South Jersey girls cross country notebook: Kingsway’s Pierontoni wins
Due to a COVID-19 outbreak at school last year, the Kingsway High women’s cross-country team never had the chance to play their back-to-back six-a-side sectional championship streak.
All of the school’s fall track and field programs were closed right at the start of the playoffs.
âIt was always my fuel,â said junior Aubrey Pierontoni. âPeople don’t know what I would have done last year. So this year was sort of proving who really was the best rider and the best team in 2020 and 2021. “
The Dragons did not retain the team title on Saturday at the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 4 Championships in Logan Township at Gloucester County Delaware River Equestrian, Agricultural and Marine Park (DREAM). However, Pierontoni accomplished something that her notable older sisters did not: claim a section title.
Pierontoni placed first with a personal best 18: 24.57 to win her first career section title.
“I’ll tell them about it,” Pierontoni said with a smile, referring to her sisters Emily (University of South Carolina) and Allie (Monmouth University) who were both All-Area All-Area selections from South Jersey. Times in cross-country. .
âThey were obvious inspirations for me knowing that they won section titles (on track). I wanted to win in cross country because it had never been done before. I just know that I have worked so much during the summer and fall. The results really show it.
Cherokee won the tag team championship with 34 points. Cherry Hill East (64), Kingsway (100), Toms River North (109) and Southern Regional (153) make up the top five.
Cherokee sophomore Olivia Parkinson was second in 18: 53.82. Cherry Hill East junior Alexis Tepper was third in 18: 59.94. Senior Cherokee Nicole Clifford was fourth in 19: 09.79.
The top 10 individuals and top five teams from each race have qualified for the group championships, which will take place next Saturday at Holmdel Park.
“I felt good going out in the first kilometer,” said Pierontoni. âI knew I was going to walk past. I expected more competition there but once I hit the mile I just took off and ran my run and finished strong. My main goal was to progress to the States with my team. Hopefully we can make it to the Meet of Champs as a team. “
Haddonfield won the NJSIAA South Jersey, Group 2 Championships tag team title with a perfect score of 15 points, placing his five scoring runners across the finish line first. Second year student Anne Earp finished first with a PR time of 18: 26.09. Senior Jess Goode also secured second place (18: 46.01). Junior Sabrina Miller (18: 53.29), junior Helene Usher (19: 02.80) and second year Audrey Naticchia (PR of 19: 10.50) followed.
Cedar Creek was second with 82 points. Cinnaminson (90), Haddon Heights (110) and Sterling (149) round out the top five.
Haddon Township junior Meghan Lex won the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 1 championship race with a PR time of 19: 43.66. Wildwood rookie Macie McCracken was second in 20: 05.36. Senior schalick Mia LaMarra was third in 20: 51.20 while Hawks sophomore Genevieve Gentlesk was fourth in 21: 04.49.
Haddon Township won the tag team title with 31 points. Wildwood (55), Schalick (76), Audubon (81) and Cape May Tech (113) round out the top five.
Germantown Friends senior Anna MacDonald won the Bob Kiessling Invitational in 18:11.40. Paul VI sophomore student Shaelan McNally was second in 18:45:30. Tigers senior Annika Marcelis was third in 18: 53.99 while Wilberforce rookie Gwen Mersereau was fourth in 19: 59.49.
Wilberforce won the tag team title with 51 points. Germantown Friends (55), Paul VI (75), Bishop Eustace (90) and Camden Catholic (97) were among the top five.