This is it. The Final XC Teams Ranking of 2023. Team competition is in the bag, and North Allegheny held onto their Top Spot. There was no movement in our Final Rankings, but we included a Way TOO Early 2023 Rankings.
These Rankings are subject to scrutiny when XC returns in 2023, but for now, they are a modest prediction of what we can expect.
Girls Top 10 Teams - FINAL RANKINGS
North Allegheny rolled to a historic fifth straight title at the PIAA Championship. They they went on and took home a Northeast Team Regional Title. From there they went to Portland and finished the year inside the Top-15 at Team Nationals. This squad was elite in 2022.
State College kept things rolling at States with a runner-up finish. It was a really impressive day for the State College girls, they placed all five of their scorers within 13-scoring positions and 55-seconds.
Phoenixville earned a third place finish at the state meet. They finished runner-up to OJR at both the Pioneer Athletic Conference finals and at the District 1 Championship, but beat them at States.
OJR finished fifth at the PIAA Championship (3A). OJR won the District 1 Championship the week prior.
Dallastown finished fourth in the 3A race at the PIAA Championship. Dallastown placed two in the Top-15 and averaged 20:42 over the challenging Hershey Parkview course.
PV finished the season in sixth at the State Meet. They finished just behind OJR and Dallastown. Their season was centered around their pack dynamic, which allowed them to overachieve throughout the year.
Hershey finished 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 District 3 team at the State Championship.
The Cathedral Prep girls performed at the highest level to earn the 2A State Title out of District 10. This came after marquee wins, including a District 10 title and a win at the Manhattan College Invitational. With Rue Burkett back in the line-up next year, this squad has the potential to rebound in a big way and defend their 2A State Title.
Haverford finished eighth amongst 3A teams at the PIAA Championship. 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.
Teams on the Bubble