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Baldwin's Labash provides local pace at Red, White & Blue invite

South Hills Record
Randy Jarosz | South Hills Record The start of the girls' varsity race has a sea of umbrellas in the background at the Red, White & Blue Invitational at Schenley Park.

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Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, 11:28 a.m.

Baldwin placed sixth in the boys‘ A division competition at the 10th annual Red, White & Blue cross country invitational held at Schenley Park.

Christian Labash, who posted a 16:48 time and finished in 29th place overall.

Labash was complemented by juniors George Kelly (17:11) and Mike McLaughlin (17:19); sophomore Dennis Doyle (17:37), senior Colin McLaughlin (17:44); and sophomores Jake Phillips (18:09) and Mark Demore (18:28).

North Allegheny took first place in the boys‘ team standings, followed by Mt. Lebnaon, Fox Chapel, Hampton and Cathedral Prep.

The Thomas Jefferson boys‘ team participated in the B division race, placing 21st in the team competition.

The Jaguars‘ top runners consisted of Matt Bourgeois (18:26), a junior; sophomores Joe Rimsky (18:47) and Anthony Gentilcore (20:12); freshman Cole Devine (20:33), juniors Dan Schrum (20:48) and Tyler Sestito (21:24); and Tim Grassi (20:55), a sophomore.

Baldwin‘s Kevin Taylor also secured eighth place in the boys‘ freshman race thanks to a time of 18:53.

The Baldwin girls‘ team corralled 24th place in the B division competition at this year‘s Red, White & Blue Invitational.

The Lady Highlanders‘ leading runners were Ashley Czerniewski (21:47), a senior, and Alicia Mastroianni (21:59), a junior; sophomores Stephanie Bott (22:31) and Morgan Geyer (25:46); seniors Annie Chester (23:30) and Maura Bacik (25:03); and Meghan Varney (24:21), a junior.

Morgantown captured first place in the girls‘ team standings, and was trailed by Mt. Lebanon, Hampton, North Hills and North Allegheny.

Turning to the girls‘ B division, local representatives Thomas Jefferson and Seton-La Salle placed 15th and 17, respectively, in the team competition.

The Lady Jaguars‘ top runners were juniors Marie Miller (22:49), Emma Volk (23:17), Hannah Holden (25:40) and Alyssa Gephart (31:36); and seniors Alyssa Arnold (23:23) and Niki Schmitt (35:41).

The Lady Rebels‘ leading runners consisted of Jeanne Farnan (22:48), a junior; a trio of freshmen in Jenny Murtha (22:54), Dominique Cognetti (26:21) and Maddie Parker (30:30); sophomore Gabby Dutka (25:01, junior Elise Zielinski (27:16), senior Mary Farnan (31:51).

Baldwin, led by Alexa Barr‘s 21:49 time and Erica Koenig‘s 22:07 time, took fourth place in the girls‘ freshman race.

Barr and Koenig crossed the finish line in fifth and eighth place, respectively, and were followed by teammates Dighan Kelly (24:14), Katie Winter (27:15) and Megan Harding (30:41).

Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.He can be reached at 412-388-5820 or

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