Girls' Cross Country - Varsity
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Williston Northampton School
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Williston Northampton School
Loss 33-22
The girls’ cross country team traveled to Williston Northampton today for our annual dual meet with the Wildcats. Though the race was extremely close through 1.5 miles, Williston ultimately was able to pull away from our runners, with each of the top 5 matchups going to Williston rather than our way, and Taft ended up losing the Varsity race (33-22) and the JV race (35-22). Despite the losses, several team members had impressive individual performances, and we enjoyed running on the beautiful, wooded Williston course. In the varsity race, the top five scorers remained the top five scorers but shook up their finishes this week, with Lexi Cafiero and Michelle Lian taking the top two spots for Taft, finishing in 22:51 and 23:41 respectively. The trio of Hanna Murphy (24:16), Katie Bootsma (24:31), and Claudia Vira (24:54) all finished within 40 seconds of each other to complete the varsity scoring. The battle for the sixth and seventh displacement positions was stiff, as Kate Zhang (25:37) came in sixth for the team but Eleanor Streit (25:47) just barely nipped Logan Clew-Bachrach (also 25:47) at the line for seventh place, making Logan our top JV finisher today. Despite tough efforts all around, the girls placed 3-5-6-9-10 overall, scoring a total of 33 points to Williston’s 22 (the combination of 1-2-4-7-8). On the JV side, not far behind Logan was Sinead Connolly (26:37), finishing her first race as a Rhino in 9th for Taft, 18th overall. Haley Barr (26:59), Kate Sharpe (27:07), and Court Wandelt (28:15) completed the JV scoring with Bojana Drca (28:53) and Isabelle Posmantur (29:43) serving as the JV displacement runners. Though there was no official thirds score, Amanda Stuart (29:59), Laurinda Yang (30:31), Marley Thompson (33:05), Nicole Sze (38:17), and Julia Kim (38:17) ran hard in support of the JV team. The JV team ultimately lost by a score of 35 to 22, unfortunately. Eleven other Taft harriers were sidelined by injuries or illnesses today, but we hope to have the team back to its full strength by the time we race Kent at home on Parents’ Day, October 28th. We look forward to hosting this last regular season meet before taking on the teams of the Founders League in our league championships.