RECAP: Haverford sweeps, Lawson and Cieslak masterful at CAL

Girls Recap

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The ground rumbled as the girls rolled by and headed up towards the horseshoe for the first time. Two red jerseys emerged at the front when the field looped back toward the parking lot.

Teammates Olivia Cieslak and Camryn McGeehan took control at the front and dictated control of the race. It would stay that way through one mile, and Cieslak slowly started to slip away. By the second mile, Cieslak had the race under wraps, and she was well on her way to a CAL Individual Championship.

It was a windy day, and Cieslak ran conservatively. She crossed the line in 19-flat, and McGeehan crossed 17-seconds behind her as Haverford Township (HT) went 1-2. Behind them, there was a battle for third. Julia Harris (Conestoga) and Hannah Prokup (Strath Haven) finished a mere five seconds apart, with Harris in third (19:46).

Behind the front two, HT managed the team victory with five in the top 16. Kelly MurrayOlivia ThompsonMackenzie GillespieAnastasia Harmon, and Ryan Dankanis all finished in the Top-25 for HT.

44 points was enough for HT to win it, while Conestoga finished with 62 in second. Strath Haven finished in third.

Boys Recap

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The boys thundered by the spectators after the horseshoe loop as Conestoga's Parker Warkentine, Gavin Mogck (Penncrest), and Quentin Ryan (Haverford Township) jumped out to a ten-meter lead on the pack. 

The rest of the field remained tightly bunched, and the favorite, HT's Patrick Lawson, was lurking in ninth, surrounded by three Lower Merion boys. 

Those three Lower Merion boys were Sarem Khan, Alexander Goonewardene, and Andrew Gannon, three experienced runners who understood the importance of positioning themselves near the front.

By the mile mark, Lawson positioned himself in seventh, still following the trio from Lower Merion through, and by mile two, Lawson and Khan had caught Mogck, Warkentine, and Ryan. The race was on.

Khan took the lead, pressing to create separation, but Lawson saved a gear. He eased his way into the race masterfully and held for the final mile when he made a solid move to drop his newfound pack. It worked, and he built a 12-second gap before trotting into the finish in 16:07.

Quentin Ryan landed in second, while Penncrest's Gavin Mocgk landed in third, Warkentine placed fourth, and Khan placed fifth.

Mogck's third-place finish was essential to the team scores, and his teammate Brendan Hefferan joined him in the top 10.

Thanks to the 1-2 finish from Haverford's duo, HT was victorious with 62-points. Stunningly, Penncrest finished second with 63, and Lower Merion placed third with 64. Every point mattered, including Penncrest's sixth man, Rory McAfee, who bumped the fifth runners from both Haverford and Lower Merion.