These Power Rankings are not meant to predict the Outcome of State Meets in November. In fact, some schools on this list aren't even in the same classification.
Because Cross Country is so unpredictable and there are so many variables at play, these power rankings are somewhat speculative. They are derived from a combination of performances, analytics, and opinions.
Girls Top 10 Teams - POWER RANKINGS Edition #3
North Allegheny obliterated the competition at PIAA Foundation scoring just 54 points. They placed their starting five inside the top 20, and finished with a 1-5 average of 19:27. The next closest team was 70-points out.
Dallastown didn't compete this weekend but was most recently victorious at the Ben Bloser Bulldog Invitational. Dallastown placed three in the top 10 to average 19:40 and score a 47 point victory.
We still haven't seen Emmaus compete since their dominant success at Northampton, time will tell where they shake out at Paul Short.
State College finished second to North Allegheny at the PIAA Foundation Invitational in the 3A race. The team was in a clear second place, with a 20:06 average. State College placed four in the Top-25.
Hershey outscored Downingtown West to win the Carlisle Invitational. On the heels of a stellar performance by lead runner Brooke Preputnick, Hershey averaged 19:24 over the fast course. The team placed four runners inside the Top-30.
We finally got to see Mount Lebanon at full strength and they proved us right. Logan St. John Kletter finished second at PIAA Foundation, and her teammate Caroline Adams finished 13th to power Mount Lebanon to a third place finish at the meet. With a 20:16 average, Mount held off hard charging squads from Owen J. Roberts and Perkiomen Valley.
Speaking of Owen J Roberts. They launch well into the Top-10 after a stout performance at the PIAA Foundation Invitational. They were just behind Mount Lebanon in the effort, scoring only 9 points more than the third place finishing team. Claire Zubey led the way for OJR, and helped the team secure the finish.
Rival Perkiomen Valley was hot on their heals and scored only 17-points more than OJR. PV doesn't have a front-runner to challenge Zubey, but that do have a better pack compression, boasting a 29-second split over the Hershey Parkview course.
Downingtown West earn their ranking after a runner-up finish at Carlisle. They were a mere 30 points behind Hershey in the scoring thanks to their 19:37 average. They do have a front runner in Carolyn Tarpley who finished third at Carlisle, plus four other seniors who know what it means to compete at this high of a level.
Chambersburg was third at Carlisle. They're a balanced squad led by Camryn Kiser who finished second this week. They sneak into the rankings after a strong performance this past week.
NR - Teams on the Bubble