Tigers trounce Section Foes Raiders, Indians
North Allegheny cross country teams traveled to Seneca Valley to race section opponents Seneca Valley and North Hills. The Tigers ran well and came out 4-0 when the races had concluded.
The NA girls’ team was able to sweep North Hills 15-50 and handled Seneca 16-41. It was a 1-2 finish from freshman sisters, Wren and Robin Kucler who both were able to break 19 minutes on the 5k course. Senior Maura Mlecko fought hard and ran well to grab third overall. Having a breakout performance and coming in fourth overall was sophomore sensation, Erin McGoey. A Seneca runner took the next spot, then it was freshman Camille Swirsding coming in sixth denying three Seneca Valley runners that were in pursuit. After the Raiders took spots 7-9, the Tigers claimed the next 12 spots. Junior standout Grace Rowley ran a great race in 10th. Speedy freshman Kendall Lucas had another great race to round out the top seven scorers in 11th place overall.
On the NA boys’ side, the Tigers were perfect versus North Hills (15-50) and managed Seneca 19-42. Leading the Tigers for the first time this season was sophomore stud, Michael Gauntner, winning the race outright with a great sub-17-minute performance. Junior Gregory Kossuth had a very nice race coming in third overall. A few seconds later came senior Scott Nalepa in fourth. Junior standout Jackson Pajak was right behind Scott with a great finish in 5th. Seniors Danny Robles and Jackson Hickel had strong races in sixth and seventh place. Rounding out the top seven for the Tigers was a big race from junior Nicholas Betler.
The Tigers will take their undefeated records to Butler next Tuesday to face off against Butler and Shaler for the section finale.