Rams girls, Knights boys start fast

Pen­nridge’s Gordon happy to be back, wins in 19:41

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS - By Kev Hunter khunter@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @khunter10 on Twit­ter

TOWAMENCIN » Pen­nridge’s Ash­ley Gordon came fly­ing down the fi­nal stretch, sa­vor­ing the fi­nal few strides on a par­tic­u­larly sat­is­fy­ing af­ter­noon of rac­ing.

“It’s great to just be com­pet­ing again,” the Ram se­nior said with a smile af­ter cross­ing the line first in the dual meet with ri­val North Penn. “It’s been like six months since we’ve been able to get on that line and just com­pete.

“Rac­ing is a dif­fer­ent an­i­mal, com­pared to time tri­als and stuff. So it felt re­ally good to be run­ning again. And I’m so proud of my team.”

Gordon led the Rams to a 23-32 vic­tory over the Knights and the North Penn boys packed their way to a com­mand­ing 20-38 win over Pen­nridge in the Sub­ur­ban One League Colo­nial Di­vi­sion opener.

“We came out here and peo­ple stepped up and showed what they’re gonna do this sea­son,” said Gordon, headed for Notre Dame next year. “And I think we have a re­ally good chance to do some­thing.”

FRONT RUN­NERS » Gordon was all by her­self, win­ning in 19 min­utes, 41 sec­onds. Jaime Diedel crossed sec­ond for the Knights, and then

Pen­nridge’s Nora Rit­ting and Maria Lera-Lozano pushed to third and fourth to help key the win.

Lera-Lozano and Ken­dall Posey (eighth) are fresh­men run­ners for the Rams.

“What a great job they did,” Rams coach Bill Smith said. “They have been work­ing hard, and when the lights went on, they were ready to go. And (Nora Rit­ting) is a sopho­more who never ran be­fore. So we had three in the top five where this was their first cross coun­try race.

“And that’s why I knew we’d be better this year. Be­cause our depth is dif­fer­ent and our com

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