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Boyertown

Head coach: Ryan Knox, second season.

Last year’s record: 6-3 PAC-10.

Runners to watch: Chris Harms, Sr.; Alex Longacre, Sr.; Michael Sesher, Sr.; Dominic DeRafelo, Jr.; Josh Endy, Jr.; Kollin Miller, Jr.; Justin Smyth, Jr.

Outlook: “The Boyertown boys have a strong junior class with Dominic DeRafelo, Josh Endy, Kollin Miller and Justin Smyth,” Knox said. “These guys work hard and have improved over last season. We expect great things from them. We need a strong fifth runner on varsity and have a few candidates in Todd Barton, Ethan Kasitz and Christian McComb. The team has some strong seniors in Alex Longacre, Michael Sesher and Chris Harms. We have some strong JV runners in Cy Evans, Nolan Longacre, Payton Stanziani and James Saharian, who has trimmed more than five minutes off his initial 5K time in the past year.”

 

Daniel Boone

Head coach: Russ Keith, fifth season.

Last year’s record: 4-3 Berks Conference, 11-4 overall.

Runners to watch: Sean Hannon, Sr.; Diego Santos, Sr.; Ethan Shane, Sr.; Jack Zummo, Sr.; Adam Davis, Jr.; Josh Heffner, Jr.; Zach Murray, Jr.; Liam Summers, Jr.; Jan Vasquez, Jr.

Outlook: The Blazers return the entire varsity lineup from 2015. Sophomores Luke Cable and Jordan Gest could figure in the mix along with freshmen Alex Pingitore and Jacob Santos. … Murray was an All-Berks County selection last year, with Shane accorded All-Division honors. … “If the pack develops close to them, Boone boys could be tough to beat,” Keith said.

 

Hill School

Head coach: Chris DeLucia, ninth season.

Last year’s record: 1-2 overall.

Runners to watch: Andy Donato, Sr.; Xavier Friel, Sr.; Nathan Taubkin, Sr.; Reed Bauer, Jr.; Kyle Gorant, Jr.; Eli Perry, Jr; Tucker Dunn, Soph,

Outlook: The Blues were third in Mid-Atlantic Prep League last year … “Returning nine of our top 11 runners from last season, and bringing in a few others, we look to have one of our deepest teams and should improve on our last few seasons,” DeLucia said. “All-MAPL captain Xavier Friel finished last year with a 5K best of 16:19, and is joined by senior co-captains Andy Donato and Harris Manganiello, as well as Dunn, Gorant, Perry, Reed Bauer, Aidan Feldman (Soph.) and Nathan Taubkin as significant scorers. Trent Lopata (Soph.) and Bradley Anderson (Jr.), new to cross country, should also battle for spots.”

 

Methacton

Head coach: Steve Savitz, 12th season.

Last year’s record: 4-5 PAC-10.

Runners to watch: Jake Brycki, Sr.; Nick DeFilippis, Sr.

Outlook: The Warriors’ roster includes sophomores Garret Campbell, Tommy Chimes and Will Rebert, and freshman Matt Varghese … “We are a young team with a great attitude,” Savitz said. “Five of our top seven runners are sophomores and freshmen. The teams looks to gain experience while being competitive at the same time. I look forward to watching this team grow and reach their goals this year.”

 

Owen J. Roberts

Head coach: David Michael, 41st season.

Last year’s record: 8-1 PAC-10.

Runners to watch: Sean Barone, Sr.; Ben Hakun, Sr.; Conor Murray, Sr.; Liam Conway, Jr.; Zach Kardos, Jr.; Andrew Malmstrom, Jr.; Kyle Malmstrom, Jr.

Outlook: Underclassmen on the Wildcat roster include sophomores David Brunton, Dan Duffy and Quinten Sherwood along with freshman Vincent Fennell. … “After losing four of our top seven from last year, we are working hard to maintain our position in the PAC standings,” Michael said. “Our progression and improvement during the season is our goal to reach the place we are trying to achieve at the end of the season.”

 

Perkiomen School

Head coach: Greg Martin, first season.

Last year’s record: 3-0 Tri-County League, 5-0 overall.

Runners to watch: Jason Chou, Sr.; Nicole Dan, Sr.; Alex Hallows, Sr.; Sadie Butcher, Jr.; Lynn Liu, Jr.; Kristof Voss, Jr.

Outlook: The Panthers’ ranks are bolstered by underclassmen like sophomores Jeremy Amaro, Lena Blankertz, Connor O’Brian and Grayson Schlupp and freshman Nolan Pedrick. … “With both male and female number one runners graduating, Perkiomen will look to returners to for improvements as well as new talent joining the team this year,” Martin said. “Overall, the Panthers look to have greater depth than in years past that will lessen the reliance on one or two runners.”

 

Perkiomen Valley

Head coach: Ryan Sullivan, 15th season.

2015 Record: 7-2 PAC-10.

Runners to watch: Alex Wagner, Sr.; Zach Davis, Jr.; Matteo Goettler, Jr.; Michael Kelly, Jr.; Keith Langkan, Jr.

Outlook: Vikings have underclassmen Josh Bolan (sophomore) and Dylan Danowski (freshman) showing their stuff. … PV is looking to overcome graduation losses of its top five runners from 2015, among them John Adams, Frankie McGregor and Jeff Montgomery, … “The team is large but very young,” Sullivan said. “We look to improve throughout the year and qualify for the Final Four.”

 

Phoenixville

Head coach: Justin Winters, fifth season.

Last year’s record: 4-5 PAC-10.

