Friday, November 25, 2005
A solid season for girls cross-country
Coming as no surprise, the Concord-Carlisle Girls Varsity Cross Country team has had another solid season. With a 7-1 record in the Dual County League (DCL), C-C tied with Newton South as league champions. The team came in second place at the DCL meet, behind Newton South, and finished third at the Bay State Invitational Meet. C-C placed second in Division 2 at EMass, while Dennis-Yarmouth took first place. This second place finish qualified the team for the D1 State Championship meet, where C-C placed seventh with 215 points.
Carlisle co-captains Cassi Knight and Jill McElligot helped lead the C-C team this season along with two Concord co-captains, Lindsey Clark and Emma Schumacher. Coach Hart refers to Knight as the big deal Carlisle athlete and the best runner that C-C has ever had. Over the years, she has made countless crucial finishes for the team. This year Knight secured C-C's second place finish at EMass, coming in seventh place with a time of 19:44, her personal best this season. Knight also completed another excellent race for the team at the D1 State meet where she placed 63rd with a time of 20:41.4. McElligot has also been a great long-term contributor to the cross country team with an excellent four year record, bringing her athleticism and speed to previous all-league meets as well as this year's DCL meet. Olivia Cooney has been another crucial tempo provider for the C-C team. She placed fourth out of the C-C runners at EMass this year, her second year in a row attending the meet. Cooney also proved herself at the state meet with a 68th place finish in a time of 20:47.5. As a hard working and dedicated three year contributor, she will be a key runner next season. Running on the team since her freshman year, junior Estelle Faulkner has shown steady improvement over the three years she has been on the team. Faulkner is praised by Mr. Hart as a great kid who is loved by the entire team. Catherine O'Kelly earned her first varsity letter this season and will be yet another important runner on next year's team.
Despite the loss of the four co-captains, all of whom have been all-league runners, the team hopes for another bright season next year. With a talented junior and freshmen class as well as new promising arrivals from the middle school, the team should continue to "do the things they normally do" according to Coach Hart.
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