Locals look to have strong showing at District IV Championships
Even with the new classifications it looks like local runners will have another strong showing at the District IV Championships at Bloomsburg University today.
Racing action begins at 9:30 a.m. with the Class A boys at Bloomsburg's upper campus.
Class A boys
In this new class, District IV will only have one team qualify for states and five individuals.
Northeast Bradford looks to be the favorites to take home the district title. Led by defending district champion Curt Jewett and Sam Williams the Panthers have a strong 1-through-5.
Also for teams last year's runner-up Canton and last year's defending champion Wellsboro have the best chances for the upset.
Individually Jewett and Williams will be fighting for the top spot while Wellsboro's Jordan Jackson, Southern Columbia's Andrew Steely, South Williamsport's Griffin Molino, Sullivan County's Kelby Mullen and Canton's Emmett Watson look to be battling for those individual places.
Don't count out Wellsboro's Bobby Hill, Canton's Brooks and Brennan Gleckner while NEB's Levi Upham and Brandon Devonshire will also be fighting for spots in the 10.
Class AA girls
District IV will have one team and five individuals be qualify for states.
After their strong showing at the Shik Classic, Danville looks to be the favorites for the district title while Selinsgrove and Lewisburg will be up near the top. Athens and Sayre could also make some noise in the top five standings.
Individually look for Sayre's Katie Hurley, Katherine Porter and Molly O'Hara and Athens' Paige Bennett and Michaela Courtney for possible finishes near the top.
Shikellamy's Treicy Cedeno is the favorite to take the title while Danville's quartet of Mackenzie Jones, Emily Haney, Sara Turner and Katelyn Maffei along with Mifflinburg's Sarah Lemon, Selinsgrove's Kelsey Ulrich and Bri Carnathan and Lewisburg's Allison Graham also look to be near the front.
Class A girls
District IV will have one team and five individuals qualify for states.
The top two finishers in the NTL, Towanda and Wellsboro, will be the two favorites for the title and lone team berth for states while Mansfield is the darkhorse.
Individually 2011 district champ Wyalusing's Erika Huffman is back along with state qualifiers from last year Troy's Casey Norton, Mansfield's Violet Learn, Hughesville's Hannah Merrifield and Towanda's Destiny Foster and Katelin Purdy.
Northeast Bradford freshman Lydia Werner will also be in the mix for one of the top five spots along with Mansfield's Simone Lichty and Wellsboro duo of Jada Jackson and Jordyn Coffee.
Class AA boys
District IV will have two team spots and 10 individuals qualify for states.
For the team title Towanda and Lewisburg (Shik Classic champions) look to be the two favorites while Danville and Mt. Carmel are close behind.
Individually, Towanda's Aaron Valoroso should be near the front along with Lewisburg's Sean Walker and fellow Black Knight Simon Smith.
Locals to look for are Sayre's Nick Sweet and Nate Romanauski, Athens' Matt Millard and Troy's Robin Vanhoutte.
From the Heartland Conference Danville's Tyler Vella and Joe Malafronte, Jersey Shore's Cody Allen, Lewisburg's Nate Martin, Mifflinburg's Quincy Amarble and the Mt. Carmel trio of Justin Skavery, Tommy Moser and Corey Hoffman.