Paul Robeson won the girls' title with 52 points, edging Central by six points. Finishing in the top 10 for the winning Huskies besides Lewis were Dashera Richardson (fourth, 20:14), Quanisha Grimes (seventh, 20:49) and Anya Curtis (10th, 21:26).
The smaller Philadelphia high schools did very well in AA, thank you. Swenson won the team title with 50 points. And Carver Engineering & Science garnered 24 points for a 4th place finish. But only Paul Robeson qualified for the finals in all three relays, the 4x100, 4x400 and 4x800. In fact, neither Swenson or E&S qualified for more than one each. In the 4x800, Robeson missed a medal by less than a second (Shatievah Lewis, Dashera Richardson, Rochelle Hill-Hunter, Quanisha Grimes). Swenson came back in the afternoon in the 4x100, but were missing sprinter Aatiqah Ali due to injury. Not to worry, just substitute distance runner and two-time state cross country medalist (15th in 2006) Shatievah Lewis, a junior, on the third leg. Lewis handed off to anchor Rochelle Hill-Hunter (in PTXC photo), who stopped the clock at 49.33, good for 3rd place (1st leg: Nikeyah Stafford, 2nd leg: Dashera Richardson). In the closing event of the day, in the rain, Robeson raced Richardson, Lewis, Stafford and Hill-Hunter again, this time in the 4x400. The girls clocked 4:01.78 for 2nd place. (They had run 4:00.93 in the prelims). Not a bad day for the school. But coach Walter Peques, while thrilled with the outcome, says the showing surprised him, especially with the key injury in the 4x100. What most impresses him about this group is the mutual respect they have for each other. "When one of them is going through some kind of adversity, on or off the track, they seem to always be there for each other. There never seems to be any kind of jealousy or envy for one person's success."