RANDOLPH, NJ- Despite losing one of the best runners in NJ history in Abby Loveys, the Randolph girls’ cross-country team appears to be ready for another successful season.
In their first meet of the season at the Roxbury Invitational Randolph finished 5th out of the 38 teams competing. The Rams were led by a strong trio up front, with junior Chloe Whiting leading the way followed by sophomore Maya Wilkins and senior Meredith Finley.
Senior Amanda Houston and junior Susie Fucci rounded out the top 5 scorers for Randolph. Sophomore Cassidy Takacs also had a breakout race finishing 9th in the junior varsity race.
In week two, the girls traveled to Warwick, NY for the Wave Mania XC Invitational and finished 3rd overall out of 26 teams. The unique feature of this event was the use of riders on horseback leading the runners around the course.
Randolph was led once again by their terrific trio who finished 2nd, 4th and 5th overall. It was a breakout performance for sophomore Maya Wilkins, who ran a time of 19:22 for 2nd place, which was two minutes faster than her time on this same course a year ago.
Chloe Wilkins, in 4th place, was nearly three minutes faster than a year ago as she has completed her transformation from sprinter to distance runner. Meredith Finley finished fifth, also improving over last year. Susie Fucci and Amanda Houston were once again in the top 5 scorers followed closely by senior Avalina Michel who made nice progress from week one.
Senior Sophie DiFusco had a great race finishing sixth in the JV race as she methodically worked her way through the pack and recorded a personal best.
Randolph appears to be one of the top teams in the NJAC conference, as well as all of Morris County, as they continue to develop this season. They will travel to historic Van Cortlandt Park for the Xavier Invitational on Saturday, September 21.