Riverview's Kennedy places 8th in WPIAL heavy PIAA Class A meet
HERSHEY — Riverview sophomore Molly Kennedy did something she didn't expect — place at the PIAA Class A cross country championships.
Kennedy finished eighth Saturday at the Parkview Cross Country Course in a race dominated by runners from the WPIAL.
Nine girls placed in the top 25, including champion Marianna Abdalah of Vincentian Academy, runner-up Beth Shenck of Avonworth, Madeline Schmiedeknecht of Winchester Thurston (sixth) and Molly Gronbeck of Eden Christian (seventh).
“This wasn't what I expected,” Kennedy said. “I was just hoping to run faster than I did last year and hope I medaled.
“This finish gives me a lot of confidence. I knew when I hit the 2-mile mark I was going to place. It was less stressful. This gives me new determination.”
Abdalah said what the girls did in Class A displayed the talent from the WPIAL.
Fox Chapel senior Colin Martin and his brother, Ethan, didn't get the results they hoped for. Colin Martin, the WPIAL Class AAA champion, ended up third and Ethan finished 17th.
The top WPIAL finishers were: Class AA boys — Uniontown senior Nate Edenfield, fourth; Class A boys — Eden Christian senior Carter Smith, ninth; Class AAA girls — Mt. Lebanon sophomore Kelsey Potts, fourth; and Class AA girls — West Allegheny senior Alexis O'Shea, third.
Edenfield, Smith, Abdalah, O'Shea and Shaler senior Brianna Schwartz were WPIAL champions. Schwartz ended up fifth in Class AAAA.
In the Class AA girls race, Freeport senior Rebecca Dudek placed 61st, and senior Hayley Davis placed 125th. Knoch sophomore Mandi Moxie was 83rd, and junior Ashlyn Carlsson ended up 162nd.
In Class AAA girls, Kiski Area sophomore Megan Aller finished 61st, and junior Lauren Smeltzer was 131st.
In Class AA girls, Highlands' Kayla Kelley finished 96th.
In Class AA boys, Knoch junior Preston Carlsson ended up 51st, and sophomore Brandon Grumski was 54th.
In Class AAA boys, Kiski Area senior Patrick Miller was 103rd, and freshman Eric Kennedy ended up 123rd. The Fox Chapel boys team took 11th overall. North Allegheny finished second.