Kingsway girls win 4th straight S.J. Group 4 title, Shawnee’s Isabella Turner returns to win second straight individual crown

Senior Lauren Krott, sophomore Ashlynne Burke and junior Emily Pierontoni all finished in the top 10 to lead the Kingsway girls to their ninth sectional XC title and fourth in a row.

Krott placed fourth in 19:25, Burke sixth in 19:28 and Pierontoni ninth in 19:39 and Kingsway rolled to a 56-96 win over Shawnee in the girls Group 4 race at Delsea.

Junior Allie Pierontoni and freshman Allison MacFarland also scored for Kingsway, placing 15th and 22nd in 19:59 and 20:15. That’s a 50-second gap for the Dragons, with sixth and seventh runners Kennedy Waterson and Caroline Heino, both juniors, not far back in 20:23 and 20:32 in 26th and 30th.

Kingsway won five S.J. Group 2 titles from 1987 through 1992, then went 24 years without a sectional title before starting its current streak in 2015.

Shawnee senior Isabella Turner, in her first race in more than a month, won the individual title in 18:39 and became the first Shawnee girl since Liz Moore from 1992 through 1994 to win back-to-back sectional XC titles.

Turner missed several weeks of training with a stress fracture. This was her first race since she won the South Jersey Open on Sept. 29.

Others in the top 10 included Cherokee junior Kate Rathman (2nd in 18:58), Cherry Hill East senior Sarah Pierce (3rd in 19:23), Cherokee freshman Nicole Clifford (5th in 19:28), Egg Harbor junior Olivia Shafer (7th in 19:29), Clearview sophomore Katherine Byrne (8th in 19:31) and Toms River North sophomore Meagan Mahon (10th in 19:41).

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