Overall winner Nilaa Ponnappan leads Camden Catholic to Ray Hoagland Invite championship!!!

Camden Catholic freshman Nilaa Ponnappan was the overall winner and junior teammate Casey Bednarek placed 6th to lead Camden Catholic to the team title Saturday at the Ray Hoagland Invitational.

Camden Catholic edged Bishop Eustace by one point for the team title, with Catholic going 1-5-13-14-16 and Eustace 2-6-7-17-18. Rancocas Valley was third with 76 points.

Ponnappan ran 21:03 over 5,000 meters at the Rancocas Valley Sports Complex in Easthampton, and Bednarek ran 22:04. This was Ponnappan’s first time under 22 minutes and her second straight Saturday win. She was also first in the freshman class race at the South Jersey Shootout last weekend at DREAM Park in Logan Township.

Camden Catholic’s other scorers were junior Leah Clear [14th in 23:42], senior Vicki Wang [15th in 23:49] and sophomore Mary Picciano [17th in 23:57].

Burlington Township junior Maeve Timms placed second in 21:44, an all-course PR for 5,000 meters and her first time under 22 minutes.

Also in the top 10 were Bishop Eustace junior Arianna Cane [3rd in 21:50], Seneca sophomore Alex Butcher [4th in 22:00], Winslow Township senior Victoria Campbell [5th in 22:03], Eustace junior Elena Cicchini [7th in 22:12], Eustace sophomore Carly Troy [8th in 22:13], Rancocas Valley junior Sarah Paulin [9th in 22:14] and Delran senior Anise Howard [10th in 22:26].

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