PA PIAA State High School Cross Country Championships

The PIAA Cross Country championships were contested Saturday in Hershey. While runners often worry about facing windy, rainy conditions during a November race, this year’s event featured an unseasonably warm day. The warmer-than-normal day didn’t seem to affect the participants, judging by the elite times produced.

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Boys Class 1A:

Thomas Smigo, Palisades, first place

Thomas Smigo, a senior from Palisades, won the PIAA Boys' Class 1A cross country championship at Hershey Parkview course on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.

For the second year in a row, Palisades’ Senior Thomas Smigo is the Class 1A boys cross country champion. Smigo crossed the finish line at 16:33.40, concluding his senior season with another gold medal. In his four years running cross country for Palisades, Smigo set numerous records and reached many milestones. He won the Colonial League cross country championship for four consecutive seasons.

Palisades' Thomas Smigo breaks the tape to win the PIAA Boys Class A cross country championships at Hershey Parkview course on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.

Other Class 1A finishers:

  • 64. Andreas Quattrocchi, Bristol, 18:46.80
  • 82. Daniel Ringenberg, Dock Mennonite, 19:01.40

Girls Class 1A:

Runners compete in the PIAA Girls' Class 1A cross country championships at Hershey Parkview course on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.

  • 84. Giada Smith, Palisades, 22:56.00
  • 141. Marlyse Giesbrecht, Dock Mennonite, 24:06.00

Dock Mennonite's Bobby Jo Dodds (183) and Sacred Heart's Issa Taitt (103) compete in the PIAA Girls' Class 1A cross country championships at Hershey Parkview course on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.

Boys Class 2A:

Ciaran Chambers, Holy Ghost, 23rd

Holy Ghost senior Ciaran Chambers medaled in the Boys Class 2A race, finishing 23rd with a time of 17:17.10. Chambers placed second in the District One Class 2A championships.

Other Class 2A finishers:

  • 38. Stephen Heckler, Lansdale Catholic, 17:40.50
  • 59. Matthew Gorman, Conwell-Egan, 17:58.00
  • 132. Daniel Perez, Holy Ghost, 18:55.90
  • 136. Colby Michels, Archbishop Wood, 18:58.70

Girls Class 2A:

Gwen Hamilton, Archbishop Wood, 22nd

Freshman cross country runner Gwen Hamilton of Archbishop Wood.

Archbishop Wood freshman Gwen Hamilton Capped off an impressive season with a medal in the Girls 2A race. Hamilton finished 22nd with a time of 20:32.10. Hamilton won all four PCL meets this season, and added a fifth by winning the Catholic League Championship.

Other Class 2A finishers:

  • 121. Sarah Hock, Gwynedd Mercy, 22:38.70
  • 138. Ruby Keddie, New Hope-Solebury, 23:00.70
  • 148. Kate McManus, Lansdale Catholic, 23:12.90
  • 152. Meredith Glunz, Villa Joseph Marie, 23:19.10
  • 178. Isabella Greco, Lansdale Catholic, 24:04.20
  • 192. Megan Werner, Conwell-Egan, 24:38.60
  • 193. Constance Wojton, Conwell-Egan, 24:38.60

Boys Class 3A:

Brian DiCola, Hatboro-Horsham, first place

Hatboro-Horsham's Brian DiCola approaches the finish line ahead of Butler's Drew Griffith in the PIAA Boys' Class 3A cross country championships at Hershey Parkview course on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. DiCola won the state title in 15:24.20, 11 seconds ahead of Griffith.

Hatboro-Horsham senior Brian DiCola added a coveted medal to his collection in the Boys Class 3A race.

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Brian DiCola, a senior from Hatboro Horsham, chases down Drew Griffith, a junior from Butler, in the PIAA Boys' Class 3A cross country championship at Hershey Parkview course on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. DiCola won the race.

DiCola not only won the race with a time of 15:24.20, but broke the Hershey Parkview course record. The win capped off an incredible season for DiCola, who recently committed to Penn State. In addition to winning the boys District One Class 3A championship, DiColawon completed the prestigious Paul Short Boys Brown Run at Lehigh University and set a new course record with his elite time of 14:43.20.

