The Ches-Mont League Cross Country Championships were held last Thursday morning at the Westtown School.

All 13 of the league's member schools were there to compete as Ches-Mont division crowns and individual titles were up for grabs.

West Chester Henderson captured the National Division boys title, while Downingtown East won the National Division on the girls side.

In the American Division, it was all Unionville.

Unionville's boys and girls both finished the regular season undefeated at 6-0. And at the meet last Thursday the Unionville boys took second place overall with 36 points, right behind champion West Chester Henderson's 31 points, to win the American Division title. The Lady Indians placed third overall behind West Chester Henderson and Downingtown East as they also claimed the American Division.

The Unionville boys are currently ranked No. 8 in the state.

There were led at the Ches-Mont meet by Glen Burkhardt (fourth overall), Matt Fischer (seventh), Michael Ledyard (ninth), Nicholas Guarino (12th) and Brock Allen (14th).

"I thought they ran very well," said Unionville head coach Mark Lacianca. "It's never fun finishing second but Henderson is the No. 1 or No. 2 ranked team in the state. They are certainly very good.

"We think we are a team that is going to make the state meet and this Friday at districts we need to prove it. Unionville has only made states in cross country once before as a team, and that was in 1978, so this is a pretty big deal for them. We have a lot of seniors that are very invested in the sport."

The Unionville girls won the American Division title as they were led by Kathleen Insetta (eighth), Lauren Mills (18th), Jordan Close (20th), Jillian Jaycox (26th) and Mary Popeo (27th).

For the Lady Indians it was there seventh straight league title. And during that run of dominance they are undefeated in the league as well.

Unionville will also be looking to qualify for states this Friday when it competes at districts at Lehigh University. The Lady Indians have finished in the top-10 in the state five of the last six years, highlighted by the 2004 season when they won the state championship.

"I think we can definitely make it back to states," said Lacianca. "We have to put it all together though.

"We did not have our best day [at the Ches-Mont championships]. We've had a good season but we just can't seem to get all five of our runners to have a good day at the same time."

Kennett placed ninth overall in the boys race, and the Lady Blue Demons finished 10th.

Kennett was led by Glen Williams on the boys side, who finished 10th overall. Cathy Walsh led the Lady Demons with a 14th place finish.

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