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Haverford High completes championship trifecta

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Delco champs, Central League regular-season and overall league titlist. Not a bad week for the Haverford High boys cross country team.

The Fords held off Lower Merion, 44-52, in the Central League championships at Rose Tree Park Saturday to complete that trifecta.

Haverford won the Delco team title for the first time Saturday, Oct. 6, completed an 11-0 run through the Central League regular season with wins over Lower Merion, Marple Newtown and Penncrest last Wednesday before winning the overall title at the league championship meet.

Teams get one point for each regular-season win and two points for each team it beats in the championship meet. The Fords finished with a maximum of 33 points.

Delco champ Mike Donnelly finished third overall to lead the Fords with a time of 16:40.9. Teammates Evan Peetros placed fifth, Brendan Campbell was 10th, Josh Fingerhut 12th and Aiden Tomov 14th.

Joey Litvin of Lower Merion was the overall winner in 16:34.0. Patrick Theveny of Penncrest was second (16:35.7) and Radnor’s Ethan Zeh fourth. Rounding out the top 10 were Garnet Valley’s Sean Garrett (sixth), Harriton’s Sam Kartsonis (seventh), Charlie Hermann and Nick Rhodes of Lower Merion (eighth and ninth, respectively) and Campbell.

Penncrest (82), Radnor (105) and Harriton (134) finished third through fifth, respectively.

Girls Cross Country

Strath Haven is back on top of the Central League after a one-year absence.

Senior Grace Forbes followed up her victory in the Delco Championships last week with an equally impressive victory in the league championship meet at Rose Tree Park to lead the Panthers to the overall league crown. Strath Haven went 11-0 in the regular season and beat defending champ Conestoga, 29-68, to secure the overall crown.

Forbes bested teammate Abby Loiselle by nearly 70 seconds to win the individual crown for the first time in her career. Forbes crossed the finish line in 18:55.4 with Loiselle second in 20:04.2. Paige Day placed fifth overall for the Panthers, followed by Ava Crawford in eighth and Sierra Hellman in 13th. Rowe Crawford also finished in the top 15 for Strath Haven. She was 14th.

Sarah Hurst of Lower Merion took fourth place, while teammate Christina Peng was ninth. Michelle Qin from Harriton was fourth. Conestoga’s Nia Goddard was sixth. Megan Cook and Denize Cisco from Upper Darby were seventh and 10th, respectively.

Lower Merion (81), Garnet Valley (125) and Haverford High (130) rounded out the top five in the team competition.

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