Cross Country Recap (9/26)


Courtesy of Sabrina Holohan

Many members of the girls team pose for a picture after a strong showing at the Priory Tri-Meet

Priory Tri-Meet Recap
The Wildcat cross country teams sweep the field

On a day where seemingly nothing could go wrong, both the boys and the girls team won by a landslide in their respective races. The Wildcats expertly navigated the difficulty of the hilly course over the expanse of the Priory campus, running strong throughout.

Although no official team scores were kept, it was clear that Westminster took first in both races. On the boys side, four seniors led the way for the cats, as Colin Ring finished first, Hayden Turley finished second, Hunter Freiner took third place, and Thomas Gorline finished fifth. Sophomore Connor Venneman rounded out the boys’ top five.

“The Priory course was a true test, as it challenged both endurance and mental toughness as we had to battle up hill after hill. The Priory course is one of the hardest we have faced, but after finishing, I felt an amazing sense of accomplishment. Finishing this course gives me confidence for the big races coming up this month” said Freiner.

Despite the fact that many of the young girls team have little to no experience with hilly 5k courses , they also had an exceptional race, taking all top four spots. In only her second high school cross country race, Kate Van Zee, freshman, finished first, Annessa Shively, senior, took second, Sabrina Holohan, freshman, finished third, and Kharis Perona, junior, finished fourth.

“Priory was definitely the hardest course we’ve run this season, but our team ran pretty well. We won and our top 4 runners got the top 4 places so that was exciting and makes us hopeful that we’ll be able to make it to state,” said Perona.

As the cold weather begins to come, the cross country teams are beginning to reach crunch time in their season, With less than a month left before the district race, both teams know the importance of these next couple weeks in the training process before they start to “peak” (train less to let their bodies recover) for the postseason races.

Westminster Cross Country races next on Saturday, October 10th at the Border Wars Cross Country at McNair Park.