Drew Bill, LaSalle, 16:28.60, 7th

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Ryan McGinley, La Salle, 16:56.50, 22nd

Jack Czarnecki, Council Rock North, 17:00.20, 24th

Council Rock North's Jack Czarnecki (1372) leads a pack of runners to the finish line in the PIAA Boys' Class 3A cross country championships at Hershey Parkview course on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. Czarnecki finished 24th in 17:00.20.

Other Class 3A finishers:

Souderton's Aidan Kearns finishes the PIAA Boys' Class 3A cross country championships at Hershey Parkview course on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.

  • 27. Cole Casadei, La Salle, 17:05.10
  • 32. Justin Landis, North Penn, 17:007.20
  • 38. Achilles Shui, North Penn, 17:10.20
  • 47. Owen Donaher, Central Bucks West, 17:18.30
  • 66. James Kuduk, Stouderton, 17:28.70
  • 67. Aidan Kearns, Stouderton, 17:29.30
  • 69. Bryce Keenoy, Neshaminy, 17:30.60
  • 77. Brady Ott, Council Rock North, 17:32.80
  • 80. Sacchith Miryalkar, North Penn, 17:35.60
  • 98. Brady Sweeney, North Penn, 17:51.20
  • 105. Brayden Perry, La Salle, 17:54.20
  • 116. Matthew Landis, North Penn, 17:56.70
  • 124. Joe Crowne, Council Rock North, 18:01.20
  • 131. Will Palopoli, La Salle, 18:03.30
  • 132. Evan Morrow, Central Bucks South, 18:03.50
  • 134. Christian Cerrullo, Pennsbury, 18:05.00
  • 139. Thomas Cresko, La Salle, 18:08.30
  • 143. Nolan Yeagle, La Salle, 18:13.20
  • 157. Jayden Neels, Council Rock North, 18:21.70
  • 158.Joey Sharkey, North Penn, 18:22.60
  • 159. Colin Fisher, North Penn, 18:23.10
  • 169. Matt Gosling, Council Rock North, 18:31.40
  • 180. Lucas Poliseno, Council Rock North, 18:39.80

Council Rock North's Brady Ott (1375) finishes .02 ahead of Greencastle-Antrim's Dalton Noblit in the PIAA Boys' Class 3A cross country championships at Hershey Parkview course on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.

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Girls Class 3A:

Emily Simko, Hatboro-Horsham, 19:15.10, 12th

Emily Simko, a senior from Hatboro-Horsham, pushes up the final hill in the PIAA Girls' Class 3A cross country race at Hershey Parkview course on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.

Simko, a senior, finished her season with an impressive 12th place finish in the Girls 3A race. Simko, who finished ninth in the District One Class 3A championships, placed 16th in last year’s PIAA championship.

Lillian DiCola, Hatboro-Horsham, 19:27.20, 16th

Lillian DiCola, a sophmore from Hatboro-Horsham, competes in the PIAA Girls' Class 3A cross country race at Hershey Parkview course on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.

The Hatters’ sophomore, who finished 7th in the District One Class 3A championships, earned a medal in the PIAA state tournament.

Bailey Gassman, Council Rock South, 19:43.10, 19th

Ashley Landis, Pennridge, 19:47.00, 22nd

Other Class 3A finishers:

Bensalem's Shana Kearney appears to be in agony as she crosses the finish line in 19:56.60 at the PIAA Girls' Class 3A cross country championships at Hershey Parkview course on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. She finished in 26th place.

  • 26. Shana Kearney, Bensalem, 19:56.60
  • 52. Nora Ritting, Pennridge, 20:41.10
  • 54. Savannah Zeaman, William Tennent, 20:42.00
  • 78. Devon Sutton, Central Bucks East 21:04.80
  • 109. Bailey Hall, Pennsbury, 21:27.50
  • 117. Jillian Thorning, Central Bucks East, 21:36.10
  • 122.Rebekah Hickey, Quakertown, 21:38.40

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