Varsity Girls' Cross Country
vs. Groton School*
vs. St. Mark's School*
vs. St. Paul's School*
vs. Rivers School*
|Date:||September 23, 2017|
Following a week of hard practices, the girls worked their way over the St. Mark's course—considerably hillier than BB&N's race track encircling Fresh Pond Reservoir—in 80-degree weather and against a field of formidable opponents. Each of the opposing teams is among the strongest LA will face all season. Such a race reminds us all that cross country is not for the faint of heart.
Leading the Spartans again was junior Kawai Martin, who finished the first mile at 7:54, completed two miles in 16:56, and crossed the finish line in 29th place overall at 26:11 for an 8:25 pace per mile. Next in was freshman Jane Fu at 28:16 (9:05 ppm) after having recorded a 8:03 first mile and finished the second at 17:27. Jess Fatzinger finished next for the Spartans. The returning sophomore completed the first mile at 8:13 and the second at 18:00. Over the last mile, remarkably, Jess shrank her teammate's 33-second lead to only 2 seconds!
Finishing fourth for LA was ninth-grader Olivia Todd with splits of 8:21 and 18:21 before completing her first race of the season at 28:42 in 37th place (9:14 ppm). Junior Nikki Arnold, who completed the race in 38th place at 31:11 (10:02 ppm), recorded splits of 8:46 and 19:42. Ninth-grader Crystal Xia completed mile one in 8:51 and was 20:51 at the 2-mile (10:25 ppm); however, she did not complete the race after getting lost on the course (this happened to several runners spread over the four races).
Finishing 6th for LA and 39th place overall was Celine Kim, another ninth-grader. Celine's first mile was 9:55, and she reached the 2-mile mark at 22:45, finishing the hilly 5K race at 35:36 (11:27 ppm) while nursing blisters. Senior Barbara Ou was absent from the line-up because of another commitment and captain Milenna Huang, sidelined with a stress fracture, helped by recording 1-mile splits for both the boys and girls.
We expected results like these, for the most part, because of both the weather and the team's training during the previous week. This is all preparation, with lessons learned, for the races to follow!
Thanks to the parents who came to support us!