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Plum boys cross country team takes second at section championship meet

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Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, 7:48 a.m.
 

The Plum varsity boys cross country team finished as runner-up to Fox Chapel at Tuesday's Section 4-AAA championship meet at Pittsburgh's Schenley Park.

The Mustangs also ran against Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Kiski Area, Gateway, Penn Hills, Woodland Hills, Allderdice and Highlands and finished the day 7-1.

Plum earned second with a 24-32 victory over Pittsburgh Central Catholic.

Fox Chapel senior twins Ethan and Colin Martin took the top two spots, but Plum sophomore Jake Susalla and Mustangs senior Alan Yocca were right behind them in third and fourth, respectively.

Susalla, who battled back from injury, finished Tuesday's race in a time of 16:38, four seconds behind both Martin runners.

Yocca recorded a time of 16:38.

In head-to-head scoring, Fox Chapel earned the first, second, fifth, seventh and eighth spots for a total of 23 points, while Plum picked up spots three, four, six, nine and 12 for 34 points.

Rounding out the top five for Plum were seniors Eddie Amori (eighth overall, 16:49) and Andy Marzullo (15th, 17:44) and junior Dan Bergless (27th, 18:24).

The Plum girls recorded a 3-5 record with wins over Penn Hills (15-50), Woodland Hills (15-50) and Highlands (15-50).

Gateway edged the Mustangs, 27-30.

Sophomore first-year cross country runner Rachel Valotta paced the Plum girls with an 11th-place finish in a time of 21:06.

The Plum varsity teams return to action Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Grove City Invitational.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at mlove@tribweb.com.

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