Joel Alberts’ running resume includes two victories in the Chestnut Hill Cross Country Classic.  On September 10, the Phil-Mont Christian Academy track/cross country coach was denied a hat trick of victories in the event and had to settle for second place. 

But that seemed to be O.K. for Joel because the victor was one of his former athletes, Andrew Maienshein.

Andrew, who has been attending Geneva College in Western Pennsylvania, finished in 16:50, almost 15 seconds ahead of Joel Alberts.  Joel Degroot-Lutzner and Jasper Anderson, both runners at Masterman High School, finished third and fourth followed by the Wanderers’ Phil Ranly in 18:45. 

Laurie Smith was the top women’s finisher in 21:02.  Other meet regulars who excelled at the cross country race were Tom Jennings from the Ambler Running Club who finished in 21:18 and Bruce Gilbert, a veteran and accomplished masters runner, who was timed in 27:21.

The Chestnut Hill Classic is put on by the Wanderers in conjunction with Chestnut Hill Academy.  Lola and Mel did their usual outstanding job at the registration table.

Conditions for the race, which has often been beset by heavy rains or intense heat, were just about perfect, overcast and temperatures in the 70’s.

Race Results

Andrew Maienshein16:50 Olivia Byron24:56Springside
Joel Alberts17:04 Tyler Porfirio25:14VFMA
Julian Degroot-Lutzner18:01Masterman Scott Salisbury25:24CHA
Jasper Anderson18:02Masterman Brittany Belo25:31EA
Philip Ranly18:45 Jenifer Ailva25:52Springside
Leonard Wainstein19:15Masterman Eunice Tu25:54EA
Faisal Khaled19:25Masterman Meghan McManus26:03EA
Zac Endter19:57Springfield Chloe Vadot26:30EA
Jerry Iannacci20:19 Kevin Feeley27:03Masterman
David Eapen20:43Masterman Bruce Gilbert27:21
Wyatt Saint Clair20:44Masterman Devon Singmaster27:24GA
Laurie Smith21:02 Lauren Altman27:44GA
Mark Frazza21:05 Kate Holland27:53EA
Tom Jennings21:18 Darine Megerian29:18EA
George Kunkel22:49CHA Jackie Lawler31:22GA
James Yan22:55Masterman Kathleen O’Reilly32:04EA
Wyn Race23:39CHA Amirah Lewis34:23Springside
Katherine Hons24:23EA    


Race photos