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NA Girls Claim 2nd Straight PIAA Crown, Boys Take Bronze

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It was a great day in Hershey for the North Allegheny cross country team. The NA girls won a PIAA crown for the second year in a row and the NA boys took third place behind two excellent teams.

The girls team took first place, competing against the 19 best Class AAA teams in the state.  Senior Hannah Lindgren got the job done as team leader, placing sixth overall in her last cross country race as a Tiger.  Junior Keeley Misutka was phenomenal, grabbing an 11th overall finish (medal).  Sophomore Maura Mlecko was fantastic, coming in 62nd overall.  Senior Caroline Daggett ran with grit, finishing with a 95th place finish. Jenna Mlecko saved her best race for last with a strong finish to bring home the state championship for the girls (116th). Freshman Lexi Sundgren (128th) and sophomore Rachel Hockenberry (134th) weren’t far behind Mlecko and helped displace most other team’s point scorers. It was an excellent ending to an amazing and memorable season for the Lady Tigers.

The NA Boys claimed third place at the PIAA finals.

The NA boys team ran really well, as evidenced by their extremely sporty times over the sloppy Hershey course.  In most years past, their efforts would have been enough to claim the top spot, but this year was an exceptional one with two very strong teams from the east (champions Downingtown West and runners-up La Salle).  Senior Dan McGoey led the Tigers with an outstanding race, taking second place out of the best 228 AAA runners in the state. His time (15:50) was one of the fastest times ever run on the Parkview course.  The Tigers pack was strong with only 20 seconds between runners two through five. Sophomore Scott Nalepa ran strong in only his third race of the year, placing 36th overall.  Sophomore Graham Wolfe was top notch, placing 49th overall. Junior Andrew Kollitz ran tough with a 58th place finish. Sophomore Jackson Hickel was great with his 77th place. Junior Connor Foody was solid with a 120th place finish and senior Stephen Nalepa rounded out the top seven with the 164th spot in the race.

Complete results for all races can be found here:

NA Boys, Girls Cross Country Teams Win WPIAL Titles

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For the second straight season, the North Allegheny boys’ and girls’ cross country teams claimed a WPIAL championship at California University of Pennsylvania. The NA Girls won with a team score of 41, which was 48 points better than second-place Seneca Valley. The WPIAL championship is the second straight and ninth overall for the Lady Tigers.

The NA Boys posted a team score of 66 to take first place, edging out second-place Butler who finished with a score of 87. It’s the 30th WPIAL championship for the NA Boys cross country program, the most of any school in WPIAL history.

The NA girls’ team was dominant and placed all five scoring athletes in the top 18 of the race.  Senior Hannah Lindgren was outstanding, taking WPIAL runner-up with an impressive 18:59 in the moderately warm conditions.  Then a strong trio of Tigers snatched places sixth through eighth.  Junior Keeley Misutka had a phenomenal day, placing sixth overall.  Senior Caroline Daggett ran determined by moving up in the second half of the race to finish seventh overall in her last WPIAL race.  Lexi Sundgren ran super tough and was the fastest freshman in the race.  Sophomore Maura Mlecko was amazing with an 18th overall finish (fifth for NA).  Junior Mazzie Standish ran one of her best races of the season, taking 30th. Senior Jenna Mlecko was solid with a 42nd place finish, rounding out the top seven.  For full results for girls race, click here.

In the NA boys’ race, Dan McGoey was is in beast mode taking second overall with a one of the fastest times on Cal U’s WPIAL course.  Next man up was sophomore Scott Nalepa with a 12th place overall finish.  Not far behind was junior Andrew Kollitz and sophomore Graham Wolfe taking 14th and 15th, respectively.  Nalepa, Kollitz and Wolfe all ran smart races, moving up nicely in the second half of the race.  Fifth man for the Tigers was sophomore Jackson Hickel, finishing 23rd overall.  Junior Connor Foody and senior Stephen Nalepa rounded out the top seven for the champion Tigers.  For complete results, click here.

