North Pocono brought the first three runners across the finish line in a six-team Lackawanna League cluster meet that included former No. 1 Abington Heights and the Trojans used that performance to take over as the new top boys team in the Century Dental Associates Cross Country Power Rankings of District 2 teams.
The new rankings were released early Monday afternoon.
North Pocono went from third to first.
The Lake-Lehman, Montrose, Dallas and Scranton Prep boys as well as the Valley View, Scranton and Lake-Lehman girls also moved up from last week. The Berwick boys entered the rankings for the first time.
North Pocono and Abington Heights, now ranked 1-2, have beaten the same six opponents in a perfect start in the Lackawanna League. The Trojans have beaten three by larger margins, the Comets two and they beat one opponent by the same score.
In dual competition, the first three finishers guarantee a win, so Abington Heights will need to find a solution to be able to beat North Pocono head-to-head in the league. Invitational and championship scoring comes out differently with the results of other teams factoring in and depth becoming more important. So far, Abington Heights would have had the advantage both times if the six-team clusters were scored like invitationals, though that advantage shrunk last week in the second meet of the season.
Holy Redeemer slipped from second to third.
Crestwood remaining fourth, followed by Lake-Lehman and Montrose, which each moved up a spot.
Montrose beat Honesdale, passing the Hornets and dropping them from fifth to seventh.
Mid Valley holds eighth, followed by Dallas and Scranton Prep, which each move up a spot.
Delaware Valley drops from ninth to 11th.
Berwick takes over 12th.
The top half of the girls rankings remain the same with Crestwood followed by Abington Heights, Holy Redeemer, Montrose, Scranton Prep and Dallas. Crestwood and Dallas were rained out while the other four combined for an 11-0 week.
Valley View jumps from 12th to seventh after beating North Pocono, which drops from seventh to 10th.
Scranton and Lake-Lehman slide up a spot into eighth and ninth.
Lakeland fell one spot to 12th.
The rankings with records and last week’s rank:
CENTURY DENTAL ASSOCIATES CROSS COUNTRY POWER RANKINGS