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GCC boys win invitational

| Friday, Oct. 10, 2003

The Greensburg Central Catholic boys cross country team ran away with the team title at the 12th annual All-Catholic Invitational Thursday afternoon.

The Centurions, who won the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association Invitational last week, showed why they are considered to be one of the best teams in Class AA.

In yesterday's race, seven GCC runners finish in the top eight positions. Only Dave Kapela of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, who finished fifth, spoiled a perfect finish.

GCC finished with 16 points in the team standings. OLSH placed second with 49 points followed by Seton-La Salle 94, North Catholic 100 and Bishop Canevin 111.

Adam Smith was the first Centurions runner to cross the finish line. He did it in 17:09. He was followed by teammates Chris Wright (17:32), Alex Krupey (17:49) and Gabe Acita (17:49). Kapela (18:19) finished fifth, and then three more Centurions crossed the line -- Rudy Chelednik (18:21), A. Jay Feczko (18:35) and Eddie Halusic (18:45).

"This is what I expected," Greensburg Central Catholic coach Kreg Mendus said. "This is the best team I've had in 13 years.

"Adam (Smith) is very focused and consistent. He has finished first numerous times."

The Oakland Catholic girls ran away with the title in the girls race. The Eagles also finished with 16 points.

Greensburg Central Catholic finished second with 53 points followed by North Catholic 91 and Seton-La Salle 103. Bishop Canevin, Mt. Alvernia, OLSH and Vincentian also participated in the race.

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