Connellsville makes strides, picking up wins
The cross country season is a progression. The runners are constantly striving for personal bests and hope to be running in peak form for the big county meets, invitationals and championships at the end of the season. Of course, winning is also important, and Connellsville managed to pick up several victories in a Section 2-AAA home meet against Elizabeth Forward and Thomas Jefferson on Tuesday.
The Connellsville boys team beat Elizabeth Forward, 18-41, and nipped Thomas Jefferson, 27-29. The Connellsville girls beat Elizabeth Forward, 20-41, and lost to TJ, 19-36.
Uniontown and Albert Gallatin also participated in the meet, but did not compete against Connellsville. The Uniontown boys and girls each beat TJ and Elizabeth Forward. Both Albert Gallatin teams lost to the Warriors and the Jaguars.
“I think the guys will be ready for the end of the year,” Connellsville coach Pat Mullaney said. “They're getting a lot better. They're showing a lot of progression.”
Connellsville's Joe Baughman (18:07), who finished fourth overall, was pleased with the way the Falcons (8-1, 7-1) competed.
“We did pretty good as a team,” Baughman said. “Two of our guys weren't here, but we still did well and the underclassmen stepped up.”
Devin Pisarski (18:43) and Tom Nicholson (18:43) finished ninth and 10th, respectively, for Connellsville. Chris Stahl (19:03) was 11th and Ethan McIntosh (20:02) placed 24th.
Uniontown again proved to be the class of the section as the Red Raiders (10-0) took the top three spots in the boys race with Nate Edenfield (17:07), Brady Guthrie (17:22) and Paul Klatt (17:49). Braden Carei (18:14) finished fifth and Patrick Hager (18:41) was seventh as Uniontown beat Thomas Jefferson, 17-44 and Elizabeth Forward, 15-48.
Uniontown (9-1) also dominated in the girls race as Julie Gerber (19:27), Jade Bellotti (20:33), Katie Burgess (22:17) and Deanna Hager (22:32) swept the top four places to lead the Red Raiders past Thomas Jefferson, 19-37 and Elizabeth Forward, 16-46. Haley Savel (24:10) placed 12th.
“We're real pleased with the boys and girls,” Uniontown coach Joe Everhart said.
Abbey Stouffer (24:06) led the Falcons (5-4, 4-4) with an 11th-place finish. Brianna Stouffer (24:21) and Ally Wilson (24:22) took 13th and 14th. Rachel Miller (25:08) was 17th and Lauren Herman (25:44) was 21st.
“For the girls, it is all about staying healthy,” Mullaney said. “And as a group, we're seeing improvement.”
The Falcons will next compete at the Fayette County Cross Country Championships on Oct. 10 at Penn State Fayette.
Jason Black is the Local Sports Editor of the Daily Courier. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.