Katie Cottingham made history Wednesday, becoming the first Medford Tech girl ever to win a BCSL cross country title.
Cottingham, a freshman at Medford Tech, ran 21:49 — a PR for any 5,000-meter course — to run away with the Freedom Division race at the Burlington County Scholastic League championships at New Egypt High School.
Cottingham won by about 400 meters over Holy Cross junior Annemarie Donachie, second in 23:37.
The best previous finish by a Medford Tech runner at the BCSL meet came just last year, when Maria Jimenez placed third.
Cottingham’s previous 5,000 PR was 23:39 in a batch meet with Pennsauken, Burlington Township, Holy Cross and Riverside at Palmyra Cove Nature Park.
She ran exactly two minutes faster Wednesday than she ran five days earlier at the Burlington County Open at Mill Creek, which is a more challenging course but certainly doesn’t run two minutes faster than New Egypt.
Three other Medford Tech runner finished in the top 11. Junior Kiara Rivera ran eighth, sophomore Neradia Crespo was ninth and junior Briana Rivera placed 11th.
The Medford Tech boys program has had several conference XC champions: Jim Schneider in 1999, Edwin Winrow in 2000, Chase Compton in 2001, Norman Washington in 2013 and 2014 and T.J. Worthen in 2015.