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Northwestern boys XC remains unbeaten

Beating one opponent is difficult enough, but in Tuesday’s eight-team cross country meet at Palmerton, the Northwestern boys swept seven teams to remain undefeated with a record of 17-0.

The Tigers placed second and third after Thomas Smigo of Palisades had crossed the finish line first. Matthew Santana completed the course 25 seconds behind the winner and ahead of his teammate, Samuel Bower, who crossed 18 seconds after Santana.

On the girls’ side of the race, Northwestern’s Lady Tigers took first place overall by beating all their challengers. Their biggest win was against Saucon Valley, who had beaten them by one point in a dual meet earlier in the season.

Angelina Klein finished in third place behind Sonali Patel of Moravian Academy and Olivia Bortz of Saucon Valley. The Tigers racked up the points with their next four runners placing 11th through 14th. Sophia Cornell had the best time of that bunch at 21:44:40, followed by Emma Heil, Haley DuBois, and Kelcey Pedron. Northern Lehigh’s Delaney Szwast crossed in 21st place out of 54 total runners.

Before the race, Northwestern coach Chris Stitzel believed his girls would have a good race.

“They’ve been getting better and better and there’s more confidence in all of them,” he said.

PRESS PHOTOS BY RON GOWER Matt Santana finished second overall to lead Northwestern to a sweep in Tuesday's meet at Palmerton.