Ava Crawford led the way as Strath Haven downed host Garnet Valley, 20-41, and Radnor, 20-42, to keep its hopes of winning a share of the Central League girls cross country championship alive.
The Panthers (10-1 league) can claim a piece of the title if they beat Conestoga at the Central League championship meet scheduled for Oct. 15 at Rose Tree Park.
Julia Hillman of Garnet Valley was the overall winner. She finished in 20 minutes, 28 seconds, well ahead of second-place finisher Julia Havertine of Radnor (21:26). However, Aileen Manion’s time of 23:41 helped the Raiders top the Jaguars via a tiebreaker.
Meanwhile, with Crawford leading the way Strath Haven claimed third through seventh place to win the meet. Isabel Cardi and Abby Loiselle also placed in the top five for the Panthers.
In other Central League action:
Upper Darby wins twice >> Dootleen Joseph was the overall winner and the Royals swept the top four places to defeat Lower Merion, 20-35, and Penncrest, 21-35. The Lions downed the Aces, 15-41.
Joseph covered the 3.1-mile course at Naylor’s Run Park in 20:12. Wilbertrice Boduo took second, Alaysha Jones was third and Gianna Mazza placed fourth for the Royals. Liz Fagan led the way as the Lions captured the next five places.
Boys Cross Country
Radnor’s Peter Cooke edged Strath Haven’s Evan Chen by one second for individual honors, but it was Adam Frick’s eighth-place finish that secured a 25-31 team victory for the Panthers. Strath Haven also defeated Garnet Valley, 15-46, while the Raiders also knocked off the Jaguars, 19-42.
Frick finished in 18:02. Peter Armour, Jacob Davidson and Justin Malley placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively, for Strath Haven.
Doug Rosin was third and Owen Braithwaite was seventh for Radnor, while Kyle Berardi placed ninth overall to lead Garnet Valley.