Catie Skinner Wins State Meet
This past Saturday, the PAISAA Cross Country Championships were held at Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park. This is the first time Philadelphia's historic course has been used for this state-wide meet. Both our varsity and junior varsity teams for boys and girls competed. The girls varsity finished in 6th place out of 13 teams, and tenth grade running sensation, Catie Skinner, finished first, breaking the course record with a time of 19:10.07! Catie is our first state cross country champion since Carla Hetzel, OPC '96 did the same in 1995. Catie's time is also a league record for this course. Catie's classmate, Ani Schug, finished the course in 18th place. Catie will continue training for the NE regional race of the Foot Locker championships in Long Island on Saturday, November 27th. If she finishes in the top 10 of that race, she will go to the national championship @ Balboa Park in San Diego on Saturday, December 11th. Best of luck to her, and we are certainly pleased that she is only in tenth grade. The boys' team finished 11th out of 16 teams. Senior, Jorin Schug, finished in 14th place, with a time of 17:31.29. Next across the line was 9th grader, Scot Mason, in 59th place with a time of 19:07.96.
Also on Saturday, the football and boys' soccer teams were hosted by CHA. Football had a disappointing day with a 24-0 loss. But this young squad has two games remaining with EA and GA. Both games provide the opportunity for this team to end the season on a positive note. The EA game will be a first, as it is hosted by EA this Friday night under the lights, 7:00pm kickoff. Boys' soccer had another solid outing and defeated CHA, 2-0. This victory allows the boys to maintain their first place ranking in the league. Senior goalie, Mike Baron, had five saves to post his fourth league shutout of the year.
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