Carly Seymour of Central Cambria established a new meet record Saturday at the Forest Hills Cross Country Invitational.

The Red Devil sophomore ran the course in a time of 18:47, bettering the mark of 19:01 set by Forest Hills runner Leanna Nastase in 2001.

Defending District 6 cross country champion sophomore Sarah Strayer of Forest Hills was second (20:06) on Saturday. Annie Cekada of Central Cambria (20:30), Shannon Yingling of Bishop McCort (20:51) and Dani Williams of Bishop Guilfoyle (21:11) finished third through fifth, respectively.

The Central Cambria girls earned the team title with 35 points, ahead of Forest Hills (67), Bishop McCort (75), Marion Center (140) and Derry Area (148).

On the boys side, Travis Dean of Westmont took the title in a time of 16:53. Billy Moore of Blairsville was second in a time of 17:13 followed by Bishop McCort’s Mitch Rosko (17:20), Shane Simmons of Central Cambria (17:27) and Gary Smith of Washington (17:29).

Central Cambria’s boys claimed the team title with 76 points, followed by Bishop McCort (97), Forest Hills (162), Washington (162) and Chestnut Ridge (176).

Yingling, a senior, is the oldest of the four McCort sisters who are all members of the cross country squad. Kara Yingling is a

sophomore on the team while twins Kelsi and Leah are freshmen.

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United High School celebrated the 50th anniversary of its football field on Saturday afternoon with free admission for all attendees, various activities for alumni and a game program which featured pictures from back in the era of the 50’s.

The field, now known as Thomas J. Madill Field was originally called Buena Vista Field, which was dedicated on Oct. 29, 1955.

The 2005 Lions football squad made the celebration complete with a 14-7 victory over Homer-Center, the 60th meeting between those two teams. The Wildcats still hold a 30-29-1 edge over the Lions.

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The local picks battle tightened this week.

Mike Mastovich, Matt Jordan and I all went 14-2 – my losses came at the hands of Ligonier Valley and Johnstown – while sports editor Eric Knopsnyder and Shawn Curtis were both 13-3. The rebel Ethan Blough was 12-4.

Overall, Mastovich pulled ahead of the field for a 27-5 mark, followed by Curtis (26-6), Knopsnyder (25-7), Jordan and I (both 24-8), and Blough (22-10).

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Pitt might want to consider dropping Mid-American Conference opponents from its future schedule and adding Seton Hill.

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