Girls Middle School Cross Country · Girls Middle School Cross Country finishes 4th place at Hhc

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New Castle High School 4th 82

Delta slipped by the defending champion Pendleton team by just two points to take home the traveling Champions’ trophey. Delta was led by the second time Conference champion and course record holder Niki Southerland, who traversed the rugged course in 11:17.
The NC girls had their strongest showing since competing in the Conference meet. The past teams had not been able to crack the top half of the field the past three showings, but this year the Trojans were fourth, only 2 points out of third place. It was also a comfortable fourth place as Greenfield was 32 points behind the Trojans for fifth. “While we had a couple of places where just two seconds faster would have earned us third, I felt our top five all really had excellent races. Ella Garvin and Lydia Harvey earned All-Conference honors with their 6th and 11th place finishes respectively. Sixth for Ella in her first year of cross country is impressive. Lydia dropped 39 seconds from our last home meet to earn her second year of Hhc honors. Emily Grow runs hard from the start each race and held on for 19th, which is impressive for a sixth grader. Emma Hart and Sakagewea Watson run so smart for young runners. They worked together to pick off about 15 places in the second half of the race to finish 22nd and 24th places respectively. Racing is so much about staying mentally strong and being confident in your training and race plan. These five girls executed their plans beautifully. Had we gotten the two points we needed for a tie, our fifth and sixth (Mireya Guerrero and Kaitlynn Crabtree) were ahead of Mt. Vernon’s sixth, so we would have had third place
in that scenario. That’s the nature of cross country; every met goal opens up a new challenge. They ran great, but improvement is still possible with each new day. This team is always a delight to watch compete.
The other team members competed in the Open Race following the Varsity races. Chloe Vitatoe placed second. She is slated to run varsity at Pendleton Wednesday, and proved she is up for the challenge with her best run of the season. In addition to those previously mentioned, the following showed the greatest drops in times: Shaley Davis, Aaliyah Anderson, Gracie Carter, Corinne Harvey, Maia Peoples, and Sylvie Terrell. Congratulations to the others who had great runs as well.
The team runs at the Pendleton Invitational with seventeen other entered teams Wednesday.