Photos by Howard Anderson
Council Rock North coach Dave Marrington and Cardinal O'Hara coach Tom Kennedy were named USTFCCCA Cross Country Coaches of the Year for the state of Pennsylvania, the association announced Wednesday.
USTFCCA names a boys' coach and a girls' coach to the honor each year.
Marrington coached the Council Rock North boys' to the PIAA state cross country championship this past fall. North scored 76 points to win the state title. The team also won the Suburban One League National Conference and PIAA District 1 team crowns.
The win at states was CR North's first state title since 1999, which was before Council Rock split into two schools---North and South.
Watch an interview with Marrington after his team's state title in Hershey:
Kennedy, in his first year as the head coach of the girls' team at Cardinal O'Hara, coached the Lions to the PIAA state cross country title in Class AAA. O'Hara scored 107 points to win. Kennedy's squad also won the Delaware County, Philadelphia Catholic League, and PIAA District 12 team titles leading up to the state meet.
The state title win was O'Hara's first PIAA state crown in not only cross country, but also for the entire school.
Watch an interview with Kennedy after his team's state title win in Hershey, complete with a Delco shoutout: