PAWLING, N.Y. – Mud-soaked girls cross country runners celebrated their third-straight league title after running 3.1 miles in the pounding rain at Pawling on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

“It’s a pretty special accomplishment to win three years in a row,” said Chris Gould, North Salem cross country coach.

Senior Juliette Intrieri, co-captain, was proud of her team.

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“It felt great to win the league title again. It’s really rewarding to see all of our hard work pay off,” Intrieri said.

“This race was a bit challenging due to the rain,” she added. “The course was muddy and slippery, but it didn’t stop anyone from pushing through and working hard.”

Several boys and girls runners earned All-League honors: Nick DiGiacomo, Henry James, Juliette Intrieri, Ava Jolley, Emma Litchfield, Mia Santis and Isabelle Schembri.

Section One Coaches Invitational

Three days later, North Salem runners competed in the Section One Coaches Invitational at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls.

The renowned cross-country course is the site for other major races, such as the Section One State Qualifiers, the Federation Meet, and Nike XC Nationals Regional races.

“This is always a huge meet, as 85 teams registered,” Gould said.

His girls runners went up against North Rockland’s Katelyn Tuohy, considered to be the top varsity runner in the nation. The race also brought out several top upstate runners and Section One competitors in Class C.

“It would give us a sampling of how we stack up individually and as a team,” Gould said.

North Salem’s Ava Jolley finished second to Tuohy in 18:43, a 52-second improvement over  her time in last year’s race. Tuohy finished in 17:22.

“If a girl runner breaks 19:00 at Bowdoin, you have put yourself on an elite level,” Gould said. “She nearly broke into the Top 100 All-Time List for Bowdoin. It was the most tactically intelligent race by Ava, as she and an upstate runner were shoulder-to-shoulder throughout most of the race. Ava made her move with 400 meters to go and that move went unanswered.”

Intrieri finished in 21:03, her best time at Bowdoin. Emma Litchfield finished in 24:57.

On the boys side, the team finished in 12th place out of 18 teams. 

Freshmen runners Mia Santis, Isabelle Schembri, Jake Greenberg and Will Armbruster all medaled. The freshmen boys team placed fifth.

Boys Finishers

68) Henry James, 19:48
75) Nicholas DiGiacomo, 20:06
79) Ryan Renda, 20:17
84) A.J. Laqueur, 20:25
86) Trevor Smith, 20:28
103) Aidan Volpe, 21:01
109) Dylan Quadrini, 21:24

Girls Finishers

2) Ava Jolley, 18:43
13) Juliette Intrieri, 21:03
67) Emma Litchfield, 24:57