GA Posts Personal Bests in Close Loss to Penn Charter

PHILADELPHIA — Germantown Academy’s boys cross country team narrowly lost in a very competitive race to rival Penn Charter on GA-PC Day by the score of 27-28.

While the Patriots came up short, it was not due to lack of effort.

“On the team side, we were disappointed not to get the win, but it was a great day of racing,” said Head Coach Pete Jennings ’99. “Both teams ran really well, and, as sometimes happens in this sport, when measured against each other, they came out on top. We were really happy with the way our team raced.”

Leading the team was Matt Sandifer ’20, who took first place and race MVP with a new personal best time of 16:59. The sophomore’s finish marks the eighth year in a row that an athlete from Germantown Academy has won the race between the Patriots and the Quakers.

“Matt has had an incredible season, forcing him to continually revise his goals,” Jennings said. “He broke 19 minutes first, then broke 18, and on Saturday got under 17 minutes, an improvement of over two minutes from last year.”

Sandifer’s hard work has been rewarded, as he made the All-Inter-Ac League First Team and earned Second Team All-State honors.

However, he was not the only one that had success on GA-PC Day.

“Our entire team set new 5K personal bests, capping off a season of impressive improvement, both as individuals and as a really cohesive team,” Jennings said. “I couldn’t be more proud of what these guys accomplished this year.”



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