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Notre Dame uses pack mentality to take third at PAISAA meet

Episcopal Academy’s Caitlin Jorgensen was quickest out of the second pack of finishers to take second place overall at the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association Championships Saturday, but there was no stopping Germantown Academy from taking a team title.

Behind winner Abbe Goldstein, who covered the course at Belmont Plateau in 19 minutes, 18.1 seconds, GA placed five runners in the top nine to earn the team title.

Jorgensen was second in 20:02.5 and teammate Ariana Feliziani was fifth in 20:19.3, but the Churchwomen finished fourth in the team standings. Edging them for third was Notre Dame, which went for the slow and steady approach.

All five Irish finishers — led by Sydney Stribrny and Katie Lennon in 11th and 12th, respectively — were inside the top 27, giving them 90 points to EA’s 106. EA’s Jillian Rotman was 13th, while Notre Dame’s Lindsey Smith finished 16th.

Sanaiya Watts led Agnes Irwin with a fourth-place finish in 20:14.6, but the Owls finished sixth with 167 team points. Next across the line for AIS was Emily Kulp in 18th.

The boys race was easily won by Germantown Friends, with 50 points, but edging a crowded field to take second overall was Haverford School with 112. The Fords were the only team in the top eight without a top-10 finisher, led across the line by Will Merhige in 14th at 17:44.9. All five scoring finishers fit into the top 32, allowing the Fords to nip George School (117), Hill School (118) and Germantown academy (129) for the team silver medal.

Nick Magnani was 18th overall for the Fords, followed by Anthony Calvelli in 20th. GFS’s Nicholas Dahl won the race in 16:31.

EA took home seventh place with 185 team points. Their top finisher was Elias Lindgren, who clocked in at 17:22.3 to cross the line eighth. Carson Fischer was 24th.

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