Crossing the Country…One Race at a Time

Girls Cross Country Ends

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The girls cross country team has put on an impressive performance this year by improving upon last year’s results and shortening their times at events.

While the sport of cross country does not have a win-loss system per se, it is still easy to tell that the girls have been working hard this season. The group took first place at the Open Door Invitational (for the third consecutive year), along with second place at the Cardinal Invite (for the second straight season) and fourth out of 15 at the Andrews-Osborne Invitational. At the Open Door, the girls finished with the top three positions, with junior Deanna Swinerton leading the pack. Providing leadership throughout the season has been the senior trio of Anni May, Maya Holowczak and Maria Tirabassi.

Not only did Deanna place first at Andrews-Osborne, she also finished the race in 19:41, an all-time best for her, that moved her up to second place on the all-time leader board for the high school.

Coach Mr. Mike Taurasi is more than satisfied with the girls’ performances, especially when considering the lack of numbers this year. “We only have nine runners and some of them are involved in [other] sports and other extracurriculars. Even though we’re really limited when people are sick or have something else, we still have had a very successful season that I’m proud of.”

To top off the season, Swinerton placed 8th at the Division II District Meet, qualifying to the regional. At the regional competition Deanna placed an admirable 38th in a field of 124 runners. Great job, ladies.