It was the best of times Saturday at Forest Hills Middle School.
For the first time in nearly four decades, the District 6 Cross Country Championships were held at a site that wasn’t in the far eastern portion of the district when it took place Saturday at the Rangers’ course.
“We were real pleased with the way everything went,” Forest Hills cross country coach Tom Hunter said. “We wanted to do a good job and we’ve received nothing but positive feedback.”
The meet included over 650 runners from 35 schools and went off without any major hitches – including the weather, which while breezy and brisk, was cooperative.
Parking was one of the biggest concerns and that was handled by individuals working in the lot.
There was an issue with scoring after the first race, but that was quickly resolved by the scorers and the rest of the meet went smoothly.
Hunter said that there was plenty of credit to go around.
“Our custodial staff cut the course and our athletic director, Joe Gironda, really kept on top of everything that was going on,” Hunter said. “The parents of our booster club were busy all day at the refreshment stand. We could not have done this without all the help that we got from throughout the school district.”
Forest Hills will host the event again next year.
“We look to continue to improve,” Hunter said.
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Gridiron playoffs on horizon: With just one week remaining in the high school football season, many teams have already earned their spot in postseason play.
In the District 6 Class A rankings, Heritage Conference champion Homer-Center is the lone unbeaten team remaining and holds the top spot with 138.89 points followed by Bellwood-Antis with 130 and Portage with 128.75.
Penns Manor (117.78), Bishop Guilfoyle (111.11), Juniata Valley (84.44), Bishop Carroll (81.11) and Northern Cambria (72.22) round out the playoff field.
In District 6 Class AA, Richland is also the lone unbeaten team and holds the top spot with 1250 points followed by Mount Union (1030), Central (990) and Tyrone (980). Central Cambria and Ligonier Valley are tied with 660 points with Bald Eagle Area (630) and Forest Hills (580) currently rounding out the top eight.
Undefeated Clearfield and University Prep are 1-2 in the District 5-6-8-9 standings with Somerset in the third spot. Greater Johnstown and Punxsutawney both have 3-6 records but the Trojans have a 20-point advantage over the Chucks for the fourth spot.
In District 5 Class AA, Bedford holds the top spot and hosts second-seeded Chestnut Ridge this week.
Berlin Brothersvalley and Meyersdale are 1-2 in the District 5 Class A rankings with the Mountaineers holding a one-point edge over the Red Raiders.
Northern Bedford and Tussey Mountain are tied for third while North Star and Windber are deadlocked in fifth. Shade holds the seventh spot.
Cory Isenberg is a sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at Twitter.com/CoryIsenbergTD.