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Padua Cross Country Wins Fourth Consecutive State Championship!


_dsc3765 Padua’s cross country team won its fourth consecutive State Championship title at the DIAA State Championship Meet on Saturday, November 12th. This is Padua Cross Country’s 17th State Championship title.

Lydia Olivere (junior) was the division 1 individual state champion for the third-straight year, completing the challenging 5K at Brandywine Creek State Park in a new course record time of 18:23.

Padua’s runners put forth the strongest finish in team history, placing all seven of its runners in the top 9 places in a race with 115 competitors. Leading the charge behind Lydia was her sister and senior captain Maddie Olivere, placing 3rd overall in 20:43. Following closely behind were senior Hannah Apostolico (4th – 20:45), sophomore Alicia Lenoir (5th – 20:48), sophomore Katie Hally (6th – _dsc3971mo20:57), junior Victoria Steinhoff (8th – 21:00), and sophomore Anna Cleary (9th – 21:03).

This closes out the 2016 cross country season. “We want to thank everyone who was out there this season supporting the team’s efforts all year long, especially all of Padua’s XC alumnae: Bridget Brainard, Angie Spadaccini, Erin Spadaccin_dsc4135i, Emily Paolucci, MaryCatherine Lenoir, MaryKate Higley, Katelynne Lord, Lauren Lord, Denise Marini, Theresa Marini, Laura Orth, Jordon Sobolesky, Ashley Macha, and Kelly Muschiatti–to name a few. The strong running tradition at Padua began back in the 1980s and we work hard every day to continue that tradition as well as to make proud all of those who paved the way for us. Thank you, everyone, for your continued support. It means the world to all of us.”  –Padua XC head coach Marnie Giunta


Past posts:

Cross Country Runner Lydia Olivere was nominated for September 26 DYESTAT Performance of the Week for her race in the Carlisle Invitational in which she ran a 17:22 setting the challenge race record as well as the state, national, and of course Padua records!

Watch the Penn Track XC interview with Lydia here.

At the Paul Short Invitational, Padua Cross Country placed 6th overall at Lehigh University on Saturday, October 1st. Junior Lydia Olivere came in first place with a time of 17:27. In the JV race, Senior Brynna Gaffney came in second, and the JV Team came in first place.



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