Where is it written that ninth grade athletes must defer to their older counterparts?
Not in any book read by Penn Charter's kids.
Monday, for the second time in five days, a PC freshman captured first place in a championship event held by the Inter-Ac League.
Patrick Isztwan went first in golf. Emma Zwall went second in cross country.
Emma pulled off her accomplishment at Belmont Plateau, in Fairmount Park, clocking 19 minutes, 15.00 seconds. Even better, she showed great sportsmanship, immediately turning around to root home the Germantown Academy girl who finished in second place.
PC's girls were second behind GA in team scoring with 42 points; GA had 34. The Quakers' other scorers were junior Abby Zwall (Emma's sister; fourth at 20:51.30), soph Sophia Solomon (10th at 21:55.50), junior Mary McDavid (11th at 21:57.80) and soph Alicia Newman (16th at 23:04.90).
The boys finished fifth. The scorers were frosh Drew Gillespie (18th at 19:07.60), soph Luke Jaspan (19th at 19:19.10), senior Blaise Ciarrocchi (26th at 19:49.70), junior Alex Turner (31st at 20:37.50) and senior Chris Thomas (33rd at 20:44.80).
The Middle School cross country teams captured both races.
At White Manor Country Club, in Malvern, golf placed fifth out of 11 teams in the tournament for Pennsylvania's independent schools.
Senior Brian Isztwan, Patrick's brother, claimed fourth place with a score of 77. Patrick was right behind with 78.
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