Juniors Nate Bartos (6th, 17:10) and Tommy Moser (7th, 17:18), plus senior Cory Hoffman (8th, 17:19) were the first runners to cross the finish line for Mount Carmel.
"That was definitely not an easy race to win with the competition this year," McConnell said. "It was so hard to tell which team was winning or who was second or third because it was so tight, but our kids ran great and they all did their jobs and now they are district champs."
Other state qualifiers from the area were Mifflinburg sophomore Quincy Amabile (3rd, 17:02) and junior Levi Ebersole (11th, 17:37), plus Selinsgrove sophomore Brody Beiler (5th, 17:09) and Lewisburg senior Nick Scullin (10th, 17:34) and freshman Anthony Bach (14th, 17:50).
"I was happy with how things went today, and I thank the coaches and my teammates for pushing me along the way," said Amabile, who will be making his second trip to the state meet. "(Simon and Tyler) are great. They definitely helped me along a lot just trying to stay with them."
In the Class A race, Northeast Bradford repeated as champions by beating Southern Columbia, 22-67. However, only the Panthers advance to states.
Individually for the Tigers, both senior Andrew Steely and junior Colin Dudanowicz move on to the state meet after finishing sixth and seventh in 17:44 and 17:57, respectively.
South Williamsport's Griffin Molino ran away for the title in 16:03.
"It was hard to watch (Griffin) go," said Steely, who earned his third trip to states. "It was either go after him, blow up and not make states, or hang back and suffer through it and make states."