On one of the first cool afternoons of the season, Haverford High’s James Abrahams made sure to take advantage of the favorable conditions. He clocked in at 15 minutes, 22 seconds to break the Coopertown Elementary School course record by 17 seconds. The mark was previously held by Chris Kazanjian of Penncrest.
While Abrahams set the standard, his Fords followed suit. Five Haverford runners broke the 17-minute mark, with Abrahams, Elliot Miciek (16:37) and Josh Adams (16:46) leading the way. Before Wednesday, only one runner had finished sub-17 all season. The result was a 2-0 day for the Fords (8-1), as they defeated Strath Haven, 19-40, and Ridley, 15-47.
The Panthers also got the better of the Green Raiders, 22-34. Haven’s Peter Armour, who ran 16:42, was the best among non-Haverford finishers, crossing the line in third. Zack Forney of Ridley slipped into the top-10 by running 16:56, good enough for eighth place.
Elsewhere in the Central League:
Upper Darby edges Marple Newtown >> Syed Shah crossed the finish line in first place to help give the Royals a victory over the Tigers, 24-29. Shah ran 17:22, five seconds better than Harriton’s Ethan Ginsberg.Upper Darby’s Tim Hunh snuck into the top-10 as well with a time of 18:52. Hunh and Shah were the only two Delaware County runners among the 10 best. It was the Rams’ day overall, with Harriton beating the Royals, 14-39, and Marple, 15-50.
Raiders take one at home >> Radnor hosted a dual meet with Lower Merion and Springfield and was able to at least put one in the victory column. The Raiders defeated the Cougars, 19-42, with Peter Cooke and Doug Rosin each finishing among the top-10. Cooke ran 17:35, good for fifth place, while Rosin crossed the line in 17:40 to claim ninth. Springfield’s Joseph Cardie was just two seconds behind Cooke’s pace, finishing sixth.
Radnor lost to Lower Merion, 16-46, while the Cougars met the same fate, 16-47.
Lions upend Jags >> Led by Avery Lederer, who ran a meet-best 16:54, Penncrest defeated Garney Valley, 21-40. The Lions and Jags placed two runners in the top-10 each on a day that was dominated by Conestoga; the Pioneers beat Penncrest, 20-41, and GV, 15-58. The Lions’ Justin Senackerib finished in seventh with a time of 18:00, while the Jags’ Joe Colavito and Kyle Berardi ran 18:24 and 18:25, respectively, to slip into ninth and 10th places.