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. Our Power Rankings are based on Invitational scoring and do not take into account dual meets.
Girls Top 10 Teams - POWER RANKINGS Edition #4
North Allegheny didn't compete this weekend but most recently obliterated the competition at PIAA Foundation scoring just 54 points.
Last week, OJR launched themselves into the Top-10 by Speaking of Owen J Roberts with a third place finish at PIAA Foundation. This week they catapulted themselves to the #2 slot by winning the Paul Short Brown race. It was an absurd performance from OJR on Friday, as six girls ran sub 20 and five ran personal bests. Jane Kratz (OJR's No.2) ran 18:44, despite never having broke 20-minutes. Ava Taylor ran 19:08, Grace Fennell ran 19:25, Khya D'Angelo ran 19:34 and Maggie Lustig ran 19:59. PLUS, Claire Zubey was out front and freshman Nora Horton ran a three+ minute PR to earn the seven stick. It was a breakout performance all-around.
OJR's stellar performance, shouldn't discount what Emmaus accomplished this weekend. Emmaus finished second to OJR and achieved a sub-19 minute average (18:59). Senior Hailey Reinhard stepped up in a big way to run 18:12. Madelyn McCartney joined her in the Top-20 and led a strong team effort. OJR edged them out by a narrow three points, which could have easily swayed in Emmaus' direction.
State College didn't compete this weekend but most recently finished second to North Allegheny at the PIAA Foundation Invitational in the 3A race.
Perkiomen Valley was in the team hunt at Paul Short with Emmaus and rival OJR, scoring nine points more than OJR. It was a true battle between the Top-5 teams and we were the beneficiaries witnessing a fantastic race. Three of PV's top five ran personal bests as Allison Matasich and Abrielle Schweitzer broke 19 for the first time to finish in 29th and 31st respectively.
Mount Lebanon didn't run their full lineup but still finished second to USA No. 13 - Morgantown (WV) at the Bald Eagle Invitational (White Oak Park)
Dallastown falls to the No. 7 slot after finishing fourth at Paul Short behind OJR, Emmaus and Perkiomen Valley. It should be noted that they only scored 25 points more than OJR, and are capable of a rebound back up these rankings.
Hershey falls to the No. 8 slot after finishing fifth at Paul Short behind OJR, Emmaus, Perkiomen Valley and Dallas. They only scored 28 points more than OJR. We weren't joking when we said it was a tight race.
Downingtown West won their home invitational this weekend, outscoring Great Valley by 28-points. Carolyn Tarpley enjoyed a very strong performance, outrunning the field by 90 seconds.
Chambersburg didn't compete this weekend but they most recently finished third at Carlisle.
NR - Teams on the Bubble