2018-2019 Game Summaries
Racing at the North Park Course, both NA squads had convincing victories against section rivals Pine Richland and Hampton. The NA Boys and Girls teams both improve to 4-0 on the season.
On the boys’ side, Zach Kinne dominated the race setting a new course record. Ethan James got second overall with a strong finish. Stephen Nalepa, Drew Kollitz, Luke Turkovich, Kelso Fiedler and Connor Foody rounded out the top seven scorers for the tigers. The NA Boys beat Hampton, 21-40, and Pine Richland, 16-47.
The Lady Tigers were great again with an almost perfect score over the Hampton Talbots, 15-49, and a, 21-38, victory over Pine Richland. Hannah Lindgren and Keeley Misutka once again paved the way for the Tigers, taking first and second place, respectively. Rachel Hockenberry and Maura Mlecko ran a great race, taking fourth and sixth overall. Caroline Daggett, Jenna Mlecko and Emily Thompson rounded out the top seven for the Lady Tigers.
The Tigers will travel to Hershey, PA this Saturday to compete at the PIAA Foundation Invitational.
(Photo courtesy of Trib Live HSSN.)
The North Allegheny cross country team traveled to Ohio for the Boardman Spartan XC Invitational on Saturday.
The NA Boys scored 177 points, taking runner-up in the team scoring behind perennial Ohio powerhouse, Hudson. Pacing the Tigers with an outstanding race was Dan McGoey with a third-place overall finish, less than three seconds behind the race winner. Stephen Nalepa was second for NA (27th overall) with a strong race. Drew Kollitz had a nice second half of the race to take 38th. Luke Turkovich (54th) was next and he was followed closely by Connor Foody (55th), Scott Nalepa (78th) and Ethan James (87th).
The Lady Tigers placed third amongst the Division 1 schools. They scored 148 points, only 13 points more than the team champion. NA had a strong trio up front, placing thee girls in the top 15. Hannah Lindgren was once again the top girl with a strong 10th place finish. Keeley Misutka (14th) and Caroline Daggett (15th) ran excellent races. Freshmen Maura Mlecko (44th) and Sam Waldo (65th) stepped up with outstanding races. Jenna Mlecko (74th) and Ally Meehan (100th) rounded out the top seven.
Both NA teams will compete at home next Tuesday against Hampton and Pine-Richland.
The North Allegheny cross country team had its first home section meet of the season at the North Park course. Leading the Lady Tigers was once again junior star, Hannah Lindgren. Keeley Misutka snatched second place with another strong finish. Mars top runner placed third overall and then NA followed with the next nine spots. Rachel Hockenberry was fourth overall and Caroline Daggett placed fifth in the race. First time scorers on the season were freshmen Samantha Waldo (6th), sophomore Mazzie Standish (7th) and junior Jenna Mlecko (8th). The girls defeated the Mars Area Planets with a score of 18-45.
In the later race, the boys were similarly dominant over Mars with a 19-44 victory. Zach Kinne continued his unbeaten streak with an impressive race on the 3+ mile home course. Mars’ top runner grabbed second place and then NA swarmed the finish line with the next seven places. Freshmen Scott Nalepa had an outstanding race, placing third overall followed by his brother Stephen Nalepa in fourth. Ethan James, Kelso Fiedler, Graham Wolfe and Luke Turkovich all ran strong taking spots five through eight, respectively, and thus sealing the win for the Tigers.
Both teams improve to 2-0 (1-0 in the section) and will travel to Boardman, Ohio for their next meet on Saturday at the Spartan Invitational.
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The NAXC teams traveled to Schenley Park Saturday morning for the first invitational of the season. The 16th annual Red, White & Blue Classic hosted 80 teams from the Tri-State area. It rained throughout the meet and the course was very muddy, but the cooler temperatures were welcomed. The Tigers put together extraordinary team finishes on both the girls and guys side.
The girls upset the field, defeating last year’s WPIAL Champions (Oakland Catholic) and PIAA Champions (Fox Chapel) and taking first place overall. The Tigers scored only 44 points (second place was 66). Hannah Lindgren ran a great race placing third overall. Not too far behind Hannah was Keeley Misutka (7th) and Caroline Daggett (8th), both running superb races. Next was Ally Christy (11th) who ran a strong race and Rachel Hockenberry (15th) who also ran tough, rounding out the top five. Also displacing many athletes from numerous other teams was Maura Mlecko (25th) and Jenna Mlecko (30th).
The boys also ran great races taking home the championship, scoring only 77 points (second place was 104). Zach Kinne and Dan McGoey crushed the field with a strong 1-2 finish. Strong races from Stephen Nalepa (19th), Drew Kollitz (23rd) and Luke Turkovich (28th) rounded out the top five scorers. Connor Foody (29th) and Ethan James (33rd) did a great job of displacing opponents.
For additional results from the Red, White & Blue Classic, click here.
Tigers will face Mars on Tuesday at their North Park home course.
The North Allegheny cross country team traveled north to Erie, PA to race against Erie Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria Academy. Despite a hot afternoon in the sun (90 degrees), both Tiger teams dominated the competition.
The girls won the season opener against Villa with an impressive score of 15-48. The Lady Tigers had nine out of the top ten places and were led by race winner Hannah Lindgren. Sophomore phenom Keeley Misutka was not far behind in second place. She was followed by freshman standout Rachel Hockenberry, junior Caroline Daggett, senior Ally Christy, freshman Maura Mlecko, and senior Ally Meehan.
The NA boys team handled the heat well also, beating Prep with a perfect score of 15-50 (taking the top seven spots on the race). The Tigers were led by a strong performance from senior Zach Kinne. Kinne was followed by junior standout Dan McGoey, junior Stephen Nalepa, sophomore Drew Kollitz, senior Ethan James, sophomore Connor Foody, and senior Luke Turkovich.
Both teams will take their 1-0 records to Schenley Park this Saturday to take on some of the best competition in the tri-state area for the Red, White and Blue Invitational.