Madonna’s Quatrocchi, Harrison Central’s Arnold win at Franciscan

OFF THEY GO — Local cross country teams start the girls portion of the Franciscan Invite Thursday at Franciscan University of Steubenville. -- Andrew Grimm).

STEUBENVILLE — Several local cross country teams competed in the Franciscan High School Invitational Thursday evening at Franciscan University of Steubenville, with Weirton Madonna’s Angelo Quatrocchi taking top spot in the boys portion and Harrison Central’s Jasmine Arnold crossing the finish line first in the girls portion.

Quatrocchi finished with a time of 17:20, which was one second ahead of Catholic Central’s Patrick Kuebler.

Weir’s top finisher was Cole Girod who crossed the line in 17:28 to take third place in the individual results, followed by Oak Glen’s Nathan Atkinson who crossed fourth in 17:34.

Brooke’s Matthew Harvey rounded out the top 5, crossing in 17:47. Harrison Central’s first finisher was sixth place Keishi Arnold who crossed with a time of 18:20. Oak Glen’s Hunter Gorby came across in seventh at 18:27. Harrison Central’s Logan Laney was eighth with a time of 18:30. Ninth went to Oak Glen’s Jeremy Adams at 18:35. Catholic Central’s Joe Rohde rounded out the top-10 with a time of 18:48.

Indian Creek’s top finisher in the boys event was Colin Brown, who came in 11th with a time of 18:54. The top finisher in the boys run from Steubenville Big Red was Gus Sirilla, who came in 28th with a time of 21:20.

Weir took the top spot in the team scores with a 52, followed by a 59 from Harrison Central. Brooke and Oak Glen each came in at 61, while Steubenville Big Red finished with a 144. Madonna, Catholic Central and Indian Creek did not have enough finishers to turn in a team score.

“I like it here,” Harrison Central coach Doug Drapp said. “It was the first time on this course, and I like the course. I think we performed well. We had some personal records today which is good.”

In the girls portion, Arnold finished well in front of the rest of the pack with a time of 20:42.

“It felt great,” Arnold said. “I was happy with it. The course was nice; it wasn’t too hilly. There was a lot of downhill, too. I liked it. I would definitely come back.”

Indian Creek had all four of its finishers cross in the top-10 of the girls run, led by Leia Hunt who came in second with a time of 21:31. Big Red’s Beatrice Wear came in third with a time of 21:50. Oak Glen’s first female finisher was Kennedy Quinlan, who was fourth with a time of 21:55. Indian Creek’s Spencer Neville rounded out the top 5 with a time of 22:28.

“It was a nice event and a nice, small race,” Indian Creek coach Chris Hoover said. “It was a bunch of local teams with a lot of good runners. I’m very happy with their performance today and they set a lot of personal records. It was a nice course. It’s well maintained and was built for the runners to be able to stride out.”

Hoover also liked the local aspect of the event.

“When it’s local teams it increases the camaraderie where they get to know each other,” he said. “They get to see each other many times throughout the season and that helps build relationships between teams.”

Oak Glen’s Olivia Arneault was sixth with a time of 23:07. Indian Creek’s Paige Vantilburg came in seventh with a time of 25:11, followed by teammate Susie Rudolph who was eighth with a 25:29. Sophie Perrone was the top finisher for Brooke, coming in ninth with a time of 25:33. Big Red’s Sydney Emery rounded out the top-10, crossing the line in 27:38.

There were no team scores for the girls portion because Harrison Central was the only school to have enough finishers to turn in a score.