Kingsway girls average 20:08 and coast to another Shore Coaches team triumph!!!!!

Sophomore Ashlynne Burke led five Kingsway runners in the top 25 and the Lady Dragons easily won the Varsity B race at Shore Coaches Saturday, outscoring second-place Mendham 49-75.

It was the fourth Shore Coaches team title in school history and the second in a row.

Kingsway is ranked No. 1 in South Jersey and No. 2 in the state.

Burke ran 19:27 to place fifth, and sophomore Sydney Watts [9th in 20:00], senior Lauren Krott [10th in 20:05 and junior Emily Pierontoni [12th in 20:12] gave Kingsway four of the first 12 runners. Kingsway averaged 20:08, 25 seconds per person faster than Mendham.

Pierontoni was Kingsway’s fourth runner Saturday, but she finished ahead of the second runners from every other school in the race.

Freshman Allison MacFarland completed Kingsway’s scoring, taking 24th in 20:58.

Juniors Kennedy Watterson and Allie Pierontoni both broke 22 minutes for Kingsway, Waterson taking 43rd in 21:40 and Pierontoni 52nd in 21:57.

Kingsway outscored Ridge 77-81 last year to win its first Shore Coaches team title in 27 years.

The Dragons won their first two Shore Coaches team championships in 1988 and 1990, when Lori Townsend won the individual title in Varsity D leading Kingsway to the team title both years.

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