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Mercury-area Cross Country Roundup

Boys cross country

Phoenixville 25, Pottstown 34 >> Khalif Burgess finished with a race-best 18:48 during the Trojans’ PAC loss against the Phantoms.

Zack Kleppe (18:53) and Kerry Halloran (19:39) rounded out the top three finishers as Phoenixville claimed seven of the 10 top times. Josh Geary took fourth for Pottstown with a time of 19:52.

Spring-Ford 15, Perkiomen Valley 50 >> Jacob McKenna edged Shane Ainscoe at the finish line to lead the Rams’ PAC victory over the Vikings.

McKenna’s 16:37 clocking topped Ainscoe by three seconds. Behind them, SF took the next eight spots, led by Patrick Power’s third-place finish in 16:44.

Pope John Paul II 22, Upper Merion 35 >> The Golden Panthers’ tight pack behind Viking race winner Abhiram Vagvala helped them run to victory in this PAC pairing.

Shane McKean, finishing second in 19:06, led a PJP grouping of J.P. Schiele, Jack Phillips and Rob Erwin. Drew McKean and Michael Florig then went 8-9 for the Panthers to displace the Vikes.

Pottsgrove 27, Upper Perkiomen 32 >> A sweep of the “second five” was key to the Falcons outrunning the Indians in their PAC meet.

UP took three of the first five spots, headed by Landon Detweiler’s winning time of 17:56. Michael Neeson followed in second place for Pottsgrove, running an 18:13.

Girls cross country

Phoenixville 17, Pottstown 50 >> The Phantoms crossed eight of the race’s top 10 finishers in a PAC meet.

Natalee Serwatka led the way, finishing up at 21:02 — over a minute ahead of the field — with Victoria Wright taking second at 22:59 and Emma Visnov close behind at 23:00. Yuliza Cruz led Pottstown with a fourth-place finish at 23:32.

Methacton 15, Norristown 50 >> Freshman Carly Ukalovic headed the Warriors’ sweep of the top 10 spots in their PAC romp over the Eagles.

Ukalovic ran a 21:41 on her home course, followed by teammate Anna Price in 21:52. Julia Malachowski (22:01) and Ryan DeOrio (23:09) rounded out Methacton’s top five.

Perkiomen Valley 25, Spring-Ford 34 >> Annie Glodek continued her winning ways for the Vikings in their PAC victory over the Rams.

Glodek covered the Spring-Ford course in 18:03, more than a half-minute ahead of the 18:36 Bella Marchini clocked for the Rams. Teagan Scheinbecker (18:37) and Michelle Daniels (18:50) went 3-4 for the Vikes ahead of SF’s Gabbie Bamford coming in fifth (18:52).

Upper Merion 15, Pope John Paul II 50 >> The Vikings swept the first five spots from the Golden Panthers to claim victory in this PAC meet.

Amber Strouse gave UM the overall race win with a time of 23:10. PJP’s leading runner, Grace Dobaugh, was sixth overall in 25:11.

Pottsgrove 25, Upper Perkiomen 33 >> While the Indians went 1-2 in the finishing order, the Falcons used a sweep of the next six spots to score the PAC victory.

Chloe Sullivan headed the Pottsgrove pack, coming home third in 23:36. It effectively negated Serena Detweiler’s winning 22:54 run and the second-place finish of LeeAnn Markwith (23:09).

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