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2021 In Review: Girls Cross Country

EDITOR’S NOTE: As a step in getting ready for the start of fall 2022 league competition, is taking a look back at the 2021 season in District 2.

Team champions

Crestwood won both the District 2 Class 3A and Wyoming Valley Conference championships.

Holy Redeemer and Montrose won the District 2 Class 2A and A titles.

Abington Heights was the Lackawanna League champion.

Individual champions

Crestwood’s Molly DeMarzo, in Class 3A; Dallas’ Madison Hedglin, in Class 2A; and Elk Lake’s Krista Jones, in Class A, were the District 2 winners.

State impact

The Montrose team and Forest City freshman Kate Korty each finished third in the state in Class A at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Championships in Hershey.

Korty led a strong group of individuals in Class A.

Elk Lake’s Jones was eighth, Mountain View’s Carissa Flynn was 13th, Riverside’s Lacey Danilovitz was 14th and Forest City’s Rachel Korty was 18th in Class A.

Hedglin was 15th in Class 2A.

The top 25 in each race earned state medals.


Lackawanna League: Abington Heights 23-0, Montrose 21-2, Honesdale 21-2, Valley View 20-3, North Pocono 19-4, Scranton 19-4, Lakeland 15-8, Mountain View 15-8, Scranton Prep 15-8, Blue Ridge 14-9, Wallenpaupack 14-9, Delaware Valley 13-10, Elk Lake 13-10, Holy Cross 11-12, Forest City 10-13, Mid Valley 7-16, Old Forge 7-16, Susquehanna 5-18, West Scranton 5-18, Riverside 4-19, Western Wayne 3-20, Lackawanna Trail 2-21, Dunmore 1-22, Carbondale 0-23.

Wyoming Valley Conference: Crestwood 16-0, Holy Redeemer 15-1, Hazleton Area 14-2, Dallas 13-3, Lake-Lehman 12-4, Berwick 9-7, MMI Prep 9-7, Northwest 9-7, Wyoming Valley West 9-7, Hanover Area 7-9, Pittston Area 7-9, Tunkhannock 4-12, Wyoming Seminary 4-12, Nanticoke 3-12, Wyoming Area 3-13, Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech 0-14 Wilkes-Barre Area 0-15.

Power Rankings

Crestwood finished the season as the No. 1 team in the Century Dental Associates Cross Country Power Ranking of District 2 teams.

The Lady Comets were followed by No. 2 Montrose, No. 3 Abington Heights, No. 4 Holy Redeemer, No. 5 Dallas, No. 6 Honesdale, No. 7, Valley View, No. 8 North Pocono, No. 9, Lake-Lehman, No. 10 Scranton, No. 11 Delaware Valley, No. 12 Elk Lake.


Holy Redeemer and Montrose each won their fourth straight district team championships. … Crestwood’s DeMarzo and Elk Lake’s Jones each won their third district titles. … Crestwood and DeMarzo also won titles in the Ed Narkiewicz/WVC Coaches Championship Meet at Wyoming County Fairgraounds, the site of the District 2 final. … Wyoming Area’s Madelyn Keating, the district champion and a state medalist in Class 2A in 2020, qualified for a return trip to the state meet with her performance at the District 2 Championships in her first race back from reconstructive knee surgery. … Abington Heights’ unbeaten Lackawanna League season included beating Montrose, one of the two teams that tied for second, on a sixth-runner tiebreaker after they were tied through five runners on each team. … Mountain View’s Kathryn Long placed 27th in the state in Class A, two spots out of a state medal.

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