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Werner, Moyer led NEB to NTL Championship title.

By: Brian Fees | Towanda Daily Review | October 12, 2014 | Photo courtesy Brian Fees


2014 NTL Coaches InviteLERAYSVILLE - Led by a 1-2 finish from Lydia Werner and Karli Moyer, the Northeast Bradford Girls brought home the title at the NTL Coaches' Invitational on Saturday morning.

For the Panthers the victory Saturday wraps up a week in which the team also captured the NTL title on Tuesday.

"I absolutely love it," Werner said of the team's success. "All of the team has worked so hard for it.

"I couldn't ask for anything more."

For Moyer having this kind of success as a freshman is special.

It's awesome," she said. "It's nothing that I expected."

Werner and Moyer ran stride for stride most of the race, before Werner finished first in 20:35 and Moyer close behind in 20:41.

For Werner having Moyer to push her this year has been fun.

"I absolutely love it," she aid. "I enjoy her running with me. She's not only a teammate, she's a good friend."

For Moyer Saturday was an adjustment running her first NTL Coaches' Invitational as a high school runner, but having Werner there helped.

"The competition is a lot harder (then junior high)," Myer said. "It helps having her (Werner) there to push me."

Wellsboro was second in the team standings at 60 point, followed by North Penn-Mansfield at 93, Athens at 128, Canton at 136, Wyalusing at 138, Towanda at 140, CV at 193 and Troy at 195.

At the start of the race it was Sayre's Sydney Beeman leading the pace and Werner and Moyer didn't want to push it too hard to stay with her.

"I didn't want to do anything crazy at the beginning," Werner said.

For Beeman after the fast start she was caught by a few runners, but settled in to bring home a fifth-place finish in 21:05.

"I felt really good the first mile," Beeman said. "The two Northeast girls came up behind me and I don't know if it slowed me down.

For Beeman this season has been a bit of an adjustment. The junior is also a starter on the soccer team and the way the schedules have worked have made it hard for her to run as much.

"I did well this season I think," Beeman said. "It's been really tough, everything is at the same time, I haven't run as much as I would like to."

With just one team and five runner making states in AA girls this year Beeman knows he needs to get off to a fast start and have a good run at districts.

"I am hoping to drop my time more and try and make states with just five going," Beeman said.

After Werner, a junior, who was first, the next three finishers, and four of the next five, were freshmen.

Wellsboro freshman Anna Bleggi finished third in 20:59.

Bleggi had a good kick at the finish, to move up to the third spot.

"It felt good," Bleggi said. 'I didn't think I would do that at the end, but it just came out of me."

For Bleggi running in varsity is a big change.

"It's a lot different," Bleggi said. "It feels so different to run with all the older people."

After a strong finish on Saturday the Wellsboro freshman has some confidence as she prepares for districts.

"I'm pretty confident about that," she said.

Canton's Randi Jennings was just three seconds behind Bleggi, finishing fourth in 21:02.

"It was OK, a littler slower then I wanted," Jennings said of the race.

For the Canton freshman running in the longer race this year was different.

"It's a lot different, junior high is 1.5 miles and this is 3.1," Jennings said.

One of the keys for Jennings was to keep her pace and not try and run with the leaders all race.

"It was a little hard at first," Jennings said. "But, then I got my pace and stayed with it."

Now Jennings is excited for the district meet at Bloomsburg on Oct. 23.

"I'm really excited, I hope to do really good," she said.

Beeman took fifth and she was followed by another freshman as Troy's Courtney Case took sixth in 21:54.

"It was fun, a lot different then junior high," Case said. "It's a lot different, but they are all really nice people."

The Troy freshman was excited by her finish.

"I was happy with it," she said. "It was a really good race to me."

Case didn't try and worry about what the other runners in the race did, she was just concentrating on her own pace.

"I cam to run, just to run and don't worry about the competition," she said.

Now Case will prepare for districts.

"This probably gives me a little confidence," she said. "Whatever happens, happens."

North Penn-Mansfield's Brittany Weiskopff was seventh in 21:59, followed by Wyalusing's Morgan Sutton (22:05), NP-Mansfield's Logan Wilson (22:08) and Wellsboro' Camryn Keane (22:14) and Jordyn Coffee (22:22).

NEB's Ella Brown (22:23) and NP-Mansfield's Lindsey Payne (22:24) and Ayla Rohl (22:25) rounded out the top 15 who earned medals.

In the junior high race Troy won at 29 points, edging CV who had the core. The race came down to the sixth-place finisher where Sophie Williams of Troy (13:22) edged Jozie Shomo of CV (13:41).

NEB' Krista Hallett wont he race in 11:36, followed by Troy' Madeline DeLosa (11:45) and Katherine Polakows (11:55), CV's Jules Jones (12:22) and Canton's Josie Kelley (12:47).

CV's Kaitlyn Streeter (12:54), Troy's Madisyn Baxter (13:03), CV's Lilli Hepfer (13:03) and Claire Miller (13:06) and Wellsboro's Jaime Palmer (13:06) rounded out the top 10.


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Brian Fees is the sports editor of the Daily & Sunday Review in Towanda, PA.