Bobcat Boys Cross Country Team Places Fifth In D9 Class-A Meet, Jonas Wilshire And Hayden Weber Punch Tickets To States

Photos submitted – Above: The Bobcat team ready to compete.

The Clarion Area Bobcat Boys had a great showing at the District Nine Class-A Championships.

Coach Keith Murtha shared this summary:

Congratulations to Jonas Wilshire and Hayden Weber who will represent Clarion Area at the PIAA State Cross Country Class-A Championships in Hershey on Saturday (November 4th)! Jonas finished 5th in a time of 17:54 and Hayden 10th in 18:13.

Hayden and Jonas – State Qualifiers

Clarion Area and Elk County Catholic are the only District 9 boys teams to advance multiple individual runners!

The boys will run Saturday at 11:45 AM. Follow all the action on PennTrackXC.

Josh Turner ran a tough race finishing 14th in 18:25 and just missing the cut for individual qualifiers by two places. Caleb Turner turned in a personal record finishing in 20:01.

Jonas and Hayden running with the Leader pack mid race

The Bobcat team finished 5th in a very competitive field that saw Brookville win and Cranberry finish as the runner-up a repeat in team qualifiers from last year. Eli Schrieber a sophomore from Ridgway was your surprise overall individual champion. Elk County Catholic and Ridgway occupied the 3rd and fourth places.

Josh Turner leads the pack at the 2 mile mark.

Clarion saw a reversal of fortunes, beating both KSAC Champ, Clarion-Limestone and North Clarion who had bested them a week ago in KSAC Championships.

Saturday’s finish represents the Bobcats best team finish since 2019.

District 9 will be well represented at the state meet!

(Great District Meet, Bobcats!!!! Have A Great State Meet Jonas and Hayden!!!! Thanks to Coach Murtha for this summary!!)