Boys Recap - Paul Short Run
Germantown Academy's Robert DiDonato stormed to the win with a big performance and PR. He broke free around the midway point, opening up a gap on a loaded field. The junior kicked it in well and clocked a 15:15, the second fastest 5K of the season in Pennsylvania so far this season.
Last year, he went 16:07 in the heat for 13th at Paul Short, but DiDonato proved he's one of the state's strongest runners on Saturday with the biggest XC win of his career.
It was also a big day for LaSalle College, paced by Ethan Maher's second place finish. The Explorers scored 59 points with a tightly packed 38-second spread and a top five average of 15:44. Maher ran a strong second half of his race to take second in a PR of 15:20. Vincent Twomey (ninth), Bradden Koors (13th), Dan Gervino (18th), and Max Manganiello (23rd) all went sub-16 for a big day for the PA No. 1 squad.
Cedar Crest took second with 185 points -- another strong showing for the reigning District 3 champions. Dulaney (MD) was third with 203 points, followed by Owen J. Roberts (fourth with 242 points) and Lower Merion (fifth with 287 points).
Individually, Garrett Baublitz of Juniata ran well to take third in 15:21, a PR. Garnet Valley's Sean Garrett ran a massive PR of 15:23 to take fourth. Charter School of Wilmington (DE)'s Andrew Avila was fifth in 15:24, followed by Owen Johnson of Calvert Hall (MD), who was sixth in 15:28.
Ben Kuhn of Wyomissing Area made his 2019 invitational debut a successful one. The senior showed his fitness is in a great spot, running 15:43 to run away with the White Race win. After going out hard and fading last year, Kuhn took a more conservative approach this time around and made his move to the lead around the midway point and extended his lead from there.
Alex Patton of Wyalusing Valley was second in 15:58 and Westtown's Constantin Carls also went sub-16, taking third in 15:59. Monroe-Woodbury's Andrew Yi was fourth in 16:00, Jenkintown's Luke Miller took fifth in 16:01, and Harriton's Sam Kartsonis was sixth in 16:02.
Monroe-Woodbury (NY) won the team race rather decisively, putting 133 points on the board. Top-ranked PAISAA squad Westtown School was second with 195 points. Harriton was third with 216 points and Jenkintown took fourth with 241 points.