Both teams will travel to Hershey, PA next week for the PIAA State Championship.

NA Boys, Girls Claim Tri-State Invitational Championships

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North Allegheny Cross Country teams ran strong at TSTCA Championships at California University of Pennsylvania. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams took first overall in the AAA races.

The NA Boys won with 67 points, 14 points better than second place. The Tigers were led by senior Dan McGoey (3rd) who ran an impressive 16:10 on the hilly course.  Next up were sophomore studs, Graham Wolfe (13th) and Scott Nalepa (14th).  Incredibly, it was Nalepa’s first race of the season and he ran a lifetime best.  Drew Kollitz had a nice race, coming in 16th place overall. Rounding out the scoring for the Tigers, was sophomore Jackson Hickel with a fast final 200m (25th). Ryan Podnar (28th) and Danny Robles (44th) were sixth and seventh for NA, respectively.

The NA Girls were also event champions with a meet-best 43 points, well ahead second place with 81 points. Hannah Lindgren once again led the girls’ team with a strong second-place overall performance. Freshman star, Lexi Sundgren, had her best race of the season with a fifth-place overall finish.  Keeley Misutka was steady and strong, holding off a pack of runners with a seventh-place finish.  Senior, Caroline Daggett, came through with an outstanding race (13th). Maura Mlecko ran great (16th) and rounded out the scoring. Jenna Mlecko (23rd) and Maddie Standish (27th) displaced many opponents with their excellent finishes.

Both teams will return to the same course next Thursday for the WPIAL Championships.

NA Cross Country Wraps Up Section Schedule

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North Allegheny cross country teams traveled to Butler to finish off their dual meet season against section rivals Butler and Shaler.  The course was hilly and the heat index was over 90 degrees.  The girls had little trouble bringing home two victories, while the boys beat Shaler but lost to Butler.

The girls’ team bested Shaler, 16-45, and Butler, 18-42.  The Lady Tigers ran tough upfront with Hannah Lindgren, Keeley Misutka and Lexi Sundgren taking the top three overall spots, respectively.  Maura Mlecko finished between Butler’s top two girls with a strong fifth-place overall finish.  Jenna Mlecko was fifth for NA, out sprinting Shaler’s second runner for eighth overall. Katie Ranallo and Emily Thompson ran well, displacing many Titans and Golden Tornadoes.

The NA Boys lost in a close match with Butler, 26-30, while easily defeating Shaler, 15-48.  Dan McGoey led the Tigers with a second-place overall finish. Drew Kollitz was next for NA with a fourth-place finish.  Graham Wolfe (7th), Stephen Nalepa (8th) and Connor Foody (9th) rounded out the top five scorers for NA.

NA Boys Sweep, Lady Tigers Split Section Tri-Meet

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North Allegheny Cross Country teams hosted North Hills and Seneca Valley on their home course on Tuesday afternoon.  The NA boys defeated both teams, while the Lady Tigers went 1-1. The weather cooperated and the times were fast.

NA boys let Seneca Valley’s top runner take the top individual spot but the Tigers claimed the next 10 spots in the race.  Sophomore sensation, Jackson Hickel, led the Tigers with a fantastic second-place finish. Senior Dan McGoey was third and freshman Gregory Kossuth (4th) had an outstanding race breaking 17 minutes for the first time.  Danny Robles had a nice race placing fifth and he was closely followed by Graham Wolfe in sixth place. The boys defeated Seneca 20-43 and swept North Hills 15-50.

On the girls’ side, it was an extremely competitive race with two of the top WPIAL teams battling head to head over the 5k course. The Seneca Valley girls ran outstanding races and were able to defeat the Tigers, 26-29. Hannah Lindgren won the race and Keeley Misutka grabbed third in a close finish near the top.  Lexi Sundgren was seventh and Maura Mlecko finished eighth.  Caroline Daggett rounded out the top five with her 10th place finish. The NA girls lost to Seneca 29-26 and swept North Hills 15-50.

North Allegheny returns to action on Oct. 1 at Butler with Shaler for another section tri-meet.