Quakertown senior Alex Balla won the boys’ competition at the 34th annual Centaur Invitational on Saturday at DeSales University. Balla finished in 16:38. Joining him in the top 10 was teammate Colin McLaughlin (17:01), who was seventh. Overall, Quakertown earned fifth place as a team at the invitational. The Panther girls were 13th as a team and were led by Karina Bolton, whose time of 21:50 was good for 34th place.
Solebury School cross country lost a pair Tuesday to Abington Friends. The girls lost, 41-18, and the boys fell, 44-18.
By Dylan Junkin
The Central Bucks East Patriots had quite a day, winning first place in the varsity girls’ race, second place in the varsity boys’ race, second place in the JV girls’ race and first place in the novice girls’ race. The Patriots surprised their top rival, CB West, beating them in the varsity girls’, varsity boys’ and novice girls’ races. This will put East on a good path to repeat as league champs.
The top runners for East were Jake Brophy, left, finishing third with a time of 15:49, and Elizabeth Huuki, right, who placed fifth in 19:07. Other notable runners included: Connor Sands and Billy Rollo for the varsity boys, and Meghan Willcoxon and Elizabeth Morris for the varsity girls.
The Patriots will host their next race, the CB East Invitational, on Sept. 7 on the CB East campus.
By Dylan Junkin
As the start of the new school year nears, Central Bucks East cross country continues to prepare for the upcoming season. East has a strong team this year with five varsity runners returning from last season. Among those are Billy Rollo and Jon Wommer, two senior captains on the East squad.
Both Rollo and Wommer feel confident in their team, hoping to repeat as league champions. Wommer said, “This year is looking pretty good, we took leagues last year, and we’re hoping to do it again.” Repeating as league champions will be tough, with other rival schools like CB West, Pennridge, CB South and North Penn. Rollo was wary of other runners, naming individuals such as Sam Webb (Pennsbury), Ross Wilson (CR North) and Ryan Grace (North Penn).
This year marks the end for East’s 22 senior runners, but Rollo and Wommer are sure East will succeed in the future. Rollo said, “We have a strong group of sophomores with a group of six or seven guys running near 18 (minutes) or under 18. The team will definitely be good for years to come.” Wommer agreed, saying, “We have a pretty strong team…especially sophomores, freshmen and juniors.” The future looks bright for CB East cross country.
By Dylan Junkin
The running of the annual CB East Alumni Day race, a tradition for more than 20 years, marks the beginning of a new season for CB East cross country, whose boys’ team placed first in the league championships last year.
Coach Sam Losorelli believes his squad has the ability to match that achievement in the upcoming season, with the help of its top runners, such as Jake Brophy, a sophomore who placed third in leagues last year; captains Billy Rollo and Jon Wommer; and Connor Sands, a returning junior. Losorelli was also confident in his girls’ squad saying, “The prospects are good…we have a solid group of girls.” He mentioned several names, including Louise and Elizabeth Huuki, Megan Willcoxon and Lizzie Morris.
Although the season appears bright, East’s traditional rival, CB West, and other top-notch schools such as North Penn, CB South and Pennridge will make the season interesting for East. When asked what the biggest challenge for the season will be, Losorelli stated, “As with every season, the biggest challenge is to keep athletes healthy and strong. That is the key from a coach’s standpoint.”
The next race for East, the Sharp Invitational on Aug. 30, will provide more insight into the future for the Patriots this season.