Angel Piccirillo enters her senior season as one of the top distance runners in Pennsylvania, as well as the U.S. Bursting on the scene as a sophomore - Piccirillo won her first of two indoor state mile titles, first of two outdoor 1600 meter titles and first of two Penn Relays COA titles. So far in her senior year, she has added a second state title in AA cross country, and a Northeast Region title and 2nd Foot Locker Finalist qualifier.
Drew Magaha is just figuring out this cross country thing. His first goal this year was to break 16. Did it in the first meet. One thing is for sure, when Drew puts his mind to something, he has the tools to make it happen, with both talent and a laser focus.
Photo by Vic Sailer, PhotoRun
My name is Ann Herman and I am a senior at Pennsbury High School. This cross country season has been an exhilarating whirlwind and it was an awesome way to end my high school cross country career. - Photo by Don Rich
"I would have never in a million years pictured myself at the Footlocker Cross Country Championships in San Diego California." - Meredith Speakman, Boiling Springs HS - Photo by Vic Sailer, PhotoRun.net
Out of nowhere. It's a phrase used on occasion in sports to describe an athlete who puts on a performance that virtually no one expects. And not just a good performance. An extraordinary one. (Photo by Marleen Van den Neste)
We begin our sixth year of the PennTrackXC.com Top 10 - a poll of coaches from around the state to rank the top cross country teams of the season. One is reserved for the top five AA/Small schools, while the Top 10 reflects all PA schools, whether AA, AAA, public or private.
The Pennsbury girls cross country team won the 2010 PIAA Class AAA championship, but started the 2011 season on Sept. 10 with a second-place finish behind West Chester Henderson at the Penn Track XC Invitational. (via phillyBurbs.com)
Head Coach of AAA Boys Runner-Up Cardinal O'Hara, Tom Kennedy
Ann Herman and Sara Sargent of repeat AAA Girls Team Champion Pennsbury with 42 points.
Unionville was AAA Girls Runner-up after taking 2nd in District 1
St. Basil coach Greg Green and his #1 runner, Megan McGarrity after their 3-point win over defending champ, Elk Lake
Hannah Grossman: AAA Girls Runner-up with a time of 18:30, which was also under the old course record.
Meghan McGovern post-race interview
Quaker Valley: AA Boys Team Champs with 90 points to win by 91 points.
North Penn: AAA Boys Team Champs with 132 points to win with a 6th man tie breaker.
Brendan Shearn: AA Boys Champ with a time of 16:15.
Meghan McGovern: AAA Girls Champ with a course record time of 18:28.
Angel Piccirillo: AA Girls Champ with a time of 18:31.
Conner Quinn: AAA Boys Champ with a time of 16:03.
AAA Girls Championship Highlights: Pennsbury repeats and Meghan McGovern wins.
AAA Boys Championship Highlights: Conner Quinn and North Penn pull big upsets!
AA Boys Championship Highlights: Quaker Valley and Brendan Shearn take the titles.
AA Girls Championship Highlights: Angel Piccirillo and St. Basil win.
Predicting how runners from around the state will do at Saturday’s PIAA Championships isn’t easy. (via phillyBurbs.com)
2011 could be shaping up to see a rematch of the 2010 championship between the top two teams. Last season, North Allegheny overcame many years of close calls and bad breaks, along with injuries to their captain and state champion Ryan Gil to finally bring home the team championship.
Controversy surrounded the end of the 2010 AA season, as Northeast Bradford were set to become the champions, only to be denied by a disqualification and demoted to 8th place.
Pennsbury ran a very tough invitational schedule, running in every big meet they could find. In every invitational last season they finished either first or 2nd, with Tatnall (DE) being the only team to defeat them at any of those meets.
2011 has a lot of potential to mirror the way the 2010 season ended. The AA division has sixteen returning state medalists, including the top four and seven of the top ten.