Here are the final results from the 2010 PIAA Cross-Country Championships held Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Hershey Parkview Cross-Country Course.

BOYS AAA

BOYS AA

GIRLS AAA

GIRLS AA

North Allegheny swept the Class AAA boys team and individual titles, scoring 124 points on the strength of individual champion Ryan Gil’s winning run of 15:52, nipping Altoona’s Wade Endress by two seconds. The two titles extended North Allegheny’s lead in PIAA team titles (now at 44) and overall PIAA championships at 131. Gil is NA’s fifth PIAA cross-country champion.

In Class AA, Camp Hill Trinity’s Tommy Gruschow held off Holy Redeemer’s A.J. Limongell by a second – 16:30 to 16:31 – to claim the Shamrocks’ first PIAA cross-country championship. He become Trinity’s 20th’s individual state champion and teh school’s 26th overall.

Elk Lake, behind the seventh-place finish of senior Mike Bedell, won its second state cross-country team title, beating Redeemer 102-116. Elk Lake has won four PIAA team champioinships, but no individual titles.

Pennsbury had no trouble winning the Class AAA girls championship with just 84 points, but the Falcons’ defending champion, sophomore, Sara Sargent, finished sixth. Council Rock North’s Lindsay Rheiner won the individual state title with a healthy six-second triumph over Pottsville freshman Paige Stoner.

Rheiner became her school’s first cross-country champion while Pennsbury won its 36th overall PIAA title with te team championship. Twenty-nine of those championships have been team championships.

The Elk Lake girls made it a sweep in team titles, running away from the field with just 77 points to literally run away from Holy Redeemer. Homer-Center junior Angel Piccirillo claimed the individual title, her first in cross-country but her second PIAA championship. She won the 2010 PIAA Class AA outdoor 1600-meter run championship.

Piccirillo is Homer-Center’s first state cross-country champion.

Here are the results of district meets:

DISTRICT 1
Boys
Girls

DISTRICT 2
Class AAA boys
Class AA boys
Class AAA girls
Class AA girls

DISTRICT 3
Class AAA boys
Class AA boys
Class AAA girls
Class AA girls

DISTRICT 4
All

DISTRICT 5
Boys and Girls Class AA

DISTRICT 6
Class AAA boys
Class AA boys
Class AAA girls
Class AA girls

DISTRICT 7
Class AAA boys
Class AA boys
Class AAA girls
Class AA girls

DISTRICT 8
Class AAA boys
Class AA boys
Class AAA girls
Class AA girls

DISTRICT 9
Class AAA boys
Class AA boys
Class AAA girls
Class AA girls

DISTRICT 10
All

DISTRICT 11
Class AAA boys
Class AA boys
Class AAA girls
Class AA girls

DISTRICT 12
Class AAA boys
Class AA boys
Class AAA girls
Class AA girls

 

Sorry. I had to move it from Tuesday night to Wednesday night because of a conflict with my daughter’s road field hockey game in Hershey (her team won, btw).

You can join the chat tomorrow here at 7 p.m. And yes, you can make fun of my rankings. A little bit.

Just a reminder: I’ve written and posted precious little on anything but football this fall, but I will begin posting post-season information of district and PIAA fall championships ASAP. As I’ve said since the site launched in February, that’s my primary mission.

 

The links below go to a set of three stories on the operation of District 10; the stories ran this past Sunday in the Erie Times-News. They are very well-done and eminently readable, difficult to do with these kinds of information-heavy stories.

Erie Times-News lead scholastic writer Tom Reisenweber, a rising star among the state’s high school writers, authored all three with an assist from columnist John Dudley, who formerly covered high school wrestling for the Times-News. John still does the occasional football game or wrestling match for the paper.

The stories are here, here and here.

The series is not just crafted well, it does an excellent job of opening a window on how PIAA districts operate. There are substantial similarities and differences in the operations of the 12 districts, but once you read through the series, you will have a pretty good idea how districts do their business across the state.

I’ll let the details speak for themselves, but I do want to comment on one important aspect of the stories: Tom and John did an excellent job of skewering the notion that districts are not oligarchies, as they seem to be so often portrayed. That simply is not the case, and the Erie stories do a nice job of exploding that and some other myths. I doubt that was the Times-News’ intent. Rather, that’s what happens when reporters are committed to fairness.

In the last few months, I’ve become more intimate with the operation of District 3, now that I am a paid independent contractor facilitating the field hockey and girls volleyball power ratings. I did not regularly cover District 3 meetings (out of sheer sloth, if I can be so honest) while I was at The Patriot-News, but I can tell you this. The District 3 Committee is dedicated to doing the right thing for interscholastic athletics in District 3.

That occasionally results in disagreement and debate, but it should be comforting that District 3 (as well as other PIAA districts) are not monochromatic either in their outlook or their make-up. I’ve been called an apologist and even a shill for PIAA (and to a much lesser degree its districts) many times over the years. That’s never bothered me because I found out years ago that PIAA is not the smoky, back-room poker game in which it has been so improperly characterized.

This series is worth your time no matter what section of the state you reside.

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