The Carondelet Cross Country team made the 391-mile trip down to Walnut, Calif., to compete at the Mt. SAC Invitational on Friday, October 20. It was the 70th year the meet has occurred and is one of the most nationally renowned meets of the year.
Over 150 teams competed in the 2017 invitational, with a total of 60 races over the course of two days. Carondelet invited its top-16 athletes and had individuals compete in four different races. All races were at the Division 3 level, determined by the size of our school.
Our varsity team closed out the day with an exciting WIN in the Division 3 race. Their total team time was 98:59 (with an average time of 19:45) placed them as the eighth fastest Northern California team (all divisions combined).
The varsity runners were led by a sixth place finish by Clare Schumann '18, as she crossed the finish line of the 2.93-mile race in a time of 18:57. This was Clare's first time breaking 19 minutes, and it led to a 1 minute, 30 second personal record (PR) for the senior.
Clare was followed by Sofia Green '19, who was 10th overall, with a time of 19:17, clocking over a three-minute PR. Kelsey Dempsey '18 was the third Cougar to cross the finish line, placing 20th with a time of 19:51, and a 40 second PR. The top 7 were closed out by Taryn Cunningham '19, 28th overall (20:18), Liza Richards '18, 40th overall (20:36 - 50 second PR), Dana Cross '19, 46th (20:42 - 1:45 PR) and Kasey DeMaria 51st (20:56 - 1:55 PR) overall.
Our junior varsity program started the day off in the second race of the day. Lauren Cadementari '18 led the team with a ninth place finish and a time of 22:00. Annie Rains '18 was close behind, finishing the race in 22:46, placing 15th overall. Emily Howie '19 and Madi Arndt '18 closed out the group with a 21st (22:58) and 25th (23:14) place finishes.
Our freshman team competed in the fourth race of the day and showed very exciting potential for the future! Represented by Sophia Piper '21, Kate Concepcion '21, and Trinity Ellis '21, the trio finished in a respectable sixth (21:48), ninth (21:54) and 20th (23:07) place.
Our sophomores, Jillian Trilevsky '20 and Ariel Ragona '20, competed in the sixth race of the day. Jillian completed the 3-mile course in a time of 23:27, placing 30th overall, and was followed by Ariel who finished in 24:18 and 44th overall.
This week the Carondelet cross country team will host the annual Beat-A-Boy race on Wednesday, which will also serve as Senior Day for the team. Carondelet will honor seniors Giuliana Alioto, Madison Arndt, Lauren Cademartori, Kasey DeMaria, Kelsey Dempsey, Allison Munden, Annie Raines, Mateya Rettig, Liza Richards, Clare Schumann and Kathleen Stein before the start of the race, which is scheduled for 3:45 pm at Heather Farms.