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All-Delco Cross Country: Central crown a highlight for Haverford’s Abrahams

In addition to Runners of the Year Ryan James and Olivia Arizin, the rest of the All-Delco team includes:

James Abrahams, Haverford High: The senior two-time selection parlayed a stellar Central League season into fourth place at the Delaware County Championships, stopping the clock in 16 minutes, 18 seconds. Abrahams earned the Central League crown, besting Lower Merion’s Matthew D’Aquila and Penncrest’s Avery Lederer down the stretch. He booked his trip to states by taking 10th at the District 1 Class 3A race in 15:44, edging Lederer by a place. At states, Abrahams finished 148th.

Avery Lederer from Penncrest heads for the finish line and a second-place finish. Close behind is Cardinal O’Hara’s Patrick James at the Delco Cross Country Championships at Rose Tree Park. (Digital First Media/Anne Neborak)

Avery Lederer, Penncrest: A two-time All-Delco, Lederer finished second to Ryan James at Delcos, edging Patrick James by one second to earn silver in 16:08. The junior took third place at Centrals in 16:06, and he ran his way into the state meet by claiming 11th place at the District 1 Class 3A championships with a time of 15:47. Penncrest took home 16th in the team category at districts. Lederer missed out on a states medal by 13 seconds, garnering 31st in 16:43.

Gavin Inglis, Cardinal O’Hara: Another in the long line of impressive O’Hara depth runners, Inglis clocked in at 16:21 at Delcos for fifth place, the last in the top echelon of runners on the day. Inglis registered a fifth-place finish at the PIAA Foundation Invitational Gold Race. He earned fifth at the Catholic League championships in 16:29. O’Hara managed 13th in the team competition at the PIAA Championships, with Inglis crossing the line second for the Lions (behind Ryan James) in 32nd place at 16:44.

Patrick James, Cardinal O’Hara: The junior grabbed a bronze medal at Delcos, just a second slower than Lederer. He slid to fifth at the Catholic League meet, one where O’Hara was edged by La Salle by two points in the team competition. After comfortably qualifying for states at the District 12 meet, James took home 171st place at states, with O’Hara 13th as a team.

Anthony Harper, Bonner & Prendergast: The senior rebounded from a disappointing 11th place at Delcos and 11th at the Catholic League meet to tear into the postseason. He won the District 12 Class 2A race by a commanding 48 seconds over teammate David Whitfield, helping the Friars edge Conwell-Egan by two points for the team title. Harper kept the roll going at the PIAA Class 2A championships, becoming the first Friar in four years to medal by taking 14th place in 16:42. Bonner & Prendergast finished 18th as a team.

READ: The full list of All-Delco cross country teams

Syed Shah, Upper Darby: The senior rounded out the top six at Delcos, clocking in at 16:48 and garnered fifth place at the Central League meet. Shah took 19th place at the District 1 meet in 15:56 to get to states, where he covered the course in 17:22, good for 114th. Shah also took 15th in the Paul Short White Race in 16:31 early in the season.

Elizabeth Mancini, Cardinal O’Hara: The junior makes her third appearance on the All-Delco team. She started the season 23rd at the PIAA Foundation Invitational Gold Race, just behind twin sister Eleanor. Elizabeth was Arizin’s runner-up at Delcos, edging a crowd to the silver medal in 19:19, 27 seconds behind the champion. Mancini claimed third at the Catholic League Championships and fifth at the District 12 Class 3A meet, meets O’Hara won with ease. Mancini played a sizeable role in the Lions capturing the PIAA crown, finishing 19th at the state meet.

Emma Seifried, Sacred Heart: Despite battling mononucleosis in her junior season, the 2014 girls Runner of the Year makes a third consecutive appearance on the first team. She took home fourth place at Delcos, clocking in less than a second behind Jamie Green in 19:24. She was second to Kayleigh Doyle at the Catholic Academies League meet in obtaining the silver medal in 19:29, but Seifried leap-frogged her youthful teammate at districts to win the Class A race in 19:04 and lead the Lions to a team title. Seifried again medaled at states, taking home seventh place in 19:35, just 18 ticks shy of the winner.

Ridley’s Jamie Green, left, closed quickly at the Delco Championships to finish third, edging out fellow All-Delco Emma Seifried of Sacred Heart, right. (Digital First Media/Anne Neborak)

Isabel Cardi, Strath Haven: Capping her career with a second All-Delco nod, Cardi took 22nd at the Paul Short Run Brown Race with a time of 18:39 early in the season. She finished sixth at Delcos in 19:31. Cardi ran quickest among the Delco contingent at Centrals, trailing Conestoga’s Dominique Shultz and Harriton’s Tasha Greene to take the bronze medal. Cardi was the top Delco runner at the District 1 Class 3A championships in 26th place with a time of 18:54, and she captured 56th at the PIAA meet in 19:57 as the Panthers earned 12th place in the 3A team standings.

Eleanor Mancini, Cardinal O’Hara: A key cog in the Lions’ PIAA Class 3A championship effort, the junior was the Lions’ leader at the PIAA Foundation Invitational Gold Race early in the season, finishing 21st in 19:44. She slid to fifth at Delcos in 19:27. Eleanor claimed second among the Mancini sisters at the District 12 3A championships – ahead of Elizabeth, but behind sophomore Christine – in fourth place, to complement a silver medal at PCLs. At states, Eleanor crossed the line third among her O’Hara teammates, in 41st place overall to bolster O’Hara’s title credentials.

Jamie Green, Ridley: A junior, Green took third place at Delcos, her time of 19:24 ahead of Seifried by a hair at the line. The two-time All-Delco pick also finished 10th at the Paul Short Run White Race, an early statement of intent on the season. Green ran fourth at Centrals, the last runner to break the 20-minute mark on the day. Green crossed the line 47th at the District 1 3A championships in 19:22.

Kayleigh Doyle, Sacred Heart: The freshman burst onto the scene, beginning with a 10th-place showing at Delcos that served as a jumping off point for an impressive postseason. She won the Catholic Academies League Championship in 19:23, spearheading a 1-2-3 Sacred Heart finish. Doyle trailed Seifried at the District 1 Class A meet, earning second place in 19:29 in another top-3 sweep that netted the Lions a team title. Doyle earned a state medal with a 14th place at the PIAA meet, stopping the clock in 19:35 as part of Sacred Heart’s fifth-place team result.



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