Chatham Girls Cross-Country Team Young and Determined

Stephanie Frost, Chatham girls cross-country coach, has been impressed with the work ethic of her young team Credits: TAP Chatham
According to her teammates, junior Leila Kirton has been a positive force for the Lady Cougars in training Credits: TAP Chatham
Sophomore Emma Frohnapfel is projected to be one of the top runners for Chatham Credits: TAP Chatham
Junior Leigh McCaffrey is counted among the top Chatham runners Credits: TAP Chatham
Sophomore Moira Horan gained experience last spring with the Chatham track team Credits: TAP Chatham
Rising Chatham sophomore Ally Franz Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham girls cross-country team knows that it can't just show up for the season and expect instance success. 

"High schoolers are young so they don't always understand that if you want something, you can't just want it in November and think it's going to happen," Stephanie Frost, Chatham girls cross-country coach, said. "You have to want it in June and they know that. They've shown that they want it June, they want it in July, they want it in August. The girls have really upped their training this year. They're a motivated group."

With four of the top six runners having graduated, Frost is looking forward to finding out what the young Lady Cougars can accomplish when they open the 2017 season Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Roxbury Invitational. The goal right now is to qualify for the state group meet at the end of the season.

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"I'm excited for them to race to see what they're going to do," Frost said. "Based on what they've been running compared to last year, I expect them to improve vastly. We're going to be much better than we anticipated given that we graduated our top two runners."

The top returning senior is Grace Rubacky and she's joined by juniors Leila Kirton, Leigh McCaffrey and Micah McGrath.

The strong sophomore class is led by Emma Frohnapfel, Moira Horan and Ally Franz. Two other runners who have picked up the pace in preseason are senior Maggie Gates and sophomore Aidan Walsh.

"Our other goal is to finish higher than we did in the counties last year," Frost said.



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