Girls’ cross country: ‘Sweet’ season ending for team

October 30, 2009 — by Kyumin Shim

The girls pumped their arms up and down as they made their way up “Skateboard Hill,” the highest hill in Saratoga. It’s not one of the easy courses to run, but it is the best to practice for tough hilly terrains like Crystal Springs. On Oct. 27, the girls ran their last training run of the season as their ponytails swung with each step.

“The season has been really fun and all the girls are super sweet,” said senior captain Sophia Cooper. “We’ve had some tough workouts, but I think everyone enjoyed it a lot.” Cooper suffered injuries from the beginning of the season and could not participate in a lot of the runs, but she was always there for the girls, cheering them on.

They had two meets before the league finals. On Oct. 22, they scrimmaged against Wilcox in Baylands Park. On Oct. 29, the girls had their last meet at Lynbrook.

At the Lynbrook meet, senior Karen Wai and sophomore Emily Williams received medals for their times of 13:07 and 13:11, respectively. Freshman Caroline Chou ran a 13:42, junior Hannah Harter ran a 14:16, sophomore Kristine Johnson ran a 14:38, sophomore Lou Guy ran a 14:47 and junior Mansie Chung ran a 14:51.

“We didn’t have official results it was a scrimmage against Wilcox,” said Cooper. “But it was a nice way for the girls to practice a 3-mile course in preparation for finals.”

There will be six girls who will be running at CCS on Nov. 14: senior Karen Wai, freshman Courtney Scholssareck, sophomores Emily Williams and Kristine Johnson and juniors Hannah Harter and Mansie Cheung.

The girls said they had an amazing season filled with dress-up runs and fun memories.

“On Mondays we had a Neon day or Ninjas on Fridays and we just have fun,” said junior Mansie Chung.

“We had a great season everyone improved,” said Chung. “Coach [Danny] Moon always encourages us to do our best rather than telling us to improve on our ranks.”

The girls also raced at SCVA on Nov. 3 but due to printing deadlines The Falcon could not print the results.