Runners excel at NHS Invitational
The Northampton cross country teams had their first meet of the season hosting the Northampton Invitational this past Saturday morning.
There were 36 different schools attending with over 1,000 athletes racing between the varsity, JV and middle school.
The boys team finished 8th out of 27 schools, while the girls were 10th out of 23 schools.
“Both teams ran great with so many of them running their best time ever,” said head coach Dan Benner. “So, it was a very encouraging day to start the season off.
Some of the highlights included five varsity medal winners for the Kids. Georgia Wiswesser had the highest finish at third place in 19:20. Amber Poniktera was right behind her running a 19:44 in seventh place. Those were both personal best times for the girls.
Also medaling and achieving personal best times were Zeke Colyer (20th – 16:43), Vince Gallagher (24th – 16:51) and Owen Nahf (27th – 16:58) in the boys race.
There were also many other notable performances on the day, according to Benner: Wyatt Poniktera (18:22), Johnny Breslin (18:41), and Nick Amato (18:57) all had personal best times in breaking 19 minutes; seniors Isaiah Tyler and Olivia Rigo both ran their opening invite best times; Marcus Newhart (19:05) and Nico Quinones both ran their personal best times.
Two new members of the team, sophomores Noah Sumner (19:29) and Evan Dempsey (19:49) both had good starts under 20 minutes. It was also a good start for the top two freshmen boys, Bryson Grover (20:17) and Dustin Kerrigan (20:25). Two new girls both had a surprising day. Sophomore Reia Sanchez (24:00) had the team’s fourth fastest time on the day, while freshman Carley Maldonada (24:35) was the team’s fifth fastest time on the day.
The middle school also had a lot of success winning both the boys and girls team titles. They were both first out of seven scoring teams. There were five girls and four boys that medaled. The girls were: Hannah Bowers, Abby Enstrom, Brooke Petraglia, Lindsay Reimer and Zoey Kerrigan. The boys were: Baley Veltri, Brady Dolak, Eli Spencer and Braeden Lower.
The high school team will continue its season on Tuesday, Sept. 10, with its first regular season EPC meet when they host Central Catholic, Emmaus and Whitehall. That will also be senior day and the team will honor seven seniors: Vince Gallagher, Isaiah Tyler, Marcus Newhart, Thomas Martinez, Olivia Rigo, Marissa Mele and Lena Kugelman.