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Mercury-Area Boys Cross Country Roundup: Pottsgrove clips Phoenixville

Pottsgrove 27, Phoenixville 28 >> This Pioneer Athletic Conference meet Wednesday was decided by a one-second margin between the ninth and 10th-place finishers.

Pottsgrove’s Brandon Henriksen edged Phoenixville’s Zach Kleppe by that mere margin, Henriksen clocking an 18:44 while Kleppe checked in at 18:45. Michael Neeson was a runaway winner for the Falcons, posting a 17:43 to finish as the lone runner with a sub-18 run.

Perkiomen Valley 15, Norristown 46 >> Alex Wagner headed the Vikings’ sweep of the first five places en route to a PAC victory over the Eagles.

Wagner had the race’s lone sub-18 run, a 17:50, ahead of teammates Zach Davis (18:11), Michael Kelley (18:20) Matteo Goettler (18:28) and Dylan Danowski (18:38). Moises Castro finished sixth (18:40) as Norristown’s leader.

Upper Merion 23, Pottstown 32 >> Taking three of the first four places enabled the Vikings to outrun the Trojans in their PAC meet.

Abhi Vagvala gave UM the overall race win, running an 18:09. Khalif Burgess was Pottstown’s top finisher, second in 18:35.

Owen J. Roberts 17, Methacton 44 >> Liam Conway ran away with individual race honors, leading a 1-2-3 finish that enabled the Wildcats to top the Warriors in their PAC meet.

Conway covered the Warwick Park course in 16:12, well ahead of teammates Conor Murray (16:59) and Kyle Malmstrom (17:16). Nick Defillippis was a close fourth for Methacton, clocking a 17:17.

Pope John Paul II 24, Upper Perkiomen 31 >> The Golden Panthers spotted the Indians two of the top three spots in the finishing order, then packed in the next four places to score the victory in this PAC meet.

Behind PJP’s Schiele’s second place (16:29) showing, the pack of Shane McKeon (17:49), Jack Phillips (17:52), Andrew McKeon (17:53) and Rob Erwin (18:02) went 4-5-6-7. Landon Detweiler got UP top race honors in 16:53, and Sam Daub was third in 17:33.

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