Cross Country: Bobcat Boys Hand Cranberry First Dual Meet Loss In Eight Years (09/19/17)

(By Coach Keith Murtha)

Clarion Harriers Get a Signature Win

(Photos by Matt Lerch) Combined Varsity and Junior High Teams at Cranberry

Clarion and Cranberry faced off Tuesday on Cranberry’s Course for a dual meet of undefeated teams. In the closely contested girls junior high meet, Clarion was paced by Eva Lerch, Bella Scott and Joyce Kim who finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd to secure the win.

Cranberry was too much for the junior high boys led by stand out Matt Woolcock, but Gavin Hoover had an exceptional race for the Bobcats.

The Feature race of the day was the boys varsity race, Cranberry has been so dominant they have not lost a dual meet in 8 years until today! The Clarion boys did what they said couldn’t be done and hadn’t been done by a Clarion team since the 1987 undefeated team, led Clarion Area graduate turned Clarion University Coach Eric Laughlin.

Nathaniel Lerch led all runners finishing in 18:08, the strength of the Clarion team, the pack then took places three, four, five, six, seven and nine, for a convincing win 19-43!

Varsity Team at Cranberry

Andrew Forest ran a strong race for Clarion-Limestone and Logan Johnson finished third overall for Cranberry.

There was no team scoring in the girls varsity race but Tiffany Berry of Cranberry was your overall winner in 21:54, Katie Craig was Clarion top finisher in 23:41, running a solid race followed by C-L’s Hannah Riitenhouse in 24:01

(Thanks to Coach Murtha for this article and thanks to Matt Lerch for the photos. Congratulations, Cats!!!!0