Girls XC gets out the broom

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Girls XC gets out the broom

The varsity racers gather before their race to discuss strategies. “I know we’ve swept the last two, but there may have been more. I do know that out the nine years we’ve done this, our varsity team has won seven times. The only two times we didn’t win, we were beaten by our rival, Central,” head coach Charlie Cutelli said.

The varsity racers gather before their race to discuss strategies. “I know we’ve swept the last two, but there may have been more. I do know that out the nine years we’ve done this, our varsity team has won seven times. The only two times we didn’t win, we were beaten by our rival, Central,” head coach Charlie Cutelli said.

Kendall Welch

The varsity racers gather before their race to discuss strategies. “I know we’ve swept the last two, but there may have been more. I do know that out the nine years we’ve done this, our varsity team has won seven times. The only two times we didn’t win, we were beaten by our rival, Central,” head coach Charlie Cutelli said.

Kendall Welch

Kendall Welch

The varsity racers gather before their race to discuss strategies. “I know we’ve swept the last two, but there may have been more. I do know that out the nine years we’ve done this, our varsity team has won seven times. The only two times we didn’t win, we were beaten by our rival, Central,” head coach Charlie Cutelli said.

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Time to get out the brooms because the girls’ Cross Country team swept the Parkway Quad at Castlewood Park on Aug. 28.

“We are at a level within the program where I think we expect to be successful. Some of the races will be a bit of a challenge, but we did sweep so obviously we rose to that challenge,” head coach Charlie Cutelli said.

With her 7:09 pace, sophomore Lauren Calvin finished with a 22:14 time and placed individually.

“The race was exhausting. I thought it would be harder though—not the course—the actual winning. I thought there would be more competition,” Calvin said.

Although there was an expectation amongst the team that they would win, the race still presented challenges. And yet, freshman Hannah Rushing was able to push past her fears and win first place.

“The race was very nerve-racking for me. I didn’t really know what to expect so it was kind of a scary experience at first,” Rushing said.

The front pack, senior Rachel Osbourne, freshman Natalie Butler, freshman Claire Smout and junior Maggie Morse track down the leading racers in the varsity race. “While I was running I was trying to figure out the Central girl’s strategy so I got thrown off at the end because I couldn’t decide if I should go hard in the middle or not,” Osbourne said.

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The front pack, senior Rachel Osbourne, freshman Natalie Butler, freshman Claire Smout and junior Maggie Morse track down the leading racers in the varsity race. “While I was running I was trying to figure out the Central girl’s strategy so I got thrown off at the end because I couldn’t decide if I should go hard in the middle or not,” Osbourne said.

In fact, to junior and team captain Maggie Morse, the team is growing stronger.

“My favorite part of the meet was seeing different people step up at all levels. The freshmen ran together in a really tight pack. In the JV race, I got to watch a bunch girls finish consecutively. I saw some people really step up who hadn’t before,” Morse said. “On the varsity level, it was cool because there were a lot of people who were in their first race. I got to see them work hard and get results.”

Throughout the race, the West Cross Country community ran around the course, cheering the racers and giving them advice.

“Before the race, Cutelli always tells us just to be a competitor. He has this quote that talks about how it should be about the race; not times, splits or cuts. It should be about beating the person next to you, just like the ‘Race Ya’ games from elementary school,” freshman Natalie Butler said. “At the Quad, there was this picture that was taken of the varsity race at starting line. The West girls just looked ready to race, while all other girls were checking and starting their wrist watches. We ended up winning because it’s more important and motivating to compete than worry about time.”

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