Clarion Finds Success at the KSAC Cross Country Championships

Images Submitted – Above: 2022 KSAC Championships – Varsity Boys start.

(By Head Coach Keith Murtha)

On a crisp Thursday Autumn afternoon (October 20th), the KSAC schools sponsoring cross country all met at Cranberry high school for the league championship. The start of the championship season to include District 9 Championships at Ridgway and States at Hershey.

The day started with girls varsity and CC Bowser, a new and upcoming runner for the Bobcats competed. I have to give a shout out to CC for coming out, having a great attitude, being a super role model coming a long way as a runner and overcoming a lot of adversity, her future is very bright!

CC Bowser finishing strong in her first season.

Adisen Jackson, only a freshmen from C-L was your over all winner and Cranberry took home the team trophy!

On the varsity boys side, the Bobcats went to work! Hayden Weber and Jonas Wilshire running with the talented top 12 through out the entire race, top 10 medal. No Real changes through 3 miles and it came down to the final kick, Jonas was 11th and Hayden 12th. It was a tight race, Jonas put on a great kick to finish 9th and Hayden gave all he had but it wasn’t enough as he finished 11th.

Josh Turner, Brendan Bettwy, Ky Clark pack it up for the Bobcats

Josh Turner had a good race anchoring the third spot for the Bobcats and newcomer Ky Clark, who has been coming on strong just at the right time, had another strong performance and P.R. and finished in the fourth position. Dual sport star Brendan Bettwy turned in a solid performance to complete the scoring. Caleb Turner and Ben Lambert were close behind to complete the pack. Ben Aaron ran a solid race and Owen Wilson ran a huge P.R.

Griffin Booher from Karns City put on quite show as the overall champ in 18:09 and Cranberry pulled out the team title over North Clarion by 3 points 46-49 on their home course.

Chris Kim, Wyatt Aaron and Anthony Bartley battle for the Bobcats.

The Junior High race did not disappoint on a long 2.1 mile course every junior high Bobcat boy and girl set a P.R. to finish the season. I couldn’t be more proud of how they finished and I am excited about what the future will hold for this group!

Callie Snodgrass, Ashlyn Clark and Kara Wilson work toward the finish.

The Cllarion-Limestone Girls won the team title on the strength of their pack and Darien Wenner was the individual champ in 14:05. On the boys side, individually it was a Karns City, with Noah Weiland taking the podium in 13:00. Cranberry took the team title led by a familiar name Elias Fox who was 4th and a pack who finished 5th, 6th, 7th and 20th.

Chris Kim with a Top 10 finish

The varsity qualiifers will meet Saturday, October 29th, in Ridgway for the District 9 Championships where the KSAC will be well represented!

(Good Work, Runners!!!! Thanks to Coach Murtha for the article and the photographers!!)