The Penn Charter boys finished second at an all-league regular-season cross country meet staged by the Inter-Ac League last Tuesday.
The Penn Charter boys finished second at an all-league regular-season cross country meet staged by the Inter-Ac League last Tuesday at Belmont Plateau. However, with 55 team points, the Quakers were still well off the pace of 2022 champion Episcopal Academy, which captured the top five individual places for a team score of 15.
While the 2023 winner will be decided at the Inter-Ac championships next month, last week's event replaced some of the various regular-season dual meets and gave the athletes an opportunity to test themselves at Belmont, which is also the venue for the championships.
In the team standings, two Main Line schools were in the middle of the pack, Haverford School (third) scoring 69 points and Malvern Prep (fourth) a good way back with 113. Fifth-place Germantown Academy was close to the Malvern Friars with 119 points, while Springside Chestnut Hill Academy came in with 190.
Behind the band of EA runners who took the top five places, Penn Charter had a little pack of its own. It consisted of freshman Matthew Dunn in sixth place (17:36.6) and a pair of juniors almost in lockstep, Nate Johnson (seventh; 17:42.5) and T.J. Zwall (eighth; 17:42.6).
The Quakers received 14th place from sophomore Peyton Burnett, who was timed in 18:28.6, and 22nd from fellow 10th-grader Ben Berger, in 18:56.9.
Just ahead of Burnett, in 13th place, was another sophomore, Walter Mulroy, who was Germantown Academy's number one finisher with a time of 18:25.0. Mulroy's classmate Ethan Na was the next Patriot across the line, as he checked in 35th in 20:06.3.
Rounding out GA's top five were senior Lucas Philip (41st; 20:29.3), junior Arjun Sood (47th; 20:55.6), and sophomore Vincent Zhou (53rd; 21:24.1).
Arriving first for Springside Chestnut Hill, freshman Amit Greene placed 65th overall, clocking in at 22:45.2. A few runners behind, in 69th place, came Blue Devils senior Andrew Mahony (23:03.9). The other three scorers for SCH crossed the line in a pack; sophomore Reed Knoblock was 79th (23:41.2), freshman Malin Lytle was 80th (23:41.5), and sophomore Roman McNichols was 81st (23:41.8).