LIVINGSTON, NJ -- The Livingston High School girls cross-country team won the Super Essex Conference championship at a meet in Branch Brook Park in Newark earlier this month.
Competing in the 12-team Liberty Division, Livingston posted a 20-8 overall SEC record and 9-2 in Liberty Division competition.
Katrina Leigh of Livingston won the title in 21:52, 35 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
Jordan Mason's career best of 23:14 earned fifth place. With some X-C experience under her belt, Elianna Bershad steadily moved up, grabbing 10th place in 23:40 with her season's best.
In their first X-C seasons, Joey Dallow (24.00) and Lindsay Anan (24.03) finished in 11th and 12th place, respectively. This put five Lancers in the top 12.
Livingston's Shannon O'Connor ran a time of 25:43 and Gloria Liu 25:44.
"The girls had been in a tough battle, with four of the seven running seasons best times and the rest within a few seconds," said Livingston cross-country coach Dave Czeizinger.
Livingston took first place place with a team score of 39 points. Mount St. Dominic was second with 55 and West Essex came in third with 57 points. Livingston ran its best five-girl average time of 23:22 and its tightest top five split of 2:11 for the season.
In the earlier action, Livingston freshman Mia Meykler (16:54, 18th) posted a personal best, while in her first ever X-C race, Alexandra Bae ran a 17:29 on the 2-mile course in the field of 50 finishers. In the JV race, running their first ever 5K races, Olivia Schachter (27:00, 25th) and Reigne Villanueva (27:12, 28th) led the crew. The next two in were running their first 5K of the season with Celeste Calderon (27:39) and Ririko Nakayama (28:52) taking the 3 and 4 spots for the Lancers. Freshman Aishi Roychoudhury (29:19), in her first ever 5K, was No. 5 for the JV Livingston runners.
Czeizinger called it "a great meet, leaving with the individual and team champions. Three girls earned medals for finishing in the top top 10, with the top five all in the the first 12 girls to finish the race. The two earlier season defeats had been avenged and the teams goals had been met. The frosh two milers and the JV squad also had nice performances. There were many personal bests run. The bus ride home was full of happiness at achieving all that they had on this day."