Wiswesser, Perelli to run at state meet
Georgia Wiswesser and Magen Perelli will make the trip to states after qualifying at the District XI Class 3A Cross Country Championships last Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
“I’m happy to be going to states, and I knew I was capable of making it,” said Wiswesser. “I didn’t get in my own head.”
Wiswesser placed seventh with a time of 19:44.28.
“At the start, I tried to stay with Magen because I usually struggle with the start and make it up later,” Wiswesser said. “I felt OK on the hills. Into the finish I was neck-and-neck with Amber [Kelly] from Stroudsburg.”
Perelli placed 11th with a time of 20:27.68.
“One of my goals was to keep Georgia in sight, but I didn’t see her and there were only three or four people between us. I was nervous the whole time, and I thought it would go away, but it didn’t deter me,” said Perelli. “The biggest thing was pushing the finish. I was one away from a medal, but I’m going to states.”
Also competing in the girls’ race for the Konkrete Kids were Amber Poniktera who placed 19th in 20:42.19, Brianna Tyler who placed 33rd in 21:16.58, Lauren Pague who was 64th in 22:40.99, Olivia Rigo who came in 70th in 22:57.77, and Noelle Eisenreich who was 96th in 25:25.09.
In team results, Northampton’s girls placed sixth. Easton placed first.
Vince Gallagher was the first runner for Northampton’s boys to finish.
“This week I stuck with Evan [Gillette], and it worked out pretty well for me,” Gallagher said. “My goal was to be steady on the hills and then surge to pass. That’s where I picked off a lot of people. After those hills, the wind was kind of hard, but I still had some left.”
Gallagher placed 22nd in 17:13.51.
“Finishing in the low 17’s is really nice. It was a big drop off from leagues,” said Gallagher. “It’s not a best time for states, but I’m really happy with it.”
Gillette came in 34th with a time of 17:37.50.
Teammates Isaiah Tyler placed 46th in 17:56.03, Zeke Colyer was 50th in 18:08.27, Owen Nahf placed 55th in 18:16.45, John Breslin was 75th in 19:14.74, and Wyatt Poniktera came in 84th in 19:45.39.
Northampton’s boys placed eighth in team results, and Easton’s boys placed first.