The Riverview Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country teams recently participated in the 2018 PIAA State Cross Country Championships in Hershey.
The teams were one of three programs in the WPIAL, and one of four programs out of the 190 single A schools statewide, to have both their boys’ and girls’ teams qualify.
The girls’ team, who dramatically gained the last qualifying spot in the WPIAL championship district meet the week before, placed 17th in the State Championships and were led by junior Marina Pietz who finished 124th with a time of 22:04. Also contributing to the Lady Raiders were sophomore Ally Johnson (135th / 23:26), freshman Hann Morrissey (152nd / 23:47), senior Meredith Kocur (167th / 24:11), senior Izzy Komaniak (171st / 24:19), junior Mikaela Collins (172nd / 24:21) and junior Gillian Gaynor (191st / 25:35).
The boys’ cross country team had a historic day as their 8th place finish matched the highest finish in school history despite losing ten seniors from last year’s successful team. Their effort tied the 2017 boys’ as well as the 2008 and the 2015 girls’ teams. The Raider boys’ 8th place finish was only 3 points away from the 6th and 7th place teams and represented the 2nd highest finishing team in the WPIAL.
The boys were led by Mason Ochs (17th / 17:18) represented only the fourth athlete in school history to medal at the the state meet and the first sophomore since Molly Kennedy in 2013 and the highest of any sophomore boy in school history.
Mason represented a State medal for the 6th consecutive year for Riverview Cross Country.
The other medalists in Riverview history were Ben Barnes in 2016 (19th/17:03) and 2017 (7th/16:41), Molly Kennedy in 2013 (8th/19:54), 2014 (15th/19:59) and 2015 (10th/20:00) and Matt Springer in 2007 (16th / 17:09).
Closely following Mason was Gideon Deasy who, with a strong 36th place finish (17:54), followed up on a top 10 finish at the WPIAL championships the week before.
Gideon improved his place by 79 places off of last year’s 115th place, also representing one of the top sophomore efforts. This is the fourth highest sophomore place in school history.
Next in line was freshman Lucas Wilton (18:33). Lucas’ 75th place finish was the highest freshman finish in RHS history and represented the fourth highest freshman in this year’s State meet.
Also contributing for the Raiders were senior Noah Black (88th / 18:41), junior Jacob Sullivan (109th / 19:01), sophomore Aidan Sebastian (134th/19:28) and junior Ben Swensen (146th / 19:37).
Over the last four years Riverview has qualified 6 teams to the State Cross Country Championships. This represents the second highest total of any WPIAL school across all classifications, trailing only to North Allegheny who has qualified 8 teams.
The Raiders will look forward to build off of this years’ success in 2019 as they return five out of their top seven girls and nine out of their top ten boys.