BROOKVILLE — Slogging through a slow and muddy course from the recent heavy rain, the Brookville cross country teams hosted Elk County Catholic, DuBois Central Catholic and Kane Tuesday afternoon.
On the scoreboard, it was the hosts taking five of six varsity decisions, the only exception being the Raiders dropping a close one to defending D9 Class 1A champion Elk County Catholic, 26-30.
In other scores, Brookville's boys beat Kane (19-39) and DCC (21-40) while the Lady Raiders swept to wins over ECC (20-43), Kane (15-50) and DCC (17-46).
That's an encouraging sign for the Raiders, who battled last year's PIAA state runner-up that has three runners back from that lineup, led by reigning D9 champion Ben Hoffman.
It was Raiders senior Ethan Brentham, who beat Hoffman to the line in 17:58, just over 27 seconds ahead of Hoffman. ECC's Isaac Wortman (18:57) was third with Kane's John Wolfe (19:09) fourth. ECC's other returning state lineup scorer, Jacob Carnovale, was fifth overall in 19:11.
But Brookville put its other scoring runners in the 6, 10, 11 and 12 positions to make things interesting. Bryce Baughman (19:32) was sixth, Calvin Doolittle (20:12) 10th, Dillon Olson (20:30) 11th and Hayden Kriamer (20:43) 12th. Jace Miner was the Raiders' sixth runner in 21:42.
DCC's Jonny Ritsick (19:37) and Joseph Piccirillo (19:43) were seventh and eighth respectively.
Kane put the first two runners across the line in the girls' race with Emily Peterson (22:49) and Raenn Asel (23:18) finishing 1-2. ECC's Chelsea Hunt was third in 23:36 before Brookville put eight of the next nine runners across the line.
Emma Fiscus led the Lady Raiders in fourth at 23:48. Sadie Shofestall (24:30) and Elissa McNeil (24:54) were fifth and sixth while Jennifer Kidder (8th, 26:12) and Emily Martz (9th, 26:12) completed the team's scoring lineup.
Dani MacBeth (10th, 26:45), Samantha Hetrick (11th, 26:45) and Aubry Noble (12th, 27:11) finished after the scorers.
DCC's top finisher was Emily Williams (7th, 25:07). Beth Williams was 13th in 28:52.
In the two-mile junior high race, ECC's Adam Straub won the boys' race in 13:49 with Brookville's Hunter Rupp (14:26), Jack Pete (14:40) and Nick Shaffer (15:24) finishing 2-3-4.
Brookville put the first five runners across the line in the girls' race, led by Anna Fiscus (17:51). After her were Madeline Golier (18:05), Ella Fiscus (18:26), Teran Viglione (19:41) and Audrey Barrett (20:12).
Brookville heads to Punxsutawney next Tuesday.