Cardinals Nip Brockway in Final Dual Cross Country Meet

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Cardinals Nip Brockway in Final Dual Cross Country Meet

Tom Shade, Contributor

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Having the final competition at the home of the District Nine Championships proved a great opportunity for the abbreviated squad that DCC was able to send to revered venue on a breezy 60 degree afternoon in Ridgway.

The Cardinal boys outran the Brockway Rovers 26-29 in a close contest that normally might have gone the other way given DCC’s J.P. Piccirillo was not competing, but the top runner for Brockway had a rare case of cramps while racing which countered the outcome in that contest.

The boys were defeated by ECC, 40-19, while Ridgway was forced to forfeit to DCC due to lack of numbers.

Johnny Ritsick(17:50) once again led the boys, picking up 2 more wins(Brockway/Ridgway) to make 14 for the season and 21 in his 4-year career: school records in both categories.

Brenden Paisley(20:10) came in second for DCC setting a personal record while breaking into Brockway’s top 5 runners to score. Close behind was the close pack of Shane Paisley, Dylan Foster, and Angelo Piccirillo to close the key team scoring.

Aaron Gankosky claimed his PR for the course as the 6th Cardinal.

It was the 50th meeting of the Cardinals and ECC with the Crusaders leading the series 48-2. Brockway also leads the series with DCC after 24 meetings by a 17-7 count despite today’s loss. The Elkers, however, have never defeated any Cardinal team since 1969.

The Lady Cards picked up two forfeit wins(ECC/Ridgway) led by Jaci Mennetti(22:50) in her final dual, while the Rovers won 40-21, with the absence of two top Cardinal runners possibly being a factor against a closer contest.

Mennetti ends her single year with DCC as the all-time leading season wins holder(12) and a contender for post-season honors in the week ahead.

Senior Maddie Miscavish(27:48) came in as the 2nd DCC runner, just missing her PR by 9 seconds. Alex Ochs followed 50 seconds ahead of Michaela Armanini was only came close(3 seconds) to her best ever on the course. Seniors Maddie and Rachael Miller wrapped things up for the girls in style as they both achieved course PRs and Hall of Fame status on the course.

The boys and girls combined to win 16 dual meets this season, second only to the record-breaking 2017 season in DCC history.

Both Cardinal teams will compete in the Class ‘A’ District Nine Championships on October 26 at the famous Ridgway course.

 

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