CHATHAM, NJ - In addition to a strong senior class, the 2019 Chatham girls cross-country team has another possible competitive edge going for it - sibling rivalry.
Four senior runners, Ally Franz, Emma Frohnapfel, Albane Marion and Maddie Hartnett are joined on the Cougar team by their younger sisters, sophomores Frankie Franz, Carly Frohnapfel, Alice Marion and freshman Emma Hartnett.
"Sisters are very competitive, so we push each other," Emma Frohnapfel said. "We do a lot of bonding. We have a trip to the beach planned."
Chatham coach Julie Guerriero has top returning runner Ally Franz backed by senior veterans Anya D'Costa, Moira Horan and Anna VanWie.
"We have a lot of new freshmen and a lot of people who have recovered from injuries from last year," Ally Franz said. "The senior class is huge and we're expecting big things this year."
Franz is a top scorer for the Chatham girls lacrosse team, which reached the sectional final last spring, and the team features a trio of basketball players in the Frohnapfels and Maddie Hartnett, who is running cross-country for the first time. Hartnett was the leading scorer last winter when Chatham won the North Jersey, Group 3 state title.
Juniors to watch include Katie Carraciolo, Spencer Darby and Veronica Hodapp, while the sophomore class is led by Frohnapfel, Marion, Katie O'Neill, Karen Cashel and Elyse Panagakos.
Guerriero notes that the Chatham Middle School Rec program has produced an promising freshman class headed by Lindsey Bresnahan, Kareena Parikh, Lauren Davis and Kiera Yarcheski.