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Middle School Cross Country Team Continues to Shine In Nationally Known Race

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After what has been a wonderful season, the Middle School Tartan Cross Country Team demonstrated that there is a lot of talent to go along with the hard work they’ve shown all season. In the biggest meet of the season, and one that is nationally known, the Middle School team performed incredibly well at the Mt. S.A.C. Invitational. Of course there were nerves at each grade level starting line that comprised more than 150 runners from roughly 40 schools; but the Tartan runners used the nerves to their advantage and raced exceptionally over the two mile, hilly course of Mt. S.A.C.

Charging down the airstrip and up Reservoir Hill, there was a determination in our runners. Heading around the Valley Loop and up the Switchbacks with intensity proved their endurance. Coming down the airstrip and up towards the finish line showed that they had the will to compete to the finish and wouldn’t back down. In the end, the results were outstanding. In a sport that focuses on effort, confidence and growth, usually the results take care of themselves; and they sure did at the historic cross country meet.

In team scoring, the girls had amazing finishes in each of the three grade levels. The grade 6 girls, who were running in their first big invitational ever, finished in third place out of 38 schools. The grade 7 girls, led by some very strong runners in Lauren McCaffrey, Sophia Morris, Sophie Payne, Natalie McAleer and Tarika Gujral finished in a strong fourth place and just a few points away from second. This is a group that can really do some exciting things in this sport in the coming five years. Not to be outdone, the grade 8 girls finished in third place as well with Greer Jacobs winning the race altogether, and in convincing fashion.

To say the future of the girls’ cross country program is in good shape would be an understatement. The boys’ teams did very well also. Our four grade 6 boy runners didn’t have enough to score as a team but they each had the tenacity and raced with confidence. Our largest team, the grade 7 boys finished in ninth place and our grade 8 team, led by standout Nic Gitter (finished fifth overall) finished in eighth as a team.

As the season finishes up, there are great things on the horizon for these runners and they are making a statement about what they are capable of and what they can accomplish together.



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