Shawnee girls post lowest score in 15 years in winning BurlCo Open

Freshman Isabella Turner celebrated her birthday by leading five Shawnee girls in the top 10, and the Renegades won the Burlington County Open XC title with the lowest score in 15 years.

Turner covered the 5,000-meter Mill Creek Park course in 19:18, with teammate Kara Bonner 50 meters back in second.

Shawnee, ranked No. 8 in New Jersey, scored just 23 points in beating No. 13 Seneca 23-80. Shawnee’s score is the lowest since the 2001 Moorestown girls — who went on to win the Meet of Champions — scored a near-perfect 17.

The team title was Shawnee’s fourth in a row, which is the longest streak since Shawnee won 11 team titles in a row from 1998 through 2008.

Going back to 1982, Shawnee has now won 22 titles in the last 35 years.

Shawnee went 1-2-4-6-10 and had all seven of its runners inside the top 16. Bonner ran 19:30 for second. This was Bonner’s fourth straight top-5 finish in the County Open (2nd, 5th, 1st, 2nd).

Junior Claire Rankin (4th, 20:19), sophomore Grace Kearns (6th, 20:30) and sophomore Lauren Tenet (10th, 20:48) rounded out Shawnee’s scoring group. Juniors Laura Mavracic and Georgia Larzelere ran 15th and 16th for the Renegades.

Scoring Shawnee vs. the rest of Burlington County combined, Shawnee would have won 23-32.

Incredibly, the 1-2 finish of Turner and Bonner is the first in the girls race since Moorestown went 1-2 in 2001, with Meghan Hughes first in 19:29 and her cousin, Colleen Hughes, second in 20:03. Moorestown actually went 1-2-3 that year, with Kelsey Rinehart third in 20:10.

 

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