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Cross country runners advance to State

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Seniors Caroline and Connor Riss and junior Kelli Tosic qualified for the State cross country meet at the Sectional meet on October 27.
Overall at Sectionals, the girls finished in 12th place while the boys finished in eighth place.
“As a team, both boys and girls teams ran very well, as you can tell with all the PR performances that happened,” said coach Anthony DeStephano. “The course had lots of hills and turns, and the athletes still managed to run a fast race, resulting in many PRs.”
At Regionals, on October 20, the girls finished in fifth place while the boys finished in third.
The girls team ended up sixth in the Conference, and the boys finished third. Tosic and Caroline Riss were All-Conference athletes. Tosic placed fourth overall and Riss placed fifth overall with a season best time.
“Competing at Conference was nerve-wracking yet exciting. There were a very fast field present, and it was fun to race against everyone,” Tosic said.
According to Caroline Riss, the team atmosphere plays a big role in her success.
“Both my teammates and my coaches push me to be better. Running with such an amazing group of girls makes us all push to be the best we can be,” Caroline Riss said.
Both teams saw improvement through the season.
“I think the season is going very well because last year there was a problem with the line-up and Regionals, so the boys team didn’t qualify for Sectionals. This year, though, both the girls and the boys qualified, so we’ve improved a lot,” said junior Brandt Batteau.
The boys cross country team have had to confront setbacks they faced earlier during the Conference race, before they competed again at Regionals.
“The last two weeks were our Conference meets and our Regional meet. Conference we weren’t really satisfied with how they performed, because boys were third and girls were sixth, but in Regionals they stepped up pretty well, and boys finished third and the girls finished fifth,” said Coach Matthew Zaluckyj.

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