Northeast Bradford's Taylor Arnold were next.
Mansfield's Brittany Weiskopf, CV's Paige Swartz, Mansfield's Logan Wilson, Wellsboro's Camryn Keane and Northeast Bradford's Rachel Cooper round out the top 20.
In the junior high race Troy won at 29 points, followed by Northeast Bradford at 32 and Wellsboro at 70.
Northeast Bradford's Karli Moyer won in 11:31, followed by Broy's Haley Twarkusky (11:47) and Courtney Case (12:17). Northeast Bradford's Megan Allabaugh (12:21) and Ella Brown (12:29) rounded out the top five.
Krista Hallett of Northeast Bradford, Canton's Randi Jennings, Brooke Hinman of Troy, CV's Kelsey Streeter and Emalee Landis of Canton round out the top 10.