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Perri leads Mount at AACA Championships

With no competitors in view, Mount St. Joseph senior Tori Perri is about to win the 2009 AACA Cross Country Championship meet.

Last Tuesday at the 2009 Athletic Association of Catholic Academies Cross Country Championships, Mount St. Joseph Academy senior Tori Perri was able to have her AACA career end the same way it had begun.

Perri won the league meet at Tyler State Park as a freshman in 2006, but injuries held her back at the AACAs in each of the next two seasons. Back at Tyler last week, the Magic’s premier runner went out on top, winning the three-mile race in 18 minutes, 40 seconds. Perri completed the circuit 34 seconds faster than runner-up Emma Mahoney, a sophomore from Villa Joseph Marie.

The next two finishers were senior Liz Barrett and freshman Megan Magarity of St. Basil Academy, which would claim the team championship for the fourth year in a row. The Panthers scored 51 points to the Mount’s 57, while Villa Joseph Marie came in third with 78 points and Villa Maria was fourth with 96. The rest of the field consisted of Gwynedd Mercy (112 points), Nazareth (114), Sacred Heart (199) and Merion Mercy (224).

“I’m just so happy to have run in a league like this,” Perri said after the race. “To run with girls like Kelly McEldrew [Gwynedd], Kathleen Davies [St. Basil] and Liz Barrett has been great, because every year I know I’ll always have someone out there challenging me. We all have our ups and downs, and today I had an up.”



PC freshman third at Girls Inter-Ac meet

Last Monday at Chestnut Hill Academy, the Irish of the Academy of Notre Dame won the Girls Inter-Ac League Cross Country Championships for the fifth year in a row.

This time, however, there was a little Penn Charter Blue and Gold sprinkled in among the Notre Dame green as the top runners crossed the finish line. Catie Skinner’s own red hair added an additional dash of color as the PC freshman earned third place overall, behind Notre Dame sophomores Maria Seykora (the champion in 19 minutes, 35 seconds) and Caroline Powers (19:41).



CHA’s Wilson wins cross country crown
CHA sophomore Dustin Wilson poses with the Individual Champion’s plaque at the Inter-Ac League Cross Country Championships.

A solo effort produced individual honors for Chestnut Hill Academy sophomore Dustin Wilson at last Monday’s Inter-Ac League Cross Country Championships, and cohesive pack running earned the team title for Malvern Prep.

At last year’s meet, Wilson was chasing two-time champion Matt McCullough, a Malvern runner who has gone on to Cornell University. This year the Blue Devils’ 10th-grade standout was setting his own pace, and he recorded exactly the same time as in 2008, finishing the five-kilometer (3.1-mile) course at CHA in 16 minutes and 34 seconds.

Malvern, which has now won seven straight Inter-Ac titles, went undefeated in Inter-Ac dual meets this fall, although the Friars had a close scrape against the Churchmen of Episcopal Academy. In the championship meet, Episcopal actually held a 13-14 edge over Malvern when the first three runners from each school had crossed the line.

The situation changed dramatically when the fourth and fifth scorers from each squad finished the race. The two Friars placed ninth and 12th, while their Episcopal counterparts came in 17th and 18th, giving Malvern a total of 35 points, while EA scored 48.



Mount golf in, hockey and soccer out

Winning handily at the PIAA’s Eastern Regional Championships last Tuesday, the Mount St. Joseph Academy golf team earned its fourth consecutive trip to the two-day state championship tournament. Meanwhile, the Magic’s field hockey and soccer teams, still involved in the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies playoffs, each lost a semifinal contest last week.




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