Girls' Cross Country
vs Choate Rosemary Hall
Score/Result: 20-40 Varsity 15-44 JV W
Saturday, September 28, 2013
This was a particularly exciting race for the lady rhinos since we have not won against Choate in about eight years. It was a beautifully sunny day today, and Choate was wonderfully warm and welcoming. Choate has a beautiful course that winds around fields and up through the woods. It also has a few pretty substantial hills that the girls knew would challenge them. Although most of their times did reflect the added challenge of these big hills and the heat of the sunny day, the girls all ran excellent races and pulled out the win. Dana Biddle sprinted in just under 21 minutes with a time of 20:55.3. Elisabeth Lowe ran for the first time this season and blew us away with her speed. She grabbed the third place spot with a time of 21:10.8. Livvy Barnett, Colleen Iannone, and Edith Muleiro deserve tremendous kudos for arriving only minutes before the start of the race. Without any real warm up and no stretching, they all hopped on the line and delivered tremendous races. Livvy took the number four spot with a time of 21:11, Colleen took the number 10 spot with a time of 23:34, and Edith improved her race time from last week by almost an entire minute and came in the 15th spot with a time of 24:52. Coming in close behind Livvy in the number five spot was Maggie Swomley with a time of 21:36. Sophia Dawn, proving to be very consistent, once again grabbed the number seven spot with a time of 22:18. Rashi Narayan had a phenomenal race, out-sprinting her Choate opponent at the very end of the race, and grabbed the number eight spot with a time of 23:01. Caroline Winicki has been right behind the top seven runners on the Taft team for two meets in a row. She had another excellent race today and earned the number 11 spot in the race with a time of 23:56. Nicole Lowell, Amanda Roberts, Rosie Oppenheim, and Edith Muleiro were close behind and grabbed the 12, 13, 14, and 15th spots, helping to clinch the JV win. Although all of the girls deserve kudos, several were particularly impressive because of the improvements they were able to make in their times. Edith was one, as was Ava Mennin, who also improved her time by nearly an entire minute today. Sami Albert also had one of the best finishes of the race and simply sprinted her heart out to nearly beat her Choate opponent in the final meters of the race. Ismatou Bah, Jada Newkirk, Madie Olmstead, Eugene Lee, and SeArah Smith rounded out the team today, and all ran with heart and an excellent attitude. Madie even gave the cheering crowds a wave as she crested the first hill of the race after the first mile mark. It was a great day.