Doane Academy wins BCSL Independence XC race, first XC conference title in school’s 181-year history!!!!!

Connor McHugh, Doug Soriano and Trent Post placed 4th, 5th and 6th to lead Doane Academy to the first conference XC title in school history.

Doane Academy, located along the Delaware River in Burlington City, just north of the Burlington-Bristol Bridge, outscored Palmyra 34-35 to win the Independence Division race at the BCSL meet at New Egypt Wednesday afternoon.

Doane Academy is in its first year in the BCSL. It was admitted this year to the conference along with STEM Civics Charter School of Ewing.

The BCSL is now comprised of 22 schools and split into four divisions. This was the first year the Independence Division was contested along with the Liberty, Patriot and Freedom.

Doane Academy, dating back to 1837, is one of New Jersey’s oldest high schools. The school has fielded a XC team off and on over the years but has never belonged to an official conference. The school was admitted into the NJSIAA in 2012.

On Wednesday, Palmyra went 1-2 in the Independence race, with sophomore Dominic Belton and junior Pat McCarron. Riverside senior Nils Fontaine was third, but Doane packed its five scorers between 4th and 11th.

Backing up McHugh, Soriano and Post were junior Frank Paz in 8th and senior Hasan Pyarali in 11th. Sixth man Jimmy Zhang took 12th.

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