NA Win Section Title With Sweep of Butler, Shaler

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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.  It was hot day and the newly designed 3.07-mile course was full of tough hills.  The girls’ and boys’ team were 4-0 on the day, capping off an incredible undefeated dual meet season.

The girls’ team bested Butler 20-43 and Shaler 15-incomplete. Sophomore Eva Kynaston led the tigers with a strong second place finish. Sophomore Erin McGoey who has been improving with every race was outstanding in 3rd overall. Right behind McGoey was senior Maura Mlecko with a great fourth-place finish. Freshman Camille Swirsding was solid again for the Tigers, placing fifth. Freshman Elizabeth Pizon ran a smart race moving up into sixth place by the end. Senior Adelle Snider was superb in her final dual meet, grabbing 7th overall. Junior Grace Rowley was awesome in eighth place, rounding out the scoring top seven.

The boys’ team won a close battle with Butler 27-32 and handled Shaler 15-incomplete. The team was paced by freshman Jack Bertram, finishing third in the varsity race.  Senior Ryan Podnar and junior Greg Kossuth finished fourth and fifth respectively, both besting Butler’s third place runner.  A pack of four tigers, including Jack Hickel, Zane Kinne, Jackson Pajak, and Nick Betler, sealed the win, all placing ahead of the Butler number four runner.