North Allegheny Girls after Winning the 3A State Title
With some squads set to compete in post-season Regional and National level meets, this will stand as the second to last edition of our 2022 XC Power Rankings. As always, the PIAA State Championship, provided surprises aplenty. In Total, four NR teams moved into the Top-10, while other teams such as Montour, sit on the bubble.
It was an exciting season, with a lot of parity. Throughout the year we saw several teams move up and down the leaderboards, nearly every week.
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What did we expect? North Allegheny rolled to a historic fifth straight title at the PIAA Championship. They look seemingly unbeatable, and continue to impress us year in and year out. That shouldn't change much in the future as they'll retain six of their starting seven from this year's championship.
State College kept things rolling at States. From a depth perspective, they were likely one of the few teams capable of usurping North Allegheny. The End result was a runner-up finish, as State College scored 118 points. It was a really impressive day for the State College girls, they placed all five of their starters within 13-scoring positions and 55-seconds.
A scorching hot end to the season led Phoenixville to a third place finish at the state meet, and left us wondering, how did we let them fly under our radar for so long? They finished runner-up to OJR at both the Pioneer Athletic Conference finals and at the District 1 Championship. Prior to that though, they were 9th at PIAA Foundation, and third at PTXC. Since that relatively slow start, they've turned on the heat.
OJR stumbled a little bit at the State meet, but when you have an "off" day and still finish fifth at the PIAA Championship (3A), that's a pretty good sign of your strength. OJR won the District 1 Championship, and although they missed out on fourth place finish by three points, they've earned our respect as one of the best team's in the state this year.
After a small mid-season slide, Dallastown regained its footing and executed at the PIAA Championship. Finishing fourth in the 3A race, Dallastown placed two in the Top-15, which proved crucial for the final team score, as they edged OJR for the number four slot by 3 points.They averaged 20:42 over the challenging 5K course.
What we've been saying about Perkiomen Valley rang true at the PIAA Championship again. Last edition we mentioned "They are a stout squad with strong pack at their core, but they lack a true front runner." PV looked great again on Championship Saturday, and executed their game plan as a pack. A 1-5 compression of just over a minute, led them to a sixth place finish. They averaged 21:08.
After a small hiatus from the Top-10, Hershey returns in a big way after finishing seventh at the PIAA Final (3A). They've remained in the mix throughout the season. Despite finishing fourth at the District 3 Championship, Hershey was the second D3 team on Championship Saturday.
The 2A State Champions, Cathedral Prep. The Cathedral Prep girls performed at the highest level to earn the 2A State Title out of District 10. With a 21:11 average, the quad placed three inside the top-20 points paying positions. This came after marquee wins, including a District 10 title and a win at the Manhattan College Invitational
Haverford put together the finish that they've been capable of, finishing eighth amongst 3A teams. With Olivia Cieslak and Camryn McGeehan both in the Top-25, they finished with a 21:05 average. That was the seventh best average amongst championship teams.
Danville missed winning a 2A state championship by just 4-points, but what a run it was for the District 4 squad. With all five in the Top-30 points paying positions, Danville utilized a 1:25 compression to stay within arms reach of Cathedral Prep. They've hovered outside of our Top-10, but move into the prestigious position after a great finish.
NR - Teams on the Bubble