Dallas senior Mitchell Rome places second in Robbins Invitational

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Dallas’ Mitchell Rome takes the lead during the Wyoming Valley Striders 44th annual Cliff Robbins Sr. Memorial High School Invitational Cross Country Races in Dallas. - Dallas Post file photo

Dallas senior Mitchell Rome finished second Saturday in the 44th annual Cliff Robbins Invitational at Misericordia University’s Letterkenny Fields.

Rome completed the 3.1-mile course in 17:00, seven seconds behind Scranton sophomore Josh Christianson.

The season-opening meet was run on what also serves as Dallas’ home course.

Stephen Postupak, who helped Dallas to a state championship two years ago, returned to the course and competitive running as a senior at Scranton Prep, placing fifth in 17:51.

Lukas Volpetti, a Holy Redeemer senior from Dallas, was seventh.

Lake-Lehman sophomore Chandler Longstreth was 22nd in the 235-runner field and Dallas’ Brendan Fleschut grabbed the last of the 25 medals that were available to individual finishers in each race.

The girls race drew a field of 133 runners with Lake-Lehman taking two of the top four spots.

Madison Brdaric was third in 21:02 and Abby Paczewski was fourth in 21:11.

Dallas had two medalists – Megan Borton in 11th and Kaitlyn Hodakowski in 21st.

Lake-Lehman’s Nick Hockenbury was second of 159 runners in the junior high boys race, finishing five seconds behind Montrose’s Samuel Stashko in 11:36.

Peter Federici from Dallas was ninth, Stephen Kapsick from Lake-Lehman was 15th and Aiden Cotter from Dallas was 20th.

Dallas placed Kira Pomrinke and Ella Fleschut seventh and 21st in the 154-runner junior high girls race.

Dallas’ Mitchell Rome takes the lead during the Wyoming Valley Striders 44th annual Cliff Robbins Sr. Memorial High School Invitational Cross Country Races in Dallas.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_TTL090118XC2.jpgDallas’ Mitchell Rome takes the lead during the Wyoming Valley Striders 44th annual Cliff Robbins Sr. Memorial High School Invitational Cross Country Races in Dallas. Dallas Post file photo

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