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Mercury-Area Cross Country Roundup: Conway, Glodek in midseason form

Boys cross country

Spring-Ford 15, Methacton 50 >> Jake McKenna led the Rams’ near sweep of the Top 10 in their PAC victory over the Warriors.

McKenna finished first in 17:09 as Spring-Ford placed the first nine runners in the field, helped by a second from Zach Smith (17:15) and third from Shane Ainscoe (17:17). Nick DeFilippis was Methacton’s leading runner, 10th in 18:09.

Phoenixville 20, Pope John Paul II 35 >> Christian Schaaf and Connor Wilchusky were literally a 1-2 punch for the Phantoms, finishing in that order to key their team’s PAC victory over the Golden Panthers.

Schaaf took individual race honors with an 18:26 clocking, and Wilchusky followed in 18:39 for a Phoenixville unit that placed its first five runners in the top seven. J.P. Schiele, third in 18:51, was PJP’s top finisher.

Boyertown 17, Perkiomen Valley 48 >> Dominic DeRafelo, Josh Endy and Christian McComb gave the Bears a 1-2-3 finish in their PAC victory over the Vikings.

DeRafelo lead the way with his 17:34, Endy followed at 17:40 and McComb crossed the line in 17:52. Alex Wagner, PV’s top finisher in fourth with a 17:59, was the only other runner to run a sub-18 minute time on the PV course.

Owen J. Roberts 15, Norristown 50 >> The Wildcats took the first nine places as they ran away in their PAC meet with the Eagles.

Liam Conway gave Owen J. overall race honors at 18:43, with Conor Murray .3 seconds behind in second. Sean Barone (18:44), Kyle Malmstrom (18:44.2) and Zack Kardos (18:44.6) completed the top five while Moises Castro gave Norristown 10th place with a 20:03 run.

Upper Perkiomen 21, Upper Merion 34 >> Landon Detweiler headed the Indians’ 1-2-3 showing in their PAC victory over the Vikings.

Detweiler covered UM’s course in 18:26, followed by Cameron Junk (18:49) and Sam Daub (18:51). Abhi Vagvala followed in fourth place (19:06) as the Vikes’ leading runner.

Girls cross country

Spring-Ford 15, Methacton 44 >> The Rams swept the first five spots in the finishing order for an easy victory in their PAC match with the Warriors.

Gabriella Bamford got overall race honors for Spring-Ford with a 20:53 run, while teammates Emily Smith, Bella Marchini, Rachel Murphy and Sydney Galster followed with identical 21:37 clockings. Carly Ukalovic placed sixth in 22:13 to finish as Methacton’s leading runner.

Phoenixville 15, Pope John Paul II 40 >> Natalee Serwatka claimed individual race honors for the Phantoms, who took the first five spots on the way to victory over the Golden Panthers in their PAC meet.

Serwatka finished in 23:08, with teammates Victoria Wright (23:27) and Meg Grimshaw (23:34) a respective second and third. Caroline Tuaffone was PJP’s first runner across the line, placing sixth in 25:16.

Perkiomen Valley 19, Boyertown 42 >> Annie Glodek was the runaway race winner, heading the Vikings’ PAC victory over the Bears.

Glodek turned in the meet’s lone sub-20 minute finish, covering her home course in 19;24. Boyertown’s Gillian Kasitz took second in 20:14.

Owen J. Roberts 15, Norristown 50 >> The Wildcats swept the meet’s Top 10 against the Eagles, led by the fast finishes of Mary Bernotas and Ally Brunton.

Bernotas placed first in 22:47, and Brunton was .7 seconds behind in second place. Roberts went on to get runners in the first 25 spots ahead of Norristown’s top finisher.

Upper Merion 18, Upper Perkiomen 44 >> Serena Detweiler was the bright spot for the Indians in their PAC meet with the Vikings.

Detweiler placed third in 22:31 behind UM’s Amber Strouse (21;44) and Caitlin Bowe (22:05).

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