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AH teams 1st, 4th at invitational

Gianna Sabatini led three top-10 finishers Friday as Abington Heights opened the cross country season by claiming the girls championship at the Moravian Academy Lions Invitational in Bethlehem.

Sabatini completed the 3.1-mile course in 20:55 to finish sixth in the 103-runner field.

Sophomore Emma Horsley and junior Maia Arcangelo were eighth and ninth in 21:06 and 21:10.

Abington Heights placed seven runners in the top 39 to finish with 81 points and beat out Northwestern Lehigh, which was second with 98.

Delaware Valley finished seventh out of 13 teams.

State champion Olivia Haas from Blue Mountain destroyed the field, finishing in 18:17 to reach the finish line 1:07 ahead of the second-place runner and 1:48 ahead of third place.

Addy Adamsky and Grace Bath were a second apart for Abington Heights in 34th and 35th, followed shortly by Casey Healey and Sophie Breitenoeder in 38th and 39th.

Margaret Holderith led Delaware Valley, finishing 18th in 21:50.

Anna Vogal was 27th and Melanie Floystad was 31st.

Abington Heights finished fourth and Delaware Valley was 12th out of 16 teams in the boys race.

Northwestern Lehigh won with 49 points, Nazareth had 77, Holy Ghost Prep 93 and Abington Heights 129. Delaware Valley posted a score of 274.

Thomas Smigo from Palisades won in 16:19.

Abington Heights placed five in the top 35.

Tommy Walsh was 15th in 17:42. Gavin Ross was 22nd in 18:14. Nicholas Booth, Jack Sorenson and Alex Duffy completed the five-runner team score, coming in 28th, 29th and 35th.

Griffen Kowal led Delaware Valley, finishing 33rd and teammate Nixon Kameen was 37th.

The meet was the debut for interim Abington Heights coach Ed Bath.

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