BY COREY GESFORD
Montrose kicked off their Cross Country campaign at the Cliff Robbins Sr. Memorial race held at Letterkenny Fields in Dallas placing four boy runners and three girls in the top 25 of each race.
Liam Mead finished the race in a time of 17:31 to lead Montrose and was joined by Max Brewer in 8th place with a time of 18:05 followed by Colin Spellmen who finished four seconds later to finish in the top ten. The Meteors’ Nick Coy finished in 18:19 in 15th place to complete the number of Montrose runners in the top 25.
Forest City’s Rachel Korty finished in sixth place with a run of 21:14 claiming the highest finish of all local female racers. Montrose’s Georgia Smith also finished in the top 10 with a time of 21:54. Anna Bixby and Hannah Perkins came across the finish line one after the other to claim the last two spots in the top 25 with times of 23:03 and 23:04 respectively.
In the Junior High race Montrose’s Sam Stashko captured the Boys’ title with a run of 11:31 on the shorter course, and the Meteors’ James Bixby finished third (11:37). Lady Meteor Paige Brewer took second place in the girls race with a time of 12:28 and teammate Stephanie Summerville finished at 12:51 to take fourth.
The Lackawanna League Cross Country season kicked off in the stifling heat last Wednesday with most of the local teams traveling to Elk Lake where the siblings Peyton and Krista Jones claimed individual crowns.
On the boys side Montrose recorded four wins on Elk Lake’s 3.1-mile course as the Meteors defeated Susquehanna 15-46, Lackawanna Trail 15-48, Lakeland 18-38, and Mountain View 15-47.
Elk Lake’s Peyton Jones was the overall winner in the boys’ race finishing at 17:43. Montrose would claim the next three placings as Mead crossed the line at 18:24 followed by Brewer (19:06) and Spellman (19:21). The Meteors’ Nick Coy would finish sixth at 20:07 and Collin Chidester took 8th place with a 20:32 finish. Blue Ridge’s John Congdon (20:51) and Susquehanna’s Austin Gow (20:54) would round out the top ten.
Elk Lake’s Justice Johnson (21:06) and Jeremy Quinnan (21:19) finished 11th and 13th respectively and Montrose’s Damien Riley rounded out the top 15 with a run of 21:29.
Elk Lake would get three wins from the event defeating Susquehanna 21-38, Lackawanna Trail 15-45, and Mountain View 16-43, but fell to Lakeland 25-32. Susquehanna edged Blue Ridge 27-28 for their only win, while the Raiders took Lackawanna Trail 27-30 and Mountain View 25-30. Blue Ridge lost to Lakeland 20-41.
In the girls action Elk Lake’s Krista Jones took the win finishing in 22:40 leading the Lady Warriors to three wins on the day.
Teammate Shyanne Bennett finished just behind Jones at 22:55 edging out Montrose’s Georgia Smith who was third at 23 minutes even. Elk Lake’s Sadie Bosscher (23:03) took fourth and Blue Ridge’s Karris Fazzi completed the top five with a run of 23:59.
Montrose’s Hannah Perkins finished ninth coming in at 24:52, while Susquehanna’s Taylor Huyck (27:20) claimed 12th. With a time of 27:44 Anna Bixby of Montrose 13th and Blue Ridge’s Holly Geyer (27:53) and Kayleen Conklin (28:11) rounded out the top 15.
Elk Lake’s three wins were registered against Susquehanna 15-50, Lackawanna Trail 15-50 and Lakeland 21-34. Montrose collected three win as well as the Lady Meteors defeated Susquehanna and Lackawanna by 15-50 margins and edged Lakeland 26-31. The Lady Raiders garnered three wins as Blue Ridge eclipsed Susquehanna and Trail 15-50 and also edged Lakeland 27-30.
In the 1.97 mile Junior High race Montrose claimed both individual winner’s as Paige Brewer won the girls’ race in 15:32 and James Bixby won the boys with a time of 14:21.
At Western Wayne Wednesday Forest City’s Rachel Korty christened the new Wildcat Course with a victory accomplished in 21:26 to claim the girls race. Matthew Korty finished second in the boys race and led the Foresters to two team wins.
Matthew Korty completed the course in 19:29 and that enabled Forest City to claim a 15-50 win over Dunmore and a 25-30 win over Old Forge. The Foresters fell to Riverside 20-36.
At the 25th Lackawanna County Commissioners Invitational held at McDade Park Saturday, Krista Jones completed her impressive start to her varsity career by claiming the crown in 20:26.4.
Jones edged out Rachel Korty who finished second with a time of 20:42.8 and combined with her Elk Lake teammates to capture third place in the team standings. Jones was joined in the top 25 by Bennett who finished in 21:10.9 to claim sixth place and was followed by Bosscher in seventh who check in at 21:28.9. Fazzi finished 14th with her time of 21:51.4.
On the boy’s side Peyton Jones was unable to defend his crown as the senior finished third coming in at 17:01.4 Matthew Korty was the only other local runner to finish in the top 25 as he claimed 21st place with a time of 18:30.6.