Cross Country Places 9th in OHSAA District Meet
By Sydney Schultz
The top seven varsity runners competed in the 2013 OHSAA District Meet on Saturday, October 19. The team finished in ninth place. The top four teams in the district meet and first sixteen individuals qualify to run in the Regional meet.
Junior Gabby Hirlinger ran a fast and smart race. She set a new personal record, crossing the finish line in 19:46. Her 15th place finish qualified her for Regionals. Hirlinger finished in 17th place in 2012, just missing the chance to run at Regionals. She said, “After being seventeenth last year, one spot away from qualifying, I did everything I could this season to make sure I was not in that spot again. With every run and every action I made throughout the season, I had regionals in the back of my mind.”
Olivia Hess also ran a new personal record, finishing at 20:28 in 33rd place. Last year at Districts, Hess ran a 22:03 in the Open Race. She has worked very hard this season and has improved greatly.
Senior Kaylie Brown finished her cross country career with a time 21:06 and placing 48th place. Brown is a four year runner and team captain.
Maria Visconti ran a 43 second personal record in 21:14. She ran smart and had a positive mindset. She helped score for the team.
Abby Pace also ran her last race as cross country runner. She ran a new personal record in 21: 18. Pace is also a four year runner and team captain.
Molly Henderson had an amazing race and set a season personal record. Her best time of the season previously was 23:04, but she ended up crossing the line in 21:59. Henderson reflected on her race and said, “Everyone at the race this week ran with their hearts and gave everything they had on the course. I was happy with my personal record after having such a struggle getting back on varsity from my past injury during last track season.”
Freshman Lydia Brigham ran in her first district meet. She gained experience to use for her future running career.
Seton’s first alternate was senior Sydney Schultz. This is Sydney´s second year running cross country. She wasn’t even on Seton’s JV team last year, but in one year’s time, she has dedicated herself to the sport and was ready to step in if needed.
Despite the pouring rain and cold weather, the entire team was there to support the top seven girls.
Gabby Hirlinger will race at 12:30 in Troy, Ohio next Saturday, November 2 in the Regional Meet.