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Mercury Cross Country Roundup: Hillen top five at Hershey

PIAA Foundation >> Naomi Hillen had the best individual finish of the local runners competing in the invitational event at Hershey’s Parkview 5K course.

The Pottsgrove sophomore placed fifth in the girls AAA race, clocking a 19:41. She was the lone entry from the Pioneer Athletic Conference to finish in the Top 30, running behind winner Grace Forbes of Strath Haven (18:53), runner-up Hannah Lindgren of North Allegheny (19:17) and the Fox Chapel duo of Sarena Seeger and Grace Sisson.

On the boys’ side, Boyertown’s Christian McComb ran a sixth-place 16:27 race. Matt Varghese of Methacton was 20th in 16:57, followed by Linus Blatz of Owen J. Roberts (21st, 17:02), Alex Pingitore of Daniel Boone (33rd, 17:18), Methcton’s Garrett Campbell (37th, 17:26) and Joseph Power of Spring-Ford (38th, 17:27) and Thomas Damiani of Owen J. (40th, 17:31).

In boys AA competition, Pope John Paul II’s Jack Phillips (17:43) and Jack Brosius (17:56) were a respective 27th and 37th.




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