Cross Country Team Excels Despite Mid-Season Setbacks
By Sydney Schultz
Despite several mid-season injuries, the Seton Cross Country team still maintains their cheerful spirit and positive attitude every single day, whether it’s during one of their workouts or out on the course for a race. It is the point in the season where many aches and pains occur for many new runners, but this setback has not stopped the Cross Country team from doing well in their races. The coaches, Karen Berndt and Al Kovacic, have been watching the girls and doing everything they can to prevent future injuries and to keep the rest of the team healthy and out on the roads.
On September 14, the Cross Country team competed in the Covington Catholic Invitational at DeVou Park.
In the Open Race, Seton finished in third place. Placing 20th, Kaitlyn Fields finished in 25:06. Next, Emily Hatting negative split her race and finished in 25:09. Allie Holmes and Lydia Brigham worked together to finish 23rd and 24th, with finishing times at 25:13 and 25:15. Lauren Heideman was Seton’s 5th runner, placing 28th with a time of 25:39. The Saints had a 33 second 1-5 split. Julz Lucas, Mikayla Hartoin, Sammie Moore, Erica Pohlman, Phuong Phan, and Mary Beth Miller also ran in the Open Race.
The Varsity Cross Country team finished fourth out of twelve teams. Senior Kaylie Brown came in 10th place in 22:11. Senior Abby Pace finished in 14th place with a time of 22:24. Junior Olivia Hess finished in 17th place at 22:35. Freshman Janie Reiter finished in 22:58. Sophomore Jessica Hayhow, Seton’s 5th runner, ran a time of 23:43. Senior Sydney Schultz finished in 39th place in 24:04. Seton’s 7th runner, junior Molly Henderson, finished in 44th place in 24:28. Lastly, junior Jessica Rieskamp came in 48th place with a finishing time of 24:49.
Although only 19 of the 36 runners on the team were able to compete during this meet, the team still did exceptionally well on one of the toughest courses in the area.
The Cross Country team will be traveling to Louisville, Kentucky next weekend for the Valkyrie Invitational.
*Photo Credit to Emily Hatting