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NW’s Stitzel crosses 900-win milestone

The Northwestern Lehigh cross country teams competed in their first two Colonial League regular season meets of the year last week.

The team’s longtime head coach Chris Stitzel crossed a milestone during last Thursday’s meet, earning the 900th victory of his coaching career.

Here’s a look at the Tigers’ first two meets.

Tuesday, Sept. 12

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The Northwestern girls went a perfect 3-0 during a Colonial League cross country meet at Bangor, while the Tiger boys finished 2-1.

Sophia Cornell paced the Northwestern girls with a second-place showing, while teammate Haley Dubois crossed in fourth place.

In the boys race, Xander Giandomenico had the best finish for the Tigers, placing seventh.


Northwestern 20, Bangor 39

Northwestern 15, Pen Argyl 50

Wilson 16, Northwestern 43

1. C. Hibell (Palm) 16:20.50, 2. J. Sunderlin (W) 16:46.20, 3. C. Eller (W) 17:07.50, 4. S. Matharu (W), 5. A. Twist (B), 6. B. Samayon (W), 7. X. Giandomenico (NW), 8. H. Kuder (W), 9. S. Kershner (NW), 10. G. Wellings (NW), 11. J. Hall (W), 12. A. Silfies (W), 13. N. Provonne (W), 14. B. Furman (NW), 15. A. Saas (W).


Northwestern 15, Bangor 49

Northwestern 20, Wilson 42

Northwestern 15, Pen Argyl 50

1. A. Errico (W) 19:44.30, 2. S. Cornell (NW) 21:22.10, 3. E. Heil (NL) 21:31.00, 4. H. Dubois (NW), 5. E. Rex (P), 6. D. Szwst (NL), 7. K. Pedron (NW), 8. M. Fornwalt (NW), 9. D. Heinly (NW), 10. K. Griffith (NW), 11. K. Colon (W), 12. H. Fenstermaker (NL), 13. G. Hartzell (B), 14. E. Gad (NL), 15. A. Smedstad (NW).

Thursday, Sept. 14

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Northwestern head coach Chris Stitzel earned his 900th-career victory during a Colonial League meet at Catasauqua.

Stitzel, now in his 25th season, also reached the 500-win mark with the girls program. Both Tiger teams posted 4-1 marks, falling to Southern Lehigh.

Northwestern’s Xander Giodomenico placed third, while the Tigers’ Sean Kershner finished fifth.

Northwestern’ Sophia Cornell crossed the line fourth in the girls race, helping Stitzel reach his milestone.


Northwestern 20, Palmerton 42

Northwestern 15, Northern Lehigh 50

Northwestern 15, Catasauqua 50

Northwestern 15, Salisbury 50

Southern Lehigh 24, Northwestern 33

1. Connor Hibell (P) 17:00, 2. Gregory Rubino (SL) 17:43, 3. Xander Giandomenico (NW) 18:00, 4. Peter Jones (SL), 5. Sean Kershner (NW), 6. Miles Etters (SL), 7. Greyson Wellings (NW), 8. Gabriel Ruggeri (SL), 9. Henry Parrish (SL), 10. Sungwon Yu (SL), 11. Brady Furman (NW), 12. Jonathan Fornauf (NW), 13. Tyler Lehr (NW), 14. Stanley Wempe (SL), 15. Joshua Garges (SL).


Northwestern 17, Palmerton 44

Northwestern 15, Catasauqua 50

Northwestern 15, Salisbury 50

Southern Lehigh 18, Northwestern 45

Northwestern 21, Northern Lehigh 40

1. Caelee Lenhart (SL) 20:27.00, 2. Celia Knoedler (SL) 21:02, 3. Emily Batten (S) 21:10, 4. Sophia Cornell (NW), 5. Lauren Miller (SL), 6. Delaney Levin (SL), 7. Zoe Vezenov (SL), 8. Alivia Bear (C), 9. Emma Heil (NL), 10. Ava Smith (C), 11. Erin McMenamy (SL), 12. Neva Bogert (SL), 13. Elizabeth Kane (SL), 14. Kellcey Pedron (NW), 15. Haley DuBois (NW).

PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Northwestern cross country head coach Chris Stitzel earned his 900th win during a meet last week.