CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. - North Salem junior Ava Jolley finished first in the Westchester County Cross Country Championship Meet on Oct. 26 at Croton Point Park. She became the first North Salem athlete to ever win the county meet.
Jolley clocked a personal best time of 18:09. As the race progressed, she lengthened her lead and pulled away from New Rochelle’s Kaitlyn Casas (18:35.6), who took second.
“The best thing that happened today for Ava is that she was challenged in the front end of the race by a New Rochelle runner,” said coach Chris Gould. “She has great instinct with when to make a move to create separation and she did that between the first and second mile and held her 5:51 mile pace for a decisive, historical win. That is a 10 second personal best and she currently has the top Class C time in New York State.”
Juliette Intrieri placed 21st in 18:09 for the girls, who were 14th overall out of 28 teams.
Henry James was the top finisher for the Tiger boys, finishing in 106th out of 237 runners. All of North Salem’s boys competitors clocked personal best times.
The Tigers will compete in the Section 1 championship meet on Nov. 9 at Bowdoin Park.
Gould said the boys team “will continue to work and improve” while the girls squad is looking to put themselves in the mix at sectionals.
“It is a challenge the girls have embraced and we will see where it takes us,” Gould said. "Bowdoin Park is a vastly different course compared to Croton Point Park. We’ll put the work in to face the hills with everything on the line.”