The La Salle College High School Cross Country team finished as the PCL runner-up for the second consecutive year. The highlight of the day was junior Tom Coyle's sensational run of 15:56 for 5,000m at Belmont Plateau to set a new school record. Coyle's run breaks Phil Wood's (who went on to finish 30th in the United States in 2008) record from 2006.
Coyle ran stride for stride with Cardinal O'Hara junior Dan Savage for nearly the entire race but dug deep to outkick him in the final stretch to become La Salle's first individual PCL champion since Dan Lowry (now competing for Brown University) in 2007. Following Coyle to the line was the tightly-bunched pack of juniors Matt Greco, Andrew Stone, and Jack Magee who all broke 17:00 minutes for the second time in their careers running 16:47, 16:54, and 16:56 to finish 13th, 16th, and 17th places respectively.
The Explorers scoring was closed out by sophomore Brendan Bilotta who finished in a personal best of 17:09 for 19th place. The team was outscored by the #19 ranked team in the country, Cardinal O'Hara 28-66, and outdistanced Archbishop Wood and St. Joe's Prep by 15 and 20 points respectively.
The Junior Varsity team captured the JV PCL Championship led by the individual champion Alex Chrostowski and the 3rd place finisher Fiachara McDermott. The JV team's scoring was rounded out by the outstanding runs of Will Delaney, Evan Quain, and Jimmy Worthington.
The Freshman placed 4th as a team, a mere 10 points out of 2nd place. The team received impressive front running from Michael Phayre and Ryan Mitchell who finished 5th and 7th places respectively. The scoring for the freshman team was rounded out by Drew Pultorak, Jeremy Puntel, and Matt Conway.
The Varsity team will be in action again on Thursday at Belmont Plateau in the PIAA District XII Championship. They will need to finish in the top 2 in order to advance to the PIAA State Championship on November 5 in Hershey, PA.