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Girls Cross Country: 2016 North Season Recap

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

North Allegheny's Clara Savchik won her first WPIAL Class 3A title. The junior's efforts would not be enough to help the Tigers to the top of the podium. They dropped to third place this year behind Oakland Catholic (first place) and Fox Chapel (second place).

Freshman Hannah Lindgren was the next Tigers runner to cross the line in 12th place. Sophomore Ally Meehan crossed the line in 30th place while freshman Jenna Mlecko grabbed 38th. Senior Kara Daggett and sophomore Ally Christy finished in 49th and 55th place, respectively.

Savchik went on to take second place at PIAAs. North Allegheny took 11th as a team.

Sophomores Annika Urban and Sarena Seeger took ninth and 10th place at the WPIAL meet in favor of Fox Chapel. Freshman Brooke Krally and sophomore Caelan Miller finished in 13th and 18th place, respectively. Seeger led the Foxes to 14th at PIAAs with her 12th place finish. Urban and Krally grabbed 40th and 42nd, respectively.

The Seneca Valley Raiders took a disappointing fifth place at WPIALs after holding the title the last two years.

Sophomore Megan Aaron started the rally for the Raiders with a 17th-place finish. Junior Abby Lizewski crossed the line in 22nd place, but then the Raiders saw a gap until her sister, senior Emma Lizewski, finished in 39th place.

Individually, Butler's junior Maggie Welty took third place and North Hills' senior Ava Pietrzyk took eighth place. They went on to take 12th and 21st at states, respectively.

Quaker Valley claimed its third consecutive WPIAL Class 2A title before taking second at the PIAA meet. Anna Pawloski closed her high school career with the individual title and a sixth-place finish at states. Junior Lucie Kubinski claimed fourth place at WPIALs, while freshman Annie Wicker took sixth. Junior Audrey Durbin and senior Bearett Tarris took 17th and 25th place, respectively.

Knoch earned seventh place as a team at WPIALs. Senior Rachel Wittmer led the rally in 24th place. Freshman Samantha Jo Barnes and senior Hannah Carney took 29th and 30th place, respectively.

Individually, Avonworth's freshman Anna Igimis grabbed 12th place at WPIALs.

In Class 1A, Vincentian claimed its second consecutive WPIAL title before taking fourth at the state meet. Marianne Abdalah closed her high school cross country career runner-up at PIAAs and the WPIAL champion. Abdalah has four WPIAL and three PIAA cross country titles to her name.

Sophomores Katherine Fedko and Marissa Canzian finished in sixth and seventh place, respectively. They went on take 24th and 31st at states. Freshman Hollie Walters also had a strong showing, taking 11th place and 31st at PIAAs.

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic took second place at WPIALs. Junior Rylee Kopchak started the rally with a fifth-place finish. She went on to take 15th at PIAAs helping the Cardinals to a seventh-place finish. Freshmen Annabelle Nielson and Lucy Waskiewicz took 19th and 35th at WPIALs, respectively.

Northgate took sixth place at WPIALs, while Shady Side Academy was eighth. Shady Side's Jeanne Lauer took second place before taking eighth at PIAAs. Northgate's first runner was sophomore Megan Wisniewski who finished in 17th place.