This is the heart and soul of cross country.
For the 5th time in 6 years the Lady Warriors competed in the most competitive running event in the State after securing a 2nd place in the CCS Division III Championship. While the race proved to be challenging for many of the Warriors the day was not without individual victories.
The top finisher for the Warriors was Senior Morgan Lira who was running in her 4th State Meet. She joins Jennifer Bergman, Julie Wallace and Emily Blaha as the only runners in school history to compete in 4 State Championships.
Ashley Lara was the second finisher for the Warriors in 20:59. Battling the nerves of her first State Meet she went out with the pack at 6:28 for the mile and moved through the last mile to finish 148th in 20:59. Karen Mac was next to cross for the Warriors finishing 155th in 21:13.
Shannon Luu had a breakthrough performance running a 36 second best to finish in 21:40. Her time ranks her #22 all-time for the Warriors but more importantly sets the stage for next year’s team as all 5 returning runners to next year’s team have run under 7 minute pace for the 5k course this season. Kellianne Connolly rounded out the scoring finishing 182nd in 22:09.
Isabel Garcia who sits #5 all-time for the Warriors running 19:38 as a sophomore in 2009 was unable to come back from a hamstring injury suffered last year. She gave a strong effort running 23:08 in her 3rd State Championship.
It was a great season for the Warriors as they set the tone for the future. The Varsity Girls return five of the top seven girls to next year's team: Karen Mac, Ashley Lara, Jessica Xu, Kellianne Connolly, Shannon Luu.
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Girls DIII Race Photos: CLICK HERE
Girls Results - State Championship (5k)