Runners to watch: Matt Copeland, Sr.; Max Seaman, Sr.; Alex Seidel, Sr.; Jack Armstrong, Jr.; Eric Beery, Jr.; Kerry Halloran, Jr.; Aaron Hin, Jr.; Zack Kleppe, Jr.; Christian Schaaf, Jr.; Dylan Tezak, Jr. Conor Wilchusky. Soph.

Outlook: The Phoenixville roster is bolstered by newcomers Pat Darcy, Riley Klepe and Brendan Vitz. … “Phantom cross country enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2015-2016, posting their highest finish in the PAC 10 Championships (fourth) in many years,” Winters said. “Graduation has now left a group of extremely talented and hungry runners who are eager to make a name for themselves. After a tremendous summer of training, the young men are ready to build upon the momentum of last year and remain a major force in the PAC. Junior Christian Schaaf seeks to emerge as one of the PAC’s fastest, with teammates Aaron Hin, Conor Wilchusky, Jack Armstrong, Zack Kleppe, Alex Seidel and Max Seaman looking to follow suit.”

 

Pope John Paul II

Head coach: Matt Kavanagh, third season.

Last year’s record: 2-7 PAC-10.

Runners to watch: Robert Erwin, Sr.; Shane Mckeon, Jr.; Jack Phillips, Soph.; John Paul Schiele, Soph.

Outlook: “We have a big group of promising young runners,” Kavanagh said. “We are looking forward to doing well in the newly-formatted PAC.”

 

Pottsgrove

Head coach: Larry Rechtin, 26th season.

Last year’s record: 4-5 PAC-10.

Runners to watch: Garion Coddington, Sr.; R.J. Crowell, Sr.; Andy Lin, Sr.; Michael Neeson, Sr.; Cole Goldcamp, Jr.;

Outlook: Sophomores Mitchell Antenucci, Gabe Craig and Bryce Hampton complement the Falcons’ under-class runners, as does freshman Brandon Henriksen. … “The move to AAA, combined with the small school format of the Frontier Division, will change the way the ‘Grove boys will approach the season,” Rechtin said. “The Falcons hope to contend for the division title, but with only a few boys back with varsity racing experience, we will need to learn how to compete quickly. Michael Neeson gives us a proven leader and we should a have a strong pack from there. Our success will depend on how close that pack can stay to Neeson.”

 

Pottstown

Head coaches: Mary Ann Hill, 14th season; Mark Agnew, sixth season.

Last year’s record: 0-9 PAC-10.

Runners to watch: Josh Gery, Sr.; Kevin Knittle, Sr.; Khalif Burgess, Jr.; Reilly Dugan, Jr.; A.J. Ecker, Jr.; Shane Langevin, Jr.; Martin Metzger, Jr.; Nicholas Wilson, Jr.

Outlook: Sophomores Jacob Bosko and Jamie Sharp are also in the mix for the Trojans. … “After graduating 10 seniors last year, the team is rebuilding,” Hill said. “With 36 runners, we have the largest team so far.

 

Spring-Ford

Head coach: Bryan Sullivan, sixth season.

Last year’s record: 9-0 PAC-10.

Runners to watch: Pat Power, Sr.; Kyle Reed, Sr.; Jack Roshelli, Sr.; Matt Schweitzer, Sr.; Shane Ainscoe, Jr.; J.T. Clark, Jr.; Jake McKenna, Jr.; Milan Sharma, Jr.; Zach Smith, Jr.

Outlook: Sophomore Joey Power bolsters the Rams’ roster. … Spring-Ford is ranked seventh among the state’s Class AAA teams. … “The team should be very good,” Sullivan said. “Defending PAC champions lost only John Conner from that team. Others are a year older and working well together. We’re looking at improving our place within the districts.”

 

Upper Merion

Head coach: Lynda Newhart, 12th season.

Last year’s record: 3-4 Suburban One (American)

Runners to watch: Andrew Leonard, Jr.; Jake Vogel, Jr.; Chime Amaefuna, Soph.; Owen Ebersole, Soph.; Abhi Vagvala, Soph.

Outlook: The Vikings’ 2015 varsity squad ended up a mix of mostly seniors and freshmen. … “After graduating front runner Noah Falasco and three other seniors,” Newhart said, “the boys look to rebuild with a fairly young team. Despite being young, some of the runners do have some varsity experience from last year. The main area of concern, though, is finding leadership after graduating more experienced runners.”

 

Upper Perkiomen

Head coach: Todd Niemann, 14th season.

Last year’s record: 1-8 PAC-10.

Runners to watch: Sam Daub, Sr.; Landon Detweiler, Sr.; Jacob Dockery, Sr.; Luke McGrotty, Sr.; Nick Tedesco, Sr.; Anthony Capreri, Jr.; Hunter Douglass, Jr.; Gage Gardner, Jr.; Evan Hanney, Jr.; Cameron Junk, Jr.; Chris Rynn, Jr.; Ryan Stackhouse, Jr.

Outlook: The Indians are heavy in underclassmen with sophomores Drake Conklin, Luke Homan, Noah Keim, Dylan Simms and Lance Templeton. They have a slew of freshmen in Adam Dockery, Gavin Fuhs, Jacob Heffner, Lane Homan, Ryan Landis, Ethan Markwalter, Mike Milkowich, James Paterson, Cody Schwenk, Graham Thomas and Chase Ziegler … “The boys team nearly doubled in size this year,” Niemann said. “We only graduated one senior from last year, but gained a dozen freshmen. The boys did a great job of putting in the summer miles. We should be more competitive this year — especially at districts — and I look forward to watching this team progress.”

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