NTL CROSS-COUNTRY: TOWANDA RUNNERS CONTINUE STRING OF SUCCESS IN 2023
(2023-11-10)Northern Tier Sports Report
It was another strong season for Towanda runners this fall, highlighted by the Black Knight boys team taking home the NTL Division-II league title.
“I’m just very pleased with a great year on both the girls and boys side,” said Towanda coach Mike Maurer. “We saw huge improvement from the start of the year.”
The boys’ only dual meet loss was to NEB this year, in the final meet of the season they edged Troy for the Large School title.
At the league meet the Towanda boys took second with 72 places as they had three top 15 finishers in Jack Tavani, Jacob Carr, and Eric McGee.
On the girls’ side Izzy Larson had a top five performance, taking fourth overall.
Larson had her best race of the season at the District IV, Class AA championships, breaking 20 minus and taking 10th overall to earn a state berth - all while running with a stress fracture, which they found out about later.
The girls’ team finished 10th overall in one of the tougher districts in the state.
The boys came up just a little short of their team goal at the District IV, Class A finals, taking third by two points to miss out on another team trip.
However, they did send three individuals - Jack Tavani, Jacob Carr, and Wyatt Stranger.
At states Tavani and Carr both finished in the top 100.
Things look bright for the Knights future, with the boys and girls bringing back six of their top seven. And, at the junior high level, Towanda runners won both the girls and boys race at the NTL meet.
“We will miss our seniors but we have a large chunk of our line-ups returning on both sides,” Maurer said.
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