Cross country hosting inaugural invitational this Saturday

Staff Writer

The Punxsutawney cross country teams will host an invitational this Saturday at the Punxsutawney Country Club, with seven schools and a total of 145 athletes registered to compete in the 3.1-mile race. The course will be similar to the one designed by longtime cross country coach John Smith when the country club hosted the District 9 championships from 1982-1986 and again from 1988-1995. The following schools will be in attendance: Allegheny Clarion Valley, Blairsville, DuBois, DuBois Central Catholic, Karns City, Punxsutawney and Redbank Valley. A total of four races are scheduled, starting with the girls’ varsity race at 9:15 a.m. The boys’ varsity will start at 10 a.m., followed by middle school girls at 10:45 a.m. and finally the middle school boys’ race at 11:15 a.m. Awards are scheduled for 11:45 am, with medals earned by the top 15 individuals in the varsity races and the top 10 individuals in each middle school race. There will also be a team champion plaque for the high school division. There will be a concession stand selling food and drink items, as well as T-shirts, with proceeds going to the Punxsy cross country teams. "Coach John Snyder and I are hoping the athletes will enjoy competing on such a well-manicured surface, and we are glad the country club is willing to host us for this meet,” Punxsy boys’ cross country coach George Wehrle said. Pictured here are members of the Punxsy cross country program with some of the awards and shirts that will be presented Saturday. (Photo submitted)