Girls cross country takes 3rd, boys take 6th at meet


Matia Puljic

Stiving ahead, junior Mia Brown runs by Kalina Zheleva of Parkway North at the Suburban Conference Championship. Brown placed 8th in her conference and 22nd overall at 20:11.

On Oct. 15, the girls cross country team placed third in the Suburban Conference Championships and the boys cross country team placed sixth.

Girls coach Jason Miller said since most of the girls had their season best, it shows that they are getting better overall.

“The girls team we had 24 athletes run and 22 of them had a personal record or season best which is a good sign that they’re progressing,” Miller said.

Sophomore Cate Rossomanno placed first in the Red Division and said it was an exciting thing that she was able to improve her time.

“I got a new [personal record] by 42 seconds and won our pool and that was really exciting,” Rossomanno said.

Miller said this year they have been focusing on their diligence as a team. He said it is because throughout the cross country season, times are the way the runners see how they are improving and having patience is how they will all get better.

“One of the things that we’ve been talking about all year is patience because sometimes those faster times don’t necessarily come in the middle of the season when you’re looking for evidence that you’re getting better, so patience and just knowing that the workouts that they’re doing are looking really good,” Miller said.

Junior Mia Brown placed eighth in her conference and said she believes did well by keeping a clear head before the race.

“I think that the biggest way I prepared was not overthinking anything. Our coach always tells us to trust the process and our training. We all did that and had a great meet,” Brown said.

Miller said he doesn’t want the team to feel amazing about the last race since he believes they still have room for improvement.

“I really don’t want them to be complacent and feel like [since] they had a good meet that they’ve arrived and they’re done, they can continue to get better and I think it was a good showing that makes us feel a little bit more confident about our chances at districts,” Miller said.

Boys cross country coach Erin Hopkins said they are planning on taking ten of the runner’s to Districts and believes this race was a great warm up for that meet.

“It will be a great primer for Districts. We will take our top 10 athletes and compete to qualify for the State Meet,” Hopkins said.

She also said that for the next meet we should expect more runners to have their best times since it is a great area for them to race at.

“We have a home meet at Lower Buder Park and expect more season bests as the course is flat and perfect for fast running,” Hopkins said.