Towanda girls cross country captures NTL title.

By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | October 10, 2012 | Photo courtesy The Review


2012 Towanda Girls XC NTL ChampsThe Towanda Black Knights picked up three more NTL victories on Tuesday afternoon to capture the NTL girls' cross country title with an undefeated season.

"We were close last year, but to complete the deal is pretty awesome," Towanda coach Leo Harris said. "It's a great group of ladies, and it's been a lot of fun. They worked very hard. It truly is a team effort."

For Harris it has been fun watching the group work and improve the past few seasons.

"They've always been pretty good, but to be able to say they have reached the point of being the best right now, it's been great development for the young kids. Last year we ran with five kids and almost won the championship, we just didn't have the depth."

Troy's Casey Norton won on Tuesday at Cowanesque Valley with a time of 18:43, Towanda's Katelyn Purdy was second in 19:46, followed by teammates Destiny Foster (20:08) and Dani Zatkos (21:25).

Harris was really happy for his seniors Foster and Zatkos.

"For Destiny and Dani to go out as champions and we still have a large part of the season left," Harris said. "The first part of history has been made. They are an undefeated championship team and that's something that will never chance. As their coach I'm just so proud of them."

Troy's Kassidy Colton was fifth in 2:42, followed by Towanda's Jasmine Reyes (23:20), Canton's Gemma Bardo (23:31), Towanda's Colleen Purdy (24:16) and Erikka Walker (24:32) and CV's Jenna Townsend (24:41).

Towanda won all three matches 15-50 and all the other teams had incomplete teams against each other.

For Towanda this is the first goal, and now they look toward the NTL meet on Saturday and districts in two weeks.

"It's going to be a challenge," Harris said. "Several teams that are very, very close, as the scores through the year have shown. We want to see where we finish and we will just go from there."

In the junior high race CV's Paige Swartz won at 12:56, followed by Troy's Courtney Case at 13:33. Canton's Randi Jennings was third at 13:54, followed by CV's Kelsey Streeter (13:58) and Canton's Abby Heatley (13:59).

Athens 26, Mansfield 29; Mansfield 27, NEB 28; Athens 26, NEB 31

MANSFIELD - Northeast Bradford's Lydia Werner picked up the win in 19:11, and Mansfield's Violet Learn (19:35) and Simone Lichty (20:09) took the next two spots.

Athens' Paige Bennett was fourth in 20:58, followed by Northeast Bradford's Alyssa Turner (22:09).

Athens' Michaela Courtney (22:16), Kirstan Vanderpool (22:23) and Emily Madigan (22:36) took the next three spots, followed by Mansfield's Erin Dempsey (22:40).

Dempsey, a soccer player, was running for Mansfield for the first time, giving the Tigers five runners for the first time this year and their first victory of the season.

Northeast Bradford's Taylor Arnold (22:44) and Maddy Johnson (22:52) took the next two spots.

In the junior high race Mansfield's Molly Craig won in 10:22, to cap an unbeaten regular season, and Northeast Bradford's Cassie Martin (10:41) and Karli Moyer (10:41) took the next two spots, followed by teammates Megan Allabaugh (11:13) and Ella Brown (11:13).

Wellsboro 20, Wyalusing 41; Wellsboro 23, Sayre 34; Sayre 22, Wyalusing 35

The Green Hornets finished the dual meet season with a pair of wins.

Erika Huffman of Wyalusing won in 21:02, followed by Wellsboro's Jada Jackson (21:57) and Jordyn Coffee (21:58).

Sayre's Katie Hurley (22:43) and Katherine Porter (23:04) took the next two spots, followed by Wellsboro's Hannah Hood (23:20).

Sayre's Molly O'Hara was seventh in 23:21, followed by Wellsboro's Randi Grim (23:49) and Charlotte Worthington (23:57) and Savannah Schools (24:11).

IAC Championships

Newark Valley 30, Candor 59, Edison 63, Waverly 95, Watkins Glen 114

Kaylee Uhl led Waverly with a sixth-place finish in 21:24.4, earning first-team divisional honors. Kelsey Frank was 17th for Waverly in 23:31.1, Katelyn Moore was 19th in 22:45.6 and Taylor Knight was 32nd in 26:35.4.

Sidney Shaffer was 33rd in 26:37.7, Audrie Frisbee was 34th in 27:19.1 and Kalie Herriman was 39th in 33:32.3.

Tioga's Emily Stansfield was 38th in 28:38.5.

Newark Valley's Jenna Cupp won in 20:22.

Waverly is at Newark Valley on Friday for the Bob Green Invitational.