Varsity/Reserve Girls Cross Country · CGXC Sweeps the Competition at Les Eisenhart

It’s the time of year when all the miles, hills and intervals run over the last few months start paying off, and as a result this past Saturday seemed more like a Friday because it was payday for the team up in Worthington, Ohio.

On a course seemingly made for the CGXC style of racing, the team proved over three races that they were up for the challenges the competition provided and were willing to take advantage of the first seasonably cool day in weeks.

The varsity squad set the tone for the day by immediately establishing a strong presence near the front of the field at race start that they then further solidified over the duration of the race. Season and personal bests were the theme of the day as the Lady Elks turned in a dominant result and placed first as a team by 62 points with a low score of 31.  The team was led by outstanding performances by Kerri Walsh, who took the overall win in an all-time personal best of 17:53, Mia Robillard (3rd), and Alayna Skidmore (6th). The individual varsity results were:

1st – Kerri Walsh                    17:53
3rd – Mia Robillard                 18:09
6th – Alayna Skidmore           18:49
11th – Nikki Jindal                  19:07
14th – Dalia Einstein               19:13
15th – Alex Jackson                19:14
18th – Brooke Stroebel          19:32
19th – CeCe Alexander           19:37
25th – Emma O’Brien             19:45
52nd – Maddie Little              20:38

But the team wasn’t done by any means at this point. Next up, the Juniors and Seniors had their chance to prove themselves in their 11th/12th grade race. These upperclassmen took the win as a team in another impressive, collective effort.  Again, strong performances were submitted by many individuals with the following athletes scoring for the team:

2nd – Claire Maxwell              20:14
5th – Hannah Mangen            20:32
7th – Meighan Scarpino         20:53
8th – Leah Vanbeysterveldt   21:00
12th – Muriel vanSchagen     21:19

And finally, the freshmen and sophomores had their chance. By this time, the day had warmed under clear skies a radiant sun, but the momentum from the previous two races carried over as this final group of athletes turned it loose. They too took top team honors and were led by:

2nd – Kiersten Knell                20:20
3rd – Carly Biederman            20:23
6th – Peri Rhoads                    20:44
13th – Jaina Masek                 21:11
22nd – Elizabeth Lunne          21:51

All in all, the ladies earned themselves a clean sweep of all three team races and are now poised to perform next weekend at Northmont in the GWOC Championships.

Congratulations to all who raced on Saturday, and good luck at GWOC!