On Sunday, the girls varsity cross-country team earned their sixth win of the 2018 season by defeating the Big Blue of Andover, 23-33.
Running in her usual position at the front, Captain Victoria Patterson ’20 jumped out to take an early command of the race, with Noelle Abeyta ’21 close on her heels, followed by 9th grader Abigail Fernald. The trio managed a 1-2-3 finish. Following the top three were Isha Rao ’22, Grace Russell ’21, Erin Howe ’20, Jean Jin ’22, Ely Burke ’19, Aerin Lo ’22, and Sarah Jung ’20.
The last half mile of the race could have been nicknamed the Battle on the Lawn as the runners returned to the main quad on Andover’s campus, from whence they started, and sprint uphill, turn a corner, and then downhill to the finish. The season’s best finishing kicks were on proud display. Of particular note were the races and finishes of Isha Rao, Grace Russell, Jean Jin, Captain Ely Burke, Aerin Lo, Erin Howe, and Sarah Jung.
The Big Green welcome cross town rivals NMH this coming Saturday, 11/3 and Deerfield says goodbye to its senior girls after their final home meet for their Deerfield XC careers. Come and join the team as they take to the grass, mud, and fields of Mother Earth once more, but also as they take a moment to celebrate some young women that have meant a great deal to the program over the years. The week following NMH is the New England Championships hosted this year by Avon Old Farms. It’s all the marbles time!