Paul VI freshman Shaelan McNally ran an all-course 5K PR of 19:54 Friday to win the girls race at the Bob Kiessling Invitational at Pennypacker Park in Haddonfield.
McNally won by 125 meters over Bishop Eustace sophomore Arianna Cane, who ran a 5K personal-best of 20:24.
McNally is the first Paul VI girl to win the Bob Kiessling Invitational – formerly known as the Knights of Columbus Championships – since Stephanie Hiester ran 19:12 in 2013. She’ also the first freshman since Bishop Eustace’s Kati Storti in 2016 to win and the first PVI freshman girl to finish first since Erin Sigwart ran 19:38 in 2002.
Paul VI placed all seven runners in the top 12 and scored 1-3-7-9-10 for 30 points. Camden Catholic edged Bishop Eustace, 55-59, for second.
It was PVI’s fourth straight team title.
Also in Paul VI’s top five were senior Katie Sparks [3rd in 20:30], freshman Gisella Croge [7th in 21:36], sophomore Kamryn Cieslik [9th in 22:26] and junior Katlyn McDonald [10th in 22:42]. Freshman Madison Pedicelli and junior Carlyann Carey finished just behind McDonald, bumping all but five other runners.
Also in the top 10 were Eustace sophomore Elena Cicchini [4th in 21:04], Camden Catholic sophomores Casey Bednarek [5th in 21:12] and Leah Clear [6th in 21:12] and Our Lady of Mercy Academy junior Nina Ceccanecchio [8th in 22:07].