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Lederer delivers as Penncrest takes a pair

Avery Lederer continued his strong season, winning a meet on his home track in 16 minutes, 30 seconds and pacing Penncrest to a pair of Central League boys cross country wins Wednesday over Strath Haven and Harriton.

Penncrest topped the Panthers, 21-38, and Harriton, 20-39, while Harriton nudged past Haven, 25-33.

Lederer was fastest across the line by nearly a minute over Harriton’s Bruce Herriott, with whom he was even after a mile. Penncrest’s youngsters came through with strong supporting runs, with Billy Angeline, Connor Bonebrake and Justin Senackerib finishing within six seconds of each other in places four through six. Adam Gramo of Penncrest was eighth.

Evan Chen led Strath Haven in third place at 17:34, while Justin Malley and Andrew Pizzirusso rounded out the top 10 for the Panthers.

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Haverford sweeps two >> James Abrahams led a sextet of Fords in the top 10 with a decisive winning time of 16:31 as the Fords bested Upper Darby, 19-41, and Radnor, 18-42.

Elliott Miciek was third in 17:04, and the Fords’ Josh Adams, Brendan Campbell and Evan Peetros finished consecutively in places five through seven.

Upper Darby’s Syed Shah was second across the line in 16:56, but Radnor’s depth saw it to a 25-34 win. Peter Cooke finished fourth to lead the Raiders, while teammate Doug Rosin edged out Upper Darby’s Ebenezer Akarde for eighth.

Lower Merion sweeps >> Matt D’Aquila sprinted across the line first in 16:41 ahead of teammate Charlie Herrmann (17:16) as Lower Merion topped Conestoga, 21-34, and Ridley, 15-50.

Carlos Schultz took third to lead Conestoga, which topped Ridley, 15-48. Zach Forney was the Green Raiders’ top finisher in 18:44.

Girls Cross Country

Strath Haven kept rolling along, sweeping the first four places and six of the top 10 behind individual winner Isabel Cardi in wins of 16-47 over Penncrest and 17-41 over Harriton.

Cardi stopped the clock at 20:15, winning by more than a minute over teammates Taylor Barkdoll, Abby Loiselle and Ava Crawford.

Harriton’s Michelle Quinn and Claudia Conrad were fifth and sixth, respectively, to key an 18-41 win over Penncrest. Liz Egan was the Lions’ first runner across the line in ninth.

Depth sees Haverford to two wins >> Haverford didn’t place a runner in the top three individually, but Connie Katcavage’s personal best and a strong grouping across the line paced the Fords to triumphs of 25-34 over Upper Darby and 25-35 over Radnor.

Katcavage, a freshman, turned in a personal best of 21 minutes, 5 seconds to claim fourth. Teammate Rachel Gallagher was sixth, with Megan O’Reilly and Fiona Labrake immediately behind to bolster the Fords’ total.

Upper Darby’s Dootleen Joseph won the individual crown with a time of 20:35, but Radnor edged the Royals, 26-33. Caroline Bitrolio and Julia Havertine finished second and third, respectively, to ensure the victory.

Conestoga takes a pair >> Dominique Schultz outkicked Lower Merion’s Rowan Hassman to the line to win in 21:18 and lead Conestoga to victories of 17-44 over Ridley and 21-37 over the Aces.

Jamie Green was Ridley’s top finisher in sixth place at 22:21, but the Green Raiders fell to Conestoga, 17-44.

Sacred Heart takes tri-meet title >> Sacred Heart supplied the four fastest runners in triumphs over St. Basil (17-38) and Mount St. Joseph’s (22-35) in a Catholic Academies League tri-meet.

Freshman Chiara O’Keefe was first across the line in 21:15, a step ahead of classmate Kayleigh Doyle. A second behind were Emma Seifried and her sister Hannah Seifried.

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