Shaler junior Brianna Schwartz, the two-time WPIAL Class AAA champion, took fifth at the PIAA meet Saturday at Hershey Park.
Schwartz took third at the state meet last season with a time of 18:39. This season, Schwartz ran three seconds faster.
Abington Heights senior Tessa Barrett won the meet by 36 seconds with a time of 17:30.
Schwartz had a great season, winning the Central Catholic Invitational, Tri-State Coaches Association cross country championship and the WPIAL championship.