Cardinals Make Premier Appearance at ‘Big Red’ Invite


Tom Shade, Contributor

Never before had a Cardinal runner set foot on the grounds of West Middlesex, and despite the disadvantage of an unknown course the DCC teams made their distinctive mark at the 29th Big Red Invitational where 38 schools converged on a pleasant overcast day to take their shot at one of Western Pennsylvania’s most prestigious cross country events.

Jaci Mennetti(22:17), leading runner for the Lady Cards, ended the day as one of the few medalists at a major invitational in DCC history. Mennetti’s 35th place made the official cutoff for the award in a crowded 35-school field of varsity girls. Her solid run also assisted her team to come ahead of 9 other schools present.

Coming in second & third for the girls at the 27- minute mark were JoAnne Case & Maia Cogley, followed by Maddy Miscavish a minute later, and Michaela Armanini soon after. Madison & Rachel Miller protected the team score as 6th and 7th runners.

Of the 36 schools competing DCC came ahead of 7 with veteran runner J.P. Piccirillo(19:00) leading, followed by Dylan Foster, Angelo Piccirillo, Dante Armanini, Aaron Gankosky, Loren Way, and Isaac Bloom making his debut performance.

“The teams all handled themselves with distinction in the various phases of this event. They fared quite well especially considering the unfamiliarity of the course, unlike their competitors.  Jaci is to be commended for her medal performance, as is  Angelo for his career-best run today. We are once again very grateful for the support the parents give so many miles from home to greatly enhance the cross country experience for everyone.”(Coach Shade).

The top female runner was Carmen Medvit of District 10, while Wilmington Area took the girl’s team title. Tobias Jones of Grove City was the boys winner whose team also took top honors.

The Cardinals travel to Elk County’s Benzinger Park, the oldest course in District Nine, on Tuesday for a 5-school dual showdown.