St. John’s girls run past competition
The St. John’s girls cross country team had just one individual medal Saturday morning at its own Ramble three-mile run, but the Mavericks had seven of the first nine girls and nine of the first 12 overall to easily take the win at T.C. Jester Park.
With the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh-place runners accounting for their first five finishers, the Mavs needed only 25 points to win.
The real race was for second where Kinkaid came in second with 56 points, just a tick ahead of third-place finisher Episcopal, which closed with 57.
Episcopal junior Devina Schneider was the individual gold medalist (18:33.70), but the Knights only had one other girl in the top ten and that was their second place runner – freshman Emily Fleming – who came in officially tenth (21:38.70).
Kinkaid sophomore Lexie Ammons took the individual silver medal, by placing second overall (18.49.20) with the only other finishing time under 19 minutes. The Falcons did not have any else in the top 10 with their second runner – freshman Sophia Sole – coming in 12th (21:56.10).
After those two individual medalists though, it was all St. John’s with the Mavs taking the next nine places, including two from girls who were in the race, but weren’t officially part of the St. John’s seven eligible for the scoring.
Sophomore Lillian Chen came in third (19:05.70) and began the run of Mustangs that carried them to the team victory.
Freshman Peyton Brown was fourth overall (19:18.30) and finished over a minute ahead of St. John’s third runner – sophomore Maya Bhandari – who rounded out the top five (20:25.10).
Bhandari just edged out another sophomore, teammate Francie Williams, for fifth as Williams placed sixth (20:26.80) and she was just in front of another tenth grader, Margaret Trautner, who was seventh (20:51.50) and accounted for St. John’s final points.
The next four runners were also St. John’s girls with senior Elise Viguet placing eighth (20:57.50) and sophomore Julia Moody coming in ninth (20:58.70) with the last time below 21 minutes. After them, Olivia Havel (21:21.80) and fellow sophomore Noel Higgason (21:30.00) came in next for the Mavericks, but they were in the race and not part of any team.
Kinkaid has Ammons as the runner-up and no one else in the top 10, but the Falcons were all bunched up from the 12th spot on, taking the 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th positions to collect their points.
Sole led the string of Kinkaid runners by placing 12th, in front of junior Natalie Barden, who took 13th (22:00) while freshman Catherine Baker was 14th (22:11.50) and fellow ninth grader Margaret Durning was officially 15th (22:49.50).
For Episcopal, after Schneider and Fleming, freshman Gwyneth Bryan was 11th (21:48.00) with Honor Milton coming in 16th overall and junior Angela Kemfack taking 19th officially.