Bobcat Runners Succeed Near And Far (09/25/16)

(By Mark Bettwy)

The Clarion varsity runners ventured to Hershey on Saturday, September 24, 2016 for the 10th annual Foundation Race.

(Photos submitted by Clarion Area Cross Country)

(Photos submitted by Clarion Area Cross Country)

Two Lady Bobcats competed in the White Race with 120 other runners. Katie Craig crossed at 23:14 to finish 44th and Emma Spitz finished at 26:11 for a 93rd place finish.

Seven Bobcats Boys were among 147 runners in the White race.

Adam Bettwy led the team finishing in 22nd at 17:54. Nathaniel Lerch crossed next for the Bobcats at 19:15, good for a 53rd overall. Marshall Powers ended at number 77 at 20:12, followed shortly thereafter by 85th finisher Frank Weber at 20:22.

cross-country-2016-5Jimmy Smathers and Nick Schill crossed at 20:35 for 89th and 90th places and Jacob Smith rounded out the Bobcat field at 21:12, good for 104th place.

Meanwhile at home, several Junior High Bobcats competed in the Clarion United Way 5K.


Evelyn Lerch won the Women’s 5K at 21:12. In short order Bella Scott took 3rd place overall crossing at 22:58. The remaining Lady Cats took 9 of the top 11 spots in the Women’s Under 13 age group. Joyce Kim, Parker Boyden, Grace Adams, Livia Weckerly, Aaliyah Dittman, Grace Schmader, Kaylee Hiles, and Lauren Winters made impressive showings respectively.


Milton McElravy led the Bobcat Boys in the Men’s Under 13 age group with a 5th place finish at 25:08. Charlie Franchino and Philip Bartley place 8th and 10th with a 27:52 and 28:02 respectively. Don Cunningham won the Mens 13 – 15 age group at 20:41. Alex Cussins finished 2nd at 21:16 and Gavin Hoover took 3rd at 22:40.

cross-country-2016-7Daniel Ketner, Noah Schill, and Victor Stahlman competed in the 10K race. Ketner won the Mens 13-15 age group in 44:03 while Schill and Stahlman ran in the Mens 16-19 age group. Schill took 3rd at 48:28 and Stahlman 7th at 54:52.

Congratulations and Great Job to all Bobcat Runners!!

(Thanks to Mark Bettwy for this article and to the Cross Country Team for the photos. Great Work Cats.)