Girls DIAA Cross Country State Champs Preview

So many say that cross country often feels like the quickest season of the year. Once times start to drop, the season is almost coming to an end.  The DIAA Cross Country State Championships will take place this Saturday, November 9th at Killens Pond State Park in Felton, DE. Killens Pond features a relatively flat course, which levels the playing field for downstate runners who do not have as easy access to hill running like runners from the northern part of the state. 7 Runners from each team will compete in each division on the 5,000-meter course.

The following is a listing of the scheduled start times for each race:  

Division II Girls 1:00 pm 

Division I Girls 1:40 pm 

Division II Boys 2:20 pm 

Division I Boys 3:00 pm


In 2018 Padua finished 1st with a score of 15 over Charter's 95 for the Division I girls. With strong runners on both teams, Charter and Appo will battle it out for the team victory. This year Alyssa Brinsky from Appoquininmink High school has put down the fastest time this season by over 10 seconds. Maya Bordrick from Charter and Judy McLaughlin (Padua) have run some strong races and are sitting right on her heels in 2nd and 3rd in the rankings.

Ursuline Academy scored 45 points winning the Division II 2018 team championship, with the Tatnall girls in 2nd with a score of 76. Ursuline will be challenged by St. Marks in this year's race.   With the top 5 girls on the leaderboards being from Division II, it is going to be an exciting race to watch. Anna Pryor and Alaina McGonigle top the list, followed by Lydia Colasante from Tatnall, who had a tumble just shy of the finish line at the New Castle County Championships last weekend, in third. Tiffany Herrera from St Marks and New Castle County Champion, Maisie Donohue from Brandywine claim the fourth and fifth spots. With this type of talent, it's anyone's race.


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