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O’Hara’s Christine Mancini wins Catholic League cross country title

For a seventh straight year, a Cardinal O’Hara girls competition runner finished first in the Catholic League Cross Country Championships Saturday. For a fifth time in that stretch, it’s a Mancini. But this time it didn’t come with a team championship.

Christine Mancini was first across the tape at Belmont Plateau Saturday, covering the 5,000 meters in 19 minutes, 58.1 seconds to take the individual crown, but Neumann-Goretti edged the Lions to the team crown.

Mancini’s time was first by a wide margin, 34 seconds quicker than Little Flower’s Olivia Pisacano in second. Mancini’s older sister, Elizabeth, won the title last year on the way to a PIAA Class 3A crown and bookending the championship she won as a freshman in 2014. Grace Mancini won the race in 2012 and 2013, while Olivia Arizin took top honors in 2015 and 2016.

Katie Till was fourth for O’Hara in 20:50.6, while Kaitlyn Durning finished 14th. O’Hara finished with 70 team points, beaten for the team title by Neumann-Goretti, which improved from a seventh-place finish last year. All five of their scoring runners placed in the top 12 with a spread of 47 seconds to notch 42 team points. Kami Joi Hickson led the way in fifth, with Mykala Perry sixth, Dasia Wilson ninth and Kimberly Johnson 10th.

Bonner & Prendergast finished third with 107 points, with Maggie Salter leading the way in 11th place and Corrina O’Lock in 17th. The Pandas tied on points with Archbishop Wood and prevailed by virtue of the sixth-place tiebreaker.

Archbishop Carroll didn’t have enough runners for the team competition, but Rebecca Clay finished 23rd overall.

On the boys side, Carroll’s Aidan Doherty was waiting to grab the first spot not owned by the La Salle powerhouse, which swept the first six spots to repeat as champions with a minimum score of 15 points. Doherty was seventh overall, though, his time of 17:07.3 finishing 47 ticks behind individual champ Vincent Twomey. Carroll finished 10th in the team race with 261 points.

Cardinal O’Hara’s Josh Hayes finished 11th in 17:48.3, a spot ahead of Bonner & Prendergast’s Brian McGarrity. Thomas Haas was 32nd overall as O’Hara finished sixth in the team standings with 175 points, edging out the Friars’ 195 points, which was fueled by Billy DiRita taking home 35th place.



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