Blue Devil cross country teams split with Bishop Guilfoyle

The Bellwood-Antis cross country teams put out the welcome mat for Bishop Guilfoyle on Tuesday.
The B-A boys team (5-0) edged the Marauders 27-32, to remain undefeated, while with Sonja Hinish finishing first, the BG girls handed the Lady Blue Devils (4-1) their first loss of the season 27-29.
Will Edwards crossed the finsh line first in the boys competition with a time of 18:11. Aaron Bell finished fifth (19:24), Brandon Beech sixth (20:28), Jason Nedimyer seventh (20:31) and Josh Ervine eighth (21:48) to score points for the Blue Devils. (The top five finishers for each team earn points.)
Mike Thomas (21:49) ninth and freshman Jamie Rimmey (21:56) 10th also finished in the top 10 for the Bellwood-Antis boys.
“The boys did a real nice job,” said Bellwood-Antis coach Julie Roseborough. “Will was very aggressive yesterday in getting his first place finish. Aaron Bell is still working out some problems with asthma, but is coming around. This was a true team effort. Bishop Guilfoyle had the number two, three and four finishers. That usually translates to a win. With Will coming in first and Aaron, Jason, Josh, Mike and Jamie all finishing in front of their fourth and fifth runners, the pack gave us the win.”
Allison Cherry battled Hinish for the Lady Blue Devils before settling for second place to lead the B-A girls with a second place finish in 21:46. Jenna Ralston (24:35) was fifth, Sarah Bell (26:02) was sixth, Cathy Mock (26:18) finished seventh, Rachel Bilka (28:13) was ninth and Amanda Houtz (28:30) was 10th.
“The girls ran well,” said Roseborough. “We needed one girl somewhere to finish ahead of a BG girl, but I don’t know where that could have happened. It wasn’t that they didn’t put forth the effort. With the exception of Allison, none of the girls have any experience running cross country before this year.
“The Hinish girl is a wonderful runner and overall, Bishop Guilfoyle is very solid.”
Bellwood-Antis will run in the Altoona Invitational on Saturday and then get back into the Mountain Athletic Conference schedule by hosting Penns Valley on Tuesday.