2020-2021 Game Summaries
The North Allegheny cross country team traveled to Hartwood Acres on Tuesday to face off against Pine Richland and Hampton. The NA boys went 2-0 and the girls went 1-1, losing by just three points to the Rams (29-26). The NA boys beat Pine Richland, 20-43, and Hampton with a perfect score (15-50). The girls handled the Talbots with a perfect score, 15-50. There were a lot of great performances over the challenging 2.98-mile course that includes a massive 0.75-mile hill in the middle of the race.
Leading the boys to victory was sophomore, Gregory Kossuth, with a strong race (2nd overall). Eight seconds later, a pack of Tigers rolled in, taking the next eight spots. Jackson Hickel (sophomore) was thirf overall, Scott Nalepa (junior) was fourth, Drew Kollitz (senior) was fifth, Danny Robles (junior) was sixth, Graham Wolfe (junior) was seventh, and rounding out the Tiger top seven was Connor Foody (senior) in eight place.
On the girls’ side, Keeley Misutka (senior) won the race outright with an impressive performance on the challenging course. The Rams took the next three spots, followed by three Tigers. Maura Mlecko (junior) was fifth, Rachel Hockenberry (junior) was sixth, and Lexi Sundgren (sophomore) was seventh. Samantha Waldo (junior) had a great race (10th overall). Senior, Mazzie Standish, followed closely behind with an 11th place finish and freshmen, Maia Getz, rounded out the top seven for the Lady Tigers with a 13th place overall finish.
Both teams will be back in action at the PIAA Foundation meet in Hershey this upcoming Saturday, where the top seven Tigers will battle some of the better competition in the state.
Competing at a new site (White Oak Park) for this year’s Red, White and Blue Invitational, the Tigers ran well in their first cross country invitational of the 2020 season. The course was in great shape and the weather conditions were ideal for a September competition.
The boys team dominated the field, snatching four of the top six spots and only scoring 26 points (second was 101 points). There were six NA runners under 17 minutes on the White Oak 5K course. Leading the way was junior, Scott Nalepa, who placed second overall with a speedy 16:04 over the 3.1 miles. Junior, Jack Hickel, and sophomore, Gregory Kossuth, both ran really strong, taking third and fourth overall, respectively. Junior Graham Wolfe had a great race, finishing sixth overall. Senior, Andrew Kollitz, finished strong, rounding out the NA top five with an 11th place finish. Helping to displace opposing teams’ runners was Connor Foody (15th) with a strong finishing kick and Danny Robles who held on strong at the end (25th). All seven NA finishers received accolades for their outstanding top 25 performances.
The defending state champions faced some stiff competition on Saturday. Despite some impressive individual performances, the Lady Tigers were beaten decisively by section rival Seneca Valley. The Tigers were second overall with 102 points (SV won with a solid 58 points). Leading the way for the girls was senior, Keeley Misutka, with a fast 18:47, good enough for fourth place. Having an outstanding race was junior, Maura Mlecko, with a ninth-place overall finish. Sophomore, Lexi Sundgren, ran tough and placed 19th. Senior, Mazzie Standish helped contribute with a 32nd place, followed by junior, Rachel Hockenberry, in 43rd. Junior, Samantha Waldo, and freshman, Maia Getz, both ran well to round out the top 7 Tigers.
Both teams will face off against Hampton and Pine Richland on Tuesday for a section meet.
The North Allegheny cross country teams traveled to Mars to finish off their dual meet season against Mars at Adams Park. The course was hilly but the temperature stayed below 80. Both the girls and boys brought home shutout 15-50 victories.
The Lady Tigers ran tough upfront with senior Keeley Misutka taking the win. Rachel Hockenberry, Lexi Sundgren, Maura Mlecko, and Mazzie Standish swept the scoring places respectively. Maia Getz and Sam Waldo rounded out the varsity squad.
The NA Boys won in just as convincing a fashion, with senior Drew Kollitz breaking the tape, followed by teammates Jack Hickel, Greg Kossuth, Michael Gauntner, Danny Robles in the scoring five. Graham Wolfe and Zane Kinne sealed the shutout of the Planets with a 6th and 7th finish respectively.
The Tigers will take on the WPIAL’s finest teams in the Red White and Blue Invitational on Saturday afternoon.