Girls' Cross Country - Varsity
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Choate Rosemary Hall
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Choate Rosemary Hall
Loss 29-28
Taft traveled to Choate’s scenic cross country course for a match up on a a beautiful late-September afternoon. While the varsity lost to Choate in a nail-biter, finishing with 29 points to Choate’s 28, the JV team swept Choate with a score of 15-46. Given that Choate had only one 3rds runner, Taft girls’ 3rds xc earned their third win of the season as well. In the varsity race, captain Hanna Murphy (22:00) led the way for the team again, finishing 3rd overall, with fellow seniors Claudia Vira (22:25) and Lexi Cafiero (22:36) close behind for 5th and 6th. These three were supported by two duos of Mids -- Katie Bootsma (23:21) and Michelle Lian (23:26) worked together throughout the course to place 7th and 8th overall, with Kate Zhang (24:51) and Logan Clew-Bachrach (24:55) also finishing close together for 10th and 11th. These four Mids really shone, as the first duo were both able to beat Choate’s fourth runner and the second duo both passed Choate’s fifth runner in the final stretch, placing well-above their normal spots and adding key displacement points to Choate’s score. However, Choate’s first three’s finish of 1-2-4 was too much for Taft to overcome, and the girls ended up with a score of 29 points, just one too many compared to Choate’s 28. Choate’s varsity girls look to be a formidable opponent in the race for the Founders League Championship, and we look forward to taking them on again in November! Though the varsity race came down to one point, Taft’s depth in the JV race was simply too much for Choate to overcome. In the JV scoring, Taft earned places 1-5 from Haley Barr (25:03), Eleanor Streit (25:05), Yuka Ishimoto (25:37), Maggie Robertshaw (25:39), and Kate Sharpe (26:36), with Amanda Stuart (27:29) and Isabelle Posmantur (27:43) finishing 9th and 10th to displace Choate’s fourth and fifth runners. Given that only three of these runners are seniors, the team forecast looks strong for the next few years as many of these JV runners develop into varsity runners. The final score added up to a decisive 15-46. In the 3rds race, Taft’s girls mostly had to race against the clock, since Choate fielded only one 3rds runner, but the Taft pack did not disappoint. The 3rds team also earned the lowest (best) possible score of 15 points by placing all seven of its scorers ahead of Choate’s runner. Perhaps most impressive about this group was their average improvement of 1:31 seconds over the 5k distance (compared to last week’s meet)! Marley Thompson (29:05) broke the 30 minute barrier for the first time, as did Bonnie Song (29:15), with Laurinda Yang, who had the team’s best improvement of 4 minutes and 35 seconds, is knocking on the door of 29:59 with a finishing time of 30:04. Based on the team’s standard of finishing a race sub-22:00, scoring in the top 5 once, or scoring in the top 7 twice, six girls have already automatically earned their varsity letters this year: Bootsma, Cafiero, Lian, Murphy, Vira, and Zhang. The girls will be back in action next Saturday, October 7th at Loomis for a highly anticipated quad-meet including Hotchkiss and Northfield Mount Hermon. Varsity record: 1-2 JV record: 3-0 Thirds record: 3-0