USC, SF dominate Mingo Classic

Published Oct 16, 2013 at 11:31 am (Updated Oct 17, 2013 at 10:49 am)

In a tune-up for the WPIAL championships Oct. 24 at Cooper’s Lake in Slippery Rock, cross country clubs from Upper St. Clair, South Fayette and Chartiers-Houston dominated the field during the Mingo Creek Classic.

Held in the Washington County Park, outside of Monongahela,

Upper St. Clair won the Class AAA girls’ division. The Lady Panthers edged Baldwin, 39-40, for first place while Ringgold followed in third place with 56 points.

Sarah Marin scored runner-up honors, covering the course in 20:01.10 while Ringgold’s Kirsten McMichael won the race in 19:27. Marin is just getting over an injury, says head coach Doug Petrick. “She’s a really talented freshman,” he said. In fact, he pointed to her first-place finish in a section match against Canon-McMillan as proof Marin is on the mend and ready to contend at districts.

Angelica Lucas also finished in the top five for the USC ladies. The senior captain clocked in with a 20:31 time. Madison Lindsay also scored in the Top 10 for USC, placing seventh in 20:46.80.

Other contributors for the Lady Panthers included: Gina Petito, Stephanie Vighetti, Caitlin Pyles, Jamie Gustas, Leanna Weinstein, Erin Pacalo and Sara Burton.

Jenny Murtha from Keystone Oaks took the bronze medal. She finished in 20:09. Her performance helped the Golden Eagles to a third-place showing in the team standings. KO finished with 60 points while South Fayette won the Class AA division with a 39 score.

For the Lady Lions, Morgan Gimigliano, Sydney Lerda and Katie Maloney finished in the Top 10, placing third, fourth and seventh respectively. Paige Franjione, Jenne Harasin, Madison Zombek, Nicole Egan and Miranda Mozick rounded out SF’s showing.

The Lions also won the boys’ Class AA division with 19 points.

Joncarlo Patton secured the silver medal with a 16:39.80 time. Evan Zombek followed in fourth position with a 16:48.90 finish. Ryan Lerda (sixth), Pat Brady (10th) and Stephen Zombek (11th) completed the scoring for the Lions.

The Chartiers-Houston boys won the Class A division. The Bucs edged Washington, 35-41. Brentwood took third with a 60 score.

Drew Rozsas took the top slot for the Bucs with a 17:26.5 time. Others to help CH included Dom Provenzano, Matt Cimino, Pete Provenzano, Josh Kuslock, Jared Scott and Jordan Webb.

In Class AAA boys’, Bethel Park finished runner-up to Baldwin. The Hawks posted 51 points while the Highlanders managed 45. Bethel Park’s top harriers were David Erzen, Eric Kaminski and Ross Martin, taking positions 13, 14 and 15. Other contributors included: Andrew Dougher, Dan Spanner, Ryan Zimba and Nick Marstellar.

Individually, James Smith was the top local finisher in the division. While seventh overall among all finishers, the USC senior secured second place with a 16:52.70 time among Class AAA runners. The Panthers’ captain recently shattered the school’s home course record of 16:36. Hence said Petrick, Smith was “excited” for the meet at Mingo as well as future races.

Complete results from the Mingo Classic can be found at

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