All-Delco: O’Hara runners were ahead of the pack all season

In addition to Daily Times Runners of the Year Kevin James of Cardinal O’Hara and Emma Seifried of Sacred Heart, the All-Delco team includes:

Ryan James, Cardinal O’Hara: Wherever his runner of the year brother was, the sophomore Ryan often wasn’t far behind. Ryan finished second to his brother at Delcos, clocking in at 16 minutes, 17 seconds. He was second to his big brother by just over eight seconds at the Philadelphia Catholic League Championships in 16:30, and by under a second at the District 12 Class AAA meet. Ryan finished 15th overall at the PIAA Class AAA Championships, clocking in at 16:15 to contribute to O’Hara’s third-place finish as a team.

Rob Morro, Cardinal O’Hara: If the James brothers were a dependable 1-2 finish, it was Morro who was often called upon as the reliable third finisher for an O’Hara team that claimed victories by wide margins at Delcos and Catholics. Morro’s 16:25 at Delcos claimed third place overall, while it took a time of 16:41 to earn the bronze medal at the PCL Championships and 16:42 to cross the line third at the District 12 Class AAA championships. At states, Morro was the 22nd finisher across the line, stopping the clock in 16:23.

Drew Pastore, Cardinal O’Hara: The fourth member of O’Hara’s All-Delco contingent, Pastore proved to be a vital part of the Lions’ scoring efforts. Pastore finished seventh at Delcos, clocking in at 16:48. He was 11th at PCLs, dropping behind Billy Donovan to represent the Lions’ fifth scorer at that meet. He was again behind Donovan at the District 12 Championships, where he finished 16th in 17:22, but Pastore finished 107th at the PIAA Class AAA championships, O’Hara’s fourth scorer in a time of 17:13.

Ryan Rastatter, Bonner-Prendergast: The senior announced his presence by finishing fourth at Delcos, clocking in at 16:28 to chase home the Cardinal O’Hara trio. Rastatter was sluggish at the PCL meet, taking 15th overall, but he recovered to win the District One Class AA championship by a wide margin in 16:58, leading the Friars to a championship and a spot in the PIAA Class AA meet. At states, the Friars were 16th, Rastatter leading them across the line by finishing 50th in 17:15.

Sean Sullivan, Bonner-Prendergast: The junior combined with Rastatter to form the potent 1-2 punch that led the Friars to new heights. Sullivan finished sixth at Delcos, turning in a time of 16:44. He matched that placing at PCLs, running a 16:59 to represent Bonner-Prendie’s top finisher. He took home third at District 12s to contribute to the Friars’ Class AA title, and he culminated the season by taking 70th at states in a time of 17:32. Sullivan, along with Rastatter, Pastore, Morro and Ryan James, was a second-teamer last fall.

Liam Galligan, Springfield: The class of the Central League, the sophomore was the only Delco finisher among the top five at Centrals with his third-place result. Galligan led the Central League contingent at Delcos by finishing fifth in 16:32, then was the only Delco finisher in the top 40 of the District One Class AAA field by claiming 30th place in 16:25. At the PIAA Championships, Galligan finished 49th, posting a time of 16:49.

Olivia Arizin, Cardinal O’Hara: The two-time All-Delco was the fourth O’Hara runner across the line at Delcos, taking sixth place in 19:14. She was third in a crowd of six O’Hara runners at the head of the field at the Catholic League championships, then won the District 12 Class AAA meet in 19:30, leading a pack of six Lions across the finish line. The sophomore was the Lions’ top finisher at the PIAA Class AAA meet, stopping the clock in 19:03 to take 14th place. That helped fuel the Lions to a third-place result in the team category.

Grace Mancini, Cardinal O’Hara: The two-time All-Delco and reigning Runner of the Year became the elder statesman in O’Hara’s talented ranks despite being just a junior. Mancini was third at Delcos in 18:59, just a second behind younger sister Elizabeth. Grace was fifth at Catholics and second at the District 12 Class AAA meet, two events the Lions won with the utmost of ease. Grace bested Elizabeth by one place at the PIAA Championships to represent O’Hara’s second scorers, taking 29th place overall in a time of 19:20.

Elizabeth Mancini, Cardinal O’Hara: The freshman proved herself instantly worth of O’Hara’s illustrious cross country program by becoming a key facet in the Lions’ championships at Delcos, Catholics and District 12 Class AAA. Mancini was second at Delcos with a time of 18:58 and won PCLs in 19:35, six seconds ahead of the field. Mancini took fourth at districts and was just one second and one place behind older sister Grace at the PIAA Championships, taking 30th in 19:21.

Sara Hayes, Cardinal O’Hara: The sophomore was among the main reasons why the Lions were able to compile so many comprehensive victories at major meets. Hayes took fourth at Delcos, third among the O’Hara contingent, in 19:07. She was second behind Elizabeth Mancini at the Catholic League championships and fifth at the District 12 Class AAA championships. At the PIAA Championships, Hayes was the fourth Lion across the line, her time of 19:26 good for 34th as O’Hara took home third place.

Claire Wolters, Strath Haven: The senior finished third at Centrals in 19:17, just six seconds behind winning teammate Maia Mesyngier. Wolters was quicker at Delcos, taking ninth in 19:09 before punching a ticket to the PIAA Championships with a Delco-best 17th-place result at the District One Championships, her time an 18:58. The Panthers finished 14th at Districts. Wolters capped the season with a 46th-place result at the PIAA Championships, clocking in at 19:36.

Isabel Cardi, Strath Haven: The sophomore finished sixth at the Central League championships and seventh at Delcos, the latter in a time of 19:18. At the District One Championships, she was quicker in registering a time of 19:08, good for 29th. She was faster than her teammate Wolters at states, posting a time of 19:34 to claim 42nd place.

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