Girls cross country won the Inter-Ac League Championships for the second year in a row on Monday at Belmont Plateau. The Quakers' dominant performance included high-placing finishes from Emma Zwall (2nd, 19:28), Julia Dolce (7th, 20:52), Olivia Montini (8th, 21:01), Alicia Newman (11th, 21:22) and Lane Murray (13th, 21:27). Zwall, who won the Inter-Ac in 2018, was outpaced by GA's Isabelle Goldstein, but the Quakers' depth allowed them to clinch the race with a six-point lead on second place finisher Notre Dame.
"It was definitely more of an accomplishment than what we did last year," said coach Andy Zuccotti, who noted that the caliber of Inter-Ac competition has increased since the 2018 season. "Both Notre Dame and GA were really strong this year."
Nearly every PC runner saw an improvement in 5k time since last year's Champs, when the Quakers placed five in the top ten. "The team is definitely better and faster than last year, no question about it," Zuccotti said.
The Quakers will try for another championship repeat, this time at the PA Independent School Athletic Association (PAISAA) tournament, on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Belmont Plateau.
Boys cross country saw strong finishes at Champs from Zion Weeks (15th, 18:30), Jess Anderson (18th, 18:44) and Drew Gillespie (19th, 19:05). The boys will also race in the PAISAA Tournament this Saturday.