Girls Middle School Cross Country · Girls Middle School Cross Country finishes 3rd place at * Pendleton Heights Middle

  Place Points
New Castle High School 3rd 102

The team had the best girls’ NC placing at this Invitational since 2012 when that team duplicated its third place position from the year before. Those two years included two runners who went on to rank on the high school’s top 5 for the 5k and two others (Caroline Warner and Shelby Mills) in the top 20. Those first two were Alaina Murali and Cate Brock, the latter whose cousin is this year’s number two runner, Lydia Harvey.
Lydia ran well ahead of her placing a year ago where she led the team. Her 16th place finish this year followed teammate Ella Garvin, who made a great surge late in the race to move from 8th into the fifth place finishing spot in a time of 12:55. Third for the team, just 12 seconds behind Harvey was Emily Grow with a spectacular performance of 13:40 to put the team in fourth place at that point, trailing third place Mt. Vernon by just 7 points. Sakagewea Watson had helped push Emma Hart along the first half of the race , but Emma pushed ahead as her teammate began to struggle. Fortunately, Mireya Guerrero, who struggled at the Conference meet, was running back close to her norm, and gave Emma someone to push after. The two placed 30th and 31st while Mt. Vernon’s fourth and fifth were 34th and 37th. Chloe Vitatoe played a huge role as well as she placed 33rd, pushing Mt. Vernon’s score up two more points. All of that made the difference as NC slipped past the Marauders by 3 points for third place.
If scores had been kept in the open race, NC would have fared very well as most ran personal records and the Trojans had five runners in the top thirty. Kaitlyn Crabtree ran her best race of the year. She came out of the woods in fifth place and on her PR pace. She held that position for the next mile to the finish and PR’d in 14:16. Audra Cornett finished 8th and PR’d in a big way. In 18th was Sydney Matthews with a huge PR. Just 13 seconds back was Shaley Davis with her best run of the year. Aaliyah Anderson also ran her best race by far, finishing as the reserve team’s fifth finisher in 16:08. Others to have the most impressive drops in time were Gracie Carter, Maia Peoples, and Riley Thompson. Congratulations to the others on their great racing as well.
The team finished the season with a 22 and 9 record.