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Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Catholic League
Championship

11/10/02

by Don Rich,
PennTrackXC

 


St. Hubert's girls upset O'Hara for first PCL title -
O'Hara boys win - 5th runner steps up for both champions

Amy Kelly and Rachel Papin exit woods after two-mile point ahead of O'Hara's first three runners.

Joe Fedorowicz, LaSalle, leads eventual winner Steve Hallinan and 3rd place finisher Vince Gravelle of O'Hara.

photos by Don Rich

St. Hubert's girls won their first-ever PCL Championship with an
unexpected upset of Harrier Northeast US#6, and two-time defending
champ, Cardinal O'Hara behind the 1-2 finish of junior Amy Kelly and
senior Rachel Papin. Kelly and Papin exited the woods alone, with Kelly
taking control over the final half mile to win in 19:37. Papin was 2nd,
four seconds back. Archbishop Prendergast senior Nicole O'Dea was the
only other runner under 20:00, going 19:43. O'Hara had five runners
across before St. Hubert's 5th, but it was that performance by senior
Erica Morrin, getting 18th, just one spot later, that sealed the win, as
she made up all those points over the tough final mile. The final was
38-43. St. Hubert's other two scorers were Katie Mehaffey, 7th in 20:35,
and Megan Neary, 10th in 21:02. O'Hara was led by senior Danielle
Schopf, 4th in 20:01.

In the boys' race, Cardinal O'Hara had seemed
vulnerable at Divisions the previous week, but pulled off their best
team race of the season to dominate a strong field to win their third
straight PCL title (1-3-5-8-12) 29-58 (LaSalle). As with the girls, it
was a powerful 1-3 finish at the front to set the tone, as junior Steve
Hallinan and Vince Gravelle went 16:19 and 16:36, respectively. And
again, it was a clutch performance by the 5th scorer as junior Jack
Braconnier finished 12th in 17:29 to secure the title. LaSalle junior
Joe Fedorowicz was 2nd in 16:26.

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