Girls' Cross-Country Places 4th at ISL Championships

Middlesex School cross country
Middlesex girls had a great day at the ISL cross-country championships, hosted by St. Mark's.  32 girls started and finished the 5K race, a record both for the team this season and for Middlesex history at the ISL championships. All members of the team, those racing as well as managers, injured runners, and coaches, supported each other throughout the day of racing.  The varsity race was won by a great team from St. Paul's with 61 points, just ahead of Milton (71 points) and Nobles (87 points).  Middlesex finished in 4th place with 112 points, ahead of both St. George's and Groton who produced two of the losses in our season record.  In the JV team competition, the results were the same-- Middlesex finished 4th behind St. Paul's, Milton, and Nobles.  
 
In the varsity race, Mahal Alvarez-Backus '15 led the team effort for Middlesex with a fast and smart race to finish fifth-just behind the first runner from Milton.  The surprise of the day came from Nell Gallogly '14, who passed throughout the course to finish in 7th place as the fastest second runner from any team to cross the line. In doing so, she was finished ahead of many great runners from other schools who bested her in league races. Both Mahal and Nell received medals for their efforts at the awards ceremony. Captain Talya Kramer '14 and fellow senior Rowena Schenck '14 worked together throughout the course to finish ahead of the first finishing runner from St. George's.  Phoebe Lindsay '16 rounded out the scoring, while Susie Frechter '14 and Alex Schoen '15 scored key displacement points against the fifth runner from Thayer and St. George's.  The team finish is particularly noteworthy for the fact that five of the seven varsity runners were not in the varsity race last year, with seniors Nell, Rowena, and Susie joining the team this year and Phoebe and Alex moving up from running JV last year. 
 
The JV team effort was led by newly recovered Sonia Tremblay '16 who earned a ribbon for her ninth place finish.  Raphaele Sevrain '16, Miranda Gish '14, Julia McClellan '17, and Kathryn Regan '14 (in her first cross country race this season!) rounded out the scoring five, while Jenni Welch '15, Shawn Wallace '15, and Aditi Shankar '14 ran as a pack to secure the team finish.  In addition to the scoring, all the JV girls race great races, posting great improvements on a tough course.  Particularly impressive improvements came from Bettina Lichauco '15 and Eugenia Nosyreyva '16, although the whole team deserves congratulations for their determination and grit on a course that featured tough hills and rocky footing.
 

The team regrets that it can only bring 19 runners to St. George's next weekend to defend our Division III team championship against some very strong programs from outside the ISL as well as host St. George's.  All the girls have been a big part of the team's success, spirit, and energy this fall. 

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