Yost, Orsi Claim Pat Amato Frosh/Soph Titles

Dalton Yost found himself in the winner's circle for the first time in his high school career. File Photo.

For Dalton Yost and Renata Orsi, Tuesday was special. For both it was a moment of triumph in high school careers that are enjoying rising trajectories. 

For Orsi, it was not her first high school win. Truth is, she won on the very same course last year in the JV race of the Pat Amato Classic. That time, it was 19:43. This time, it was 19:21 and quite a bit more than enough to take the girls title in the Pat Amato Frosh/Soph meet. 

With times like 19:21 popping up on her resume, it's doubtful Orsi spends much more time on the JV circuit.

Dalton Yost, on the other hand found his first high school win ever on Tuesday. Yost's time of 17:50 was a PR by two seconds gave him six seconds of edge on George Washington's Henry Shugart. Only Yost and Shugart managed to punch through 18 minutes on the day. Prior to this race, Yost's highest finish ever in a high school cross country race was 15th.

So, it was a red-letter day for Yost.

Erie showed the best overall team depth on Tuesday, winning the boys team title with Timothy Fritsche and Alexander Walker claiming top-ten finishes.

Girls team honors pointed in the direction of Rocky Mountain. Orsi got the Lobos started off right, and Karmen Rieger added a third-place finish. But, second place was Sophia Abernethy of Standley Lake. Orsi's and Rieger's efforts provided just enough margin to hold off the Gators for team honors.