Photos by Patty Morgan and Kathy Leister
Cardinal O'Hara boys successfully defended their Briarwood Championship title, but had to fight hard to keep it. Ross Wilson of Council Rock North got the best of O'Hara's Kevin James 15:51 to 15:56 to win the individual title. James, however, did lead five in the top 16 to score 43 points and win the team title. Inter-Ac Champions Malvern Prep finished 3rd with 86 points led by a Jaxson Hoey's 9th place finish.
In division 1, Casey Comber earned his 2nd top three finish in a major invitiational, finishing 2nd to lead PA runners in 16:35. In the team race, Lasalle made their invitational debut with a narrow 2 point victory over William Tennent 93-95. Lasalle were led by Brendan Bilotta's 4th place finish, while William Tennent kept it close with their race best 41 second 1-5 spread.
In division 2, Penn Charter's Scott Mason ran 16:37 to cruise to the individual title by nearly 30 seconds. His team also were the top PA squad in the race, finishing 4th with a score of 109 points, trailing three New Jersey schools for the team crown.
For the girls, Central Bucks East took home another team championship trophy, winning the girls championship race with a score of 28 points to defeat Great Valley by 25. Central Bucks East were led by a 1-2-3 finish from Elizabeth Huuki (19:37), Tate Dawson (20:04) and Elizabeth Morris (20:23).
In division 1, Upper Dublin carried the flag for PA, finishing 2nd with a score of 103 points, led by a 7th place finish from freshman Emily Stewart. Garnet Valley's Liz Mcgroarty finished 5th to lead all PA runners in the race.
In division 2, Episcopal Academy finished 3rd with a score of 85 points, just missing 2nd place by 2 points. Alexis Malmberg led the way for the Inter-Ac squad, finishing one place behind PA's top finisher in the race Grace Galligan of Springfield Delco. Kelly Hayes of Pearl River NY had the fastest time of the day, going 19:03.