RANDOLPH, NJ- In a predictable performance, the Randolph girls Cross Country team, (ranked fifth in the state), dominated the NJAC conference championships by a score of 35-61 over second place Mt Olive.
What was not so predictable was one of the greatest performances ever by a Randolph athlete turned in by junior star Abby Loveys, who crossed the finish line at the Greystone 5K cross country layout in an astonishing time of 17:35. That time is the number one time for the entire state of NJ for any course this year, and lowered the previous course record by an eye opening 27 seconds.
Right from the gun Loveys went to the lead and never looked back. After going through the first mile in 5:09 it was not a matter of breaking the record but by how much. Loveys did not let up as she went through 2 miles in 10:45 and then worked through the mostly uphill 3rd mile and finished almost a minute ahead of the field.
In cross country you cannot win a team championship by yourself and the rest of the Randolph team came through and ran some outstanding times also. Senior captain Brooke Olson finished second overall with a personal best of 18:32 followed by the other senior captain Kate Gihorski who took seventh in another personal best of 19:22. Sophomore Meredith Finley was the 4th Randolph girl in the top ten, finishing 8th in a season best 19:28.
Sophomore Amanda Houston rounded out the team scoring finishing 17th with a time of 20:20. The five runner team average of 19:03.96 also represents a course record for the new Greystone course.
The Randolph boys were led by sophomore James Keaney finishing 20th with a time of 16:38 followed by junior Owen Cesareo in 17:09, sophomore Joe Hecht at 17:10 and freshman Evan Donavan in 17:49.
In the JV races the girls finished 2nd led by junior Clare Ahrens in 7th place and freshman Susie Fucci right behind in 8th. The boys JV finished 4th led by senior Chris Ahrens at 17:57.
The Rams will be in action at the Morris County Championships at Greystone on Tuesday 10/24.