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Women’s Cross-Country Achieves Most Successful Season Since 2012

By: Lilyen McCarthy

The Women’s Cross-Country team has seen some team success and a few individual successes as well this season. The team placed first at the fifth annual Panthers XC invite and second at the Adelphi Short Course Race. Individually, Isabel and Katherine Marsh placed 11th and 17th, respectively at the Paul Short invite. Isabel Marsh has also been named NE10 Player of the Week once this season.

Women’s Cross Country after winning first place at the Panthers XC Invite

Most recently, the team placed second at the Northeast-10 Championship on November 6. Four panthers placed in top spots over the weekend: Katherine Marsh (3rd), Isabel Marsh (11th), Grace Minikel (12th) and Rachel Tucci (13th). Katherine Marsh earned First Team All-Conference accolades, and Isabel Marshi, Minikel and Tucci earned Third Team All-Conference recognition.

Sophomore Maggie Hannan during a meet

“The team is super close. We consider ourselves a family. We are always there for each other whether it be at practice or in our everyday life,” said sophomore Maggie Hannan.

The women’s and men’s teams are also very close, training and working out together every day, offering words of encouragement in passing and remaining friends outside of athletics. Before every meet, the team huddles with the coaches to gather motivation for the race ahead. The women’s team hugs each other before the race begins and wears matching ribbons in their hair.

Senior Distance runner Rachel Tucci believes in the strong team dynamic and spirit that exists with the team.

Senior Rachel Tucci commented on the team this season. “The team dynamic this year is definitely different than in the past, in a good way. The ladies on our team show up everyday ready to work hard. We have fun while also getting the hard work in.”

Looking toward the East Region championship, the team is looking to build off the work they have put in over the summer and fall semester to find further success in these postseason meets.

Hannan said, “Each meet, we have continued to grow and develop off of our strong season start. By doing so, we have been able to achieve personal bests, learn how to race strategically and develop more as runners.”

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